How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Georgia

Planning to start a career as a real estate agent? To get your real estate license, you will need to take classes at a real estate school, and satisfy all the requirements set forth by the Georgia Real Estate Commission.

Here's what you need to know to become a real estate agent in Georgia:

1) Licensing Requirements

2) Duties of a Real Estate Agent

3) What is a REALTOR®?

4) Income Potential

5) Real Estate Schools

 

How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Georgia

1) Real Estate Agent Licensing Requirements

In Georgia,  real estate agents MUST be licensed by the Georgia Real Estate Commission.  To obtain your real estate license, you must:

  1. Satisfy the minimum requirements to apply for the real estate exam:
  1. Apply to take the State exam. 
  2. Get Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) report (criminal history).   Report must not be more than 60 days old.  Take to exam center.
  3. Pass the exam. 
  4. Pay the appropriate fees.
  5. Apply for Real Estate License.   
  6. (Take 25 hour post-license course in the first year of licensure.)

Newly licensed agents must work under the supervision of an employing real estate broker.  Most new agents start out by working for one of the large brokerages like Coldwell-Banker, Century-21, Remax, etc. If you would like to have your own business and work for yourself, you must upgrade to a broker's license.

 

2) Duties of Real Estate Agents

A real estate agent's main job is to assist their clients in the process of buying and selling real estate.

Their list of duties include:

 

3) What is a REALTOR®?

A real estate agent becomes a REALTOR® when he or she pays an annual fee to be a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its Code of Ethics.

The agent generally joins through the local board or association.

For example, in Atlanta, once you have obtained your real estate license, you may pay a fee to join the Atlanta Board of REALTORS®.  This also makes you a member of the Georgia Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®.

All REALTORS® are real estate agents but not all real estate agents are REALTORS®.

 

4) Income Potential

Real estate agents are generally paid based on a percentage of the sales price. The seller will generally pay 4-6% of the sales price as the fee and that will be split 50/50 between the seller and buyer's broker.

For example, if the fee for a $100,000 house is 6%, the buyer's broker will be paid 3% or $3000 and the seller's broker will be paid 3% or $3000 as well.   The agent is paid by his or her broker, according to their previously agreed-upon commission split.  This is often 50/50 for beginning agents, so in that case the agent in our example would receive $1500. 

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, the Median Sales price for an existing single-family home in the Atlanta area was $156,900 for the fourth quarter of 2004.

 

5) Real Estate Schools

Here are some approved real estate schools offering the pre-licensing courses for the state of Georgia:


 

Location Real Estate School Phone
ACWORTH, GA AMERICA'S REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATES, INC. (770) 591-5552
ACWORTH, GA NORTH METRO TECHNICAL COLLEGE (770) 975-4041
ALBANY, GA ALBANY BOARD OF REALTORS R.E. SCHOOL (229) 883-6664
ALBANY, GA ALBANY TECHNICAL COLLEGE (229) 430-3593
ALBANY, GA DARTON COLLEGE SCHOOL OF REAL ESTATE (229) 430-6730
ALBANY, GA SOUTHEASTERN SCHOOL OF REAL ESTATE, INC. (229) 883-6605
ALEXANDRIA, VA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS INSTITUTE (703) 548-8600
ALPHARETTA, GA 24 BY 7 ONLINE SCHOOL OF REAL ESTATE (770) 754-5578
ALPHARETTA, GA 400 NORTH SCHOOL OF REAL ESTATE (678) 366-0739
AMERICUS, GA GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY (229) 931-2151
AMERICUS, GA SOUTH GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE (229) 931-2794
ATHENS, GA ATHENS AREA INSTITUTE OF REAL ESTATE (706) 353-9339
ATHENS, GA LARRY DILLARD SCHOOL OF RE TRAINING (706) 338-7862
ATHENS, GA NEGARA REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL SCHOOL (706) 546-0080
ATHENS, GA UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA CENTER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION (706) 542-3537
ATHENS, GA UPCHURCH SCHOOL OF REAL ESTATE (706) 543-4000
ATLANTA, GA ATLANTA TECHNICAL COLLEGE (404) 756-3814
ATLANTA, GA BAILEY ACADEMY OF REAL ESTATE, LLC (678) 419-0300
ATLANTA, GA EMPIRE REAL ESTATE BOARD, INC. SCHOOL OF REAL ESTATE (404) 755-5575
ATLANTA, GA GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS (770) 451-1831
ATLANTA, GA GEORGIA INST. OF INDEPENDENT RE STUDY (404) 252-6768
ATLANTA, GA KENNEDY CENTER FOR REAL ESTATE EDUCATION (770) 612-1037
ATLANTA, GA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SYSTEMS (800) 266-9416
ATLANTA, GA REALTY SPECIALIST INSTITUTE (404) 459-5887
ATLANTA, GA RMGA INSTITUTE (770) 394-0100
ATLANTA, GA SOUTHSIDE REAL ESTATE TRAINING SCHOOL (404) 349-8142
ATLANTA, GA THE HARRY NORMAN REALTORS SCHOOL OF REAL (770) 804-9605
ATLANTA, GA TORREY SCHOOL OF REAL ESTATE (770) 730-7900
ATLANTA, GA TRIPP ANDERSON (404) 325-7207
AUGUSTA, GA A TO Z SCHOOL OF REAL ESTATE (706) 790-5804
AUGUSTA, GA AUGUSTA INSTITUTE OF REAL ESTATE (706) 798-1366
DECATUR, GA RE/MAX EXECUTIVE TRAINING SERVICES (404) 378-9300
DECATUR, GA RISING VENTURES TRAINING INSTITUTE (678) 518-0110
MARIETTA, GA AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF REAL ESTATE (770) 427-8253
MARIETTA, GA CENTURY 21 ACROSS ATLANTA ACADEMEY OF REAL ESTATE (770) 977-7888
MARIETTA, GA CHATTAHOOCHEE TECHNICAL COLLEGE (770) 528-4550
SAVANNAH, GA ARMSTRONG ATLANTIC STATE UNIVERSITY (912) 927-5322
SAVANNAH, GA BEN FARMER SCHOOL OF REAL ESTATE (912) 692-1085
SAVANNAH, GA SAVANNAH BOARD OF REALTORS INSTITUTE (912) 354-1513
SAVANNAH, GA TRICOUNTY SCHOOL OF REAL ESTATE (912) 351-9737
STONE MOUNTAIN, GA ARMSTRONG REALTY, SCHOOL OF REAL ESTATE (404) 298-4663
STONE MOUNTAIN, GA HOOKS INSTITUTE OF REAL ESTATE (770) 935-7495

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