Can I Take The Florida Real Estate State Exam Online?

By |March 3rd, 2024|

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.

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

By |February 5th, 2024|

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.

Which Florida Real Estate Schools Are Accredited?

By |January 27th, 2024|

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.