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How to Become a Real Estate Agent in South Carolina

How to Become a South Carolina Real Estate Agent

Posted by: J.Y. Monk Real Estate School
Published: November 6, 2018 

If you’re interested in starting a South Carolina real estate career, you likely have questions. People come to real estate from all walks of life: recent high school graduates, career changers with families, and older people looking to supplement their incomes during retirement. The state of South Carolina has very specific requirements for people who want to become real estate agents. However, before going through the education and applying to take the licensing exam, you need ensure you understand what a real estate career entails and determine if you are a good fit.

Are You a Good Fit for a Real Estate Career?

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. You are also the only one responsible for lead generation and prospecting, networking, managing relationships, and negotiating transactions on behalf of your buyers and sellers. 

Do you know any licensed South Carolina 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 to Qualify to Become a South Carolina Real Estate Agent

Now that you’re sure this is the right career for you, it’s time to learn the requirements. To be eligible to become a licensed South Carolina real estate agent, you must:

  1. Be at least 18 years old.
  2. Be a US citizen, a non-citizen national, or a qualified alien under federal law. You are not required to be a resident of South Carolina.
  3. Be a high school graduate or equivalent.
  4. Complete a commission-approved 60-hour (or more) course in the fundamentals of real estate.
  5. Pass the South Carolina licensing exam.
  6. Within a year of passing the exam, apply for a sales license and become sponsored by a broker-in-charge.

This list includes all of the basic requirements to earn your South Carolina broker’s license. But launching a successful career will take additional work on your part.

Understand South Carolina’s Real Estate Licensing Requirements

South Carolina has very specific real estate licensing requirements, and those requirements change from time to time. The South Carolina Real Estate Commission’s website has the most current official prelicensing requirements.

Enroll in a South Carolina Real Estate Prelicensing Course

As listed previously, in South Carolina, you must complete your 60-hour real estate prelicensing course. These courses are 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 South Carolina real estate agent.

Apply To Take the South Carolina Real Estate Exam

You must apply to the South Carolina Real Estate Commission to take your exam. You can apply online—it takes 5 to 7 business days for application processing. Once you have received notice from the Commission, you can schedule your South Carolina real estate licensing exam with PSI, the state’s exam provider.

Pass the South Carolina Real Estate 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 a thorough 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 South Carolina Real Estate Career

Passing the exam is a requirement to practice as a licensed South Carolina real estate salesperson. But now you need to find a Broker-in-Charge with which to hang your license. As a real estate broker, you are licensed to act on behalf of a broker-in-charge and may not act as broker independently. Many people will begin seeking a broker early in the licensing process. 

Finally, after passing your exam and before receiving your real estate license, you must complete a 30-hour post-licensing course.

Good luck on your journey to becoming licensed and launching your successful South Carolina 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!