Published on: January 25, 2007Becoming a licensed real estate agent is easier that you might think. Lone Star College-Kingwood offers Real Estate courses taught by instructors with more than 30 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate with each course meeting the Texas Real Estate Commissions (TREC) core requirements for Salesperson Licensing eligibility.
Upon completion of the TREC's core education requirements at Lone Star College-Kingwood, individuals must then apply to become a licensed salesperson, and successfully complete the Salesperson Licensing Exam.
The real estate profession is booming and offers one of the widest career selections in the business world today. Helping people buy and sell homes, office buildings, industrial property and corporation farmland, property management, land development, mortgage banking, urban planning, real estate counseling, appraisal and research are all aspects of a career in real estate.
People decide to become real estate agents for many reasons. Many like to work with the public. Some want to be in control of their own schedules. Others are interested in buying real estate for themselves and think that agents have access to “the best deals.” No matter what your motivation, take time to become familiar with the realities of being a real estate agent before jumping in.
A career in real estate provides flexibility and freedom to set your own pace. Income directly reflects your efforts, with no limits on what astute, hard-working men and women can earn. Successful people in real estate are goal-oriented, persevering, self-motivated, ambitious and people-oriented. The rewards of a real estate career are a potential for high earnings, status in the community, flexible working hours, time freedom, helping people, the intellectual challenge and the satisfaction from those accomplishments.
Entry into the real estate profession takes preparation. As with other professions, licensing is required. Licensing requirements vary from state to state, but all require prospective salespeople and brokers to pass a written exam.
Each state has rules and requirements you must meet in order for you to receive your license and practice. Be sure you check out the rules and regulations in your state. All states have an age requirement that you must meet which is typically 18 years of age. Most states require that you have a certain amount of education credits which can be in the form of a college education or experience. If you don’t have the proper amount of academic requirements, most of the schools have courses you can take to satisfy those requirements.
Licensed Salespersons in Texas are required to have completed 270 core real estate and related classroom hours by the end of the first year of licensure (210 hours of which must be completed before application for license).
The next class at Lone Star College-Kingwood begins Jan. 29, with new classes starting monthly. If you need additional information about this program, visit kingwood.lonestar.edu/goto/ce or call 281-312-1660.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, visit our Web site at kingwood.lonestar.edu or call 281-312-1613.