If you’d like to become a real estate agent in Kansas, it helps to understand everything involved before you start the process. Here, we’ll cover the benefits of the profession as well as everything that is required to receive your license.
There are a number of steps in the Kansas real estate licensing process, so we’ve broken it down to keep things simple. To get your license, you will need to:
Step 1: Complete Pre-License Education
Step 2: Pass the Course Exam
Step 3: Complete a Background Check
Step 4: Pass the Kansas Real Estate Licensing Exam
Step 5: Choose a Sponsoring Broker
Step 6: Submit a Real Estate License Application
A quick note about getting licensed in Kansas and Missouri
It’s common for Kansas City real estate agents to get a license in both Kansas and Missouri. To do this, you would get your license in your resident state, and then complete the required training to become licensed in the second state.
If you are a licensed real estate salesperson in another state, to obtain your Kansas license you would have to:
- Complete the State portion of the Kansas real estate agent exam
- Get you application signed by an active Kansas broker
- File a Nonresident form with your application
Before we move on to the steps to get your license, consider if becoming a Kansas real estate agent is right for you.
The Benefits of Working as a Kansas Real Estate Agent
At salary.com, the average salary for a real estate agent in Kansas is listed as $40,000 to $52,000 per year. This varies depending on your commission percentage, the number of homes you sell, if you have any caps, what your split is with your broker, and the value of the homes sold.
In Kansas, the average price of a home is around $150,000. Real estate agents often make a 6% commission on sales, which would be $9,000.
Salary aside, becoming a real estate agent includes these other benefits:
- Flexibility in your schedule
- Unlimited income potential
- Career mobility
- Helping people
- Familiarity with your community and neighborhoods
- Varying environments and tasks
If this sounds like a good fit for you, these are the things you should consider next.
Do You Prequalify?
To prequalify as an Kansas real estate agent, you need to:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Have not been convicted of certain felonies within a specific time frame (for more information on this, see here)
As long as you meet these prerequisites, you can take the next steps towards obtaining your license.
1. Complete Pre-License Education
To qualify as a real estate agent in Kansas. you need to complete 60 hours of pre-license education. This course can be taken in a live classroom or online, and there are a number of real estate institutes available across Kansas.
The course topics cover 30 hours of real estate principles and 30 hours of Kansas-specific topics.
2. Pass the Course Exam
The final course exam can be scheduled through the real estate school that you take classes through. To pass the exam and earn your certificate, you need to get a score of at least 90%.
Once you pass you will receive a School Completion Certificate – this will be valid for six months. You will need to complete the next step within 6 months of passing the course exam.
3. Complete a Background Check
Before you register for your state exam, you need to complete a background check with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
The simplest way to do this is at your local police department. They will give you the required documents that you need to mail in. Instructions for this can be found on the background check application form. The fee is $60.
4. Pass the Kansas Real Estate Licensing Exam
Once you’ve completed your background check, you can apply to take the Kansas Real Estate Salesperson and Broker Exam. This will be administered by Pearson VUE, an outside agency. You can use the Pearson VUE website to register for the exam online. You can cancel and reschedule your exam without paying additional fees as long as you do so two days before your original exam date.
Kansas has a number of testing centers that you can choose from. The fee is $82.
On the day of the exam, you will need to bring:
- Two (2) forms of ID.
- Certificate of Pre-Licensing Education Completion including:
- Principles of Real Estate Course (Salesperson candidates)
- Kansas Real Estate Fundamentals Course (Broker candidates)
Once you’re in the exam site, you will need to place all electronic devices, bulky clothing, and other personal items in a secure location. You will then sit at a computer to take the test.
The exam consists of 140 questions split into two parts: general real estate topics which you are given 150 minutes to answer, and questions specific to Kansas for which you are given 90 minutes.
To pass the test you need to get at least 70%. Your score will be given to you as soon as the exam is completed.
You can find more information about the Kansas Real Estate Exam, as well as other licensing information, at the Pearson VUE website.
5. Choose a Sponsoring Broker
To become a licensed and practicing real estate agent in Ohio, you need to be associated with a registered brokerage firm or broker. Before submitting your application, you’ll need to have secured this sponsorship. It’s important to choose the right broker, as they’ll play a key role in growing your real estate career.
Consider the following when choosing a broker to work with:
- Their reputation as a broker or brokerage firm
- The types of agents they look for
- If they provide education and training for agents
- If they provide marketing materials and potential leads
- Which systems they use
- The benefits they offer
- What is their commission structure?
- What is the growth potential?
6. Submit a Real Estate License Application
Upon completing and passing your exam at the testing center, they will provide you with instructions on how to submit your application. They will also give you your score report and other documentation you will need to apply. You need to submit your application within 6 months of passing the exam. You can access the application at the Kansas Real Estate Commission website. There is a $15 application fee, and a $125 license fee.
Once you’ve completed all of these steps successfully, you will receive your Kansas Real Estate Agent License. At this point, you might want to consider if you’re interested in becoming a Realtor. Here is what that means:
Real Estate Agent vs Realtor: What’s the difference?
For a real estate agent to become a Realtor, they need to become a member of the National Association of Realtors®. The NAR is an organization for real estate agents and other industry professionals. Members are required to subscribe to standards and a code of ethics set by the association. Membership offers access to market data and transaction management services, and other benefits.
To become a part of this community, these are the steps you need to take:
- Get your state real estate license
- Join your local REALTORS® Association – find one close to you with their “find an association” tool
- Pay the application fee – this varies by association
- Maintain membership dues – to keep your title of REALTOR®, you need to pay an annual fee of $150
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