How to get your license
Entering the real estate profession takes preparation and education. As with other professions, state licensing is required.
The Texas Real Estate Commission, TREC, is the licensing authority in Texas. To be a real estate salesperson, you must:
1.Be at least 18
2.Be a legal resident of Texas
3.Complete specific pre-licensure courses ...
Credit Hours :180.00
Real Estate Principles (60-Credit Hours Correspondence)–This course is designed to give students exposure to the fundamental principles of real estate. This foundational course builds from national and state laws that govern the business of real estate and injects industry experience to help you not only pass your licensing exam but lay the foundation to a successful career in real estate.
Law of Agency (30-Credit Hours Correspondence)–This course is designed to give students an in depth exposure to the issues in agency law that is specific to the Texas real estate practitioner. Included are the key terms and concepts used in agency relationships, examples of agency forms and related listing and buyer representation agreements, provisions of the TRELA and TREC rules that impact agency, and in-depth coverage of the relationships between real estate agents and the public.
Law of Contracts (30-Credit Hours Correspondence)–This course is designed to provide students with in-depth exposure to the issues in real estate contracts that are specific to the Texas real estate practitioner. Included are the elements of a contract, offer and acceptance, the statute of frauds, specific performance and remedies for breach, unauthorized practice of law, commission rules relating to use of adopted forms, owner disclosure requirements and comprehensive case studies in which many of the forms play a part.
Real Estate Finance (30-Credit Hours Correspondence)– This informative course covers the nature and cycle of real estate finance, money and the monetary system, government activities and the secondary mortgage market. You will learn about the sources of funds (fiduciary, semi-fiduciary and non-fiduciary), instruments of real estate finance, loan processing and closing, contemporary real estate finance and default foreclosures. Additionally, you will review characteristics of conventional, FHA-insured and VA loans.
Promulgated Forms (30-Credit Hours Correspondence)– Whether you're a new licensee or a seasoned professional, this course provides a clear, practical approach to purchase agreements and an in-depth analysis of Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) forms. You will learn the purpose of TREC forms, commission rules governing their use, and how to use them in various real estate transactions.
Exam prep is the most accurate predictor of whether you are ready for the actual Texas licensing exam. This package is comprised of both the state and national exam prep courses. Two full length comprehensive review sessions and two practice licensing exams. Each practice exam consists of state and national licensing exam questions.
These instructionally designed courses combine solid industry principles with the latest national and state-specific information students need to pass the Texas licensing exam.
In these courses, you will take two full practice exams, review the principles of real property law, land use controls, environmental issues, and how real property is legally described. You will also review the rights and interests you receive in real property as an owner or a tenant, how they are properly recorded, and how ownership is transferred. From the basic principles of contracts to financing, you will cover it all. Your time is valuable–don't waste it on unproven exam prep courses.
§ Satisfies your 180-hour Salesperson licensing requirement
§ Prepares you for the licensing exam AND lays a solid foundation for a career in real estate
§ Includes Interactive Study Group
§ Textbook Home Study with online exam
4.The CE provider will submit your application and certificates of pre-licensure education to TREC
5.Pass the real estate salesperson’s exam
6.Pass a criminal background check
7.Affiliate with a Texas real estate broker as your sponsor
Congratulations ... Once you complete these steps, you’ll be able to start your real estate career!
A realistic time line for these steps is three to six months from the time you start your first real estate class. For more information on licensing requirements, visit the TREC Web site.
**Within your first two years-before your first license renewal you are required to complete 90 hours SAE (Sales Apprentice Education) and Legal 1 & Legal 2 and TREC Update Legal 1 (4hr CE) & TREC Update Legal 2(4hr CE) for a total of 98 hours. You will also need to take the NAR Code of Ethics within 45 days of getting your license. You can do this for FREE by logging onto https://www.nar.realtor/about-nar/governing-documents/code-of-ethics/training
Texas REALTORS® are better
Getting your real estate license does not make you a Texas REALTOR®. Only licensed real estate agents who join a REALTOR® association in Texas have the right to call themselves Texas REALTORS®. You can then display the REALTOR® name and logo on your business card, Web site, and other materials.
Texas REALTORS® hold themselves to a higher standard. They pledge to uphold a professional Code of Ethics that goes beyond what is required of real estate agents who are not REALTORS®. Texas REALTORS® promise fair and honest treatment of consumers in real estate transactions.
By going beyond the minimum, you show potential clients you are committed to being the best. Texas REALTORS® have a marketing edge over agents who are not members of the REALTOR® association.
Texas REALTORS® also enjoy the following advantages:
•Legislative and regulatory advocacy, to make sure the costs of homeownership in Texas remain low so you can continue to make a living in real estate
•Education and networking opportunities, to give you the information, tools, and contacts you need to be successful
•Dozens of free and discounted products and services
•Access to more than 100 forms and contracts available only to members
For more information about how to become a Texas REALTOR®, visit TexasRealtors.com.
Once you get your license then you come to the Corpus Christi Association of REALTORS and join.