Illinois Real Estate Market Is On Fire – Get Your Real Estate License Now!

There has never been a better time to get your Illinois real estate license! With COVID-19 inspiring people to re-evaluate what they want in a home, and often this deciding factor was access to a dedicated work from home space – not the couch or the dining room table. With so many folks now working remotely, studios and one-bedrooms in the city quickly lost their appeal. Chicago is experiencing a mass exodus of Chicagoans leaving for the suburbs – heating up the market. The experts at Real Estate Institute are here to support you in answering both the why and the how of becoming a real estate agent in Illinois.

Why now is the best time to get your Illinois real estate license

From the realization that green space, like a yard, was needed for continued sanity to creating makeshift offices for adult children who returned home to endure quarantine – 2020 made folks take a critical look at their current homes. Also, many first time home buyers quickly realized that their initial goal of a one-bedroom condo in a luxe downtown high-rise would not be an ideal home for remote working or quarantine living. Instead, first time buyers turned their sights to the suburbs, where spacious housing is abundant, creating an influx of demand and opportunities for real estate agents.

This increase in opportunities was so significant that “Illinois Realtors” reported an 18% increase in sales when comparing January 2021 vs. January 2020. This is in addition to a 15% increase in the median sales price, and the Illinois real estate market is showing no signs of slowing down.

The demand for homes and real estate professionals is continuing to skyrocket – if you have been considering getting your real estate license, now is the time!

Market security

Not only would you be joining an in-demand workforce, but you would also be joining a secure one. You may remember the 2008 Housing Bubble and feel a distrust of the housing market. However, a key differentiator between then and the current housing boom sweeping Illinois is that the post-covid demand for right-sized homes has created a Seller’s Market – “one in which there are more buyers than homes for sale.”

A seller’s marketing is stable and creates numerous opportunities for those considering a career in real estate. As a licensed Illinois real estate professional you will have unlimited earning potential and a healthy market to excel in. Becoming a real estate agent is an ideal career path for many because it allows you to create your own schedule. This flexible workflow is perfect whether you are juggling the multiple soccer practice schedules of your children or just don’t want to be tied down by a 9-5 lifestyle. You will also gain the freedom that comes with being your own boss – you manage your success!

A part-time career in real estate is also an option for those looking for a new side hustle. Why not help your friends and family while earning a little extra cash? Additionally, if you are planning to personally buy or sell property, allow Real Estate Institute to ensure you are properly representing yourself.

How to get your Illinois real estate license

Are you ready to gain your license and join the 170,000 alumni that trusted Illinois’s premier real estate school, Real Estate Institute, to support them from enrollment all the way through passing their state licensing exams? Whether you are just beginning your journey to becoming a real estate agent or are a tenured professional, Real Estate Institute will provide you with unparalleled and ongoing support.

Education and training are a key portion of gaining your real estate license and the educational requirements vary on which license you pursue. We make it simple to fulfill your pre-license education with real estate license classes that fit your schedule, learning style, and support your career goals. Real Estate Institute offers programs for:

Unsure which license is right for you? Compare Illinois real estate license types here!

The team at Real Estate Institute will help you get started in this next phase of your career. For more information or support from our licensed experts, contact us!

IDFPR Introduces Online Licensing for Real Estate

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Streamlining New License Application Processing

Over the past two years, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has moved to implement more efficient processes that streamline the ways we interact with government.

This month, the Real Estate Division took a big step forward with the introduction of an online licensing process for new license applicants. Initially, this feature is being offered to Brokers and other individuals who have recently passed a state licensing examination.

What License Applicants Should Know

Up until now, individuals who passed the state license examination (currently administered by PSI/AMP) were required to complete and submit paperwork that is provided to them immediately after their examination. Because Illinois Real Estate Brokers are required to be sponsored by a Managing Broker, they must identify which person or company will sponsor their license. A license cannot be issued without a sponsoring broker.

While the paper-based process is still available (for now), information about successful exam completions is now being transmitted from PSI/AMP to the IDFPR. Upon receipt and processing, the IDFPR will send the individual an e-mail that invites them to apply online for their new license. The online application process eliminates the need to submit paperwork and payments by mail.

Applicants who take advantage of the new online portal will enter all required information electronically, including attachment of required documents and payment – by credit card or electronic check. Importantly, the applicant will be required to identify the sponsoring/managing broker with whom they seek to affiliate. Once submitted, the applicant will be able to monitor the status of their application. Upon approval by the IDFPR and sponsoring broker, the applicant will receive an e-mail notification that their new license has been issued.

What Sponsoring and Managing Brokers Need to Know (and Do)

This new process impacts two major areas for sponsoring brokers:

  1. 45-day permit sponsor cards
    With the traditional paper application process, there was a long delay that resulted from mailing, check processing, and application review. The 45-day permit helped to eliminate bottlenecks and enabled new licensees to get to work quickly. With the introduction of online licensing, most of these bottlenecks have been eliminated, which means that new license applications can be approved in just a few days. As such, there is no longer a need for sponsors to issue a 45-day permit.

  2. Online approval (or rejection) of sponsorship requests from licensees
    As new license applicants submit their online application, they will be required to choose their sponsoring/managing broker. (The IDFPR website will provide a list they may search/choose from.) As part of the application approval process, an e-mail will be sent to the sponsoring/managing broker with a notification that directs them to log in and approve or reject the applicant’s request. Therefore, it’s critical that sponsoring licensees have a valid e-mail address on-file with the IDFPR and monitor their inbox for these important messages. (Messages will be sent by FPR.Notice@Illinois.gov)

What’s Next?

Development of the online licensing portal is ongoing and soon, an online application process will be available to real estate business license applicants (Corporations, Partnerships, and LLCs). Sometime later, sponsoring and sponsored licensees will be able to request and approve sponsorship changes through an online process.


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3 Steps to Start an Illinois Real Estate Broker Career in the New Year

Successful Illinois Real Estate Brokers

If you’ve already forgotten about your resolutions, Real Estate Institute can help you get back on track. January is a great time to get organized and set your goals for 2015. If one of your goals is to start a career in real estate, now is a perfect time. By starting now, you can get licensed and start working for a real estate company just in time for the prime buying and selling season.


Illinois requirements to become licensed

In order to become a broker in Illinois, you must meet certain requirements. State requirements for licensing are:

Once you’ve met those criteria, you are ready to get started!

3 simple steps to becoming a licensed real estate broker in Illinois

  1. Complete a state-approved broker pre-license program.
  2. Pass the Illinois state exam.
  3. Become sponsored by a real estate company.

If you meet all the licensing criteria and complete the three simple steps, you can make 2015 your year for taking charge of your career and earning potential.

For more information about Illinois real estate licensing, visit the IDFPR website.