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How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Virginia

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Posted by: J.Y. Monk Real Estate School
Published: November 1, 2018

If you’re interested in starting a Virginia 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 Virginia 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 agent, you’re the boss. You handle all of the day-to-day functions of your career, such as office management and paperwork. You’re 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 Virginia 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 Virginia Real Estate Agent

To be eligible to become a licensed North 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.
  3. Complete a state-approved 60-hour broker prelicensing course in a live classroom.
  4. Pass the Virginia State Licensing Examination.
  5. Complete your mandatory fingerprinting and background check at one of the PSI Virginia sites.
  6. Apply for your Virginia real estate salesperson license; the application can be found on DPOR’s website.

This list includes all of the basic requirements to earn your Virginia real estate salesperson license. But launching a successful career will take additional work.

Understand Virginia’s Real Estate Licensing Requirements

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

Enroll in a Virginia Real Estate Prelicensing Course

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

Apply To Take the Virginia Real Estate Salesperson Exam

You need to apply to the Virginia 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 national and state portions of the Virginia real estate licensing exam.

Pass the Virginia Real Estate Salesperson’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 some 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 passing score. You’ve done the work…now reap the rewards!

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

The state of Virginia requires you to fill out an application, which can be found on DPOR’s website. A license cannot be issued until your application is 100% accurate and complete with all questions answered, all documentation and fees attached, and a background check that is not older than 45 days. Detailed information for the licensing application process is located on the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation website

Passing the exam is a requirement to practice as a licensed Virginia real estate agent. But now you need to find a broker to sponsor you. Your real estate salesperson license enables you to act on behalf of a broker-in-charge, but you cannot act as a broker independently. Many people will begin seeking a broker early in the licensing process.

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