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Can a Felon Become a Real Estate Agent in Connecticut?

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Becoming a real estate agent can be a lucrative and stable career in Connecticut, but the first step to such a successful career is obtaining a real estate license in your desired location. Having a felony record can serve as a roadblock on this journey, but may not be a complete bar to the profession in certain jurisdictions. 

This blog is not legal advice, but instead outlines general state requirements for people with felonies to better understand how to receive a real estate broker license. The question this blog aims to answer is whether persons with felonies can obtain a real estate license in Connecticut. 

  • Role of real estate agent 
  • Average salary 
  • General requirements to be a real estate agent in America 
  • State specific requirements  
  • Recommended action 

Role of a estate agent: 

Real estate agents facilitate the buying and selling of commercial and personal properties. When working with a seller, a real estate agent may be referred to a listing agent. As a listing agent, the typical duties can include: 

  • Conducting market research to determine an ideal asking price;
  • Identifying assets that are the property’s attractive magnets and pinpointing improvement locations;
  • Staging the property;
  • Photographing the property;
  • Listing the property on the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS);
  • Advertising real estate properties to prospective buyers;
  • Hosting property showings and open house events;
  • Drafting and preparing documents, such as offers, contracts and closing statements;
  • Communicating with appraisers, escrow companies, lenders and home inspectors.

A real estate agent may also represent buyers. When representing buyers, real estate agents may be responsible for the following: 

  • Coordinating open houses;
  • Arranging meetings with prospective buyers;
  • Interviewing buyers to understand their needs and wants;
  • Scheduling property showings;
  • Coordinating appraisals and inspections;
  • Negotiating property repair requests and offers;
  • Drafting and reviewing documents and contracts;
  • Guiding buyers through the closing process.

Average salary: 

The average base salary of a real estate agent in the United States is estimated to be $105,100. In Connecticut, the estimated annual salary of a real estate agent is $112,086. 

General Requirements: 

The requirements to obtain a real estate license varies state by state, however, the general requirements are the person be of good moral character, have some specified level of experience and specified education in real estate. The applicant must submit personal and professional information in their application, pass the state real estate license exam, undergo a background check, and pay a fee. The real estate license must be renewed pursuant to the state’s criteria.  

Connecticut’s licensing requirement for real estate agents:

In Connecticut, the state requires the following for a person to be eligible to obtain a real estate broker license: 

  1. “Licenses shall be granted under this chapter only to persons who bear a good reputation for honesty, truthfulness and fair dealing and who are competent to transact the business of a real estate broker or real estate salesperson in such manner as to safeguard the interests of the public.”
  2. Subject “such applicant to personal written examination as to the applicant’s competency to act as a real estate broker or real estate salesperson.”
  3. Prove “to the satisfaction of the commission or the Commissioner of Consumer Protection that the applicant,
    1. has been actively engaged as a licensed real estate salesperson under the supervision of a licensed real estate broker in this state for at least one thousand five hundred hours during the three years immediately preceding the date on which such applicant filed such applicant’s application, and such supervising licensed real estate broker, or such supervising licensed real estate broker’s authorized representative, has certified the accuracy of a record of such applicant’s active engagement on a form provided by such applicant to such supervising licensed real estate broker or authorized representative, 
    2. has successfully completed a course approved by the commission or commissioner in real estate principles and practices of at least sixty classroom hours of study, 
    3. has successfully completed a course approved by the commission or commissioner in real estate legal compliance consisting of at least fifteen classroom hours of study, 
    4. has successfully completed a course approved by the commission or commissioner in real estate brokerage principles and practices consisting of at least fifteen classroom hours, 
    5. has successfully completed two elective courses, each consisting of fifteen classroom hours of study, as prescribed by the commission or commissioner, and 
    6. has represented a seller, buyer, lessor or lessee in at least four real estate transactions that closed during the three years immediately preceding the date on which such applicant filed such applicant’s application, 

or has equivalent experience or education as determined by the commission or commissioner.” –   Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 20-314 (West)

Recommended Action:

If you are interested in obtaining a real estate broker license, it is best to consult with the state’s guidelines. If you do have a felony conviction, always remember to be open and transparent on the application, as lying can reduce your chances of obtaining the license. 

So what do you think about this blog post about whether a felon can become a real estate agent in Delaware and the requirements for the license? Have you or someone you know been in that situation? What was that experience like and how did they deal with it? Please tell us in the comments below.

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