3 actions you must take to get your Texas broker’s license

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06/16/2016 | Author: Editorial Staff

Maybe you’ve been a sales agent for quite some time, or you’re new to the business and eventually want to start your own brokerage. Whatever the case, there are some requirements you must meet before being eligible for a Texas broker’s license. Here are a few steps you must take before applying.

You need some active experience. The Texas Real Estate Commission requires that you have at least four years of active experience in Texas as a real estate license holder during the 60-month period prior to filing an application.

You need 3,600 points. Your active experience as a real estate license holder must come through specific types of real estate activities, which are worth a certain number of points. For example, you earn 300 points for each closed purchase or sale of a property. You’ll see what qualifies for points and provide information on your activities to TREC with the Supplement A-Qualifying Experience Report for a Broker License. Only experience from the five years prior to the date you submit your application can be used for the form, and you’ll need to show documentation that supports the experience you include, such as listing agreements and contracts.

You need hundreds of hours of qualifying real estate courses. TREC requires 270 classroom hours of certain qualifying real estate courses, including Law of Agency, Law of Contracts, and Real Estate Brokerage. In addition, you’ll need to take 630 classroom hours in related courses acceptable to TREC. A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university will satisfy these additional requirements.

Learn more about how to earn your Texas broker’s license on TREC’s website

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Melba Aguilar on 07/01/2016

as stated on TRECS website no hours of service are required to renew the sales person license. only CE hours. is this a change in the law? or a typo (agent vs broker) on this article?

Cary Beach on 06/17/2016


  if your not producing, you should not be holding a license unless your a Real Estate Attorney. This just to mess up the business for others who are trying to make a living at this business.  Real Estate is not a hobby or a game. This is the largest investment people make in their lives.  People deserves to have someone who is EXPERIENCED and Active in the Current Market !

They need to work with someone who does it as a professional and has the experience in helping them in current market conditions.  Too many times inexperienced people have no idea what they are doing.  Even using out dated forms.  I hear all kinds of story’s from Lenders what they run into with the one or two transaction per year agent .  On the listing side I have seen many times incomplete contracts and such. 

To do the job you need to be working it.  YES to keep a license you should have at least the average number of sales per year after the first renewal. 

PLUS!!  I believe that anyone holding a Broker license should have a place of business that clients can meet them at.  NO one should hold a broker license and have there home as the office address.  If they are a broker servicing the public they need to have a commercial office to meet people at.

Would you have a major surgery done by a doctor who only did one or two a year?

I also Strongly Believe that Buyer rebates are a huge Bogus deal.  Any such Buyer Rebates should be limited to the amount paid from a previous transaction or funds paid in a Retainer fee. 

So if a buyer sells a previous owned home with you and they paid to your company in the past 90 days a Commission to sell their home, then any buyer rebate should be LIMITED to the amount paid in past 90 days or 6 months with new construction.  Otherwise its a Gift of Commission to a NON LICENSED Person .  There is NOTHING In Licensing law that states a principle in a transaction can be paid commissions from a buyers agent.

Many times agents and buyers are committing Mortgage fraud with the so called Bogus Buyer Rebate.  When they write checks to the buyer and do not put it on the Closing statement an have Lender approval and not give the buyer a 1099 then they also commit Tax FRAUD too.  Because its not a refund or rebate of funds paid, it is a Gift from Earned income to a NON Licensed person.

This business needs to be tightened up to protect the general public!!

Too many people treat this like a licence you get from a Cracker Jack box. 

If you sell cars and have a Dealer WHOLESALE License you must have a commercial place of business.  Why doesn’t TREC Require this of all Brokers.

You can NOT run a BROKERAGE out of your home and service the public correctly!  I have ran around trying to drop off funds and find my self at a so Call BROKERS office and its a residential home!  YIKES!  Then no one is home,  what a joke. These brokers should have a place of business with a staff or go work with a broker who does.

Salesperson can work form home, because they should have a brokers commercial office to meet clients at. 

There a lot of work to do to bring this business up to the level it should be in order to service the public correctly.

JB Williamson on 06/16/2016

Cary Beach, what are you talking about, are you saying to keep your license you must sell X number of properties?

Cary Beach on 06/16/2016

This is Great news. Now you need require minumim production of 6 units sales or 12 leases per year to keep your sales person licence too.

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