Location: Florida - Tampa
Submitted 02/26/07 10:22 AM

Q. I would like to get my Real Estate license and am wondering if a Felony conviction 14 years ago would disqualify me automatically. Thanks, Rick

 

Answer #1
Submitted 02/26/07 01:08 PM
Marc Blasi, Marc Blasi -Country Club and Waterfront Properties (Boca Executive Realty): Real Estate Agent in Palm Beach Gardens, FL Marc Blasi, Marc Blasi -Country Club and Waterfront Properties (Boca Executive Realty)
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A.

I would, of course, always check with the state!

But - if you properly disclose the conviction to the State (they'd find out anyway when they do the background check) and you don't try to hide it, the prior conviction should not automatically disqualify you.

Answer #2
Submitted 02/27/07 05:10 AM
Chris  Griffith, Bonita Springs Fl Real Estate (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL): Real Estate Agent in Bonita Springs, FL Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Fl Real Estate (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL)
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Bonita Springs, FL

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A.

http://www.myflorida.com/dbpr/re/forms/broker_package.pdf  you may also want to confer with a school that offers licensure:  www.edklopfer.com

Good luck!

Chris Griffith

www.BonitaSpringsAgent.com

Answer #3
Submitted 03/15/07 08:12 PM
David A. Podgursky, PA (Boynton Beach & Lake Worth Florida Real Estate Broker Associ): Real Estate Agent in Boynton Beach, FL David A. Podgursky, PA (Boynton Beach & Lake Worth Florida Real Estate Broker Associ)
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A. It also depends on what the Felony was. If it was a violent crime, the state will likely deny you whether you admit to it right away or not. The law requiring background checks dates back to precedent set in California where a couple of Real Estate agents were serial rapists and would hold open houses and attack single women looking at the property. Now, all licensees are required to FBI for a criminal background check including being fingerprinted at the police department. After that it is in the hands of the State. If your felony was NOT violent and as Mark says you admit to it, it might not be an issue. Truthfully, you can submit the fingerprints and see if you get denied prior to beginning classwork so it isn't a lot of money out of pocket and then you get denied.

Answer #4
Submitted 03/31/07 06:40 PM
John Elwell (CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc.): Real Estate Agent in Zephyrhills, FL John Elwell (CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc.)
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A. You may want to check with the state to find out for sure. One thing I can say is, do not try to conceal it. If you do, if they find out in the future that you have a felony conviction you lied about, they could very well take your license away. Not necessarily because of the felony, but because you were not truthful on your application. You may want to visit : myflorida.com and investigate this more thoroughly. The people there should be able to offer you guidance.

Answer #5
Submitted 06/18/07 02:44 PM
Ross Willingham, Realtor Associate (Tomson Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Stillwater, OK Ross Willingham, Realtor Associate (Tomson Real Estate)
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A. Check with your local licensing board.  They will be able to answer your question.  Good Luck!  Stillwater Homes and Stillwater Realtors

Answer #6
Submitted 07/19/10 12:55 PM
Matt Wilson (Study Guide Systems): Education & Training in Dallas, TX Matt Wilson (Study Guide Systems)
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Dallas, TX

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I assume you are looking for information for obtaining a Florida Real Estate License.  Definitly check with your licenseing board as mentioned above.  If you are looking for detailed information on Florida Real Estate License Requirements click the before link.  We provide an online real estate license prep product but we also provide knowledge into getting a real estate license for all states.

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