How do I get a Pennsylvania real estate license?
To obtain a Pennsylvania real estate salesperson license, you will need to meet several qualifications:
- You must hold a high school diploma or equivalent.
- You must pass a criminal background check.
- You must take and pass two courses (Real Estate Practice and Real Estate Fundamentals).
- You must apply for, take, and pass the state-administered licensing exam.
What classes do I need to take to get my Pennsylvania Real Estate License?
You must take two courses to be eligible for the PA Real Estate Salesperson state licensing exam. The Real Estate Practice class is 45 hours; the other, Real Estate Fundamentals, is 30 hours. It doesn’t matter which class you start first but you must complete both. You’ll take one exam per course on the content you studied, and you must pass each course exam with a 70% or higher. You receive a transcript upon completion, which will allow you to apply and register for the state-administered Pennsylvania real estate license exam with the national testing company.
What You Will Learn in Each Class
Real Estate Practice
In Practice, you’ll learn about ethics and anti-discrimination laws, agency, representing sellers, representing buyers, financing principles, qualifying for a mortgage loan, valuation of property, settling the real estate transaction, Pennsylvania-specific laws, licensure, and general practices, including the Licensing and Registration Act and Rules and Regulations of PA State Real Estate Commission.
Real Estate Fundamentals
In Fundamentals, you’ll learn about the land, real estate, and property, forms of property ownership, real estate ownership, private limitations on property rights, government interests in real property, environmental issues affecting real property, voluntary and involuntary alienation of property, leasing and property management, and investing in real property.
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Education’s complete! Now what?
- Finish both courses. Pass both course tests.
- Use the transcript you receive, and a designated form, to apply for and take the state licensing exam.
- The exam is offered at approved centers or via webcam proctoring.
- It costs $49 every time to take the exam.
- It consists of 120 questions divided into two sections. You have 3 hours to complete it. You must pass each section with a score of 75 or higher.
- You’ll learn immediately at the testing center/online whether you passed or must re-take the licensing exam.
- If you pass, you’ll receive a receipt. Keep it to claim your license.
- Remember, you must pass a criminal background check to verify your license eligibility, and you must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.
- You must be affiliated with a real estate broker in PA who will serve as your legal supervisor.
- You’ll interview with brokers as you would for any other job. Be comfortable with the broker you choose.
- The state will mail your license to your broker. Now you can start work!