Starting a real estate journey can be a goldmine, but only if you play your financial cards right from day one. After meeting all the educational hoops and acing that exam, get ready to invest wisely in your future success in this thrilling industry.


Real Estate Education, Licensing and Initial Costs.


When stepping into the real estate industry, it’s crucial to anticipate a range of expenses to kickstart a successful professional journey. Below are the initial costs that new real estate agents should budget for to excel in their career:


  • Real Estate Career Prep Course $250.00
  • Pre-Licencing Course $3,500.00 Plus HST
  • New Member Initiation Fee (one time) $ 550.00
  • Errors and Omissions Insurance Initiation Fee (one time) $100
  • Errors and Omissions Insurance $515.00 (plus HST on management fee – prorated)
  • CREA New Member Fee (one time) $200 plus HST
  • Salesperson Licencing Fee $200 (for two years)
  • CREA Member Dues $310 plus HST (prorated)
  • Salespersons Bond $150 – $250 (depending on the insurance company you use)
So for the initial start up you are looking at around $5,875.00


Then you with immediately start to incur, monthly:

  • PEIREA Dues of $74.00 plus HST
  • MLS® Provider Fees $17.00 plus HST
  • GEOLINC Access Fee $15.00 plus HST
  • Plus and monthly dues or desk fees from your Brokerage.
Brokerage and Desk Fees

When starting your real estate career, the brokerage sponsoring you will typically impose either a fixed or graduated commission split on each property transaction or a flat brokerage fee. Brokerages might also mandate a monthly desk fee that includes resources such as office space, supplies, mentorship, and access to collaborative teams.

It’s advisable to have savings to cover your expenses and ensure timely payment of all dues each month. It can be discouraging to land your first deal and then have a significant portion go towards settling outstanding expenses with the broker.


REALTOR® Association Fees

Membership in Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) offers a plethora of benefits, including marketing support, exclusive designations as a REALTOR®, a vast professional network, advocacy, research resources, and advanced training opportunities.


Errors & Omissions Insurance

Becoming a CREA member provides access to top-notch Errors and Omissions (E&O) Insurance, offering protection against claims of negligence in client services.


Health Insurance and Life Insurance

Since real estate agents usually work as independent contractors, obtaining a suitable health insurance plan is crucial to reduce possible medical expenses and a life insurance policy is prudent (and tax deductible) for people in business.


Continuing Education & Professional Development

Continuous professional growth and keeping up with market trends are vital for a thriving career in real estate. In Prince Edward Island, Continuing Education courses are mandatory to uphold agents’ status. While most courses are free, specialized designations and certifications that boost networking, broaden knowledge, and attract specific clients are available for a fee through CREA.



MLS® Fees

The Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) network helps real estate professionals link buyers with residential properties. Usually, brokerage firms grant access to the local MLS® and are billed by the governing association, so in PEI, The Prince Edward Island Real Estate (PEIREA).


Marketing Expenses

Allocating funds for marketing initiatives is essential for promoting a new real estate venture. This includes expenses like a real estate website, email services, online advertising, business cards, social media tools, mailers, signage, and promotional materials. Even though referrals and repeat clients are significant for REALTORS®’ business, it is crucial to make initial investments in advertising to establish a solid client base.


Mileage and Vehicle Expenses

Many Realtors® feel the pinch when it comes to their trusty wheels, especially with gas and maintenance bills skyrocketing. These costs add up fast due to agents zooming around like speed racers, clocking over 40,000 kilometers annually. Keeping a keen eye on the budget for fuel, repairs, and TLC is key to smooth sailing.


Income Tax Considerations

Self-employed real estate agents need to factor in self-employment income taxes when planning their finances. To maximize tax advantages, it’s crucial to keep detailed records of deductible expenses like fuel, mileage, repairs, office supplies, software acquisitions, real estate brokerage fees, and marketing costs.

By planning wisely, agents can manage initial start-up expenses efficiently, paving the way for a smooth shift from being a real estate learner to a seasoned professional. Having a thorough grasp of budget needs is key to easing the transition into the realm of real estate entrepreneurship.

And in conclusion…

Starting a real estate gig is like launching your own enterprise – it’s all about having those coins stacked up to weather the stormy first few months. Thinking of diving into the real estate world? Drop me a line in secret to chat about the ups and downs.


The real estate realm loves to flaunt its perks while sneaking the downsides under the rug. Sure, curveballs might pop up, but let’s try to dodge them like a pro!




Melanie Press Realtor®, Broker and Owner of Impress Island Realty

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This article is not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently in contract with other members of the PEIREA. Using this article in full or part without permission is a violation of copyright laws. Copyright © 2024 Melanie Press Real Estate at Impress Island Realty

Impress Island Realty is a Licensed Real Estate Brokerage and Broker Member of the PEI Real Estate Association (PEIREA)