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Can I Take The Florida Real Estate State Exam Online?

Effective immediately, DBPR is no longer offering online-proctored exams.  The exams are only offered at Pearson Vue testing centers.  According to the email from the DBPR, this is “in the interest of maintaining the integrity of examinations for DBPR-issued professional licenses.”

The online-proctored exams began during the statewide shutdown in 2020.  Once the shutdown ended, they kept offering online-proctored exams as a convenience to people.  I think the online-proctored exams were particularly nice for people in more rural areas who had to drive several hours to a test center.  In Orlando, we have several Pearson Vue test centers, so it’s pretty easy to schedule an exam.

If you plan to take your exam soon, I would recommend that you get it on the schedule.  Before the pandemic, people often had to schedule their exam several weeks out.  With the addition of online testing, scheduling became less of an issue.  Today, I expect that it won’t be long before you have to schedule several weeks in advance.

I always recommend that you take a state exam cram review class before you take the state exam.  I suggest you take the exam Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and take the state exam on Monday.

Please note that neither Karen Climer nor Ron Climer teach at Climer School of Real Estate or Gold Coast Schools.  Climer School of Real Estate was sold by Ron Climer in 2014.  It has since been sold a few times and is now owned by Colibri.  We are both teaching for Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando, Florida.

By |2024-03-03T17:34:50-05:00March 3rd, 2024|

How Does A Florida Attorney Get A Florida Real Estate License?

Sometimes Florida attorneys decide they want a Florida real estate license.  Lawyers who are active members of the Florida Bar do not have to take the sales associate pre-licensing class.  They only need to pass the Florida real estate exam to get a Florida real estate license.

Florida attorneys are also exempt from taking the 14-hour continuing education every two year.  The assumption is that attorneys get enough continuing education when renewing their Florida Bar license.

The one class Florida attorneys with a real estate license do have to complete is the 45-hour post-licensing class.  This is a class that you must take before your first renewal.

Florida attorneys who want a Florida real estate license do not need to take the prelicensing class, but they do need to pass the state exam.  How do they do that?  I would recommend getting the textbook and studying that.  The textbook I use is Florida Principles, Practice, and Law by Linda Crawford and Denise Johnson.  Once you feel reasonably confident in the material, I would recommend taking the state exam review course at Demetree School of Real Estate.  This is a cram class that is designed to pound the information into your head right before you take the state exam.

As always, if you have any questions about this or anything else related to getting a real estate license, please call us at 407-456-3448.

Please note that neither Karen Climer nor Ron Climer have any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate.  Ron Climer, Karen’s father, sold Climer School of Real Estate in 2014.  It is now owned by Gold Coast Schools, which is owned by Colibri.

By |2024-02-05T13:24:45-05:00February 5th, 2024|

Which Florida Real Estate Schools Are Accredited?

The short answer is none of them.  In Florida, real estate schools are licensed, not accredited.  What’s the difference?

Licensure is about having the legal right to operate a school.  Demetree School of Real Estate is licensed.  If you have any questions about whether or not a school is licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, or DBPR, click here to verify it.

In Florida, real estate schools are licensed not accredited.  If a Florida school is telling you they are accredited, that means that they teach in dozens of states.  Also, you might want to ask them, “Accredited by whom?”  If the answer is the DBPR, FREC, or State of Florida, they are licensed, not accredited.

Accreditation is an indication that you meet the requirements of the accrediting body.  For example, I earned a music degree from the University of Alabama, which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.  There are music schools in this country that are not accredited that offer music degrees.  Those students could rightfully claim that they have a bachelor of music degree from East Cupcake University.  There are probably music schools that are accredited by different bodies, maybe the Association of Good Schools.  So yes, they are accredited, but not by the body that matters in that field.

There used to be a real estate school in Florida that credited its own accrediting body.  I forget the name of the accrediting agency, but I’ll call it the Real Estate School Accrediting Body (RESAB for short).  So this school claimed to be the only school in Florida that was accredited by RESAB.  But they owned the accreditation organization.  They were literally the only school in the world accredited by RESAB.  (This school and the accrediting body no longer exist.)

Years ago, ARELLO (Association of Real Estate License Law Officials) was pushing the Florida Real Estate Commission to require ARELLO accreditation.  Florida has more real estate licensees than any other state.  ARELLO saw money.  The Florida Real Estate Commission discussed it.  School owners and education directors from all over the state discussed it over the course of multiple FREC meetings.  I was there.  Ultimately, the Florida Real Estate Commission decided it would cause more harm to the public than good.  They decided it was a money grab by the accrediting body and that being licensed by the DBPR and FREC was sufficient.

Ultimately, when people ask if the school is accredited, what they really want to know is “Is this school legitimate?  Will my class at Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando count for credit?”  The answer to that is Yes.  If you want to verify the licensure status of Demetree School or any other school, check at the DBPR website.

Please note that neither Karen Climer nor Ron Climer have any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate or Gold Coast Schools in Orlando.  Ron Climer, my father, sold Climer School of Real Estate in 2014.  It has been sold a few times since then and is now owned by Colibri.  I own Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando, Florida.

By |2024-01-27T11:12:11-05:00January 27th, 2024|

Are There Too Many Real Estate Agents in Florida?

Sometimes, before someone registers for class, they ask me if there are already too many real estate agents in Florida.  What they really want to know is “Is there room for me to break into this field?  Or is the field already saturated?”

There are a lot of people in the real estate industry, for sure.  But there is still plenty of room for you.  The Orlando Business Journal publishes a list of the top real estate agents each year.  The best agent in Central Florida sold 1,324 houses last year.  Their gross volume was $471,220,000.  That person has less than 1% of the market share.  There were thousands of other people working in the industry as well making a good living.

So there are already a lot of agents, but we are talking about an area where more than 30,000 houses were sold last year.  You couldn’t sell that many if you want to.

This is a field where you just need a small sliver of the pie to make a very good living.  It is also a field where there is a lot of dead weight.  What I mean by that is that there are plenty of agents who sell 1-2 houses a year, sometimes even no houses.  These people are not your competitors.

Go ahead and get your real estate license and start your new career today.

Please note that I have no affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate or Gold Coast Schools.  My father, Ron Climer, owned Climer School of Real Estate until 2014.  He sold it and it was eventually purchased by Gold Coast Schools, which is owned by Colibri.  I own Demetree School of Real Estate, which is a small business.

By |2024-01-18T10:52:52-05:00January 18th, 2024|

Should I Take The Florida Real Estate Exam in English or Spanish?

I used to advise all of my students to take the test in Spanish.  Recently, I have changed my advice and advise all students to take it in their native language.  Here’s why…

I used to advise everyone to take in in Spanish because there are fewer versions of the Spanish exam.  You can toggle the questions back and forth between the two languages.  So people who do not speak Spanish could toggle the exam to English and still get the benefit of there being fewer exams should they fail.

Recently, Pearson Vue has changed some components of the exam.  If you sign up in Spanish, you can still toggle the questions from English to Spanish.  However, recently students have told me that you can only toggle the questions, nothing else.  In other words, the instructions are in Spanish.

Well, isn’t it obviously what the instructions are?  Just answer all of the questions.  I had a student tell me that he had skipped several questions.  He couldn’t figure out how to go back to answer those questions because the instructions were in Spanish.

By the way, you can ask the staff to help you but they likely won’t help you.  They are not allowed to answer most questions.  They can answer things like, “Can I take a bathroom break?”  They cannot answer, “How do I go back to answer the questions I skipped over?”  or “What does this word mean?”  So don’t get mad at the staff, they are doing their jobs.

My advice for now is to take the test in the language that you speak.

Please note that neither Karen Climer, Ron Climer, nor Demetree School of Real Estate have any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate or Gold Coast Schools.  Ron owned Climer School of Real Estate until 2014.  It is now owned by a large investment company.

By |2024-01-03T12:12:39-05:00January 3rd, 2024|
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