Get Licensed as a Real Estate Agent

Want to work in the amazing world of real estate? It's a great career and you get to spend a lot of time helping your clients find the perfect home, office space, or investments. Every day and every transaction is different. You'll be learning from the day you start until the day you hang up your license, but it's hard to beat such a great field to be in. Here is the first thing you need to know. There are real estate agents, and then there are real estate agents that are Realtors®. What's the difference?

What is a Real Estate Agent?

A real estate agent is licensed by the state in which they are practicing real estate. Each state determines the criteria for becoming a licensed real estate agent. The Idaho Real Estate Commission is responsible for developing the educational requirements and course material for licensing in Idaho. They also determine testing requirements required to be granted a license. No person (except an attorney) can practice real estate in Idaho for another person without being licensed. Once you pass your test and successfully complete the state's background checks, you will receive your license and can help people buy and sell real estate. However, you will need to gain access to legal forms, find a way to list your clients properties so people can find them, and find a way to locate properties for sale. Luckily, there is an easy way to do that. Become a Realtor!

Find out more about Idaho Real Estate Commission Requirements

What is a Realtor®?

A Realtor® is a state licensed real estate agent who has chosen to become a member of a local Realtor® Association. Joining a local Realtor® association includes membership in a state Realtor® association and the National Association of Realtors®. When you become a Realtor® you will have access to all of the Realtor® contracts provided by the Idaho Realtor® Association. You'll also have access to a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) which is owned by one or more local associations. The MLS gives you a place to list homes, search for homes, and interact with other Realtors®. There are many other benefits that come with becoming a Realtor®. You can learn more about the Realtor® organization by visiting our Realtor® Membership at UVAR page.

So what's next?

If you're already a licensed real estate agent in Idaho, its time to become a Realtor®. If you're not a licensed real estate agent, find a school, get your required state education and test completed, and send in your application. .

Real Estate Education Options

You need to get enrolled in a real estate school that teaches the required Pre-License Real Estate Classes. You've got choices.

  • The traditional route is to enroll at an in-person real estate school where you'll meet with an instructor and interact with other class members. This is a great option because you are learning with a group of people and can interact with questions.
  • The second option you have is to do live, online classes.
  • Your third option is to go through the course material via computer based training (CBT's) 

All of these options are accepted by the Idaho Real Estate Commission, and you should consider carefully which will help you learn the material AND prepare you for the test.

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