How to Become a Real Estate Agent in South Carolina | Long & Foster

Real estate is a popular career path for individuals looking for a flexible job with unlimited growth potential. As a Realtor, you create your own business and invest as much time and effort into it as you choose. Here are the seven steps you need to complete to get your real estate license in South Carolina. For general information, be sure to check out our how to become a real estate agent page.

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How to Get Your South Carolina Real Estate License in 7 Steps

1. Do your research on the South Carolina real estate market.

Make sure you’re ready for the rewards and risks of running your own real estate business. Consider attending a career seminar at your local Long & Foster office. Or using the form below, schedule a private, confidential appointment with one of our recruiting associates, who can answer all of your questions.

2. Complete official South Carolina pre-licensing classes.

You must complete the Commission approved pre-licensing Course (60 hours - Unit I Sales) then apply to take the SC Real Estate Sales examination. Before you apply for a license you will also need to complete an additional Unit II: Advanced Real Estate Principles course (30-hours). Passing Score sheets and proof of completion of the Unit II course must be submitted with your licensure application.

3. Pass the South Carolina state real estate exam.

A minimum score of 70 percent on the final exam is required in South Carolina, and there is no limit on the number of retakes.

4. Choose a broker to sponsor you.

To sell real estate in South Carolina, a licensed broker must agree to be your broker of record. This person completes the real estate employment section on your license application.

5. Criminal Background Check Required (Changes Effective 7/1/2022).

Please visit the following link for information regarding the current South Carolina Real Estate Commission background check requirements: "New Requirements for Criminal Background Checks Effective July 1, 2022".

6. Apply for a South Carolina real estate license.

The LLR is the licensing authority for the state. Submit a completed and notarized application. If your Real Estate license is approved, you are a provisional South Carolina real estate broker.

7. Join Long & Foster and get reimbursed for your real estate school tuition.

Long & Foster offers tuition reimbursement for all new real estate sales associates who join Long & Foster. No matter the real estate school you attend, you will be reimbursed for your real estate school tuition and book costs upon your first closing.

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Launching Your Real Estate Career in South Carolina

Getting your license is only the beginning. Your ultimate success depends on you and your broker. That’s why it’s so important to choose a brokerage that offers everything you need to move beyond the basics, or if you’re transferring from another brokerage, to push your career further. You’ve come to the right place to learn more about that process and why Long & Foster is the right choice for REALTORS like you.

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Choose A Broker That Helps Real Estate Agents Succeed

By launching your real estate career with Long & Foster, you are connecting your business with one of the most well-known and respected real estate brands in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Since 1968, Long & Foster has built a trusted real estate company offering nearly all property-related services from sales to insurance, vacation rentals and more. No other brokerage in our markets brings together more buyers and sellers, and our agents benefit from our worldwide connections. We celebrate our agents and their successes. If this sounds like something you want to become a part of, contact us to find out more. Explore our culture, brand, tools, luxury expertise, global reach, agent recognition, training & development.

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Become an Expert, Make a Difference

At Long & Foster, a real estate career is so much more than showing houses and shepherding contracts. It’s about helping our agents become pre-eminent market experts who can bring the dream of home to life for their clients better than anyone else can. Long & Foster. For the Love of Home.TM

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