So I’ve been studying to become a licensed real estate agent. In addition to modeling, acting, writing, personal training and all my volunteer work, I figure, I might as well squeeze in some studying. I’ve been watching the reality show “Million Dollar Listings” and it seriously motivated me to get the job done. If you’re thinking about getting your real estate salesperson license, let me give you an insight on what to expect.
After doing some research I decided to contact Allied Schools. This is a nationally accredited online school in California that provides medical, business and real estate training courses. They told me exactly what I needed to do to get my sales person license. I first need to pass three home-study courses for Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice and Real Estate Finance (Escrow). After this, they provide a state exam preparation package, which includes flash cards and practice exam questions, to study. Once comfortable and ready, I can take the state exam.
I must say, I enjoyed the first two books (Principles and Practice) and passed both coursed, getting my certificates. The books go over everything from commission calculations to the different types of homes you might encounter as a realtor. I’m now one-thirds through the third book and plan on acing this too. This book is all about the closing process of the sale and the different documents that come in to play. All the chapters in the books end with a test to see if you understand the material. When you reach the end of each book, you take an online test that goes over all the material, rewarding you with your certificate. All three books are thick; they’re about 400 pages each at the least. After finishing the tree books, you should have three certificates of completion, which are a requirement for the state exam.
The cost of the salesperson study depends on your preference and the school you go through. You can order the entire course or just go one book at a time. In addition to the online course, you can also order the physical books, which is what I did, because I like underlining important things and making notes in the books. I paid about $70 per book. Although there are many schools that offer the real estate salesperson course, choose one that allows you to retake the state exam if you don’t pass it. The school I’m going through does this, and I must say that their phone support is superb. Every time I have a question, they’re there for me to answer it.