Getting into real estate is an enterprising move. The business of buying and selling of properties can give you very good income if you are skilled enough and knowledgeable enough regarding the ins and outs of the field.
In Ohio, just like in many parts of America and the world, real estate is a booming business. In 2008 alone, more than a hundred thousand homes were sold. Imagine how many real estate agents were able to take on a hefty commission out of those sales?
Then again, you cannot jump into real estate with just the willingness tot sell and take commission from it. You need to have a license and some relevant experience to be recognized as a professional in this field.
Here is a step-by-step guideline on how you can become a real estate agent in Ohio:
Step 1: Make sure that you have the basic qualifications. You must be at least 18 years old and must have at least completed high school (that is, if you were born past 1950; if you were born before 1950, you do not need a high school diploma). Aspiring real estate agents must also possess a clean criminal record.
Step 2: Take online courses for real estate in Ohio. Significant education is required for you to qualify for the licensure exam. You must complete the required 120 hours of classroom training from the accredited colleges in the state. Since this is online, there is no pressure as to how long you will finish the course. You may submit to all the requirements and do all the coursework within a ten-year period.
Step 3: After completing the real estate course, you must register for a licensure exam and pass the test so you may apply for your license.
Step 4: Make sure to apply for your license within the same year you have passed the test. Beyond that year, your test scores will no longer be valid. That means you will need to take the exam anew to be able to use it for applying for your license.
Step 5: You must renew your real estate license every year, before your birthday. Every three years, you will need to complete 30 hours of continuing education as criteria for your renewal. That means you need to take real estate refresher courses to enjoy having a license to buy and sell properties and to facilitate other real estate dealings. This is also a good way to keep yourself updated on what’s new in the field.
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