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How to become a real estate agent in North Carolina

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Has the thought of becoming an agent in real estate been something on your mind? If that has been a thought, this may be a career that sparks your interest and you may be looking for more information about the profession. Don’t worry, we have you covered with all of the information needed.


Deciding to become a real estate agent is a huge life decision that will allow you to build a network of connections, show off your tenacious work ethic, and present your captivating personality to an array of clients. With that in mind, you may be wondering how you become a realtor? Continue reading and we’ll explain the requirements it takes to become a real estate agent, as well as any other valuable information needed.


General State Requirements to Obtain a Realtor License

In order for you to be eligible to obtain your license, you must 

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Be a US citizen, a non-citizen national, or a qualified alien under federal law
  3. Complete 75 hours of the required state-approved pre licensing course
  4. Apply for your Provisional Broker License 
  5. Pass the North Carolina real estate license exam 
  6. Become affiliated with a broker-in-charge


The list above includes the basic requirements you must meet in order to become a licensed realtor. While those are the basic requirements needed, there are many other things that need to be completed as well, but the majority of those things come up after you pass your state licensing examination.


75 Hour Pre-Licensing Education

One of the very first steps in acquiring a license is completing the 75 hour pre licensing broker course. This can be achieved through a number of different real estate schools around the state. 


At our real estate firm, most of our agents have taken their pre licensing class through Superior School of Real Estate. Superior School of Real Estate is a tremendous choice when deciding what real estate school you want to attend, but at the end of the day, choose the real estate school that is most convenient for you and your schedule.


Once you have completed the class portion of the pre licensing course, you must pass the class exam. You will have two attempts to pass this class exam, but failure to pass within the two attempts will cause you to retake the 75-hour pre licensing course all over again. With the amount of time you’re investing in this class, it would be greatly rewarding to pass in the first two attempts


What’s Next?

Following the completion of your 75 hour pre licensing course and the passing of your class exam, you will then move on to the North Carolina Real Estate License Exam.


 Before you take the state exam there are a couple of things that need to be done on your end. The first thing you need to have done is a background check. The next step in this process would be to get your State Licensing Application finalized. After you have submitted the application, you then proceed to scheduling your exam and then passing the exam. 


You’ve Passed Your Real Estate Exam, Now what?

You’ve done it!!! All of the strenuous work you did to pass the exam has finally paid off and now you have your North Carolina real estate broker license. 


When you first started, you may have questioned yourself. “Do I have what it takes to become a realtor?” “Is this going to be the profession I want to pursue in the long run?” We often find ourselves questioning some of the decisions we make in life, but you’ll be glad you were persistent in this career pathway. 


Attaining your North Carolina real estate broker license opens up a world of possibilities for an individual. Just like anything else in life, it’s very beneficial to set yourself up for success. There are specific things you need to do to ensure you’re getting the most out of this career. 


Some other requirements that are necessary after getting your license include thing such as:

  1. Become affiliated with BIC (Broke-in-Charge)
  2. Find a real estate firm that best suits you
  3. Complete the 90 hours of post licensing within  18 months 
  4. Complete the 8 hours of CE (Continuing Education) by June 10th of every year. This starts after your second renewal


This is the process you will go through in order to become a real estate agent. There will be times when things are extremely difficult, but don’t give up because the reward will be well worth it. Enjoy your career as an real estate agent and if there is anything you need, the Mantle Realty Family will always be here for you. 


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Mantle Realty is a leading independent real estate firm based in the Triad of North Carolina. Mantle is passionate about providing clients with  cutting edge technology and hometown service, whether they are buying or selling a home.

Many of Mantle Realty’s agents have lived in the areas they serve their entire lives, and love turning their clients into their neighbors. With offices in Greensboro, Lexington, and Welcome, Mantle is equipped to cover all of the Triad with convenience and care.