By JOHN McBRYDE
For those seeking to get their real estate license, the Williamson County Association of Realtors in Brentwood is launching a way to perhaps make that goal more attainable.
Beginning May 20, the WCAR will be offering real estate pre-licensing courses for interested individuals to take the first steps toward a career in real estate.
It’s the first time in the association’s 57-year history that is has offered these courses at its Westgate Circle location in Brentwood.
“We have some board members and committee members that have been wanting to do this for some time,” Carmen Stanek, director of professional development for WCAR, explained. “This year was the time to do it. We felt like we are in a good place with the leadership we have, and we wanted to be able to offer this in our area because there isn’t really anywhere too close by that offers pre-licensing.”
The course load covers three steps for those wishing to obtain their Tennessee real estate license:
- The first step is the 60-hour Principles of Real Estate Course, which is offered in two 30-hour parts and covers topics such as contract law, listing agreements, Tennessee licensing requirements and more. This course is designed to lay a solid foundation for becoming a real estate agent in Tennessee. Each 30-hour course includes all necessary books and materials in the price.
- The second step is passing the Tennessee State Exam.
- The final step is completing the 30-hour Affiliate Broker Course, a requirement for all applicants seeking a real estate license in Tennessee. This course covers the practical concepts of real estate practice. The price includes all necessary books and materials.
All pre-licensing real estate courses and training are fully approved by the Tennessee Real Estate Commission and match state requirements. All courses are taught in WCAR’s high tech classroom that includes a “state-of-the-art” AV system with three TVs plus a big screen and prompter for the instructor or presenter. The classroom holds about 20 students per session.
“We wanted to create a place where people who wanted a career change could go and get their real estate license,” Stanek said. “It could be anyone from the general public that wanted to break into the real estate industry, whether it’s because it’s something they always wanted to do, or they’re just out of school, or just wanted to make a career change.
“We’ve got an influx [of people already registering], but we definitely still have spaces.”