If you are thinking about becoming a real estate agent or are in the process of becoming one, let me just prepare you for the recent encumbrances (real estate term!) that you may face from the Texas Real Estate Commission or TREC for short. Now, I can only speak first-hand from my recent experiences with them and you may have had a completely different one, in which case PLEASE comment on this post and let me know how you’ve handled the endless bureaucracy.
First off I must give credit where credit is due, I have to say that after being on hold for a good 30 minutes at a time (on numerous occasions) the people on the other end of the line are always genuinely pleasant and sincerely want to give you the answer that you want to hear. That being said, they always end up telling me that ‘they are extremely back-logged and I will receive my physical license in the mail as soon as they can get to my documents’. Reassurance is always key to my lack of patience so every time I do manage to get someone on the phone I ask again, “ARE YOU SURE I HAVE SUBMITTED EVERYTHING?” they explain ‘yes mam’ and we politely part ways.
4-6 weeks is the amount of time the TREC website states you can expect to get your actual physical license and begin practicing as a salesperson due to their back log and I passed my test on August 30, 2010 which by my calculations puts me at a little over 6 weeks.
However confused or frustrated you must feel though, I beg you to fear not my fellow comrades-in-angst and leave you with a few tips so that you may better curtail the length of time by which to get your license…
- While still taking your real estate classes, make sure to be ahead of the game and fill out all necessary paperwork to have ready-to-go as soon as you have fulfilled all of the required classroom hours. I would say to even have a pre-addressed envelope so this way you just have to drop everything in the mailbox and forget about it.
- Repeat step one. Once you receive your letter from TREC (which only took a few days in my experience) saying you have fulfilled all hours and can fill out an application for license you should have all the following items ready-to-go in a pre addressed envelope:
(1) Satisfied current education requirements
(2) Completed and filed an application
(3) Taken and passed an examination
(4) Get fingerprinted and meet the honesty, integrity and trustworthiness requirements, and
(5) Arranged for a broker sponsor.
- IMPORTANT: GET FINGERPRINTED BEFORE EVEN TAKING THE REAL ESTATE STATE EXAM. I don’t know how else to tell you besides yelling it from the top of my lungs. This is TREC insider information and as they told me, ‘will save you at least 2 weeks and a mountain of headaches’.
- After all this is said and done a good way to pass the time is preparing to actually become licensed. Practice marketing, advertising, and networking skills and build as many relationships as you can so when the time actually does come the wait will have been completely worth it.