In this guide you’ll learn all the details you need to know to get your license and become a real estate agent in Hawaii.
You’ll learn the basic real estate licensing requirements in Hawaii, information about the exam including pass rates and test prep, reciprocity rules, county by county breakdowns of the most expensive real estate in Hawaii, and more.
Okay, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s start at the beginning.
Basic Hawaii Real Estate Licensing Requirements
Getting a real estate license in Hawaii 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 Hawaii:
Pre-licensing Courses Required in Hawaii
In order to get a real estate license in Hawaii, 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
- Mandated Disclosures
- Types of Ownership
- Transfer of Title
- Practice of Real Estate
- Real Estate Calculations
- Specialty Areas
- Ascertaining and Disclosing Material Facts
- Types of Ownership
- Property Management
- Land Utilization
- Title and Conveyances
- Contracts and Addenda
- Escrow Process and Closing S
- Professional Practices and Conduct
- Land Use Controls and Regulation
Hawaii 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.
Hawaii Pre-licensing Exam Questions
- Total of 130 multiple-choice questions (to be completed within 4 hours)
- 80 questions on the national section
- 50 questions on the state section
What to Bring to the Exam
- 2 valid forms of identification with signatures. One ID must be a government-issued Photo ID
- Confirmation number when the test reservation was made.
You must earn a score of 70 to pass the Hawaii Real Estate Exam
Hawaii Real Estate License Fee
Changes from year to year (check the DCCA)
Exam Fee in Hawaii
You need to have at least a high school diploma or GED in order to apply for a license in Hawaii.
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 Hawaii Bar who is in good standing and qualified under the real estate license law is exempt from taking the real estate sales associate 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.
Online Real Estate Schools in Hawaii
While taking your real estate course in person can be helpful, online courses are much cheaper and offer the exact same courses. OnCourse Learning is a solid choice.
Hawaii Real Estate License Reciprocity and Portability
If you plan on working in states besides Hawaii, then you need to know the real estate license reciprocity and portability laws for Hawaii.
- Reciprocity: Hawaii doesn’t have any mutual recognition agreement with any state.
- Portability: Physical Location
To learn more about real estate license portability in Hawaii, check out our guide on real estate license reciprocity and portability here.
How to Choose the Right Real Estate Company to Work For in Hawaii
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 Hawaii brokerages are the most successful, check out Real Trends list of the top real estate brokerages in Hawaii for 2017 below.
|Real Estate Brokerage|
|Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties / NRT|
|Keller Williams Honolulu|
|Elite Pacific Properties|
*Data from Real Trends Market Leaders 2017
Hawaii 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 Hawaii check out this sales data from Trulia’s Hawaii home price page below (week ending June 21):