Texas Real Estate Salesperson Broker Licensing Requirements

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Texas Broker License Requirements

You will be required to have 4 years active experience out of the past five years whether you are in-state applying for your broker’s license or out-of-state.

You will need to have the equivalent of 900 clock hours 270 in “core” hours* and 630 in “related” hours).

You will also need to obtain 3600 points by various listing, leasing and sales activities to qualify.

Once your Broker Application and application fee is submitted to TREC, you will have one year to take all the necessary education requirements, submit your transaction affidavit (for the 3600 points) and pass your Broker’s examination. If you do not complete this process, you will need to re-apply and re-submit your application fee.

Texas Broker License Education Requirements

If you have a four-year degree from an accredited college or university in the United States, the Texas Real Estate Commission will award you 630 clock hours of “related” credit; therefore, with a four-year degree you will only need to acquire at total of 270 clock hours in “core” credit. All courses you took to obtain your salesperson’s license and your SAE renewal hours will all count toward the 270 hours of “core” credit. MCE credits only count as “elective” credit toward your Broker’s license.

If you do not have a four-year degree but you have some college hours, you will need to estimate what percentage of a four-year degree you have and then estimate the number of “clock” hours you will most likely receive. For example, if you have an associates degree (2 year degree), then you can estimate that you will receive approximately 300-315 hours of credit toward your broker’s license 630 ÷ 2= 315.

OR if you have a year of college, you can estimate that you will receive approximately 150 -160 hours credit 630 ÷ 4 = 157.5 hours.

Of course, it will be necessary for you to submit a Broker’s Application to the Texas Real Estate Commission and the application fee to find out exactly how many hours they will award, but your estimate can be helpful for you to determine if you can complete the necessary requirements in the one year time-frame.

Certain types of transactions are worth a certain number of points and the applicant is required to use the forms adopted by reference in the rule to summarize the transactions. For example, a closed purchase or sale of a single family home (residential) is worth 300 points, while a closed purchase or sale of an apartment complex with five of more units (commercial) is worth 450 points.

An applicant may continue to gain experience after an application has been submitted until such time that the applicant meets the total number required but before the applicant may take the qualifying examination. The applicant has up to one year after an application if filed to complete all requirements, and must meet experience and education requirements before the applicant can take the licensing examination. Experience earned after the application is submitted is to be reported on a different form adopted by reference in the rule.

If an applicant is unable to obtain sufficient documentation and/or the signature of the sponsoring broker, the applicant is required to use an affidavit adopted by reference in the rule to describe the applicant’s efforts to obtain the documentation and/or signatures.

In addition, the applicant is required to provide two additional affidavits each signed by a different individual familiar with the applicant’s circumstances and attesting to the applicant’s efforts to obtain the appropriate documentation. Lastly, the rule gives the commission the discretion to request additional documentation, rely on the documentation provided under the new rule, or utilize any other information provided by the applicant to determine whether the applicant has sufficient experience as required by the Act.

Texas Broker License Experience Requirements

Certain types of transactions are worth a certain number of points and the applicant is required to use the forms adopted by reference in the rule to summarize the transactions. For example, a closed purchase or sale of a single family home (residential) is worth 300 points, while a closed purchase or sale of an apartment complex with five of more units (commercial) is worth 450 points.

An applicant may continue to gain experience after an application has been submitted until such time that the applicant meets the total number required but before the applicant may take the qualifying examination. The applicant has up to one year after an application if filed to complete all requirements, and must meet experience and education requirements before the applicant can take the licensing examination. Experience earned after the application is submitted is to be reported on a different form adopted by reference in the rule.

If an applicant is unable to obtain sufficient documentation and/or the signature of the sponsoring broker, the applicant is required to use an affidavit adopted by reference in the rule to describe the applicant’s efforts to obtain the documentation and/or signatures.

In addition, the applicant is required to provide two additional affidavits each signed by a different individual familiar with the applicant’s circumstances and attesting to the applicant’s efforts to obtain the appropriate documentation. Lastly, the rule gives the commission the discretion to request additional documentation, rely on the documentation provided under the new rule, or utilize any other information provided by the applicant to determine whether the applicant has sufficient experience as required by the Act.

Steps to Apply for the Texas Broker License

STEP 1

Obtain satisfactory evidence of successful completion of:

  1. At least four years active experience in Texas as a licensed real estate sales agent or broker during the 60 month period immediately preceding the filing of the application;

AND

Qualifying active experience for a total of 3600 points

  1. 270 classroom hours of qualifying real estate courses
  2. An additional 630 classroom hours in related courses acceptable to the Commission.

You can receive Core course credit again for a course, even if you took the course before, if you have not taken the course in the past two years.

CORE REAL ESTATE COURSE LIST

REQUIRED COURSES:

Principles of Real Estate
Law of Contracts
Law of Agency
Promulgated Contract Forms
Real Estate Finance
Real Estate Brokerage

 

ADDITIONAL COURSES:

Real Estate Appraisal
Real Estate Law
Real Estate Marketing
Real Estate Mathematics
Property Management
Real Estate Investments
Residential Inspections for Real Estate Agents
Principles of Business, Marketing and Investing

 

STEP 2

Submit your broker application to the Texas Real Estate Commission with the application fee along with your college transcript and any course certificates for courses that are not already on the TREC website.

If you do not meet the educational requirements at the time of application, TREC will notify you as to what you are lacking and you will have one year to obtain the necessary education hours, meet the 3600 in points toward the experience requirement and take and pass the Broker’s State examination.

 

STEP 3

Fingerprinting and Exam

If fingerprints were submitted for a Texas sales agent license, fingerprints do not need to be resubmitted but the $27.00 fee is required to obtain a background check.

License examinations are administered by Pearson VUE, a testing service company. Once the complete application is received and processed and education is satisfied, you will be notified of eligibility to sit for the examination. The exam eligibility notification will have instructions for contacting the exam administrator and obtaining a copy of the Candidate Handbook to register for the exam. The Candidate Handbook contains information about the examination, study material, and instructions for making an exam reservation. Two forms of current signature identification are required for admission to a testing site. The name on the identification must match the name on the application for a license. You must pass the examination within one year after the date the application is filed with TREC.

 

(Steps 4-8 are additional steps that apply to out-of-state brokers only.)

STEP 4
You must show proof of the Broker’s license from the State you are coming from

 

STEP 5
If you want to use credit from your real estate courses in the state you are coming from, (i.e. agency, principles, contracts, etc.), you must provide a course description of each course.

 

STEP 6
You must provide a written history of your real estate education

 

STEP 7
You must take the required TREC Brokerage course #0711

 

STEP 8
Once your application is processed by TREC and you have received notification that you meet the education and experience requirements you will need to be fingerprinted and instructed on how to set up your Broker State Exam with the Pearson Vue testing center.

 

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If you are thinking about obtaining your broker’s license, the Austin Institute of Real Estate will help you create the curriculum you need to complete those requirements. With live and online courses available, we offer an extensive number of courses that you can take to obtain your broker’s license.