Here I’ve outlined a high-level list of what’s required to become a real estate agent. Real estate licensure is regulated by each state so the requirements, such as the minimum age, mandatory hours of education, fees, etc., will vary based on where you live.

To be eligible to become a licensed real estate agent, you must:

  • Be at least 18 or 19 years old
  • Have a GED or high school diploma
  • Be a U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the United States
  • Complete the mandatory pre-licensing course
  • Pass your state real estate licensing exam
  • Choose a brokerage and pay membership fees

Here’s a great article on how to become a real estate agent.

This list should give you an idea of the process. Pretty much every step past the first three prerequisites will cost you. There’s usually a fee for the class, textbooks, exam, license application, brokerage fees, membership dues, and MLS fees.

Definitely do your research to find out the exact requirements in your state and how much it will cost. You’ll be much happier if you first understand the total time commitment and can budget before you get started.