A referral associate is someone who holds an active real estate license but earns income by referring a person to a Real Estate Agent as a lead rather than engaging in active sales.

You’ll contact the customer, gather as much pertinent information as possible about them and their buying or selling needs, and get permission to refer them. Important information to obtain includes their name, phone number(s), physical address, email address, area of interest, type of home (single family home, condo, townhouse?), price range, and any other information
necessary to place the referral with a real estate broker. The more information you can obtain, the easier it will be to meet the customer’s expectations. To place your referral, click here

When a real estate transaction closes, the destination company will pay Agent First a referral fee from their gross commission. Agent First will receive that referral fee check. The referral fee check is processed and then Agent First will mail a check to you the next business day or direct deposit to your banking account.

Of course! Agent First was created for people just like you who have chosen not to pursue real estate as a full-time career, who are changing their occupation, or are retiring from full-time work as a real estate agent. As a referral associate, you can still generate referrals through personal and business networking channels even with a different full-time job.

No. Unfortunately not currently.
As a referral associate, you are ineligible to list or sell any property, participate in negotiations, or execute any real estate documents. You can refer your customer to an active REALTOR® who will, in turn, provide a referral fee for the introduction if that introduction results in a closed transaction. Another alternative is to activate your license and become an active member of the MLS Board Association to list, market, negotiate and much more. If you are interested in activating your real estate license, we will be able to refer you to our preferred brokerage to learn more.
The cost is only a $150 annual fee. There are no local or national board membership dues or MLS fees to be paid.
No! As a referral associate you will not be required to join the local, state, or national Board of Realtors, nor will you be an MLS member.
Referral associates are required to maintain their Florida Real Estate License at their own expense. Therefore, FREC’s continuing education requirements must be met. Learn more at jgres.com

Yes! If the individual is an active Real Estate Agent, Agent First will place the referral with that individual, then generate a referral agreement and track the execution of all the paperwork. However, if the referral associate does not direct the referral to a specific full-time sales associate, Agent First will select a reputable real estate broker in the service area.

No! E&O fees are not a requirement for referral associates because you are not practicing real estate.
There is no requirement for referral associates to live in the state of Florida. If you complete the continuing education required to keep your real estate license in current active status, you can live anywhere you wish.

Check your Florida license here. You can contact them at 850-487-1395. (To get through their phone prompts to talk to someone type 4, 5 & 1).