In this guide you’ll learn all the details you need to know to get your license and become a real estate agent in Connecticut.
You’ll learn the basic real estate licensing requirements in Connecticut, information about the exam including pass rates and test prep, reciprocity rules, county by county breakdowns of the most expensive real estate in Connecticut, and more.
Okay, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s start at the beginning.
Basic Connecticut Real Estate Licensing Requirements
Getting a real estate license in Connecticut is rather easy compared to other states. You only need a total of 60 classroom hours of commission-approved pre-licensing courses. In comparison, to get a license in Texas, real estate licenses require applicants to complete 180 hours of courses. Here’s a quick breakdown of the real estate licensing requirements in Connecticut:
Pre-licensing Courses Required in Connecticut
In order to get a real estate license in Connecticut, you will need to complete 60 hours of real estate pre-licensing courses that will cover:
- Property Ownership
- Land Use Controls and Regulations
- Valuation and Market Analysis
- General Principles of Agency
- Property Condition and Disclosures
- Transfer of Title
- Practice of Real Estate
- Real Estate Calculations
- Specialty Areas: Subdivisions, Commercial, Industrial, and Income Properties
- Connecticut Real Estate Commission and Licensing Requirements
- Connecticut Laws Governing the Activities of Licensees
- Connecticut Real Estate Agency
- Connecticut-Specific Real Estate Principles and Practices
Connecticut Real Estate Exam Information
If you work hard and take the courses seriously you should have no problem passing the exam. If you’re looking for help studying for the test, we recommend Real Estate Exam Scholar’s Exam prep course. They offer top-notch exam prep for an affordable price. Even better, they also offer a money back guarantee if you don’t pass on the first try.
Connecticut Pre-Licensing Exam Questions
- Total of 110 scored multiple-choice questions (to be completed within 165 minutes)
- 80 questions on the national portion (120 minutes)
- 30 questions on the state-specific portion (45 minutes)
What to Bring to the Exam
- 2 valid forms of identification with signatures. One ID must be a government-issued Photo ID; a basic calculator
- Confirmation number when the test reservation was made.
You must earn a score of 70% to pass the Connecticut Real Estate Salesperson Exam
Connecticut Real Estate Salesperson License Fee
Exam Fee in Connecticut
You need to have at least a high school diploma or GED in order to apply for a license in Connecticut.
Applicants must be at least 18 of age or older
Any U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted alien can apply.
Any active member of the Connecticut Bar who is in good standing and qualified under the real estate license law is exempt from taking the real estate prerequisite course.
Applicants who have an existing criminal record may still apply for a real estate license. It would be best if applicants were to include their criminal history along with the necessary documents related to the conviction, if any, on their application. After submitting your fingerprints, your application will be forwarded to the Division of Criminal Justice Information Systems and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Upon investigation, each applicant will be considered on their own merits.
On average, it will 2 weeks for your application to be processed and approved.
Online Real Estate Schools in Connecticut
While taking your real estate course in person can be helpful, online courses are much cheaper and offer the exact same courses. Search Google to find online real estate schools in Connecticut
Connecticut Real Estate License Reciprocity and Portability
If you plan on working in states besides Connecticut, then you need to know the real estate license reciprocity and portability laws for Connecticut.
- Reciprocity: Connecticut has mutual recognition agreements with 13 states:
- New York
- Rhode Island
- Portability: Cooperative
To learn more about real estate license portability in Connecticut, check out our guide on real estate license reciprocity and portability here.
How to Choose the Right Real Estate Company to Work For in Connecticut
Let’s face it. Choosing the right brokerage to work for in any state isn’t easy. In order to make your choice a little bit easier, check out our in-depth guide on choosing the right real estate company to work for.
If you’re curious about which Connecticut brokerages are the most successful, check out Real Trends list of the top real estate brokerages in Connecticut for 2017 below.
Hartford/New Haven/New London
|Real Estate Brokerage||Sales Volume (2016)|
|William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance||$2,677,618,312|
|Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/NRT||$2,229,749,000|
|Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties||$1,576,955,301|
|Keller Williams Realty Greater Hartford||$740,148,209|
|Real Estate Brokerage||Sales Volume (2016)|
|Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/Sotheby’s International Realty/NRT||$2,585,397,000|
|William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance||$2,000,600,000|
|William Pitt/Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty||$1,373,711,767|
|Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties||$1,152,432,901|
|RE/MAX Right Choice Real Estate||$341,769,972|
*Data from Real Trends Market Leaders 2017
Connecticut Counties with Highest Average Listing Price and Highest Median Sales Price 2017
Let’s face it, higher listing prices mean higher commission checks! To get a sense of which counties offer the best opportunities for big bucks in Connecticut check out this sales data from Trulia’s Connecticut home price page below (week ending June 21):