Steps To Getting Licensed in North Carolina
1. Getting Your Real Estate License
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2. Tips For Success: Passing Your Course And Licensing Exams
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Informational Booklet From NCREC
NCREC License Law and Rule Comments
One of the most under-utilized references for preparing for the NC real estate licensing exam is "License Law and Rule Comments," provided by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. They can be found by clicking here.
After Successful Completion Of Your Pre-Licensing Course:
Apply For Licensure With NCREC
NCREC Background Check
Contact Criminal Record Check.com at 877.272.0266 or www.ncreccheck.com . Criminal Record Check (CRC) is the only approved criminal record provider for the NC Real Estate Commission. Reports from other agencies will not be accepted. If you have only lived in NC during the past 7 years, your report will likely cost less than $30. However, you must submit a criminal record report for any state or country in which you lived during the past 7 years. Fees are assessed for each state and/or country. Also, checks must be performed for all names and aliases. Read more on pp 10-12 of RELINC (NCREC, 2022).
3. Maintaining Your License
Pay Your License Renewal Fee
All licensees must pay the NCREC an annual renewal fee of $45 no later than June 30th to remain on current status with the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. Log in to your online account with NCREC to pay your annual renewal fee between May 15th and June 30th each year.
Sign Up For Post-Licensing Classes
PBs must complete all 3 Post-Licensing courses within 18 months of initial licensure to retain eligibility to actively engage in real estate brokerage. If you do not timely complete Post-Licensing education, your license will be placed on inactive status. You may NOT perform any brokerage activities or collect brokerage fees (including referral fees) while your license is Inactive. Refer to 58A.1902. Yes, and you must pass the course final examinations to pass the courses. Post-Licensing courses may be taken in any sequence. Post 301-Broker Relationships & Responsibilities, Post 302-Contracts & Closing, and Post 303-NC Law, Rules & Legal Concepts. Course syllabi are available on the Commission’s website (NCREC, 2022).
Maintaining Active Status With Continuing Education
To maintain an Active license, a licensee must take eight (8) hours of continuing education each year. Provisional Brokers and non-BIC Brokers must take the General Update course and one Commission-approved elective. BICs and BIC-Eligible Brokers should* take the BICUP (Broker-in-Charge Update) course and one Commission-approved elective. See Rule 58A.1702.
*A BIC or BIC-eligible Broker who takes the General Update course and an elective will maintain an Active license but will lose his/her BIC status/eligibility. Log into your online license record to view your credits. To access your record, go to the Commission’s homepage (www.ncrec.gov) and click on “Licensee Login” (NCREC, 2022).
National Association of Realtors
Realtors must join a local or state association before entering the National Association of Realtors. This Association places high emphasis on community leadership and national level advocacy for home ownership.
430 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-4087
NC Association of Realtors
The NCAR is located relatively nearby in Greensboro, NC and represents more than 30,000 real estate professionals from 62 local associations statewide. NCAR offers a handful of specialty divisions, including Young Professionals Network and Property Management Division.
4511 Weybridge Lane
Greensboro, NC 27407
A subscription to the Triangle Multiple Listing Service gives a Realtor access to MLS info covering 16 counties in the greater Triangle NC region. One of the benefits of membership is access to computer training classes (Microsoft Office, Facebook, Quickbooks, etc.) at no additional fee.
111 Realtors Way
Cary, NC 27513
Professional And Consumer Resources
NC Real Estate Commission
The NCREC is the independent governmental agency in charge of licensing and regulating NC real estate agents. Their mission is "to protect the public interest in real estate brokerage transactions." Check out their website for detailed information on the various rules governing agents in NC.
P.O. Box 17100
Raleigh, NC 27619-7100