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License Requirements

Educational Requirements

Real Estate is a complex business, to get started in your new career as a real estate agent, the Louisiana Real Estate Commission requires that you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.

  • Have obtained a high school diploma or equivalency certificate (GED).

  • Complete a 90 hours pre-license course approved by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission.

  • Pass the real estate salesperson licensing examination.

  • Select a Broker who you would like to affiliate with (Sponsoring Broker).

A good head start in a real estate career means learning more than just the bare minimum. Educational requirements must be in specific real estate courses and can be obtained through the following sources:

  • Take a pre-license course from a reputable school that is certified by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission. The courses can generally be taken on flexible schedules with both evening and day classes available, some schools even offer online options. Contact us for our recommendation.

  • Credit for real estate courses completed at a college or university may be accepted based on the applicability of the subject to the current pre-licensing course requirements.

Pre - License Testing

After completion of the classroom hours you will be given a Certificate of Completion and are eligible to apply for the licensing exam given each weekday, except holidays. This pre-license exam is the next step to your real estate career.

The exam is divided into two parts:

Real Estate Career

Frequently Asked Questions

Why consider a career in real estate?

Real Estate sales provide an opportunity to run your own business with a minimum amount of up front cost. Unlimited income potential, and the idea of flexible hours can be a huge incentive.

How long will it take to get my license?

Real estate classes offered by local real estate schools, certified by the State of Louisiana, are varied in format.  Classes can be from all-day to night, part time to full time. Some schools even offer on-line classes to allow students to work at their leisure. The amount of time it will take depends on the number or hours you can spend each day to complete the required hours. Generally, the process takes from four to twelve weeks. Once you have taken the exam, and Webb Jay & Associates processes all of the necessary paperwork to the Real Estate Commission, you should receive your license within a week to just a few days.

How do I get started in a real estate career?

The first step is to set up an appointment to discuss the many benefits of being associated with Webb Jay & Associates. Our office manager and staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. The manager will show you the local office, and work with you to determine how you can begin a successful real estate career.

How soon will I begin to earn an income?

Highs and lows are part of any sales career—some months will be higher producing then others; consistency over time will be the key to your success. Remember the first commission check may not come for several months because real estate sales are paid on a commission basis and it takes time to establish and build a customer and client base for your business. So it really depends on you and how much time you devote to developing your business.

How much can I expect to earn?

Remember, you are in business for yourself so you decide how much you want to earn and set realistic goals to achieve success.

How do I get business?

Your objective in this business is to assist people through the process of buying or selling homes. Your business can come from people you already know or from complete strangers. At Webb Jay & Associates we pride ourselves in training our agents and training them well. As one of our associates you will be trained in all aspects of prospecting and sales and will be able to create a course that will be long lasting. With the Webb Jay & Associates Peer Mentoring Program you will be linked up to an experienced real estate professional who will help guide you and facilitate your success.

What does it cost to get started?

We estimate the start-up cost to be approximately $1,500. Some of these expenses include your tuition, your real estate license, membership dues in the local, state and National Association of REALTORS, errors and omission insurance, etc. your broker will elaborate on what fees are due and when.

Am I limited to selling real estate in only one area?

Because your license is a Louisiana Real Estate License, and because Webb Jay & Associates is a member of multiple boards of REALTORS throughout South East Louisiana our agents can list and sell in just about any area they so choose.

What characteristics make a good sales agent?

Attitude and personality traits include: Honesty, integrity, willing to learn, good self-image, positive, outgoing, enthusiastic, likes to help others, independent and creative, handles frustration well, mature, persistent, and willing to work hard.