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The official guide to getting your Austin real estate license (AKA Austin real estate agent or Austin realtor) is on the TREC (texas real estate commission) website (texas real estate commission). Below is our overview of how to become an Austin real estate agent as well as helpful links to realtor classes we recommend and becoming part of ABOR (austin board of realtors).
To become a Texas real estate agent, you will need to take 5 core real estate courses (see TREC descriptions), including the following 4 courses plus a elective:
- Principles of Real Estate I
- Principles of Real Estate II
- Law of Contracts
- Law of Agency
In addition to the four core real estate classes, 4 elective courses are required. If you have some college credit, some or all of these elective course can be waived. I have heard of some people occasionally being waived from even their core classes. To be sure what you need to take, you can check with TREC by turning in the TREC Request for Evaluation of Education Documents form along with your education documentation. They will let you know what is left to fulfill.
We took some of our classes by correspondence through the Austin Institute of Real Estate in conjunction with ACC. They send you a book. You read some. There are some online quizzes and then an online final test. We liked them because we could do them at home at our leisure. There is no instructor and is self-paced, so if you like the interaction of a teacher and the classroom in school, you may enjoy the semester long classes at ACC or the weekend classes at one of the various real estate schools in Austin that specialize in providing Texas real estate courses and training, like the Austin Institute of Real Estate.
If you have not already done so, after completing the real estate classes, turn in copies of your education documentation along with the TREC Request for Evaluation of Education Documents.
Once your education has been evaluated, you can turn in the application for the real estate salesperson (real estate agent) license.
Once your application is approved, TREC will send you the Candidate Information Brochure (CIB) which includes instructions and authorization for you to proceed and take the Texas Real Estate Salesperson exam. It is administered by PSI at the corner of Cameron and Hwy 290 East, down the street from TREC actually. The exam is multiple choice and consists of a state (45 minutes) and national part (105 minutes); most people have plenty of time. I am a slow test-taker and even got done 30 minutes early. It is a good idea to buy a book or some online prep tests to prepare for the test. Don't worry if you do not pass the first time; many people don't. You can always take it again.
After you pass the test, you will have an license in the inactive state until you are sponsored by a broker. I believe you have 6 months to find a broker before your license expires. If you do not have a broker yet, we would be happy to talk with you about getting sponsored. Feel free to email us at realtor(at)escapesomewhere.com for more information about sponsoring.
Once your broker receives your license, you are an active realtor and it is house hunting fun :) Well... Almost...
Actually, now you have gotten through all the TREC stuff. The next step is to become part of ABOR (austin board of realtors) so that you have access to the Austin MLS (to look up property info or list properties) and get the magic realtor key (to show properties). There is not much to it but paying some fees, taking a couple introductory one day courses, and picking up your key.
If you would like to talk to us about becoming an agent, send us an email at realtor(at)escapesomewhere.com or give us a call at 512-740-7762. We can tell you the good parts of being an Austin real estate agent... the bad parts... and everything in between.