Laws on become a real estate agent vary from state to state. An important distinction though, a real estate agent is someone who is licensed to sell houses. A Realtor ™ is a distinction made by the National Association of Realtors, which basically means that an agent subscribes to a certain code of honor and ethics and has paid dues. You do not need to be a Realtor if you would like to sell houses but you do need to be a licensed agent. Contact a local brokerage firm near you and inquire about their hiring process.