Getting Started in Real Estate

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According to Florida state law, real estate associates and brokers must be licensed.
The requirements include being 18 years old and having a high school diploma, or the equivalent, and a Social Security number. Those seeking to be licensed as a sales associate must take 63 hours of pre-license education from an approved provider (those who hold at least a four-year degree in real estate may be exempt) and pass a state exam.

For a sales associate license, the cost includes the license fee ($83.75), the state exam ($36.75), pre-license education (courses typically start at $249 and up, depending on the format and location) and fingerprinting (varies, but typically $75).

Continuing education is required to renew the license every two years.

Ready to Learn?

Education is essential, agents say, and here are crucial topics for newcomers to the profession.

  • Contracts
  • Multiple Listing Service (MLS) introduction
  • Negotiations
  • Ethics
  • Creating a comparative market analysis
  • Building a business plan

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