Getting your Maine Real Estate License is the first step to becoming a real estate agent in Maine. Nowadays, this process can be done almost entirely online. You will still need to take your Maine real estate license exam in person, but the rest of the process can be completed entirely online!
This article outlines the process to get your ME Real Estate License in an easy to understand, step-by-step manner. You’ll learn how much it will cost, how long it will take, what is on the exam, and much more.
How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Maine
Becoming a real estate agent in Maine is as simple as getting your license and getting to work selling real estate! As long as you fulfill the below requirements, you are already on your way to your goal.
Maine Real Estate License Requirements
The requirements to become a real estate agent in Maine are:
- Be a citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Hold a high school diploma or equivalent (GED)
How to Get Your Real Estate License in Maine
Step 1. Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course
Maine requires that real estate sales agents complete 55 hours of pre-license coursework before sitting for their exam.
Most people choose to take their pre-license education course online. The majority of online courses are self-paced and include study materials like real estate practice exams and flashcards. Some also come with a “guarantee” that you will pass the exam on your first attempt if you complete their course. These benefits are all dependent on the education provider and package you choose, so be sure to get the course that best suits your needs.
Remember that the point of these courses isn’t just to check a box and complete a requirement, but rather to prepare you to pass your exam and become a better agent.
Maine does require the final pre-license exam to be supervised by a proctor. This is not the same as the state exam. This test is provided by your pre-license education company and is an indication that you have completed and retained the information from your pre-license education course.
Similar to the state exam, this test is closed-book and closed-note. You are allowed a basic-function calculator and scratch paper, but no cell phones or outside internet access.
Step 2. Maine Real Estate License Exam
After you’ve completed your pre-license education, it’s now time to take the Maine Real Estate Exam.
The fee to take the exam is $85 per attempt.
The Maine Real Estate Exam consists of 120 questions. This includes 80 for the National section and 40 for the State section.
You will have 240 minutes (4 hours) to complete the entire exam. The National section time is 150 minutes (2.5 hours), and the State section time is 90 minutes (1.5 hours).
A passing score for the Maine Real Estate Salesperson Exam is 60/80 on the National section and 30/40 on the State section.
Immediately after completing your exam, you will receive a scoring document that states whether you passed or failed. If it is marked “Fail,” then you will see a breakdown of your score in the different areas of the exam. If you decide to retake the exam, use this as a guide for your studies.
How Hard is the Maine Real Estate Exam?The passing rate for the Maine Real Estate Salesperson Exam is 75%. This test is purposefully difficult, but not impossible. Be sure to pay attention during your pre-license course and take studying seriously. If you put the proper effort forth, we know that you can pass on your first attempt!
Before taking the exam, check out StateRequirement’s guide on how to pass the real estate exam. This in-depth guide works as a great partner to your pre-license course to prepare you to pass on your first attempt!
Step 3. Real Estate License Application
The last step to getting your real estate license in Maine is to complete your license application.
You can fill out your application online using Maine’s Real Estate License Online system.
The licensing fee is $121.This includes the fee for the application, license, and background check.
You also must include your original examination results and certificate of course completion. Additionally, you must be sure that you are sincere when you fill out the paperwork. The committee is going to find out about your history during the background check, and your application may be declined if you have lied about your past.
If you don’t want to submit your application online, it is possible to fill out a paper application instead. You can mail the application to the following address:
Maine Real Estate Commission
35 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333- 0035
Step 4. Application Review
Once you’ve passed your exam, you will only need to wait for your license to be issued. In most cases, this process should take between 5-10 business days. After this, you should receive a letter from the Maine Real Estate Commission with a license document. You can also check the status of your application on Maine’s Online System. If you have any questions at this point, you should contact MREC at (207) 624-8603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to take some time to celebrate your accomplishment. You’ve put in a lot of work and effort and deserve a celebration!
Maine Real Estate License FAQ
How Much Does it Cost to Get a Real Estate License in Maine?
All Maine fees: $210
Real Estate Pre-Licensing Education (Estimated): $600-$800
The total estimated cost to get a Maine Real Estate license is $900-$1,100.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Maine Real Estate License?
The two steps that take the most time when getting your license are pre-license education and test preparation. The average amount of time that people take from start to finish is generally 3-6 months.
If you dedicate a full-time schedule to this process and study hard, you could possibly complete this process in 2 months. We wouldn’t recommend trying to go any faster than this. Take your time to study and prepare yourself for the exam.
How to Get a Maine Commercial Real Estate License?
To sell commercial real estate in Maine, a standard Salesperson or Broker license is all that you need. There is no specific “commercial real estate license”.
If you wish to take on a career selling specifically commercial real estate, choose a broker that handles the types of deals that you want to be a part of.
Are There any Real Estate Jobs Open Around Me?
Check out StateRequirement Jobs to find open real estate jobs in your area!
MPFR – Maine Professional & Financial Regulation
Maine Real Estate Commission
35 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0035
Phone: (207) 624-8603
Fax: (207) 624-8637
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