In this guide you’ll learn all the details you need to know to get your license and become a real estate agent in North Carolina.
You’ll learn the basic real estate licensing requirements in North Carolina, information about the exam including pass rates and test prep, reciprocity rules, county by county breakdowns of the most expensive real estate in North Carolina, and more.
Okay, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s start at the beginning.
Basic North Carolina Real Estate Licensing Requirements
Getting a real estate license in North Carolina is rather easy compared to other states. You only need a total of 75 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 North Carolina.
Pre-licensing Courses Required in North Carolina
In order to get a real estate license in North Carolina, you will need to complete 75 hours of real estate pre-licensing courses that will cover:
- The Real Estate Business
- License Law and Qualifications for Licensure
- License Law and Commission Rules
- Authorized Relationships, Duties, and Disclosure
- Real Estate Brokerage Activities and Procedures
- Violations of License Law, Penalties, and Procedures
- Federal and State Laws Pertaining to Real Estate
- Property Rights: Estates and Tenancies, Condominiums, Cooperatives, and Time Sharing
- Title, Deeds, and Ownership Restrictions
- Legal Descriptions
- Real Estate Contracts
- Residential Mortgages
- Types of Mortgages and Sources of Financing
- Computations and Closing of Transactions
- The Real Estate Market and Analysis
- Real Estate Appraisal
- Real Estate Investments and Business Opportunity Brokerage
- Taxes Affecting Real Estate
- Planning, Zoning, and Environmental Hazard
North Carolina Real Estate Exam Information
Some have said the North Carolina Real Estate License exam is the toughest. While it has a lower passing rate (54 percent) than other states, that shouldn’t scare you away from taking it.
Even though the passing rate is low, 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.
North Carolina Pre-Licensing Exam Questions
- Total of 140 multiple-choice questions
- 100 questions for the national portion
- 40 questions for the state portion
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 at least 71 out of 100 for the national portion and 29 out of 40 for the state portion to pass the North Carolina Real Estate Exam.
North Carolina Real Estate License Fee
Exam Fee in North Carolina
$64 (for first-time test takers; $94 for repeaters)
You need to have at least a high school diploma or GED in order to apply for a license in North Carolina.
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 North Carolina Bar who is in good standing and qualified under the real estate license law is exempt from taking the real estate 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 take 3-4 weeks for your application to be processed and approved.
Online Real Estate Schools in North Carolina
While taking your real estate pre-licensing course in person can be helpful, online courses are much cheaper and offer the exact same courses. OnCourse Learning is a solid choice.
North Carolina Real Estate License Reciprocity and Portability
If you plan on working in states besides North Carolina, then you need to know the real estate license reciprocity and portability laws for North Carolina.
- Reciprocity: North Carolina has mutual recognition agreements with 10 states:
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
- Portability: Cooperative
To learn more about real estate license portability in North Carolina, check out our guide on real estate license reciprocity and portability here.
How to Choose the Right Real Estate Company to Work For in North Carolina
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 North Carolina brokerages are the most successful, check out Real Trends list of the top real estate brokerages in North Carolina for 2017 below.
|Real Estate Brokerage||Sales Volume (2016)|
|Allen Tate Companies||$3,484,742,061|
|Keller Williams Ballantyne Area||$1,482,401,796|
|Keller Williams - Lake Norman Cornelius NC, LLC||$1,442,268,657|
|Keller Williams Realty Charlotte – SouthPark||$867,988,465|
|Real Estate Brokerage||Sales Volume (2016)|
|Coldwell Banker Howard Perry & Walston Realty||$2,201,959,009|
|Long & Foster / Fonville Morisey||$1,993,652,215|
|Berkshire Hathaway / HomeServices / Carolinas Realty||$893,519,465|
|Coldwell Banker Seacoast Advantage||$794,754,788|
|Keller Williams Realty||$792,830,528|
*Data from Real Trends Market Leaders 2017
North Carolina 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 North Carolina check out this sales data from Trulia’s North Carolina home price page below.