Not Rob, but a little more info… - Posted by Carmen_FL
Posted by Carmen_FL on December 16, 1999 at 18:58:27:
Here is S. Fla there’s only one big “school” that has all the courses, but they are also offered at “night school” and colleges. The big-school course costs $399, and as Rob said is for 45 hours. You need to take the in-class test, then the state exam, which cost about $80 a year ago.
You will need to find a broker who will let you “hang” your license, without requiring you to actually show up. You cannot work as a Real Estate Agent without working for a Broker. There are some “100% split” brokers out there, some who charge you monthly “desk” fees and some who charge you a per-transaction fee. Others will let you hang your license for “free” but for an 80-20 split on any transactions. You probably won’t be working for any of the “big name” firms - they like full-timers. After a year, if you’ve kept your license active, you can take the broker’s course and exam, and then you can open your own “brokerage”.
To have access to the MLS, you will also need to join the Board of Realtors - about $700 in Ft. Laud. That’s a yearly fee. Depending on your board, this may include software and access to MLS, or you may need to pay a monthly fee for access.
The MLS access, your split on any sales/purchases, and light legal help (the non-creative type that just keeps you out of trouble), are the main advantages of being a Realtor. As part of a “professional association” you can get access to services such as group health care and a credit union. You also can get discounts on the “tools of the trade” like cell phones, pagers, voice mail, auto leases, etc. - although usually you can find better deals on your own.