REAL ESTATE CAREER
Helpful Licensing Resources
Curious about the Iowa Real Estate Licensing Process?
Getting your real estate license can be confusing and overwhelming at times – that’s why the more you know about the process the easier it will be. Learn more about each of the nine steps, virtual vs. online courses, different requirements, and the best strategy to take.
IS REAL ESTATE FOR YOU?
Learn more about what qualities make a successful realtor and dive into the questions you need to be answered. Figure out the real costs of real estate during and after licensing.
ASK THE EXPERTS
Hear from current agents about why they made the switch into real estate.
PROS & CONS
The honest truth – real estate isn’t for everyone. Read more about the pros and cons of starting a career in real estate and how it can affect your life.
THE REAL COSTS
All of the answers to your questions about the cost of real estate. Learn about costs during the licensing process and after.
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To get your real estate license you will be required to take a 60-hour pre-licensing course. There are two options when it comes to course style – you can choose between taking the course in-person or online.
There is so much more to consider when choosing a brokerage. The 4 main key components you should think through are the brokerages training, culture, brand, and costs/commissions. In order to become a realtor one of the very first things you learn is that you must hang your license with an existing brokerage.
Preparing for the Real Estate Exam is definitely a daunting task (at least feels that way). The best advice is to think about what methods really worked for you to study when taking tests in school. For example, some are good with memorization – so flashcards & repetition within the hours leading up to the test can be really helpful.
As is true when launching your own company within any industry, initial start-up costs are to be expected. In real estate, budgeting for those costs can be vital to launching your career as a financially sound business person. Start-up costs can vary, depending on the state, local MLS, and brokerage in which you’re joining. You should be prepared to spend a significant amount of money during this initial licensing time period.
A criminal background check is required by Iowa law for all real estate salesperson and broker applicants. The Iowa Real Estate Commission searches an applicant’s history through three divisions: The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Iowa Courts Online. The search will include the Iowa Sex Offender Registry.
The Iowa Real Estate licensing process can seem overwhelming – lots of requirements, all sorts of courses, and of course lots of questions. Ultimately the process is relatively easy to navigate as long as you do your research and follow the steps.