In this guide you’ll learn all the details you need to know to get your license and become a real estate agent in Nebraska.
You’ll learn the basic real estate licensing requirements in Nebraska, information about the exam including pass rates and test prep, reciprocity rules, county by county breakdowns of the most expensive real estate in Nebraska, and more.
Okay, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s start at the beginning.
Basic Nebraska Real Estate Licensing Requirements
Getting a real estate license in Nebraska 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 Nebraska:
Pre-licensing Courses Required in Nebraska
In order to get a real estate license in Nebraska, you will need to complete 60 hours of real estate pre-licensing courses that will cover:
- Agency Relationships and Contracts
- Real Property Ownership/Interest
- Real Property
- Marketing Regulations (purchase and rental)
- Property Management
- Real Estate Calculations
- Duties and Powers of the Real Estate Commission
- Licensing Requirements
- Statutory Requirements Governing the Activities of Licensees
- Statutory Requirements Governing Subdivided or Out-of-State Land Sales
- Fair Housing Laws
- Closing Statements
Nebraska 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, 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.
Nebraska Pre-licensing Exam Questions
- Total of 150 multiple-choice questions (to be completed within 3.5 to 4 hours)
- 100 questions on the national portion (70 correct required to pass)
- 50 questions on the state portion (38 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; a simple, basic calculator
- Confirmation number when the test reservation was made.
You must earn a score of 75% to pass the Nebraska Real Estate Salesperson Exam
Nebraska Real Estate License Fee
Exam Fee in Nebraska
You need to have at least a high school diploma or GED in order to apply for a license in Nebraska.
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 Nebraska Bar who is in good standing and qualified under the real estate license law is exempt from taking the real estate sales associate prerequisite 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.
Online Real Estate Schools in Nebraska
While taking your real estate pre-licensing course in person can be helpful, online courses are much cheaper and offer the exact same courses. Search Google to find online real estate schools in Nebraska.
Nebraska Real Estate License Reciprocity and Portability
If you plan on working in states besides Nebraska, then you need to know the real estate license reciprocity and portability laws for Nebraska.
- Reciprocity: Nebraska has mutual recognition agreements with 28 states and jurisdictions:
- Alberta (Canada)
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
- Portability: Turf State
How to Choose the Right Real Estate Company to Work For in Nebraska
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.
Once you’ve finished reading the guide, check out our buyer’s guide comparing Keller Williams, RE/MAX, and Century 21 here.
If you’re curious about which Nebraska brokerages are the most successful, check out Real Trends list of the top real estate brokerages in Nebraska for 2017 below.
|Real Estate Brokerage||Sales Volume (2016)|
|Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate||$1,809,268,407|
|CBSHome Real Estate/HomeServices||$1,242,113,132|
|NP Dodge Real Estate Sales, Inc.||$1,193,600,000|
|Keller Williams Realty Omaha, NE||$368,720,986|
|Real Estate Brokerage||Sales Volume (2016)|
|HomeServices of Nebraska||$1,019,681,269|
|RE/MAX Real Estate Concepts||$246,826,003|
*Data from Real Trends Market Leaders 2017
Nebraska 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 Nebraska check out this sales data from Trulia’s Nebraska home price page below (week ending June 21):
|County||Average List Price||Median Sales price|