Is It Too Easy to Become a Licensed Real Estate Agent?  

   I hear this question asked by fellow brokers and clients who complain about incompetence or ethical lapses among our colleagues.

   Yes, it is easy to get licensed — take 168 class hours, pass the 3-hour state exam, pass a background check (including fingerprinting), and you’re licensed to handle the most significant financial transactions in the average person’s life.

    Loan officers and appraisers have a dauntingly higher barrier to entry than do real estate brokers. It’s fair to ask if that should change.

Author: Golden Real Estate, Inc.

Golden Real Estate is a prominent member of the Denver/Jefferson County real estate scene. Based in Golden, we service both Denver and Jeffco, representing both buyers and sellers. We're well known for Broker Jim Smith's weekly "Real Estate Today" column published in the Denver and Jeffco editions of the Denver Post's YourHub section each Thursday. The column also appears in several weekly newspapers and is archived at We have nine agents, all of whom are Realtors and EcoBrokers. Our office is Net Zero Energy since December 2017, and several of us drive electrics cars. Known for our sustainable practices, we accept polystyrene (aka "Styrofoam") for recycling, keeping 200 cubic yards per year out of area landfills.

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