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Alabama FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Requirements to Obtain a Salesperson License:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  2. Be at least 19 years old
  3. Show proof of bona fide residency in any state in the U.S.
  4. Show proof of high school graduation or GED
  5. Not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude
  6. Not have had a real estate application or license rejected or revoked in any state within the past two years.
  7. After meeting the 60 hour prelicense education and/or experience requirements, pass the licensing examination within 12 months of course completion.

Requirements to Obtain a Broker's License:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  2. Be at least 19 years old
  3. Show proof of bona fide residency in any state in the U.S.
  4. Show proof of high school graduation or GED
  5. Not have been convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude
  6. Not have had a real estate application or license rejected or revoked in any state within the past two years.
  7. After meeting the 60 hour prelicense education and/or experience requirements, pass the licensing examination.
  8. Must have held an active real estate salesperson license in any state for at least 24 months of the 36 months immediately preceding the date of application.
  9. Have successfully passed both the Alabama and National portions of the AMP Broker Real Estate Exam.
  10. Have completed, signed and submitted the Broker licensing application provided by the Alabama Real Estate Commission along with the required fee.

Educational Requirements to renew a Salesperson License for the 1st Time:
Completion of the 30 hour post license course for salespersons within the first six months of licensure for active licensees and within one year for inactive licensees.

Note: There is no post license requirement for brokers.

Educational Requirements to renew a Salesperson’s License:

Every two years a total of fifteen (15) clock hours of continuing education prescribed by the Commission is required for renewal of an active license. These hours must be completed by September 30 of every even year. The fifteen hour continuing education course requirement is as follows:

  1. Three (3) clock hours in Risk Management – Level 1. In this level, brokers and salespersons shall take the Risk Management: Avoiding Violations course.
  2. Three (3) clock hours in Risk Management – Level 2.  In this level, all brokers shall take the Risk Management for Brokers course.  Salespersons shall take the Risk Management for Salespersons course, the Risk Management for Brokers course, or an industry-specific Risk Management course approved for Level 2 credit by the Commission.
  3. Nine (9) clock hours in Commission-approved courses

Educational Requirements to renew a Broker's License:

Every two years a total of fifteen (15) clock hours of continuing education prescribed by the Commission is required for renewal of an active license. These hours must be completed by September 30 of every even year. The fifteen hour continuing education course requirement is as follows:

  1. Three (3) clock hours in Risk Management – Level 1. In this level, brokers and salespersons shall take the Risk Management: Avoiding Violations course.
  2. Three (3) clock hours in Risk Management – Level 2.  In this level, all brokers shall take the Risk Management for Brokers course.  Salespersons shall take the Risk Management for Salespersons course, the Risk Management for Brokers course, or an industry-specific Risk Management course approved for Level 2 credit by the Commission.
  3. Nine (9) clock hours in Commission-approved courses

1.  Register for the 60 Hours of Required Education

You must successfully complete 60 hours of approved real estate education, and be at least 19 years old.  Complete the 60-hour requirement with our approved education.

 

2.  Apply for your Real Estate License Examination

For more detailed information, go to: www.goamp.com

3. Take the Alabama and National Licensing Exam

Successfully pass both the Alabama and National portions of the AMP Salesperson Real Estate Exam. Be prepared on exam day with our exam prep QBank.

4.  Apply for Your Alabama State License

Applications can be located on the Alabama Real Estate Commission website at:

  You must also complete a Criminal History Release Form and submit it with your application.  The form is located on the Commission’s website at:

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All Brightwood College and Brightwood Career Institute, powered by Kaplan Real Estate Education licensing, postlicensing and continuing education courses are submitted and approved by that state's governing body.

Each state handles reciprocity differently. We encourage individuals who are licensed in a state and desire to become licensed in additional states to contact the target state regulator body for details. After obtaining the requirements necessary to be licensed in that state, our customer service team can assist you with matching courses to state reciprocity rules. 

What is the difference between a sales person and a broker? A real estate salesperson or broker is a professional licensed by their state to help consumers with real estate matters.  A salesperson must work under a managing or principal broker, this is the broker who is in charge of the brokerage firm.  Some states only license brokers, in that case, new brokers may be called broker associates and are required to work under a managing or principal broker. Much like a salesperson. 

A managing, principal or employing broker is a licensed broker who is in charge of a brokerage firm and the salespersons or broker associates of the firm. Typically to become a managing broker at least two years of active license experience and further course work and sometimes license exams are required.

No matter if you are a real estate salesperson, broker associate or managing broker the job is the same work with buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords to help them reach an agreement.

An appraiser gives an opinion of the quality, value, or utility of a specific property. An appraisal is usually required whenever real estate is sold, mortgaged, taxed, insured, or developed. A typical appraisal might include physically inspecting the property, measuring the improvements and collecting the associated costs, preparing a site drawing, writing the physical description of the property, researching official records and deeds, finding similar properties to compare, and writing a final appraisal report.

  • Make a list of brokerage firms you want to talk with. If you don't know where to start, browse real estate ads to see if some firms seem more interesting than others.
  • Visit your local Chamber of Commerce or Board of REALTORS® to find out which firms are best represented. Pay attention to television and radio advertising, billboards, and the “For Sale” signs you see in yards.
  • Make appointments with the managing or principle broker of each real estate firm on your list. Larger firms may have recruiting managers.
  • Ask the broker for an itemized list of startup expenses. Are you required to join local, regional, and national professional organizations? Are there recurring monthly or quarterly expenses for membership?
  • Find out if advertising expenses are paid by the agency. How about “For Sale” signs and other signs? Do they provide them to agents free of charge?
  • Who pays for long distance telephone calls to clients? How about photocopies, stamps, and other office-related expenses?
  • Does the firm provide in-office computers and printers for real estate agent use, or are you expected to bring your own?
  • Ask if the firm carries errors and omissions insurance for agents. If so, find out what's covered. Discuss the policy with an insurance carrier to make sure it's adequate.

According to Salary.com, most real estate agents earn on average between $36,566 and $47,610 annually. How much agents make depends on the number of transactions they complete, the commission paid to the brokerage, and their split with the sponsoring broker. If you are talking with a franchised agency, be sure to ask what percentage of each sales commission is deducted and sent to the franchising company. Top producers earn a lot more than the average real estate agent. Each real estate office sets its own standards for top producers, but it's probably safe to say that a top producer would need to sell at least one home a month to qualify. Mega-stars earn $200,000 and up per year. Very few real estate professionals earn a salary versus commission.

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