In the state of Georgia getting your real estate license is actually pretty simple. If you work hard you can be a licensed real estate agent in as little as a few weeks. It’s important to note that you have to be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma.
Here are the steps to becoming a real estate agent –
1. Complete your required education and Georgia salesperson exam prep.
Real estate salesperson education & exam preperation can be completed online or in person. Most in person courses take about 2 weeks and online courses (75 hours) can be completed even faster. We recommend all of our agents use Real Estate Express for their pre licensing course. They are affordable and have an extremely high passing rate.
In addition to that they offer Georgia Broker courses and continuing education courses for Georgia Real Estate agents.
2. Pass a background check
You must obtain a Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) report of your criminal history. You can receive this report from any local sheriff’s office or police department. The report may cost up to $25 and is valid for up to 60 days from the date of issue. You must bring this to the AMP testing center prior to receiving a license.
3. Complete your lawful presence affidavit and take the Georgia Salesperson exam.
Register and pass the salesperson’s exam with the exam provider, Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP). You must successfully pass the exam and pay the $115 exam fee. More information about the exam can be found on GREC’s website. You are required to take your Lawful Presence Notarized Affidavit and “secure and verifiable document” with you to the exam. To schedule your exam and to receive a copy of the required affidavit, you may visit the AMP website at www.goamp.com.
4. Purchase your license (Inactive or Active).
Once your application to sit for the examination has been approved and you have successfully completed the examination, you are eligible to receive your license on the same day you pass the examination at the AMP center. The cost to receive a license is $170.00 if you obtain it within 90 days of taking the exam. The fee increases to $340.00 if you obtain you license between 90 days and 12 months. If you fail to apply for your license within 12 months, you must retake the examination to qualify for licensure. If you already know which real estate agency you’re going to work for make sure to bring your sponsoring broker statement. If you don’t know then you can pay the fee and your license will be inactive.
5. Find a real estate agency to work for.
There is a lot to take into consideration when looking for the right agency to work for. You’re going to want to interview more than one and ask some of the following questions –
1. What kind of monthy fees do you charge?
2. How much of my commission will you take?
3. In the future will I be able to build my own team?
4. Will I be able to train with experienced agents?
Ultimately, more important than fees & commissions are that you have a mentor that responds to you quickly and helps you learn. If you have more questions about becoming a real estate agent or would like to join our team email us at Hello@davisandhawbaker.com.