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How to Become a Real Estate Broker in California

By Thomas Mitchell

If you wish to operate as an independent broker in the state of California, and not have to work under the supervision of an experienced broker just so you can sell houses, there are some steps you can take to accomplish this. The education required to obtain an independent brokers license is more extensive but will grant you a higher level of professional freedom.

First you will have to complete some mandatory college level courses pertaining to real estate. The classes you must complete in the state of California are Real Estate Practice, Legal Aspects of Real Estate, Real Estate Economics, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Appraisal, Real Estate Accounting, and Real Estate Principals. You also must choose three classes to complete out of the following classes. Real Estate Office Administration, Advanced Legal Aspects of Real Estate, Property Management, Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending, Property Management, Advanced Real Estate Appraisal, Business Law, Escrow Management, Computer Applications in Real Estate, or Common Interest Developments.

Once you have completed the necessary courses, you must provide valid documentation to wherever you will be taking the test, that you have been actively employed as a real estate salesperson in California for at least 2 years. Then you will need to get the California Real Estate Broker Examination Application from the California Department of Real Estate. Once you complete this and submit the fees along with it you can take the exam.

Fresno, LA, Oakland, San Diego and Sacramento offer facilities in which you can take the exam. How soon you can get in to take test depends on how many people are applying for it. The exam is divided into 2, 2 and a half hour long sessions, bringing the total exam time to 5 hours. There are 100 multiple choice questions in each session. You must pass with at least a 75% on the test, and you will get your results when you leave.

Once you pass the test, you are required to submit your fingerprints along with your broker license application, required fees, and live scan service request within 1 year of passing the exam to receive your license. Once the DRE receives your fingerprint information they will issue you your license.

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