I'm moving to Colorado springs Colorado and want to get my real estate license. Do you know the best way for me to proceed or anything to look out for?
You’ll need to complete your real estate classes, just like any other state. If you’ve already passed your national exam in another state, then you should be able to skip it here in Colorado.Getting your Colorado real estate agent’s license (here in Colorado, the official title is “associate broker”) is harder than other states when it comes to passing the state exam.I had my license in Arizona (which provides agents a lot of legal power, which requires a lot of understanding about AZ real estate law) and Texas (where closings require real estate attorneys to review and approve paperwork, so there was less legal demands on agents) - and both states‡ exam content and requirements were definitely easier.Based on the latest passing rates (May 2019), only 63% of the people taking the exam the first time passed it. And that’s an increase from past years, where it was somewhere around 50%. That’s an intimidating passing rate for aspiring “associate brokers”, which means that many of them weren’t ready for the exam.The moral of the story is this: do your homework and find one of the best real estate school in Colorado to do your prep work. Don’t fall into the trap of “hey, I can save a couple of bucks, so I’ll go with the cheapest school” strategy.Go with a school that is up-to-date on current laws and requirements and requires a lot from their students. Otherwise, you will be rudely surprised when you take the exam and see questions on material that were either not covered enough in your classes, or, worse yet, not covered at all.(Yes, I speak from experience, although I did pass the exam the first time - only because I had a solid knowledge from other states and of real estate law and principles in general.)The Colorado Division of Real Estate provides a great resource - they prthe stats on where students went to school and then their total passing rates on the first try of taking the exam.Check out this page: Real Estate Broker Steps for Initial Licensure and selectReal Estate Broker Course Provider First Time Exam Pass RateAdditionally, there is a book you can purchase: Principles of Real Estate Practice Textbook. It’s definitely worth the money, especially when you’re preparing for the exam. That book ultimately saved me from getting close to failing the exam as it covered areas that my classes neglected to cover.Lastly, there are people in Colorado who do tutoring and exam prep classes that are not associated with a particular school. I would definitely recommend one of these people and their services - especially when it comes to the point where you need to choose which broker you want to work with.Be aware that the expenses of getting and maintaining your real estate agent’s license in Colorado is higher than other states. State fees, class fees, mandatory E&O insurance, CE fees, etc. all add up for over $1500 to start. And that doesn’t include what your broker will require you to pay in office fees, technology fees, etc.When it comes to brokers, that’s an even more important conversation . . . your choice depends on how committed you are, how much money you have in starting your career here, how much mentorship you need, and what services you want. And with the highly competitive sellers‡ market in Colorado, it’s extremely critical to have a powerful marketing plan in place once you get started. Otherwise, it will be a painful, expensive business venture.