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How to Become a Texas Realtor

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Summary:
Person or candidates wishing to become licensed real estate salesperson
in Texas must be 18 years of age or older, must be honest, trustworthy,
have integrity, must be a legal resident of Texas and must be a United
States citizen or a lawfully admitted alien.


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Article Body:
Person or candidates wishing to become licensed real estate salesperson
in Texas must be 18 years of age or older, must be honest, trustworthy,
have integrity, must be a legal resident of Texas and must be a United
States citizen or a lawfully admitted alien. Candidates must also have
completed the required education, applied to the Texas Real Estate
Commission (TREC) and pass the licensing examination.

The educational courses required by the TREC include 60 classroom hours
of Principles of Real Estate, 30 classroom hours of Law of Agency, 30
classrooms hours of Law of Contracts as well as another 34 classroom
hours of core real estate courses. Candidates must submit proof of
completion to the TREC with a credit transcript or certificate along with
$20. After the TREC receives the proper proof of completion, it then will
present the candidate with a letter of satisfaction for educational
requirements. This letter must be received before the candidate can apply
for the Texas Real Estate License.

The application asks candidates their height, weight, sex and ethnic
group. The application also asks if the candidate has ever been licensed
in Texas or another state as a Real Estate salesperson. If the candidate
answers yes to these questions, the application asks them to explain. The
next thing the application covers is has the candidate ever had a
professional or occupational licensed revoked, suspended, canceled or
surrendered. If the answer to this question is yes, then they will need
to explain the situation. The application goes on to ask if there are any
disciplinary hearings or investigations pending against any professional
or occupational licenses that the candidate may hold. If so, the
candidate will need to submit copies of all orders, notices,
disapprovals, investigative reports as well as a written explanation. The
application continues to ask the candidate if they have any unpaid
judgments or civil suits pending and if so, to submit copies of all
petitions and judgments along with a written explanation. The application
also asks if the candidate has ever been convicted of a criminal offense,
which includes felonies and misdemeanors other than traffic tickets. The
candidate is also asked if they have ever been on probation or community
supervision or have any criminal charges pending. If the answer is yes to
this question, then the candidate will need to submit copies of all
indictments, information, judgments, orders and charges with a written
explanation. The application goes on to cover aliases and work history
for the past 5 years. The entire application must be filled out in ink or
type written.

Filing this application authorizes the TREC to run a background check on
the candidate. Information revealed in the background check can be used
to disapprove the candidate’s application, even if all the other
requirements are met. After the background check is complete and approved
by the TREC, the candidate will receive notification as to whether the
candidate has been approved or not. If approved, the candidate will
receive a copy of the Candidate Information Brochure to register for the
exam. After registering for the exam, the TREC will inform the candidate
of the time and location of the exam. The candidate will need to forms of
identification at the exam site. One form must be government issued such
as a driver’s license and the other form must have a signature and
preprinted name on it. The exam tests the candidate’s knowledge regarding
the principles, practices statutes and regulations relating to real
estate.

After the candidate has passed the exam, they are considered licensed
real estate salespersons, but they must have a Texas Real Estate broker
with an active license to sponsor them.

				
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