Before you can become licensed as a real estate agent, you must complete an educational program. While you once had to attend a physical school for these classes, today, would-be Realtors can attend online real estate classes, as this video explains. This pre-licensing requirement ensures that you know the legal aspects of selling property in the U.
S., how to stage a home, and other key aspects of listing, showing, and selling property.
A significant portion of these classes covers the national database used by the real estate community to list homes and communicate information about them, including photos, videos, and virtual tours. Called the MLS, every Realtor enters each listing into this database, which sites like Homes.com and Zillow use to populate their listings.
After completing the required coursework, each student takes a national exam that tests their comprehensive knowledge. Passing this exam earns the license needed to work as a real estate agent in the U.S. Without the license, you can hold a few other jobs in the real estate business, but they consist of administrative positions.
Realtors also regularly complete continuing education credits to maintain their licenses. These courses may be completed online or in person. Some real estate conferences hold seminars that award continuing education credits for their completion.