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Can a Felon Become a Real Estate Agent in Kansas?

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Becoming a real estate agent can be a lucrative and stable career in Kansas, 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 Kansas. 

  • 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 Kansas, the estimated annual salary of a real estate agent is $101,306. 

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.  

Kansas’s licensing requirement for real estate agents:

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

  1. “As part of an application for an original license or in connection with any investigation of any holder of a license, the commission shall require a person to be fingerprinted and submit to a state and national criminal history record check. The fingerprints shall be used to identify the person and to determine whether the person has a record of criminal history in this state or other jurisdiction.” –  Kan. Stat. Ann. § 58-3039 (West)
  2. “A license to engage in business as a broker or salesperson shall be granted only to a person who is 18 or more years of age and who has a high school diploma or its equivalent.” –  Kan. Stat. Ann. § 58-3039 (West)
  3. “[E]ach applicant for an original license as a broker shall have been licensed as a salesperson in this state or as a salesperson or broker in another state, and shall have been actively engaged in any of the activities described in K.S.A. 58-3035(f), and amendments thereto, for a period of at least two years during the three years immediately preceding the date of the application for a license. The commission may adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this subsection.” –  Kan. Stat. Ann. § 58-3039 (West)
  4. “Each applicant for an original license shall be required to pass an examination covering the subject matter which brokers or salespersons generally confront while conducting activities that require a real estate license.” –  Kan. Stat. Ann. § 58-3039 (West)
  5. “The commission, prior to granting an original license, shall require proof that the applicant has a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity and competence to transact the business of a broker or salesperson in such a manner as to safeguard the public interest.” –  Kan. Stat. Ann. § 58-3039 (West)
  6. “An application for an original license as a salesperson or associate broker shall be accompanied by the recommendation of the supervising broker or branch broker with whom the salesperson or associate broker is to be associated, or by whom the salesperson or associate broker is to be employed, certifying that the applicant is honest, trustworthy and of good reputation.” – Kan. Stat. Ann. § 58-3039 (West)

Recommended Action:

If you are interested in obtaining a real estate 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 Kansas 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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