Illinois License Act Changes for 2018

Published Tuesday, October 24, 2017

It's not unusual to see changes in laws for licensing and regulating different professions, and the practice of real estate, and real estate education, is no exception. There will be a few changes for 2018 in the Illinois Real Estate License Act that will affect you, so I wanted to give you just the basics for now. If you're interested in a longer discussion of the significant changes, our Director and Instructor Mike Fair lays them out in his blog, which you can find here at

Leasing Agents: Leasing agents can continue to operate under a 120-day permit, but must be enrolled in a leasing agent prelicense course no later than 60 days after beginning to engage in residential leasing activities, and must be licensed within the time frame of the 120-day permit. Your House Academy offers a leasing agent prelicense course.

Continuing Education: The current requirement for broker continuing education is 12 hours consisting of 6 hours of required Core A and Core B classes, and 6 hours of other courses. Exams are currently required for all courses. The update to the license act, which will not affect the 2018 renewal cycle, keep the 12 hour requirement, but it will consist of a single 4-hour core curriculum, established by the board, and 8 hours of elective credit. Credit for courses completed in a classroom or through a live, interactive webinar or distance education program won't require an exam. Credit for home study will still require passing an in-person, proctored exam by a score of at least 75%.

30-hour Broker Post Licensing: Hours won't change, but like the continuing ed discussed above, credit for courses taken in a classroom or live webinar setting will not require an exam.

Of course, there are many other changes to the License Act. If any others arise that directly affect our students, we'll be sure to let you know! Feel free to call me or Mike at 630-844-0222 if you would like to discuss them.


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    Vince DePaul Vince DePaul is Director of Your House Academy. Vince began his real estate career in 1976 and is a real estate broker and a licensed real estate and continuing education instructor. He has taught real estate at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois for several decades. For ten years he produced and hosted a weekly, live call-in radio broadcast in Chicago called “Your House” where he was known as “Mr. Real Estate.” In 2015, Vince received the prestigious Educator of the Year award from the Association of Illinois Real Estate Educators (AIREE). More about Vince »

A REALTOR® is a licensed real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, (NAR) the largest trade group in the country.

Every agent is not a REALTOR®.  You become a REALTOR® after you pass your real estate course, pass the state license exam, join a real estate company and then join the National Association of REALTORS®.

According to the NAR, the term REALTOR has one, and only one, meaning:
"REALTOR® is a federally registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics."

Michael Fair, President and Director of Your House Academy is an NAR member.