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What Questions Do People Miss The Most On The Florida Real Estate State Exam?

The pass rate for the Florida state exam is dropping.  For August 2021, it dropped to 38%.  I obtained a list from the Florida Bureau of Education and Testing that had some tips for real estate students.  In other words, these are the areas that most people are getting incorrect right now…

Helpful Study Hints for Instructors and Examinees

  1. Know that Chapter 720, F.S. is the Florida Law that deals with Homeowners’ Associations.
  2. Review expenses that are deductible on federal income taxes for a principal residence.
  3. Review Chapter 475.612, F.S., and that Florida Law prohibits real estate licensee from referring to a comparative market analysis as an appraisal.
  4. Know that the income capitalization approach is the primary approach in appraising income-producing properties.
  5. Review street paving assessment; remember to calculate only the owner’s half of the paving assessment, so this would require the candidate to divide the total share of the cost in half.
  6. Review the definition of an easement in gross and that this particular easement benefits the company that owns it.
  7. Have candidates review the formula for Interest on Assumed Mortgages.
  8. Review the definition for an option contract; candidates seem to have difficulty on whether the option contract is a bilateral versus a unilateral contract; we require that they know it is a unilateral contract.
  9. Review the definitions for Special Purpose Deeds (i.e. personal representative’s deed, guardian’s deed, committee’s deed, and tax deed).
  10. Review purchase money mortgage and that the mortgage is taken back by a seller from a buyer.
  11. Review the definitions of separate property versus personal property.
  12. Review the definition of a notice of noncompliance and that the DBPR may issue it for a first- time minor violation by a licensee.

If you don’t know what some of this means, check out my cram class.  I think it’s the best state exam review in the state.  If you don’t believe me, just check out what my former students say about it.

Please note that neither I, nor anyone in the Climer family, has any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate.  My father, Ron Climer, sold the school in 2014.  You can find us at Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando, Florida.

 

By |2021-12-17T05:12:17-05:00September 13th, 2021|

Where Does Karen Climer Teach Real Estate Classes?

Today, I got a call from someone (for simplicity, we’ll call her Jane) who had heard about me, Karen Climer, and wanted to take a real estate class with me.  Jane did an internet search and called Climer School of Real Estate.  The person who answered the phone said that Climer School of Real Estate is now owned by another company.  But Jane is in luck because Karen was teaching the next class.

Jane registered for the class thinking that Karen Climer would be the instructor, but it was actually another person named Karen.  Was this school intentionally misleading Jane?  I don’t know.  I can only guess.  Jane told me she wasn’t very happy about it and thought that I would be teaching the class.

Jane has since learned that the Climer family sold that real estate school in 2014 and that there are no Climer family members at any Florida real estate school other than Demetree School of Real Estate, which is owned by Karen Climer.

The Climer legacy continues at Demetree School of Real Estate, which is growing quickly.  Our students consider Demetree School of Real Estate to be the best real estate school in Central Florida.

Please note that neither I, nor anyone in the Climer family, has any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate.  My father, Ron Climer, sold the school in 2014.  You can find us at Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando, Florida.

By |2021-12-17T05:12:59-05:00August 19th, 2021|

Five Reason People Fail The Florida Real Estate Exam – And What To Do About It

How difficult is the Florida real estate exam?  The majority of people think it is very difficult.  In fact, according to Pearson Vue, 41% of the 3,706 people who took the exam in July 2021 failed it.  Of the first-time takers, the results are a little better – 48% of first-time takers passed the exam.

I would say there are five reasons people fail the exam…

1. A language barrier – If your native language is not English, it is going to be more difficult. I wish I had a suggestion for this, but the reality is that the test is offered in English and Castilian Spanish.  If neither one of those is your native language, you are going to have to study more.

2. Studying the wrong material – If you are watching videos from someone in California and the person teaching the video does not have a Florida real estate license, they are an actor. If you are studying to become an actor, many of these videos provide very good examples.  If you are studying to pass an exam, I wouldn’t watch them.  This is the material that Karen Climer recommends.

3. Not studying enough – Unfortunately, there is no shortcut for learning anything. You can buy all the right study material, but you also have to use it.  You can have the best teacher, but you still have to apply yourself.  A good real estate school will help you study the material.

4. Accepting that failure is inevitable – I am amazed at the number of people I met who before they take the exam have already decided that they will have to take it several times. They say things like, “I know most people take it 3-4 times, so I’m just taking it to see what it’s like.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to fail.”  What’s funny is that the same people who will spend 3-4 hours taking the exam for “practice” don’t want to study for 3-4 hours.

5. Blaming their failure on the exam – “The exam is designed to trick you,” they say. This is unequivocally inaccurate.  The exam is designed to ensure “minimal competence.”  That is in the Florida Administrative Code.  Florida is a state that historically has less regulation and wants people to get jobs.  We are not in the business of making it difficult to get a license.  The victim-mindset of blaming the exam or the questions for your failure might make you feel better, but it is not going to lead to success on the exam or in the industry.

If you are looking to pass the Florida real estate exam the first time, enroll at Demetree School of Real Estate.  Our only goal is to help you get your real estate license and get started in a real estate career in Florida.

 

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 |2021-08-20T10:02:45-04:00August 5th, 2021|

When Can I Take The Florida Real Estate State Exam After I Review The Exam?

PearsonVue, the company that administers the Florida Real Estate State Exam, offers a service called the review or playback.  If you fail the exam, you can schedule an appointment to review your exam.  They will show you all of the questions that you answered incorrectly and tell you the correct answer.

You don’t get a print out.  You can’t write the answers down to take them home and study.  But you do have three hours of study time at the test center, where you can review those questions.  The people who do this, usually think it is beneficial.

If you plan to review the test, I would recommend you take the full three hours and treat this like a study session.  Since you can’t write the questions down, you won’t remember them from one quick reading – treat it like a study session and take the full time.

The biggest reason people tell me that they don’t want to do this is that they were told you have to wait 21 days to retake the exam after the review.  This is incorrect information.  You can take it again very quickly (based on availability).  You can only have one appointment on the books at a time.  For example, you can’t have a review scheduled on Monday and a test scheduled on Tuesday.  However, after you review the test on Monday, you can call and try to get it scheduled for Tuesday.

Why do people say you have to wait 21 days to take the exam?

When you review the exam, you have 21 days to appeal a question.  For that reason, the online registration will not allow you to register again for 21 days.  However, if you call Pearson Vue at 888-204-6230, they can override the 21-day waiting period over the phone.  To override the 21-day waiting period, you have to waive your right to appeal.

Please note that Karen Climer has no affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate.  Karen’s father, Ron Climer, sold the school in 2014.  It has changed hands again.  If you are looking for Karen Climer or Ron Climer, we are both at Demetree School of Real Estate.

By |2021-08-20T10:03:31-04:00May 26th, 2021|

Why We Don’t Allow Electronics at Demetree School of Real Estate

At Demetree School of Real Estate, we do not allow cell phones, laptops, tablets, and similar electronic devices in the classroom.  Why not?

This student thinks she is studying, but she is distracted by her phone.

There is a significant body of research that cell phones and other electronics are distracting to learning.  Even if your phone is sitting on the table turned upside down, it is still a distraction.  This is not an opinion – it is a researched fact.

Isn’t everyone in the class an adult who can decide if they want to pay attention or not?

Yes, you have a right to come to class and daydream.  However, you do not have a right to harm the learning of the others in the class.  The research is unequivocal.  Cell phones, laptops, and other electronics are not only distracting to the user, but to everyone else around them.  And it’s not a small amount – studies show that the students sitting around the phone user score 17% lower than students were there was no cell phone use at all.

You have a right to harm your own learning.  You have no right to harm the learning of your peers.

Therefore, at Demetree School of Real Estate, we do not allow cell phones, laptops, tablets, and similar electronics.  We do take a class break every hour, so you will have plenty of time to text on the breaks.

Please note that Karen Climer has no affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate.  My father, Ron Climer, sold the school in 2014.  Neither Karen Climer, nor anyone else in the Climer family, have any affiliation with that school.  You can find me at Demetree School of Real Estate.

By |2021-08-20T10:05:06-04:00May 3rd, 2021|
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