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Getting your license
The Nebraska Real Estate Commission requires all those taking the real estate salesperson licensing exam to have completed 66 hours of real estate pre-license education (2 30-hour courses plus a 6-hour Professional Conduct & Ethics course) prior to sitting for the Salesperson Examination.
This section addresses the application procedures that interested parties must follow under the Nebraska Real Estate License Act.
Go to the Nebraska Real Estate Commission for licensing information.
VanEd - Nebraska Real Estate School provides all of the required coursework needed to become a licensed Nebraska real estate salesperson. All Nebraska real estate license courses are available online to meet the Nebraska real estate education requirements and pass the Nebraska Salesperson's licensing exam. All of our Nebraska online real estate courses meet the current NREC Standards and are ARELLO approved!
The Nebraska Real Estate Salesperson license course comes with textbooks included in the price and shipped for free!
COMING FROM ANOTHER STATE? If you already have a real estate license, you will need to complete the 3-hour Nebraska License Law and Agency Relationships course required for reciprocity with Nebraska.
Selling your house can feel overwhelming in multiple ways. You're pulling up roots and leaving all that's familiar — and making a huge financial decision at the same time. Knowing how to sell your home takes some studying up. The more you know, the easier the big decisions will be. So let's get started! In this step-by-step guide, you'll learn what it takes to sell your home from beginning to end. Whether it's your first time in the real estate market or you're an experienced homeowner who wants to brush up on their skills, this list has you covered.
Step 1. Know, Exactly, What You Want
First things first: You need to know what you want (and what your partner wants) in order to sell your home with minimum frustration. Why are you moving? What do you expect from the process? When, exactly, should you put that For Sale sign in the yard?
Step 2. Do Your Research
Unless you bought your home last week, the housing market changed since you became a homeowner. Mortgage rates fluctuate, inventory shifts over time — these are just a few of the factors that affect the state of the market, and every market is unique. Educate yourself on what to expect.
Step 3. Interview and Select an Agent
This is the most important relationship you’ll form on your home selling journey. Pick the right agent and you’ll likely get a better sales price for your house.
How to Choose a REALTOR®
Step 4. Price Your Home
How much is your home worth? That’s the … $300,000 question. Whatever the number, you need to know it. This is how your agent will help you pinpoint the price.
Step 5. Prep Your Home for Sale
Today, home buyers have unfettered access to property listings online, so you have to make a great first impression — on the internet and IRL. That means you’ll have to declutter all the stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, make any necessary repairs, and get your home in swoon-worthy condition.
Step 6. Market Your Home
Home buyers look at countless listings online. The best-marketed homes have beautiful photos and compelling property descriptions, so they can get likes — which can amount to buyer interest — on social media. Some agents are even using videos, virtual tours, texts, and audio messages. It’s time to consider how to promote your property.
Step 7. Showcase Your Home
One of the best ways to get buyers in the door is to have an open house. This is your chance to show off your home’s best assets, and help buyers envision themselves living there. Know how your agent will organize, advertise, and host the event to ensure it’s a success.
Step 8. Receive Offers
Yes, you might get offers plural, depending on your market. Assuming you’ve collaborated with your agent, you’ve likely positioned yourself to receive attractive bids. Your agent will review each offer with you to determine which is best for you.
Step 9. Negotiate With the Buyer
To get the best deal for you, you’ll likely have to do some negotiating. Your agent will help you craft a strategic counteroffer to the buyer’s offer, factoring in not only money, but contingencies, etc.
Step 10. Negotiate Home Inspection Repairs
The home inspection. It’s as much a source of anxiety for buyers as it is for sellers. Nonetheless, most purchase agreements are contingent on a home inspection (plus an appraisal, which will be managed by the buyer’s lender). This gives the buyer the ability to inspect the home from top to bottom and request repairs — some even could be required per building codes. The upshot: You have some room to negotiate, including about certain repairs. Once again, your agent will be there to help you effectively communicate with the buyer.
Step 11. Close the Sale
Settlement, or closing, is the last step in the home selling process. This is where you sign the final paperwork, make this whole thing official, and collect your check. Before that can happen though, you’ll have to prepare your home for the buyer’s final walk-through and troubleshoot any last-minute issues. We’ve got you covered with this closing checklist.
NREC Guidance Document on Advertising Do's and Don'ts
The Commission has adopted rules and regulations which define advertising whether team related or not as further explained below.
Broker Prominence LB678 (2016) requires the name the broker does business under to be prominently displayed in all advertising. The changes adopted in Title 299, Chapter 2, of the Nebraska Administrative Code require the broker name to be displayed in a way that is “conspicuous, discernable, and easily identifiable by the public”. While there are no specific size requirements, the broker name should stand out in all advertising, and be easily identifiable.
Affiliate and Team Advertising NAC Title 299, Ch. 2, further requires that in any instance where a team name or an affiliated licensee (salesperson or associate broker) name is used in advertising, the broker name must be similar or greater in size and visibility than the affiliate licensee or team name, and adjacent to that name. Specific examples of advertising which is allowable and not allowable, including yard signs, business cards, webpages, logos, etc., can be found at: Advertising Do's and Don'ts
Don’t forget that in addition to traditional media like newspapers and billboards, there is also Facebook, Twitter,Craigslist, Snapchat, and Instagram. Anywhere you promote properties or services to the public is advertising and must follow the advertising rules—billboards, business cards, yards signs, newspaper, TV, radio, mass mailings,group emails, if you have Facebook or other social media account including your brokerage name with your name on the published account name “Mary Smith, ABC Residential Realty” will help solve a lot of potential issues
Team Naming Rules LB678 prohibits teams from advertising which suggests the team is an independent real estate brokerage. NAC Title 299, Chapter 2, specifically requires that all team names have the word “team” or “group” as part of the team name. The regulation also prohibits the use of certain words in a team name which would suggest the team is an independent brokerage, including Realtors, Company, Corporation, Corp., Inc., LLC, Inc., LP, LLP, LP,LLP. The words “real estate” or “realty” may only be used in team names if they are immediately followed by “team”or “group”. Please note that these changes went into effect on July 1, 2017, and there is no grandfather clause for existing names. Team names are not required to be submitted to the Commission, but must be kept current and on file with the designated broker.
National Association of REALTORS®
For most REALTORS®, social media has become an integral part of their marketing and communication efforts with clients, family, and friends. This new media also brings with it some concerns over privacy and security. The rules of the game keep changing. Gone are the days when 'default' options are good enough. Learn about concerns with various popular social media sites, and gain tips and suggestions to protect your privacy and identity
These tools will help real estate professionals take their business to the next level by showing them how to use social media for business success.