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How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Maryland

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The biggest hurdle to obtaining a real estate license in Maryland is completion of a 60-hour licensing course. You also have to pass a state exam and have an affiliation with a broker.

Typical Background Requirements

You can complete the 60-hour coursework for a real estate license in a traditional classroom, remotely or through home study. At least three hours of ethics must be included. To transition from an agent's license to a broker's license, you must complete an additional three-hour ethics class and serve responsibly under a broker for three years.

The Maryland Real Estate Commission website has a list of approved education providers. The MREC also oversees state licensing exam testing for both salespeople and brokers.

Additional Licensing Requirements

The minimum age for a Maryland agent is 18. Successful licensing applicants must also exhibit good character. Before a real estate salesperson's license is approved, the applicant must have obtained authorization from a broker for affiliation.

College courses in real estate are generally accepted in lieu of the licensing class. A practicing lawyer in Maryland may also get a waiver of the education requirements for a real estate license. After getting a license, you can become a Realtor by joining a local office of the National Association of Realtors.

About the Author

Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and education writer and content media website developer since 2007. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. Kokemuller has additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.

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