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How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Tennessee

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Posted by: J.Y. Monk Real Estate School
Published: October 30, 2018

If you’re interested in starting a Tennessee real estate career, you likely have questions. People come to real estate from all walks of life…recent high school graduates, career changers in their 30s or 40s, and older people who want to supplement their income during retirement. The state of Tennessee has very specific requirements for people who want to become real estate agents.

Are You a Good Fit for a Real Estate Career?

Before going through the education and applying to take the licensing exam, 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, such ass office management and paperwork. You are also 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 Tennessee real estate brokers? If so, talk to them! Find out what their world is like each day. 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 Tennessee Real Estate Broker

To be eligible to become a licensed Tennessee 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.
  3. Complete a state-approved 60-hour broker prelicensing course.
  4. Pass the North Carolina State Licensing Examination with a score of at least 70%.
  5. Before applying for your license, complete the 30-hour course for new affiliates.

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

Understand Tennessee’s Real Estate Licensing Requirements

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

Enroll in a Tennessee Real Estate Prelicensing Course

As listed previously, in Tennessee, 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 Tennessee real estate agent. 

Apply to Take the Tennessee Real Estate Broker Exam

You need to apply to the Tennessee Real Estate Commission to take your exam. Once you apply for your license, you will receive your notice of examination eligibility from the Commission. You can then schedule your Tennessee real estate licensing exam with PSI, the state’s exam provider.

Pass the Tennessee 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. Our prelicensing course comes with free enrollment in our comprehensive exam prep course. Completing practice exams, identifying and quantifying your strengths and weaknesses, and immersing yourself in a 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 70% or better. You’ve done the work…now reap the rewards!

You’re Almost Ready to Start Your Tennessee Real Estate Career

The Tennessee Real Estate Commission requires you to complete the Tennessee 30-Hour Course for New Affiliates before applying for an affiliate broker license. The purpose of this course is to prepare you for your real estate career.

Passing the exam is a requirement to practice as a licensed Tennessee real estate broker affiliate. But now you need to find a principal with which to hang your license. As a broker affiliate, you are licensed to act on behalf of a broker and may not act as broker independently. Many people begin seeking a broker early in the licensing process.

Good luck on your journey to becoming licensed and launching your successful Tennessee 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.