How to get your Austin real estate license

Chris Heller HeadshotChris Heller,November 19, 2020


If you are looking to get an Austin real estate license, now is the time to do it. It’s a seller’s market with home prices averaging around $588,400 and trends going up by 26.5% a year.

As a result, Austin realtors are raking it in. The average Austin realtor makes about $73,000 a year while top earners can make as much as $150,000 annually including a percentage of the home’s final price upon closing.

Real estate is a great industry to break into. It’s fun, it’s flexible, and just about anyone can do it. But it requires a certain amount of studying and testing. This article will provide you with all the information you need to get an Austin real estate license.

Austin Real Estate License Requirements

Austin,Texas,Skyline,Cityscape,Bridges,Over,Ladybird,Lake,Aerial,ViewTo get a real estate license in Austin, you will have to meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a legal citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien
  • You must be 18 years or older
  • You must meet TREC’s (Texas Real Estate Commission) standards for trustworthiness, integrity and honesty

Then you must take the following steps:

  • Apply for your license online through the TREC website or via mail and pay the applicable fee.
  • Get your fingerprints and background check taken. You must pass the background check to become a realtor.
  • Submit your qualifying education. Realtors must take a course for 180 hours of real estate education. Once the course is completed, applicants will have to submit proof that they took and passed the course.
  • Take the exam. Applicants will then have to take and pass the state real estate exam.
  • Find a sponsor. After completing the steps listed above, you will be given an inactive license. The license will be activated when you find a sponsor. Sponsorship requests can be submitted through the TREC website. Once someone accepts your request, your license will become active.
  • For more information, check out our Texas real estate license guide.

What are the Best Real Estate License Schools in Austin?

The real estate school you go to will play a key role when it comes to your chances of passing the test and being successful in your career. Some schools provide you with only the basic necessities you need to pass, while others provide you with material that can get you headed on a course for success.

So which one should you choose? Here are a few suggestions.

The CE Shopce-shop-logo

The CE Shop is one of the most well-known names in real estate education. They offer online lessons only and provide services in most states in the country. When you sign up, you will be given the option to choose from a variety of course options that provide everything from basic education to valuable advice that will help you launch a successful career.

The school is known for providing exceptionally high pass rates. Pass rates in Texas are at 71%. They also offer downloadable resources, career resources, a real estate glossary, digital flashcards and more.


Champions School of Real Estatechampions logo

Champions School of Real Estate is an in-person school with locations all over Texas including one in Austin. They also have an online option. They opened in 2019 and their state-of-the-art campuses are quickly making them a favorite among Austin residents looking to get their real estate license.

The school offers four different programs including two six course programs, a 9-course program and an eleven-course program. Each one comes with their share of features that are geared to help students succeed.


Van Ed Texas Real Estate Schoolvaned logo

VanEd provides real estate education classes online. They also have a team of professionals who are available to provide support via phone, live chat and email. You can go at your own pace and access courses from anywhere using any device.

The school provides courses that offer multi-media formats including video, text and graphics. PDFs are also available. They come with quizzes, exams and interactive exercises to ensure students are digesting what they are learning.


Top Real Estate Brokerages in Austin

After getting your license, you will need to find a brokerage to work for. While it is possible to start working on your own, a brokerage will help you get your start by  giving you the resources and training you need to get by.

When looking for a brokerage, it’s important to find one that offers a competitive commission split and provides you with the training you need to get started in your career. They should also charge low desk fees and provide quality marketing resources. Benefits and paid time off are other perks to look for.

There are several Austin companies that are great to work for. Here are a few that are recommended.

Cain Realty Groupcain logo

The Cain Realty Group is a subsidiary of Keller Williams. It has offices all over the country including one in Austin located at 1801 S MoPac Expressway #100. The company sells luxury realty and has a vision to cultivate a team of professional, passionate and purposeful individuals.

Those who have worked for the company have good things to say. It earned a 4.9 rating on Glass Door among employees.


JB Goodwin Realtorsgoodwin realtors

JB Goodwin provides real estate services in the Austin and San Antonio areas. Its Austin location is at 3933 Steck Ave. Ste. B-101.

The company has been consistently named as an award-winning workplace since 2011. It offers an 8 week coaching program and full service instruction. Because the brokerage is small, managers have the opportunity to make new agents feel welcome.


eXp Realtyexp realty logo

eXp Realty is a cloud-based company that you can work for no matter where you are located. They were rated as #1 in Independent Broker Firms for their increase in transactions with a 77.8% boost between 2018 and 2019. They offer agents a competitive 80/20 commission split.

Agents at the company get plenty of support, resources and training throughout their career. The company also offers a revenue share and opportunities for agents to invest in company stock.


Keller Williamskeller-williams-logo

Keller Williams has offices around the country including several in the Austin area. They are a great company for beginners to work for because they offer a lot of support and hands on training. They were named the #1 brand by franchise volume in 2019. They provide a Keller Williams University online platform that is regularly updated with new tips for agents.

Agents that work for the company will typically get a 70/30 commission split which is a bit higher than what most companies offer.


Redfinredfin logo

Redfin is another real estate company that’s highly rated. Its Austin office is located at 4030 W, Braker Lane Suite 510.

If you are starting out in the real estate industry, working on a commission basis can be scary. It can take months before you land your first sale. Redfin makes things easy for new agents by paying them about $20,000 a year to cover their expenses. They pay all their agents salaries and bonuses while providing healthcare benefits, paid time off and parental leave.


What Local Associations are Best for Austin Agents?

Austin,Texas,Usa,Sunrise,Skyline,Cityscape,Over,Town,Lake,OrAs you become more established in your career, you may consider joining a real estate association. These are trade groups made up of agents and brokers. They can offer training, lobby the government, produce market research and operate an MLS for their brokers.

In order to join a local association, you must earn a real estate license. Doing so will not only allow you to take advantage of what the associations have to offer, but it will also show your clients that you are up to higher professional standards as compared to other brokers.

Here are some associations available to Austin agents that you may want to consider.

The Austin Board of Realtors (ABOR)abor logo

ABOR is an organization that advocates for their members and clients. They believe that everyone should be able to own property without dealing with expensive taxes and regulations so they can live in a healthy community. They focus on property rights, strategic land use and business issues and practices to push their cause forward.

Their foundation enables members to use their energy to solve pressing issues in neighborhoods. They emphasize community, local partnerships, education and giving back. They believe this will help them work through the issues that plague neighborhoods.

They also provide classes and supportive networking evets to help agents continue their education and advance in their careers.


WC RealtorsWCREALTORS-1024x328

Williamson County Realtors is a nonprofit association located in Williamson County, TX. They are committed to providing their members with services that will help them move their careers forward. They provide them with classes, continuing education and marketing tools.

The organization strategic plan involves a four-part strategy which includes:

  • Promote: Realtors should promote the code of ethics and professional standards of the organization.
  • Advocate: Members should advocate by identifying and harnessing resources beneficial to the protection of property rights and political awareness.
  • Connect: The organization promotes connections between consumers and real estate industry professionals.
  • Educate: WC Realtors aims to educate members on the geographic area of Williamson country so they can enhance the industry in the area.


Texas RealtorsTexasREALTORSLogo

Texas Realtors works to identify local issues that could increase the cost of buying, selling and owning real estate. They work with local, federal and state officials to resolve these issues and preserve consumer interest. They also help their community in a variety of ways by volunteering in food drives and other local causes.

They review bills proposed by legislation and support the ones that will be beneficial to Texas while opposing those that are harmful. They work to promote a healthy environment for Texans to own, sell and buy real estate.

They also provide continuing education opportunities to their members to ensure they are qualified to offer the best service to their customers.

If you are thinking of getting into the Austin real estate field, now is the time to do it. The market is booming.

The tips in this article will help you get your start and advance in your career. When will you be taking your first step in moving forward?

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About the Author

Chris Heller brings 27 years of experience in real estate. Chris serves on the AgentAdvice Editorial Board and is the Chief Real Estate Officer at OJO Labs. Chris brings deep expertise having held influential industry positions including CEO of mellohome and former CEO of Keller Williams Realty International.

Last Updated: 2/9/2022



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