Do you hear that? A Career in North Carolina Real Estate is calling YOUR name!

Back in June, we told you it was coming soon, and now, the wait is finally over. Real Estate Institute is offering a 75-hour credit Pre-Licensing Program to become a real estate broker in the state of North Carolina. Even better, this course is entirely online. Beachside? No problem, as you can learn anywhere, anytime, on any device!

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Why North Carolina?

The North Carolina real estate market has been heating up as people are ditching their expensive lives in cities around the country and opting for more affordable living in suburban areas and states like North Carolina. Locations most people thought they wouldn’t call home until retirement are now a reality with permanent work-from-home positions.

Raleigh and Durham rank at No. 2 on the U.S. News & World Reports’ 150 Best Places to Live in 2021-2022.

The market is so hot that there currently isn’t enough inventory to meet the demands of people looking to purchase in North Carolina. It’s been an excellent time for people looking to sell, but it can be aggravating for buyers. But there’s hope, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), inventory is expected to grow by fall.   

With inventory expected to increase, a career in real estate in one of the hottest markets is calling your name! According to Millionacres, a financial and investing advice company, Charlotte, NC, is one of the most desirable markets in the Southeast United States with record demands.

With our online program, we can offer you self-paced courses, so you can learn at your own speed, wherever that may be.  

Requirements for becoming a real estate agent in North Carolina

To get your provisional license, you must:

  • Be over the age of 18 and pass a background check
  • Be a US citizen, a non-citizen national, or a qualified alien under federal law
  • Complete the necessary pre-licensing education to sit for the state licensing exam
  • Pass the NC state licensing exam

North Carolina = Opportunity

Opportunity is defined as a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something. If you are still unsure about making the leap to a new industry, we have compiled a list of reasons to potentially start a career in North Carolina real estate, and better yet, with Real Estate Institute:

  1. The market is on fire!
  2. Flexibility to create your own schedule.
  3. Be your own boss.
  4. Work from home.
  5. High earning potential (Unlimited).
  6. No college degree is required.
  7. You never stop learning (That’s what we’re here for).
  8. You’re constantly meeting new people.
  9. You get to help those people.
  10. Outlet for creativity.
  11. Our course is completely online and on-demand.
  12. We offer over 25 years of high-quality real estate education with a purpose.
  13. Enroll now and pay later option with financing through Affirm.
  14. Unlimited instructor support.
  15. Exceptionally trained and caring student support team.
  16. We create unique, interactive content to make your learning fun.
  17. Program includes ExamSmart review videos.
  18. Includes FREE skill-building bundle to help you grow your business.
  19. We guarantee student success (That’s how confident we are in our program).

If a North Carolina real estate career seems like your next move, give us a call at 800-995-1700 or visit us online and enroll with us today! Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to stay up to date with course offerings, news and discounts! #ChooseREI

Real Estate Institute is approved by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. Education Provider Code 1693.

Ready to become a real estate agent in North Carolina?

Are you over being tied down by a 9-5 or otherwise standardized shift job? Eager to answer to only yourself and have more control over your earnings? No, this isn’t a pitch for you to begin selling a “miracle” product in a pyramid scheme – this is an invitation to enter the professional world of real estate!

Real Estate has very few barriers to entry, making it ideal for those who may have been barred from opportunities in the past due to traditional educational requirements. If you are a people person ready to help connect folks to their dream homes, let’s get started!

With nearly 30 years of experience providing professional education to thousands of students, Real Estate Institute is excited to announce the upcoming launch of our North Carolina Broker prelicense program. This course will put you on the fast track to your new career in a matter of weeks.

With North Carolina consistently ranking as one of the US’s top 10 population growth states, the need for professional real estate brokers is rising. If you’re ready to take your career into your own hands and optimize your earnings and work flexibility by becoming a licensed real estate agent in NC, continue reading.

Requirements for becoming a real estate agent in North Carolina

To get your provisional license, you must:

  • Be over the age of 18 and pass a background check
  • Complete the necessary prelicensing education to sit for the state exam
  • Pass the state exam

Real Estate Institute will offer a fully online, self-paced prelicensing course for those interested in becoming a broker in the Tar Heel state. 

Soon, Real Estate Institute will be releasing a 75-credit hour program that can be completed from anywhere at any time, on any device. A score of at least 75% on the course final will qualify you to sit for the NC licensing exam. After that, you’ve done it! A new career is on the go.

To dive deeper into North Carolina’s Real Estate Licensing requirements, view their licensing booklet here, or reach out to our professional experts at Real Estate Institute with your questions.

The Importance of a trusted real estate school

Embarking on a new career path is a profound transition; you need supporters you can trust. Take comfort knowing that the Real Estate Institute is built of professionals dedicated to providing our customers with unparalleled service and support. When choosing us, you will gain a team of expert instructors and student support representatives, course developers, and extensive client success specialists. All of our programs are thoughtfully designed to be high-quality and efficient while allowing you the flexibility to complete them at your own pace.

We give you the proper education, encouragement, and confidence to become a licensed real estate agent in North Carolina. Join our thousands of student alums today! Consult with our team of real estate professionals online or at 800-995-1700 with any questions, and we’ll get this party started!

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.


Real Estate Institute has been a top real estate education provider in Illinois for 25 years. Our students have consistently outperformed other state exam candidates. A reputation for highly-rated instructors and superior customer service explains why we have over 150,000 alumni nationwide.

5 Reasons to Become a Real Estate Agent


A career in real estate can be rewarding. Agents have varied backgrounds ranging from corporate America to teaching. If you’re thinking about trying something different, you’ve chosen a great time to do it. Tuition is low, and the real estate market is growing. If that isn’t enough to convince you, here are 5 reasons you should get a real estate license – NOW.

#1 Work As Much or As Little As You Want

Selling real estate doesn’t have to be a full-time job. You can work full time and enjoy unlimited earning potential, or you can work part time and earn enough to make it worthwhile. You won’t be chained to a desk all day, every day. Many residential agents choose to work from home so they can spend more time with their families. The choice is yours.

#2 Earning Potential Is Up to You

This directly relates to the first item on our list. Successful real estate agents work hard. Top producers are tenacious, assertive and available. They understand the value of networking and use it to build their business and income.

#3 Love What You Do

Imagine waking up every day and looking forward to going to work. Ask agents why they do what they do, and they will tell you that it’s because they love working in real estate and making a difference in people’s lives. You can make a difference, too. Not only will you be helping others, but you will wake up every morning loving what you do!

#4 No Two Days Are the Same

As an agent, you’ll wear a lot of hats. You’ll act as an educator, financial adviser, counselor, life coach and concierge. A flexible personality is key to juggling the varied demands of the job.

#5 Train in a Short Period of Time

Instead of spending years in school and the tuition associated with it, you can invest a matter of weeks (or a few months depending on your availability) and about $1,000 to get the required education, exams and obtain an Illinois real estate license. If you do need financial assistance, some schools offer easy financing.

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Real Estate Institute has been a top real estate education provider in Illinois for over 20 years. Our students have consistently outperformed other state exam candidates. A reputation for highly rated instructors and superior customer service explains why we have over 150,000 alumni nationwide.

Instructions for Completing Your Illinois Real Estate License Transition Application

What does it take to really complete the license transition? Many agents believe that once they’ve completed the education requirements, they are finished. This misunderstanding may cost you dearly. Completing the education requirement is only the first step in the process.

Step 1
Either complete a transition education program or pass the state proficiency exam. If you are unsure whether you have satisfied this requirement, please contact the state-approved school where you enrolled. If you passed the proficiency exam, the school was notified and should have contacted you. If you completed a transition education program, you should have received a certificate of completion from the school. You will need this certificate to complete Step 2.

Step 2
Send in your new license application. All applications for license transition must be received by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) no later than April 30, 2012. To apply for your new license, choose the scenario that applies to you:

Scenario 1: You completed a transition education program.
You must apply for the new license using the state’s paper transition form and pay the state fee.

  • Real Estate Institute students received an envelope with their certificate of completion, state transition application form and even an envelope addressed to the IDFPR. Don’t forget to include your check or money order for the transition fee.
  • Students from other schools must go to IDFPR RE Transtion and click on “Transition Forms.” You must include your certificate of completion (provided by the school) and payment.

Scenario 2: You passed the proficiency exam.
You have the option of applying for the new license online or on paper. Your results have already been transmitted to the IDFPR by the state’s testing service (AMP).

Scenario 3: You are a broker and do not want to transition to the new managing broker license.
You are not transitioning to a new license type and will lose your ability to self-sponsor or manage other licensees; therefore, you do not need to apply for a new license. You must complete 12 hours of continuing education before your license renewal.