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|

What is the Pass Rate for the Florida Real Estate State Exam?

Every month, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) sends real estate schools the monthly state exam statistics.  Here’s what we learned from the May 2023 statistics for the sales associate exam…

  • The pass rate among first-time takers is 56%. That means that most people pass the first time they take the exam.
  • The overall pass rate is up to 47%. Typically, it hovers around 42% so this is an improvement.  We can ascertain that the test is getting easier or that people are studying more.  I’m betting on the latter.
  • About twice as many people are choosing to take it at the Pearson Vue test center as opposed to the online proctored exam.
  • The pass rate is a little higher for the online proctored exam. I’m not sure why that is or what it means, but it has been true consistently with the online proctored exam.  (As of March 2024, the test is not offered online.)

So let’s look at the broker’s exam…

  • The overall pass rate for the broker’s exam is 46%.
  • The pass rate for first-time takers is 55%. Just like the sales associate exam, most people pass the first time they take it.
  • In terms of online vs. in-person, 192 took it online compared to 165 at the test center.

There are eight different exams on the stats list (appraiser exam are included as well).  The only one where more people fail than pass the first time is the instructor exam.  Not a single person passed the first time they took it.  The overall pass rate when you include the first timers and the repeaters is 6%.

I believe that the top reason that people don’t pass the exam is that they don’t study enough (or they study the wrong things).  If you want to be in the half that pass the first time they take it, check out our review classes at Demetree School of Real Estate.  We offer state exam review classes that focus on what’s on the state exam.


Please note that neither Karen Climer nor Ron Climer are affiliated with Climer School of Real Estate or Gold Coast Schools.  Ron Climer, (Karen’s father) sold the school in 2014.  It has since been sold again to a large corporate education company.  Karen Climer owns Demetree School of Real Estate in sunny Orlando, Florida.

By |2024-03-03T17:36:30-05:00July 5th, 2023|

Can Felons Get a Florida Real Estate License?

The short answer is yes, a felon may be able to a real estate license in Florida.  The more accurate answer, like so many things, is “it depends.”  When you fill out your state application, you are required to list your criminal history.  This includes any crime – convictions (even if adjudication was withheld), no contest pleas, juvenile offenses, young and dumb offenses – everything.

The Florida Real Estate Commission, or FREC, will look at your situation and make a determination based on your individual situation.  I have seen murderers and sex offenders get a license.  I have also seen people with possession of marijuana or careless driving denied a license.  What makes a difference?

FREC considers the crimes.  They are more concerned about crimes of dishonesty, such as theft, fraud, or passing bad checks than they are other crimes.

FREC considers the circumstances.  For example, someone who shoplifted baby formula will probably be viewed differently than someone who shoplifted lipstick.

They consider when it happened.  If you received a DUI fifty years ago and have been to AA every day since then, that is treated differently than the person who was convicted of a DUI last year.

They consider what you have done since then.  If you have become a contributing member of society, they treat that differently than someone who is just meandering along and taking up space.

They consider your level of remorse.  If you get up there and say, “I punched the guy in the nose because he should not have been talking to my girl.”  That will be treated differently than if you say, “You know, my anger overwhelmed me.  It was a stupid mistake.  I wish I could have a redo on that day.”

So to sum it up, felons can definitely get a Florida real estate license – it all depends on your situation.

If you are looking to get a Florida real estate license, please consider Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando, Florida.

Note that neither I nor anyone in the Climer family is a part of Climer School of Real Estate.  My father, Ron Climer, sold that school in 2014.  It has sense been sold to Gold Coast Schools and sold again to a large corporate education company.  I opened a school in 2019 called Demetree School of Real Estate.

By |2023-10-19T09:57:42-04:00June 27th, 2023|

How Much Do I Have To Study For The Florida Real Estate Exam?

I get that question a lot.  Or another way people ask it is they’ll say, “If I do A, B, and C, is that enough to pass?”  It is impossible for me to answer this.

This is like asking, “If I start walking 30 minutes a day, is that enough to get to my desired weight?”

There are so many variables…  What is your desired weight?  How much do you weigh right now?  What is your diet like now?  There is no doubt that adding a 30-minute daily walk will help you.  Also, that is enough for some people.  But I don’t know if that is enough for you.

It’s the same when people ask how much they need to study for the state exam.  How much real estate knowledge do you already have?  How quickly can you retain things?  How quickly can you understand new material?  When you say you study for an hour, what do you do during that hour?  How effective are your study habits?

I know that I studied more for the Florida sales associate state exam than I had studied for anything else in my life.  For me, though, it was very important to pass the first time.    Here’s what I did to study…

I know that was enough studying for me because I passed the state exam the first time I took it.  Your mileage may vary.

By |2023-10-19T09:59:46-04:00June 26th, 2023|

Why Are There Two Choices for the Florida Real Estate Exam?

In Florida, there are two options for taking the real estate state exam – in-person at the test center or online proctored.  In this article, I will explain how to schedule your exam for either option. (Update as of March 2024, online proctored exams are no longer an option in Florida.)

First, you need to be approved by the DBPR.  If you don’t know what that means, read this article.

Once you apply for your license and are approved by the DBPR, you will receive an email from Pearson Vue.  In that email is a number called the RE App ID.  This is an ID number that Pearson Vue creates for you.  Don’t lose this number.

If you have received the email, but lost your RE App ID, call Pearson Vue at 888-204-6289 to get it.  They will look you up using your social security number or some other identification.

Once you have the RE App ID, you can register online or over the phone.  To register over the phone, call Pearson Vue at 888-204-6289.  They are open from 8am-11pm EST on weekdays, 8am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.  When you call them, know that you are talking to someone who is not in Florida.  The reason this is important is that if you say, “I want to take the test on July 28 anywhere near Orlando.”  This person likely does not know that Lake Mary or Lakeland are near Orlando.  You will have to tell them the exact cities.

If you schedule online, it will give you two options.  The one that is called “FL Real Estate Sales Associate” is the online proctored exam.  The one that is called “FL Sales Associate” is the in-person one.  Basically, if it gives you a choice of testing center locations, it’s the in-person one at the testing center.  If it doesn’t give you a location choice, you are looking at the online proctored one.

You will also have the option to take the exam in English or Castilian Spanish.  If you want to take the real estate exam in Spanish, you will need to make that selection now.  You can’t change it once you are at the test center.

Once you have your test scheduled, you will want to study every day.  Study like you are preparing for the Olympics.  You can’t overstudy for this exam any more than you can be overprepared for the Olympics.

If you want to register for the best state exam review class in Florida, you will find the information here.  If you are looking for study materials, you can find that information here.

Please note that Karen Climer has no affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate, Gold Coast Schools or Colibri.  My father, Ron Climer, owned Climer School of Real Estate until 2014.  It is now owned by a large corporate education company.

By |2024-03-03T17:39:07-05:00June 8th, 2023|
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