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Old 03-05-2008, 03:44 PM
 
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Can anybody give advise on how to become a licensed realtor in Florida?
Don't be scared It's not me who wants to become a realtor.
I'll apreciate all advise.
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Old 03-05-2008, 04:00 PM
 
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I'm not licensed in Florida, but my husband is. If the person is not currently in Real Estate, to be a Sales Associate requires taking a pre-licensing course (63 hours) and applying for and taking the state licensing exam. For more details, check out the website for the Florida Association of Realtors under Education. There are many real estate schools in the state that offer the course. IFREC is one, and offer classes around the state.
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Old 03-05-2008, 05:50 PM
 
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Thanks! To go with FREC would be the best choice? And what would one be allowed to do as a (licenced) sales associate; can you only go and work for a broker or can you start your own business? Does one have access to the MLS or not?
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Old 03-05-2008, 06:37 PM
 
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As a Sales Associate, you do need to place your license with a Qualifying Broker in order to conduct real estate transactions. Each state varies on how many years you need to work as a sales associate before you can go for your own Broker's license. Check out the Florida Association of Realtors (FAR) for exact requirements on being a Broker.

IFREC is probably one of the bigger schools, as they service most areas of the state, but there are others. A google search or a search of the phone book will list schools in the area.

As to MLS access, there are several area boards in Florida (the state is so large, no one MLS could service it). In order to get access, you need to join the local board where you plan on working. Hope this info helps.
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:39 PM
 
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Yes this is excellent info, thanks again!

Is it an easy process to obtain your licence after you have succesfully completed your state exam?

As a licenced sales associate can you just join your local (MLS) board or are there any restrictions or requirements before you can join?

My guess is you also have to pay an annual fee to be able to use your local MLS? If so, is it very costly?
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:57 PM
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First, take pre license classes, then pass state exam, then apply to the state for your license (now you are licensed) then, find Brokerage to sponsor (train) you, then join the local/state/national Association of Realtors and become a Realtor. There is a mandatory orientation and then Ethics class at the "board."

I don't know anything about FLA, but in CO you need to pass a CBI/FBI backround check.
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Palm Coast, Fl
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Yes this is excellent info, thanks again!

Is it an easy process to obtain your licence after you have succesfully completed your state exam?

As a licenced sales associate can you just join your local (MLS) board or are there any restrictions or requirements before you can join?

My guess is you also have to pay an annual fee to be able to use your local MLS? If so, is it very costly?

Passing the state exam means you are licensed. As a sales associate you can not practice until you 'hang' your license with a licensed Broker. Fees and dues vary depending on the MLS board in the area you want to practice. They also govern the local rules and regs so you need to know those also. You will need to take an ethics class. You will need to do continuing education which will require testing, approx every two years (those can be done online, where as the initial course can be done online but the state test has to be done in person). After you have had your license for two years and done at least 5 (or 7, I'm not sure) deals, you can go for a broker's license. That class can be done online but again that test would require the state test taken in person. And again from there there are continuing education regulations. Ethics classes have to be taken every 4 years. You should be able to find what you need here: DBPR: Home Page
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:26 AM
 
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So, if I do understand correctly, it is the broker who provides local MLS access to the realtor/sales associate who has put his licence at this particular broker who has decided to train him/her.....

A licenced sales associate can NOT obtain local MLS access independently?
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:01 AM
 
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You are correct. A sales associate does not join directly. The broker joins the MLS and you as a sales associate then get join the MLS through the brokerage. You cannot join MLS without hanging your license under a Qualifying Broker.
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:56 AM
 
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Very clear thanks. Are there any brokers who are willing to just "hang" your licence? Or does the sales associate really have to work for them fulltime and contribute to the sales.
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