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Prospective real estate agents offered pre-license courses

The Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois, a training center for Illinois Realtors, will hold two real estate broker prelicense courses via Zoom for people considering a career in real estate.

The new 75-hour broker pre-license course is a mandatory basic course for those who would like to begin a career in real estate.

The real estate industry has evolved into a highly specialized business that also involves various specialties. There are various fields of the real estate industry, including residential brokerage, commercial brokerage, industrial brokerage, farm and land brokerage, land developer, and professional real estate assistant.

To begin a career in real estate in Illinois, one must:

• be at least 18 years old

• be a high school graduate or equivalent (GED);

• complete 75 hours of broker course work, including 15 hours of interactive training

• pass the state exam with a score of 75 percent or better

• be sponsored by a sponsoring managing broker in Illinois

The 75-hour Broker Pre-Licensing course includes a daytime course Mondays from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m., starting Monday, April 12, through Thursday, June 8. There’s also an evening course on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m., beginning on Tuesday, May 4, through Thursday, July 15. All classes observe federal holidays.

The class is being held via Zoom Video Conferencing due to current social distancing standards, so students must have a computer with a working camera to attend classes.

The cost of the class is $585 – $625, depending on how early you register. The cost of the class includes books and materials, classroom instruction, and the 15 hours of interactive learning.

Financial assistance is available for the pre-license course. The Illinois Education and Training Grant is a scholarship for eligible individuals who are pursuing a real estate degree or license in the state of Illinois. The grant may be used toward Illinois Realtors D2L online courses (75-hour Pre-License Topics course and 15-hour Broker Pre-License Interactive webinar) or any live classroom offered at an Illinois Realtors branch. Information about this and other scholarships is available on the REEF website and inquiries may be directed via email or by phone call to (866) 854-7333.

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