How to Become a Real Estate Agent in North Carolina

Learn how to get a real estate broker license in 4 easy steps. The career of your dream is more attainable than ever with FastPass Learning.

4 Steps to Become a Real Estate Broker in NC

Licensing Requirements

Step 1
Enroll with FastPass Learning and Pass the Pre-license Course

To obtain a real estate license and become a real estate broker in North Carolina, you are required to complete a 75-hour prelicensing course. 

This course will teach you everything you need to know about real estate, and it will prepare you to pass the North Carolina real estate licensing exam. FastPass Learning offers a great broker pre-licensing online course that is perfect for individuals who have a busy schedule or need the flexibility that an online course can provide them.

Cost: $399, all-inclusive tuition with FastPass Learning

Step 2
Complete your Background Check

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission requires that all applicants complete a background check. This process was made very simple by the NCREC so your criminal report can be obtained online by clicking here.

Cost: $15 or more depending if you’ve lived in various states in the last 7 years, payable directly to NCREC Criminal Record Checks

Step 3
Submit your Application

Once you’ve successfully completed the 75-hour prelicensing course and obtained your background check, you will need to apply for your real estate license by filling out a State Licensing Application. Applying for your license is very easy and can be done entirely online on the Commission’s website here.  Once you’ve filed the application and paid the fee, you will be able to schedule your real estate exam. You will have up to three years to take North Carolina licensing exam.

Cost: $100, payable directly to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission when submitting your application

Step 4
Schedule and Pass the North Carolina State Licensing Exam

Scheduling your licensing exam is simple and can be done online on PSI’s website, the official exam provider. The North Carolina Real Estate Broker licensing exam consists of two portions: 

The National portion where you’ll have to answer 71 out of the 100 multiple-choice questions (A, B, C, D) correctly in 150 minutes or 2.5 hours.

The State portion where you’ll have to answer 29 out of 40 multiple-choice questions (A, B, C, D) correctly in 90 minutes or 1.5 hours. 

The NC Real Estate broker pre-license course will prepare you for the exam, but additional preparation is always recommended. FastPass Learning offers a great exam prep course that covers both the National and State portions of the exam. 

Cost: $56, payable directly to PSI Online when scheduling the exam

North Carolina Real Estate License Cost Summary

Course Tuition $399
Background Check/Criminal Record Starting at $15
State Licensing Application $100
NC State Licensing Exam $56
Total Cost $590.40

There are many reasons why pursuing a career in real estate can be the right decision for you. Here are three reasons why you should start your real estate career today!

Achieve success without a college degree

You don’t need to have a college degree to make a good living, and being a real estate broker can allow you to do just that. Successful real estate brokers often achieve a very high level of financial success. Your education does not have to define the level of success you can obtain. 

Become your own boss

As a real estate broker, you will become your own boss and be able to make your own schedule. You will get to decide when you work and how much you work. Your success in the real estate industry is entirely up to you, and you’ll also get to reap all the benefits.

Expand your network like never before

Real estate brokers often meet with clients, colleagues and other business professionals during their daily activities. This work environment gives you a lot of exposure to a lot of different people which can considerably expand your professional and personal network. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the difference between a real estate agent and a real estate broker?

A real estate agent must work under the supervision of a real estate broker while a real estate broker can supervise real estate agents, own a real estate firm, and/or work as an independent contractor. The state of North Carolina only offers real estate broker licenses, so the term real estate agent and real estate broker can sometimes be used interchangeably in NC.

Do I need a high school diploma to become a real estate broker in NC?

No, you do not. The North Carolina Real Estate Commission does not require applicants to have a high school diploma to get a real estate license. There is no minimum education requirement to be met in North Carolina.