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 |2024-06-05T16:02:38-04:00February 5th, 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 |2024-06-05T16:02:40-04:00January 18th, 2024|

Can I Take the Florida Real Estate Exam At Home?

Update: As of March 2024, the DBPR is no longer offering online-proctored exams.

In Florida, we use Pearson Vue to administer the state exam.  When you register for the exam, you will notice two exams.  One is for the test at the test center.  The other is for an at-home online-proctored exam.  You can’t tell which is which until you click on it.  If it offers you a choice of locations, it’s an in-person test at a Pearson Vue test center.  If it doesn’t give you a choice, it is an at home version.

In this article, I’m going to be primarily talking about the at-home online-proctored version.  To take the test at home, you must have a decent computer with a decent internet connection.  Your computer must have a video camera, so if you have an old computer it might not work.  Also, you must have a decent internet connection.  If you live somewhere where the internet connection drops frequently, you might want to consider taking it at the test center.

A few things about the at-home version…

  1. You must be in a room. You can’t take it in a huge open area.
  2. You will have to take your camera and show the proctor your desk and the surrounding area.
  3. You can only use one monitor. You have to disconnect the other monitors and remove them from the desk.
  4. Once the proctor approves the test area, no person or animal can come into the room or leave the room. In other words, no bathroom breaks.
  5. The room must be quiet. If you have kids running around, cats climbing on the shelves, or delivery people ringing the doorbell, that’s not going to work.  You need a silent place.  (This isn’t just because it makes a better testing environment – it’s because they require it.)
  6. You will not be permitted to use a calculator or scrap paper. You must use the online calculator and the online whiteboard for scrap paper.  If that’s a problem for you, take it at the test center.
  7. You are required to be silent, and you are required to look at the screen the entire time. You can’t read aloud (even though you are by yourself).  You also can’t look out the window or look off into the distance.  You must look at the screen.

About a third of the people who take the state exam each month, take it at home.  It wouldn’t be my preferred way to do it, but plenty of people do it and it works well for them.

If you are looking for a good review before you take the state exam, give us a call at 407-456-3448.

Please note that neither I nor Ron Climer are affiliated with Climer School of Real Estate or Gold Coast Schools.  My father, Ron Climer, sold Climer School in 2014.  It is currently owned by a large corporate entity.  I opened Demetree School of Real Estate in 2019.

By |2024-06-05T16:02:47-04:00June 30th, 2023|

Do I Need A Real Estate License To Flip Houses in Florida?

I get a lot of students who take the class because they want to flip houses.  Technically speaking, you don’t need a real estate license in Florida to flip houses.  If you are selling a house that you own, you don’t need a license.  From a practical matter, though, if you don’t have a license, you are going to be paying someone else a commission.  Legally, you can sell it yourself and not pay a commission, but you can’t list it on the MLS yourself.  So, if you want your house to be on the MLS, you either need a license or you have to pay a Realtor.

This is true of any For Sale By Owner (FSBO) house.  If you are selling your own home, you don’t need a license.  Just stick the FSBO sign in the yard and wait for the customers to come flocking in.  That’s true from a legal perspective.  From a practical perspective, ask yourself…

  • How will I market the house without the MLS?
  • How will I vet the customers before I allow strangers to trample through my house?
  • How will I know what disclosures are required to give the buyer?
  • What if the buyer has questions about financing, inspections, etc.?

That, and so much more, is what you learn when you have a real estate license.

If you are looking for a good school to take your Florida real estate class, Demetree School of Real Estate in in-person classes and online self-study classes.  Our students love us.  Don’t take our word for it – read our reviews.

Please note that Demetree School of Real Estate has no connection to Climer School of Real Estate or Gold Coast Schools.  Ron Climer, my father, sold Climer School of Real Estate in 2014.  It was later sold to and renamed Gold Coast School.  I opened Demetree School of Real Estate in 2019.

By |2024-06-05T16:02:48-04:00June 28th, 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 |2024-06-05T16:02:49-04:00June 27th, 2023|
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