Posted by: J.Y. Monk Real Estate School
Published: November 1, 2018
If you’re interested in starting a Georgia real estate career, you likely have questions. This is a big move! People come to real estate from all walks of life: recent high school graduates, career changers in their mid-30s or 40s, and older people looking to supplement their income during retirement. The state of South Carolina has very specific requirements for people who want to become real estate agents.
Are You a Good Fit for a Georgia Real Estate Career?
Before taking this step, you need to make sure you understand what a real estate career entails and determine if you are a good fit. When you work as a real estate broker, you’re the boss. You handle all of the day-to-day functions of your career, including office management and paperwork. Most importantly, you are in charge of lead generation and prospecting, networking, managing relationships, and negotiating transactions on behalf of your buyers and sellers.
Do you know any licensed Georgia real estate brokers? If so, talk to them! Find out what their world is like on a daily basis. Ask about the skills necessary to make a real estate career work. Get the answers you need and decide if you have what it takes to be a full-time real estate broker.
Requirements for Qualifying to Become a Georgia Real Estate Agent
If you know what it takes, and you’re ready to get started, you need to meet a few requirements. To be eligible to become a licensed Georgia real estate agent, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be a US citizen, a non-citizen national, or a qualified alien under federal law.
- Have a high school degree or equivalent.
- Complete a state-approved 75-hour real estate prelicensing course.
- Pass the Georgia State Licensing Examination.
Note: Once you receive your real estate license from the Georgia Real Estate Commission, you will have a year to complete a 25-hour salesperson post-licensing course.
Understand Georgia’s Real Estate Licensing Requirements
Georgia has very specific real estate licensing requirements, and those requirements change from time to time. The Georgia Real Estate Commission’s website has the most current official prelicensing requirements.
Enroll in a Georgia Real Estate Prelicensing Course
The 75-hour real estate prelicensing course required by the state of Georgia is offered by a number of private real estate schools, as well as community colleges throughout the state. Choosing a school is a critical decision in your journey. Find a school with a solid reputation, top-notch content and instructors, and a focus on student success. The state exam is not easy. It’s also important to ask your real estate education provider if they offer any guarantees for prelicensing students. Your real estate prelicensing education will take a lot of hard work and cover a comprehensive breadth of material. The education you receive will lay the foundation for your career as a Georgia real estate agent.
Apply to Take the Georgia Real Estate Exam
To take the Georgia Real Estate exam, you need to apply on the website of the exam provider, AMP. On the day of the exam, you must take your Lawful Presence Notarized Affidavit and “secure and verifiable document” with you.
Pass the Georgia Real Estate Broker’s Exam
Completing your education requirements is a critical first step toward passing the exam—but it often isn’t enough for most students. You’ll likely need to spend more time studying. J.Y. Monk Real Estate School highly recommends enrolling in an exam prep class. All of the work you do will be for nothing if you don’t pass the state exam. J.Y. Monk’s prelicensing course comes with free enrollment in a comprehensive exam prep course. Completing practice exams, identifying and quantifying your strengths and weaknesses, and immersing yourself in comprehensive review of topics will develop your knowledge and prepare you to pass the exam.
On exam day, show up with a positive attitude. Use the knowledge you’ve acquired to master the exam and walk out with a passing score. You’ve done the work…now reap the rewards!
You’re Almost Ready to Start Your Georgia Real Estate Career
Passing the exam is a requirement to practice as a licensed Georgia real estate agent. Now you can either activate your license with a broker or go into inactive status. You can activate your license with a broker using the Sponsoring Broker Statement Application. You must apply for your license within 12 months of the date you took the exam.
Good luck on your journey to becoming licensed and launching your successful Georgia real estate career! No two days will be the same, but they will all be a part of your rewarding and exciting journey in real estate.