Becoming a real estate agent in Maryland is a fairly quick process from start to finish. Every state has different guidelines, requirements and prerequisites to becoming a licensed agent. While being in the real estaet market certainly has it advantages and disadvantages, the state of Maryland wants to make sure that you are completely educated and prepared before facing the challenges of the field. This article will highlight the things that you need to do in order to become a realtor in Maryland.
Complete your education. The state of Maryland requires that you complete a 60 hours of a pre-license class. They will also accept any approved college course taken in the subject of real estate.
Take the real estate exam. The real estate exam is given every day (Monday to Friday) at specific testing centers located in various places in Maryland. The exam is only two hours long. There is a fee each time you take the exam.
Apply for license. After you pass the real estate exam, you must apply for your license. For a license to be issued to you, you must have a signed letter of intent that secures a position for you with an agency.
Join the association. To legally use the official title of "Realtor," you must join the Maryland Association of Realtors.
Renew. Real estate agent licenses expire every two years. To renew your license, you will be required to attend up to 15 hours of continuing education courses.
Maryland requires that you be at least 18 years of age before obtaining a real estate license.
You are not authorized to sell real estate on your own without a broker's license.