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Get A Real Estate License in Asheville, North Carolina

Updated on July 1, 2016

Where to start

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission is the agency that governs and licenses real estate brokers in North Carolina. The process of getting a North Carolina real estate license starts with a 75 hour real estate broker pre license class at a licensed real estate school.

Try to pick a real estate school with a fun, interesting instructor that is teaching you what you need to learn to pass the North Carolina real estate exam given in Asheville.

How tough is this test?

In May of 2016, the pass rate for the North Carolina real estate exam was 57% for first time applicants. The pass rate for repeat exam applicants was 26%. This is not a push over exam. It helps if you know what to expect on this exam. The North Carolina Real Estate Commission publishes a 45 page book that tells any applicant exactly what they need to study. You can download this book for free at

Getting your North Carolina real estate license starts with real estate school
Getting your North Carolina real estate license starts with real estate school

Backgroud Check

The state of North Carolina requires each applicant for a real estate license to pay for a background check. This is to determine that you have good character. This process takes about a week. This should be done while you are attending real estate school. When real estate school is over, you want to be ready to apply for an opportunity to take the North Carolina real estate exam. You can not do that until your background check is done. Do not wait until class is over to apply. Apply for your background check long before real estate class ends. There is a fee for the background check.

There is a $64 fee to take the North Carolina real estate exam every time you take it. Pass the first time.

Study, Study, Study

Do not underestimate the North Carolina real estate exam. Study, Study, Study. Read the 45 page book from the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. It tells you what is on the exam. Study the material that is on the exam. Do not study stuff that is not on the exam. If you plan to pass the first time, read the brochure.

Read the entire textbook. Do any practice exams hat you can find. Practice exam questions are a great way to study. If you take practice exams, take them like you are supposed to. Mark your answers. Go back and grade yourself. No one knows but you. Don't answer one question and go look up the answer. Then kick yourself because you did not read the question carefully. Take the whole test. Then, go grade it. No one knows but you. Don't cheat yourself.

Pass the exam the first time

Relax before you go to the exam. Leave home early enough that you could not get in a hurry. Relax before you go into he exam. Sit in your car for a couple of minutes before you go in. I mentioned earlier that 43% of the people that pay $64 to take the North Carolina real estate exam, pay $64 to take it again. Do not be one of those people.

Here is a very important tip for those people. Leave a legal pad and a ball point pen on the front seat of the car. If you fail the exam, when you get in your car, pick up that pen and paper and start writing down any thing you can remember about the test. Fill that legal pad up with questions. Do not even start the car until you have written forty questions. This red hot valuable information will never be fresher in your mind than it is right now. WRITE IT DOWN! If you had a "steel trap" memory , you would have passed. Do yourself a favor. Start writing. You don't have to write the whole question. Just write a phrase like,"What is regulation Z?" or "What are the protected groups under the Fair Housing Act?".

This is just for you. In North Carolina, seventy four per cent of exam repeaters fail. Do not be in that group. You will see the same questions and concepts when you pay $64 to come back and take the exam again. Write as many questions as you can before you leave the parking lot of the North Carolina real estate exam.

Look for help on the internet

There is lots of help on the internet. Your real estate instructor may or may not tell you about it. Go look for it yourself. There are videos on the internet to teach you how to do the real estate math that is on the North Carolina real estate exam. There are lots of practice exam. When you find something worthwhile, share it with your classmates.


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