How To Become A Real Estate Agent In Hawaii

To earn and keep your Hawaii real estate license, you need to meet specific educational requirements set by the Hawaii Real Estate Board (REB). You need coursework before licensing to prepare you for the official state exam, and you need continuing education (CE) in order to renew your license once every other year.

Unfortunately, AgentCampus by 360training doesn't offer real estate courses for Hawaii at this time. You'll need to check REB's website for approved educational providers.

As a trusted course provider, we want to help you navigate Hawaii's requirements even though we don't have anything at stake. To that end, we'll go over the licensing process, the educational requirements, and other important information below.

What Are Hawaii's Real Estate Pre-Licensing Education Requirements?

REB requires 60 hours of pre-licensing coursework from an approved training provider. The curriculum includes:

  • Introduction and Background (2 hours)
  • Real Estate Licensing Laws (5 hours)
  • Ethics and Real Estate Regulations (4 hours)
  • Nature and Description of Real Estate (2 hours)
  • The Law and Real Property (2 hours)
  • Encumbrances, Liens, and Easements (3 hours)
  • Tenancy and Ownership of Real Estate (3.5 hours)
  • Condominiums, Cooperatives, Planned Unit Developments and Timeshare (1.5 hours)
  • State Land Use Controls and Property Development (1 hour)
  • Agency (3 hours)
  • Real Estate Contracts (3 hours)
  • Hawaii Standard Forms (7 hours)
  • Real Estate Financing Principles (2 hours)
  • Real Estate Financing Practices (2 hours)
  • Real Estate Valuation and Appraisal (2 hours)
  • Real Estate and Other Taxes, Tax Liens (2 hours)
  • Interests in Real Estate (2 hours)
  • Closing the Real Estate Transaction (3 hours)
  • Commercial Real Estate Management, Leasing, and Sales (2 hours)
  • Landlord-Tenant Code and Residential Property Management (2.5 hours)
  • Fair Housing Laws and The Americans with Disabilities Act (2 hours)
  • Environmental Issues and the Real Estate Transaction (.5 hour)
  • Real Estate Mathematics (3 hours)

Who is Eligible to Become a Real Estate Agent in Hawaii?

To be eligible for a salesperson license in Hawaii, you need to be:

  • 18 years or older
  • a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or an alien authorized to work in the U.S.

What Else Do I Need to Do to Earn My Hawaii Real Estate License?

Aside from completing your pre-license requirements, you need to:

  • Pass the Hawaii Real Estate Salesperson Licensing Exam
  • Submit your license application
  • Find an active and current Hawaii brokerage or sole proprietor to sponsor your application

What is the Hawaii Real Estate Licensing Exam Like?

You need to take the license exam within 2 years of successful pre-license course completion.

Hawaii's licensing exam is administered by a third-party testing service named PSI at a number of testing sites throughout the state. It consists of 80 national topic questions (with a 2.5-hour time limit) and 50 Hawaii-specific questions (with a 1.5-hour time limit).

You'll receive pass/fail results before you leave the test center.

What is the Deadline for my Hawaii Real Estate License Application?

You need to file your application within 2 years of passing the Hawaii salesperson licensing exam. To receive an active license, you need a sponsoring broker to sign off on your paperwork.

How Often Does a Hawaii Real Estate License Have to Be Renewed?

In Hawaii, real estate licenses need to be renewed every 2 years. All licenses expire on December 31st of every even-numbered year. The filing deadline is November 30th, to ensure that your application can be processed and approved before the expiration.

If you miss the November 30th filing deadline and your application isn't approved before January 1st, you'll need to stop any licensed activity until you receive approval.

For principal brokers and broker entities, this lapse of your license would impact all licensees associated with you.

What Are Hawaii's Continuing Education Requirements for Real Estate?

Hawaii requires you to complete 20 Continuing Education hours from a Commission-approved provider in order to renew your license into active status, including:

  • 6 core hours
  • 14 elective hours

For a smooth and timely renewal, your continuing education requirements need to be completed before you submit your online renewal on November 30th of an even-numbered year.

What Kind of Jobs Can I Get with a Hawaii Real Estate License?

Getting a real estate license in Hawaii can qualify you for a number of different careers, including:

  • Residential real estate agent
  • Commercial real estate agent
  • Real estate broker
  • Property manager

Your career will also be shaped by the specialty and niche you choose to occupy. Some practice areas are more lucrative than others, and unsurprisingly, these require additional licenses or certifications.

For an idea of your potential salary in Hawaii, we can look at average wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Job Title Average Hourly Wage Average Yearly Wage
Sales Agents $30.70 $63,850
Brokers $27.94 $58,110
Property Managers $27.27 $56,720

As a real estate agent, your income will typically be commission-based, so actual earnings differ widely in either direction. Some real estate professionals have earnings well below the average. Others make a lot more; in Hawaii, the top 90th percentile of sales agents make $109,390.

You can learn more about different career options, real estate specialties, and how commissions work, by checking out our Resources page for more information.

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