Real Estate Career Questions
How do I get my real estate license?
1. Complete Required Education – Livestream OR online self-paced
2. Select Your Sponsoring Broker
3. Submit Your Application
4. Schedule & Pass Your Test
See Full License Requirements
Why become a real estate agent?
If you’ve ever considered a fresh start in a lucrative career, there has never been a better time to become a real estate agent. As a real estate agent, you have the opportunity to help people with one of the biggest decisions of their life – buying a home! In addition to helping people, here are a few of the many reasons why becoming a licensed real estate agent could be the right fit for you:
You have the fulfilling task of helping people with their home buying or selling experience.
REAL ESTATE IS HERE TO STAY
The economy ebbs and flows, but at the end of the day, there will always be customers in need of your services and support to buy and sell homes.
Make your own hours that work for you and your schedule.
You’ll have the chance to meet new people and be social in your community on a daily basis.
Take your career to the next level by becoming a licensed real estate broker. Be your own boss and build a team of your own.
UNLIMITED EARNING POTENTIAL
According to a 2020 analysis from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, real estate brokers made over $51,000 annually. Depending on your personal business goals, the sky’s the limit when it comes to your earning potential.
RELATED CAREER PATHS
The real estate industry is diverse, and it allows you to become anything from a personal investor to a property manager to a handler involved in land acquisition.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018)
How can I be sure a real estate career is right for me?
Above all else, real estate is a customer service business. Why? You’ll be involved in what is likely one of the biggest purchases or sales in a person’s life. For that reason, we encourage a self-reflective review of your career objectives and what you hope to achieve. Discuss these issues and goals with someone who has first-hand industry knowledge, and then make your decision. Click here
to learn more about our Open Houses for interested professionals.
Class Offering Questions
Do I have to take all my classes at once?
Once you’ve purchased classes with us, you have six months to complete them. Hondros offers multiple ways to take your courses, including: self-paced online courses (taken at your own speed), in-person classes, or livestream classrooms (held in real time from any device).
What is the difference between online and Livestream learning?
Our online learning format is “self-paced,” meaning you can take courses on your own time, at your own pace. Livestream learning is instructor-led in real-time via Zoom.
Are there any similarities between online and Livestream learning?
Yes! Both online and Livestream learning feature our expert-developed course material that you can take from the comfort of your own home.
What are the benefits of the online learning format?
With our self-paced online learning format, you’ll go at your own speed through the courses. You’re not on a set schedule, so you can choose to take the courses anytime and anywhere with an internet connection. Our online course format features written material with recorded video of our experienced instructors mixed in to keep you engaged.
What are the benefits of Livestream learning?
Our Livestream courses are most similar to the classroom learning experience, as they are taught by an instructor via Zoom in real-time. It’s a great option for students who benefit from an interactive instructor experience. With Livestream learning, you’ll attend class virtually with other students at scheduled times, just like you would in the classroom!
How do I know which learning format works best for me?
When deciding between taking online courses, in-person classes, or livestream courses, it’s important to consider your learning style and personal schedule. If you require the flexibility to learn when and where you want, our self-paced online courses are for you. If you find, however, that you learn better from an instructor — and you have time to attend regularly scheduled classes or Zoom sessions — in-person or livestream learning is for you.
To complete classes, do I have to choose a certain way to learn? (via livestream classes, in person classes, or self-paced online courses)
Great news! With Hondros, students are able to learn through a combination of all three learning channels — self-paced online, in-person classes, and livestream courses — in order to complete their pre-licensing education.
How and when do I receive my textbooks?
Currently, we are shipping all textbooks to enrolled students. Once you have registered for your course(s), the textbook(s) will be shipped to you within 24 hours. You should expect delivery within 2-4 days of registration.
Do I HAVE to buy the books?
It is highly recommended that books are purchased, though not required. If you purchase a package, books will be included. You will have the option to pick up your books at any Hondros campus, or have them shipped to you (shipping charges apply).
How long does it take to complete the real estate courses?
Real Estate pre-licensing on Ohio requires 120 hours of pre-licensing education. Complete 40 hours of Principles & Practices, 40 hours of Law, 20 hours of Finance and 20 hours of Appraisal. All can be completed at any one of our multiple locations statewide, online, or mix & match to create your own custom schedule.
How long are my certificates good for?
Upon successful completion of your Real Estate pre-licensing classes you will be given completion certificates. These are good for ten years.
How do I schedule my state exam?
Real Estate state exams are scheduled by calling PSI Exams at 1-855-834-8749 or by visiting their website at psiexams.com.
My attendance is incorrect; how do I get this fixed?
Please note that it may take up to 24 hours after each class for your attendance to be updated in your student account. If you do not see your attendance reflected correctly more than 24 hours after attending class, you can call Student Services at 1-888-HONDROS (466-3767) and one of our Student Services Associates will be happy to help you.
How do I schedule an online class?
If you would like to schedule, please follow the steps below:
- 1. Click here, or click LOGIN at the top right of the hondros.com
- 2. Under REAL ESTATE, click on PRE-LICENSING (CLASSROOM AND ONLINE)
- 3. Enter the email address and password provided at registration
- 4. This will bring up your classes page, where you can click on individual courses to customize by module
- 5. Once you’ve clicked on a class – you will have a list of modules with locations and times – click on the campus location and select ONLINE from the drop-down menu
- 6. Once you have selected online – click on the orange START icon, which will be located to the right (under the ONLINE column)
- 7. A separate window will open with the online course access (Ensure your pop-ups are not blocked on your browser)
Is there financial aid?
Our Real Estate courses are currently not eligible for financial aid such as PELL grants or VA funding, but we have scholarships available on our website as well as other forms of assistance by outside agencies. Click here
for a list of payment options.
Can I use FAFSA?
FAFSA is not available for our courses. Click here
for our payment options.
Step 1: Meet the general Ohio real estate license requirements as outlined on the Ohio Division of Real Estate Website.
- Be at least 18 years of age when applying for a license.
- Must not have been convicted of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude. Not have violated any civil rights laws regarding real estate within the past two years as determined by a court of law or violated any rules of the Ohio Division of Real Estate. In some circumstances, it is possible to have a conviction or violation disregarded, which would allow you to sit for the exam. The Division may only make a determination with respect to a conviction or violation if you file an application. For additional information on this process, contact the Division directly or review the additional information found on the Division’s website.
Step 2: Complete the approved 120 hours of pre-licensing education.
Step 3: Select a sponsoring broker. Need help finding a broker? Attend one of our Career Expos!
Step 4: Submit your Salesperson Examination Application & pay the application fee.
Please Note: The Ohio Division of Real Estate now requires real estate applicants to have their fingerprints processed for background checks within ten days after filing their application. If you have completed a background check prior to submitting your application, please call the ODRE at 614-466-4100 to review your status.
Step 5: Schedule your State License Exam & pass with a 70% or higher.
To see full licensing requirements CLICK HERE.