Becoming a Real Estate Agent in Pennsylvania
Real estate can be a rewarding career. The best agents guide a buyer or seller to a successful transaction close rather than “selling” them a house. This is primarily a service business, and serving your clients well will contribute to your success. As an agent, you help people in what is usually the largest financial transaction of their lives. It’s an important role, and in Pennsylvania requires taking two classes, getting a license, and training after you join an office.
In Pennsylvania, to earn a real estate license you must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma.
Before you can sit for the PA state licensing exam (Through the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission testing vendor, PSI), you must:
- Complete 75 hours of approved instruction in Real Estate Fundamentals and Real Estate Practice and pass the final exams with a 70% – click on the hotlink for a Pennsylvania Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course
- Pass a proctored final examination.
- In order to successfully complete a prelicense course, students must take and pass a proctored final examination administered in an educational facility by an approved instructor employed at the educational facility.
- You are given a maximum of three attempts to pass the final examination. If you do not pass after the third attempt, you will be required to retake the course.
After completing your required pre-licensing education, you must:
- Submit a completed Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Examination Registration Form contained in the Candidate Information Bulletin provided by PSI.
- Submit the appropriate application fee referenced in the Candidate Information Bulletin.
- Submit proof of your completed Pennsylvania Real Estate Education qualifications with your registration form.
After your request has been processed, you will receive an email confirming approval at which time you can schedule an exam by phone at (800) 733-9267.
Before you submit your application for licensure to the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission, you will need to have an employing broker. It is important to research potential brokers in your area. The employing broker is responsible for ensuring that you meet and maintain the requirements for a Pennsylvania Real Estate Salesperson License.
After you’ve successfully fulfilled your education requirements, completed your proctored exam, passed your state exam and obtained an employing broker, you may submit the following paperwork to the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission:
- Completed Salesperson Initial License Application signed by broker and applicant
- Education Transcripts
- PSI examination score reports
- Criminal background check
- Check or money order
- Certification of licensure (If applicable)
- Criminal conviction and/or disciplinary documentation (If applicable)
When approved, your license will be mailed to your employing Broker’s main office.
It takes commitment and investment of effort, time and money to build a successful business. Real estate is no different, and you will be rewarded by the amount of effort and time you put into building your business. You will have expenses and start up costs. You need to have some money saved to make it for six months or more without a commission, or keep your day job while you transition into a full-time agent. You need to have the ability to pay your bills while you get started.
According to the Department of Labor, the median real estate agent’s income in 2012 was $39,140 (median means half above and half below). That’s gross income, out of which all their business expenses had to be paid. The bottom 10% had a gross median income of only $17,600. Even if you’re with a broker that provides an office, phone, business cards and some prospect leads, you’ll still have expenses for your car, personal marketing, client gifts/entertainment and more.
Our office is looking for people with a combination of strong deal-making and interpersonal skills. The skills involved include:
- Good people skills
- Strong sales skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Good analytical skills
- Creative ability
- High Initiative
We are looking for full time professionals who have a passion for learning. Our office utilizes the newest technology to serve our clients at the highest level. We provide the technology to help you succeed but you must provide the interest and drive. Contact one of our agents for more information on how our office works, or email the broker directly at EricaRamus@gmail.com.