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If I Review The Florida Real Estate Exam, How Long Do I Have To Wait To Retake It?

If you fail your Florida Real Estate State Exam, you have the option to review it.  This is where you schedule an appointment with Pearson Vue, pay the regular testing fee (currently $57.75), and they will show you all the questions that you answered incorrectly and tell you the correct answer.

You have three hours, just like the state exam.  You can take notes while you are there, but you can’t take the notes with you when you leave, just like the state exam.  The people who do this, say it is very effective.

There is a rumor that once you do this, you have to wait 30 days to retake the exam.  This is incorrect.  I’ll tell you why this rumor exists, then tell you what to do.

If you review the exam, you have 30 days to appeal a question.  In other words, you can say, “For this question, they said the correct answer is ‘blockbusting.’  The correct answer is actually ‘steering.’”  Because you have 30 days to do that, Pearson Vue doesn’t want you taking the exam during those 30 days, so you will not be able to register online for the exam.

However, if you call Pearson Vue and tell them that you waive your right to appeal the questions, they will allow you to reschedule the exam.  You could take it the next day, next week or whenever they have a time slot.  You have to call Pearson Vue to do this.  You can’t do it online.  I know some people are allergic to making phone calls, but this is one time that you have to pick up the phone and actually call them.

Another thought about reviewing the exam… if you review the exam, take the FULL THREE HOURS.  Use that time to study the questions and, as much as possible, commit them to memory.  You can’t take your notes with you, but once you leave, you can take notes in your car.  You need to do that immediately after you leave.  You won’t want to do that.  You will be tired of studying.  You will want to call someone, go get some coffee, or do something relaxing.  You will tell yourself that you will take the notes later.  You can’t do that.  You have to do it right away or you will forget the questions.  Write them down right away.

In conclusion, reviewing the exam is a worthwhile use of your time, especially if you have failed more than once.  You will be able to call the next day and schedule your exam if you tell them that you waive the right to review.

 

Please note that Karen Climer does not have any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate, Gold Coast Schools, or Colibri.  Karen’s father, Ron Climer, owned Climer School of Real Estate.  He sold the school in 2014.  It is know owned by a large corporate education company.  Karen owns Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando.

By |2023-10-19T10:03:08-04:00June 6th, 2023|

Some Florida Real Estate Schools Give Private Customer Information To Brokers

As a school owner, I frequently get requests from brokers to send them a list of my students and their contact information.  I usually ask if they are willing to give out their customers’ information to random people.  Of course, they think that’s a preposterous proposition.  But that’s exactly what they are asking me to do.

I have never given out students’ information without their permission.  That’s how I want to be treated as a customer, so that’s what I give to my customers.

Unfortunately, not all school owners think like that.  Because I’m a broker, I often receive ads from other school that are my competitors.  A new school opened recently and selling points to brokers is that if you refer customers to us, we will send you the names and contact information for all of our customers.  In other words, they are using your information as a bargaining tool to get brokers to recommend their school.  Wow!

Now frequently, I have a student say something like, “I want to work with Keller Williams.  Do you know anyone there?”

I am happy to say, “My student Jackie works there.  She has done well there.  Can I give her your information and have her call you?”

In that case, I would be glad to facilitate the introduction with permission from the customer.

Our commitment to our customers is that we will not be the reason you will get additional spam emails, spam texts, or another other advertisements.  You will get enough of that without our encouraging it.  When you register for real estate school, ask the school if they ever give away, trade, or sell your information to brokers.

 

Please note that neither Karen Climer nor Demetree School of Real Estate has any connection to Climer School of Real Estate, Gold Coast Schools or Colibri.  My father, Ron Climer, started Climer School of Real Estate.  He sold it in 2014.  It has since been sold to a large corporation.

By |2024-01-04T10:00:42-05:00June 5th, 2023|

Which Florida Real Estate Schools Are Not Teaching Florida Material?

Many Florida schools don’t know what is happening in Florida.  How can you tell?  Like any scam, there are many red flags.  Some of those red flags are…

  1. The “teacher” on the video doesn’t have a Florida real estate instructor license. If they are teaching you how to pass a Florida exam and they haven’t passed that exam themselves, they are a paid actor.  If you want to learn how to act, watch these videos.  If you want to pass the real estate exam, be sure the person has a Florida real estate license.  You can look up any Florida licensee here.
  2. Money-back guarantees. If the school offers a money-back guarantee or a no-pass, no-pay policy, they are not familiar with Florida laws.  Florida schools are not allowed to offer money-back guarantees based on passing.  One of these curriculum providers sent me sample material to see if I wanted to use it.  I looked at the material.  Several of the “Florida” practice questions were incorrect.  I later found out, it was correct information for Tennessee law, but not Florida.  Obviously, I don’t use that material in my classes.
  3. Offering too many states. The phrase “jack of all trades but master of none” comes to mind.  If you have to choose your state on their website, they are likely not familiar with how Florida works.  For example, the Florida test is application based, which means you have to be able to apply the knowledge.  That is not true in many states.  Some of the schools that cover all 50 states offer practice questions that are much easier than our Florida real estate exam.  You will feel confident going into the exam because you did well on the easy practice questions, but you will be dumbfounded when you see how difficult the Florida real estate exam is.
  4. The school does not have a physical Florida address. There are many schools that operate primarily in the cloud.  That works for some people.  However, Florida rule requires that these schools have a physical address and phone number that students can access.  If they don’t have that, they don’t know Florida law.  If their address is not in Florida, they likely know more about their home state than Florida.

None of these are actually indicators that a school is a rip-off or doesn’t understand Florida law.  They are just indicators that it might be.  Much like a bunch of typos in an email does not guarantee that it is a scam.  It’s just one of the indicators.  But just like those emails, the best thing to do is to err on the side of caution.

Demetree School of Real Estate is a Florida-based school.  In fact, we are home grown.  If you are trying to get a Florida real estate license, check out our real estate prelicensing class schedule.

Please note that neither I nor anyone in the Climer family has any relation to Climer School of Real Estate.  My father, Ron Climer, sold the school in 2014.  It has since been sold to a large corporate conglomerate based in Minnesota.  If you are looking for Karen Climer, you will find me at Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando, Florida.

By |2023-10-19T10:06:19-04:00May 18th, 2023|

What Is A Competing Broker?

Let’s say you work for Broker Bob Realty.  The office consists of Bob and several real estate agents.  In a non-competing brokerage, Bob does not take listings nor work directly with buyers.  His primary role is to run the office and work with his agents to help them succeed.  In a competing brokerage office, Bob is actively engaged in working with buyers and sellers.  In other words, Bob is competing with his own agents for business.  This is what is referred to as a competing brokerage.

There are pros and cons for both ways, but I’m going to tell you way I choose to work for a non-competing brokerage.

In a non-competing brokerage, the broker has time to manage the office.  In a competitive brokerage, Broker Bob is spending half is time getting listings and working with buyers.  He spends the other half of his time running the office.  In other words, he has two part-time jobs rather than one full-time job.  I don’t know about you, but if I’m working full-time, I want a boss who is available full-time.

When everything is running smoothly, you can get by with a part-time broker.  If every deal went perfectly – the buyer liked the first house and the offer was accepted, the home inspection was perfect, the lending process was smooth, and there were zero issues at closing – then real estate would be a part-time job.  But of course, every deal isn’t perfect.  In fact, no deal is perfect.  It’s the same with running a brokerage.  If everything were perfect, then all the broker would have to do is sit on the couch and watch the money roll in.  That is so unrealistic that is doesn’t even happen on TV.  In real life, you have people.  People – whether it’s buyers, sellers, agents, cooperating agents, mortgage brokers, title companies, or anyone else – make things more complicated.  That’s why being a broker isn’t a part-time job.

Another reason I don’t want to work for a competing brokerage is that I don’t want my broker to compete with me, I want him to support me.  Your broker cannot be on your team and be your competitor at the same time.  That is not possible.  You can’t play on both sides of the tennis match.  If Broker Bob is competing with me, then when someone calls the office looking for an agent, is he going to refer that customer to me?  Or is he going to take the customer himself?  Naturally, it’s in his best interest to take it for himself.  But in a non-competing brokerage, he will say, “I’m going to refer you to one of our best agents.  Karen is going to help you get your house sold.”  Will you get a lot of leads that way?  Probably not, but it depends on the office.  Different offices have different rules about floor time, desk duty, in-house leads, etc.  But one thing I know for certain, it is cleaner when the broker is not distributing those leads to himself.

There is plenty of competition in real estate.  In fact, you are competing with other agents in your office.  You don’t need to also compete with your broker as well.

Or consider this … I’m representing the buyer in a transaction and my broker is representing the seller.  Florida is a transaction broker state so this is legal, but what if something goes wrong and I need my broker’s help.  I have to ask the agent (my broker) who represents the other side of the transaction for advice?  That doesn’t sit well with me.

But don’t you want a broker who has their ear to the ground?  Someone who is out in the field and knows what’s going on out there?  It’s a myth that the broker needs to be selling to have a grasp of the market.  Do you think the manager of a restaurant is unfamiliar with the restaurant business just because she isn’t actually waiting on tables or cooking food in the back?  Of course not.  She is very in tune with the restaurant business.  She talks to customers.  She talks to vendors.  She talks to employees.  A good manager talks to everyone.

It’s the same with a real estate broker.  Sure, your broker might not be calling foreclosures every day, but I bet he talks to buyers and seller.  He talks to other brokers and agents.  He talks to mortgage brokers, inspectors, title agents, and all the other people who make a real estate deal happen.  He is keenly aware of the market.  Just like the restaurant manager is involved in a different way than the waiters and cooks, a broker is a different job from sales agent.

Right now, I have my license with Keller Williams at the Parks in Orlando, Florida, and I love it.  Keller Williams is a non-competing broker.  If you are interested in working for Keller Williams, please give me a call and I’d be happy to talk to you.  If you are interested in getting a Florida real estate license, I teach classes at Demetree School of Real Estate.  Give me a call and I can help you get your Florida real estate license.

By |2023-04-18T13:41:22-04:00April 18th, 2023|

How Much Does It Cost To Take The Florida Real Estate Exam?

The cost to take the Florida real estate sales associate state exam just increased significantly.  Now, it costs $57.75 each time you take the state exam.  The good news is that the cost of the weekend exam cram review at Demetree School of Real Estate is staying the same.  So if you don’t want to take the state exam multiple times, consider taking the state exam review class taught by Karen Climer.

When the cost of the state exam went up, the Florida Real Estate Commission voted to reduce the application fee to $62.75.  However, it is still going to cost half of the licensees more to get a license than it used to.  Why do I say that?

The application fee you pay once.  The exam fee you pay EACH time you take the exam.  Last month (January 2023), 47% of the first-time test takers failed and will have to pay to take it a second time.  Even worse, 33% of the repeaters failed and will have to pay $57.75 to take it for the third, fourth, or fifth time.  Some people have taken even more times than that!

The only way to pass the exam is to study.  But more importantly that that, you have to study the right material.  If you don’t know how to study for the Florida real estate exam or don’t know what the best real estate study material is, give Karen Climer a call at Demetree School of Real Estate at 407-456-3448.

By |2023-07-06T14:23:39-04:00February 20th, 2023|
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