Do I Need A Real Estate License To Flip Houses in Florida?

I get a lot of students who take the class because they want to flip houses.  Technically speaking, you don’t need a real estate license in Florida to flip houses.  If you are selling a house that you own, you don’t need a license.  From a practical matter, though, if you don’t have a license, you are going to be paying someone else a commission.  Legally, you can sell it yourself and not pay a commission, but you can’t list it on the MLS yourself.  So, if you want your house to be on the MLS, you either need a license or you have to pay a Realtor.

This is true of any For Sale By Owner (FSBO) house.  If you are selling your own home, you don’t need a license.  Just stick the FSBO sign in the yard and wait for the customers to come flocking in.  That’s true from a legal perspective.  From a practical perspective, ask yourself…

  • How will I market the house without the MLS?
  • How will I vet the customers before I allow strangers to trample through my house?
  • How will I know what disclosures are required to give the buyer?
  • What if the buyer has questions about financing, inspections, etc.?

That, and so much more, is what you learn when you have a real estate license.

If you are looking for a good school to take your Florida real estate class, Demetree School of Real Estate in in-person classes and online self-study classes.  Our students love us.  Don’t take our word for it – read our reviews.

Please note that Demetree School of Real Estate has no connection to Climer School of Real Estate or Gold Coast Schools.  Ron Climer, my father, sold Climer School of Real Estate in 2014.  It was later sold to and renamed Gold Coast School.  I opened Demetree School of Real Estate in 2019.