All About Real Estate Classes in MA

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Will Henchy


You're trying to get your Massachusetts real estate license, and all you want to know is: how do real estate classes in MA work? The State doesn't really explain the process, so let's go over the exactly how the classes work, what they cover, and the process to get your real estate license in Massachusetts.

The Basics

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First off, you should know that there are two types of real estate licenses in Massachusetts: real estate salesperson licenses, and real estate broker licenses. Salesperson licenses are for new agents. Every real estate agent in Massachusetts starts out as a salesperson. Broker licenses are for real estate salespersons with 3 or more years of experience. Both of these licenses let you help clients buy, sell, and rent real estate. The only real difference between the two licenses is that brokers can work for themselves and own a real estate brokerage, while salespersons always have to work for a broker.

The Licensing Process

Now let's talk about the actual process to get one of these licenses. Getting your real estate license in Massachusetts can be broken down into three steps:

  1. Take the 40 hour real estate class at a licensed MA real estate school (like ours!). The State of Massachusetts requires that all real estate license candidates take a 40 hour class before sitting for the real estate license exam. The salespersons' class and the brokers' class are both 40 hours long. These classes cover everything you need to know to become a salesperson or broker. Oh, and before you ask: yes, you have to take your class in person. State law says that you can't take any licensing classes online. Sorry!
  2. Pass the real estate test. The 40 hour class entitles you to sit for the license test (without the class, you can't sit for the test - Massachusetts doesn't allow self study). You'll take the test with PSI Exams, who administer the license test for the State of Massachusetts. They have locations all over the state (Boston, Auburn, Worcester, West Springfield, Fall River, and Lawrence, to be exact). The exam is 120 questions broken down into two sections: general real estate knowledge, and Massachusetts law. You'll need to score at least 70% on each section to pass.
  3. Get your real estate license. Seriously, that's it. After you pass the exam, you'll receive your license. Tada! You're a real estate agent!

Simple, right? So what's the deal with the class?

Real Estate Classes in MA

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You have to take a 40 hour real estate class as your first step in the licensing process. You can take the class in any number of formats (for instance, we offer everything from 4 day crash courses, to weekend classes and night classes), but you have to take the full curriculum. Just what the heck is covered during those forty hours? A bunch of different things:

Phew! There's a lot to cover there. That's why you have to spend forty hours in class: not only do you have to go over all of that material, but you also have to get prepared for the test. That means practice problems and review. Most schools skip over the test prep, so make sure that the class you choose doesn't. You're not taking the Massachusetts real estate class for your health; you're taking it to pass the exam and get your real estate license.

(Shameless plug: I might be a little biased, but I think that we have the best Massachusetts real estate test prep in the industry. We get our students' statistics every month, and our monthly pass rates are 20-30% higher than the Massachusetts average. I attribute a lot of that to the test preperation we do in class, so be sure you focus on test prep when picking a school!)

The last thing to touch on, which I mentioned briefly above, is that you have to take your real estate classes in person. The State of Massachusetts does not allow you to take the real estate classes online. I know that can be tough if you have a packed schedule, so make sure you pick a school that's conveniently located for you.

(Another shameless plug: our school is located right in downtown Boston by every major T and Commuter Rail line.)

What do I do after the class?

After the class you'll study your notes from class, pass the real estate test, and go sell some real estate! Don't fret too much about passing the test, but do be sure to study before taking it. There's a lot of material covered in the 40 hour class, and the State exam likes to ask sneaky questions that are designed to trip up students that haven't studied the material. But don't stress out too much: if you study you'll be fine.

Wondering exactly what's covered by the test? PSI is kind enough to provide a full outline of the real estate test in their real estate license test handbook (check out pages 7-11).

How much does all of this cost?

Good question! Getting your Massachusetts real estate license costs around $500. Here's the breakdown:

Not bad, considering that many professional licenses cost several thousand dollars (nevermind becoming something like a doctor or lawyer)!

Where do I go from here?

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If you want to get your real estate license, your next step is to sign up for a real estate class. Not quite sure if real estate is for you yet? Zillow has an excellent article about a day in the life of a real estate agent. It should give you a good feeling for about whether or not getting a real estate license is the right fit for you.

And that's all you need to know about real estate classes in MA. Hopefully this has been helpful (maybe I'll even see you in class!), and good luck with your potential new career!

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