In this guide you’ll learn all the details you need to know to get your license and become a real estate agent in South Carolina.
You’ll learn the basic real estate licensing requirements in South Carolina, information about the exam including pass rates and test prep, reciprocity rules, county by county breakdowns of the most expensive real estate in South Carolina, and more.
Okay, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s start at the beginning.
Basic South Carolina Real Estate Licensing Requirements
Getting a real estate license in South Carolina 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 South Carolina.
Pre-licensing Courses Required in South Carolina
In order to get a real estate license in South Carolina, you will need to complete 60 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
South Carolina 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, check out the Exam Prep Master program from Real Estate Express. You get practice and final real estate exams, real estate math questions, and hundreds of real estate definitions to help you successfully pass your exam. In fact, if you don’t pass your exam on the first try, you get your money back.
South Carolina Pre-licensing Exam Questions
- Total of 110 multiple-choice questions (to be completed within 3 hours)
- 80 questions on the national portion (56 correct required to pass)
- 30 questions on the state portion (21 correct required to pass)
What to Bring to the Exam
- 2 valid forms of identification with signatures. One ID must be a government-issued Photo ID; maybe a calculator
You must earn a score of 70% to pass the South Carolina Real Estate Exam
South Carolina Real Estate License Fee
You need to have at least a high school diploma or GED in order to apply for a license in South 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 South 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 South Carolina
While taking your real estate pre-licensing course in person can be helpful, online courses are much cheaper and offer the exact same education. Real Estate Express offers exam preparation programs and pre-licensing courses to help agents launch their careers.
South Carolina Real Estate License Reciprocity and Portability
If you plan on working in states besides South Carolina, then you need to know the real estate license reciprocity and portability laws for South Carolina.
- Reciprocity: South Carolina has mutual recognition agreements with 3 states:
- North Carolina, Georgia, and 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 South 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 South Carolina brokerages are the most successful, check out Real Trends list of the top real estate brokerages in South Carolina for 2017 below.
|Real Estate Brokerage|
|Carolina One Real Estate|
|Keller Williams Realty|
|The AgentOwned Realty Co.|
|Real Estate Brokerage|
|Coldwell Banker United / NRT|
|ERA Wilder Realty|
|Keller Williams Realty Asheville, NC, Columbia & Columbia NE, SC|
*Data from Real Trends Market Leaders 2017
South 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 South Carolina check out this sales data from Trulia’s South Carolina home price page below.