This article is part of a larger series on How to Become a Real Estate Agent.
The process of becoming a real estate agent in Delaware is easier than completing the kitchen sink ice cream challenge. However, you still need to complete the required 99 hours of Delaware Real Estate Commission-approved (DREC) prelicensing education, pass your real estate exam, find an affiliate broker, and submit your application to start your real estate career in The First State. Slather some vinegar on your Thrasher Fries and learn how to become a licensed real estate agent in Delaware.
1. Meet Delaware’s Legal Requirements
There are few prequalifications for becoming a real estate agent in Delaware. You simply need to be 18 years of age and a legal U.S. resident. However, according to Delaware Code Title 24, if you’ve had convictions or have pending criminal charges relating to providing real estate services or fraud, you may not be able to get a Delaware real estate license. The DREC will review your documentation and case, and may allow licensure if certain conditions are met. For further information review Delaware Code Title 24 to see if you qualify.
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Delaware has reciprocity with all other states. This means agents already licensed in other U.S. states don’t have to take DREC’s prelicensing courses, but are still required to pass the state portion or meet the minimum experience requirements to earn their real estate license.
Also, Delaware is a physical location state in terms of portability. This allows agents and brokers to conduct business in another state but doesn’t allow them to enter the state to conduct real estate business. This means that an agent or broker from another state must conduct all out-of-state business remotely and may not enter the state for showings, closings, or any other reason. To learn more about real estate license portability in Delaware, check out our guide on real estate license reciprocity and portability.
2. Complete Required Prelicensing Courses
With prequalifications met, you’re ready to begin your real estate training classes. Your prelicensing courses can be completed in-person or at an online real estate school in Delaware with costs ranging from $550 to $799. The classes will cover topics that will be on the Delaware real estate exam, which include:
- Real property characteristics, legal descriptions, and property use
- Forms of ownership, transfer, and recording of title
- Property value and appraisal
- Real estate contracts and agency
- Real estate practice
- Property disclosures and environmental issues
- Financing and settlement
- Real estate math calculations
- Duties and powers of the Delaware Real Estate Commission
- Licensing requirements
- Statutory requirements governing the activities of licensees
- Additional state topics
Although there are many accredited real estate schools to choose from, The CE Shop is a great place to begin your real estate education. They offer self-paced classes with instructor support and a state-of-the-art platform to help you navigate each topic. Check out their website to learn more:
3. Take the Delaware Real Estate Exam
After you’ve finished the prelicensing education required to become a real estate agent in Delaware, it’s time to take your exam. The average passing rate in The First State is 62%, which shows that passing the exam is challenging, but not an impossibility.
The Delaware real estate exam is administered on the computer and consists of a national and state portion, both of which you need to pass to move to the next stage to get your real estate license in Delaware. You’ll receive a passing or failing score immediately after your test. If you pass, you’ll receive information on how to apply, but if you receive a failing score, you’ll be provided with a numeric score that categorizes sections for improvement and instructions for reexamination.
Candidates have three attempts to retake one or both portions of the exam and can schedule a new exam date within 24 hours. If you don’t pass both portions within a year, you’ll be required to retake the prelicensing course.
80 nationally focused questions
40 state-specific questions
Items to Bring to Exam
2 valid forms of identification (ID) with signatures:
70% to pass the Delaware Real Estate Salesperson Exam (at least 56/80 on the national portion and 28/40 on the state portion)
Schedule Your Exam to Become a Licensed Real Estate Agent in Delaware
The global testing company, Pearson VUE, is the official administrator of the Delaware real estate exam. You will first be required to register for an account on the Pearson VUE website, which will then give you access to the exam scheduling portal.
From there, schedule your exam on the Pearson VUE website and then you will receive a copy of the Delaware Candidate Handbook for additional information. The examination fee of $85 must be paid at the time of reservation by credit card, debit card, voucher, or electronic check. Payment will not be accepted at the test center.
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4. Pick a Company to Work For
In order to hold an active real estate license in Delaware, you must find a sponsoring brokerage with which to affiliate your license. Your sponsoring brokerage will be required to complete and sign the Statement of Current Broker of Record Form to confirm your employment. To make your choice a little bit easier, check out our in-depth guide for choosing the right real estate company to work for. Although there are many successful brokerages in The First State, below you’ll find the top five brokerages reported for 2021.
The Kat Geralis Home Team
Kat's Meow Inc.
McKee Kubasko Group
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Bright Home Group
Keller Williams Realty
The Levy Group
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Keller Williams Realty
(Source: Real Trends 2021)
Delaware Cities With Highest Median Sales Price 2021
A home’s value determines the amount of commission that you will receive from the sale of the home. To get a sense of which cities are bringing in the bucks for real estate agents in Delaware, check out this sales data from Towncharts.com below:
5. Apply for Your Delaware License
Once you’ve passed your real estate exam and chosen a brokerage to affiliate your license with, it’s time to apply for your Delaware real estate license. Before applying, you’ll create a user account on the Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services website, also known as DELPROS. Within DELPROS, you can submit your real estate license application online under “Apply/Manage a License and Service Requests.”
Your $131 application fee is paid securely through the DELPROS website using a debit or credit card. Keep in mind that you only have six months to submit your application once you begin the process through DELPROS, otherwise you’ll be required to restart the entire online application again. You can check the status of your application on the DELPROS e-License dashboard.
6. Start Your Real Estate Career
Now that you’ve learned how to become a real estate agent in Delaware, you’re ready to start your real estate journey. For more information, take a look at our Top 25 New Real Estate Agent Tips From the Pros or 14 Real Estate Agent Tips for 2021 to jump-start your career.