Many Brand New Florida Real Estate Licensees Are Penalized Over Simple Error. Don’t Let It Happen To You.

Yesterday, I attended the monthly FREC meeting.  There were about a dozen cases on the legal agenda that involved completion certificates for the prelicensing class.

When the state started offering online proctored state exams during the pandemic, this created some issues for collecting course completion certificates.  Some applicants took their state exam without submitting their course completion certificate to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).  Those students are now being penalized by the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC).  The penalties have ranged from a small fine to revocation of their license.  Any penalty, including a public reprimand, will appear on your license record that the public can see.  What a way to begin your career!

The DBPR has emailed all licensees in question.  Unfortunately, many licensees ignore the email or do not have a valid email on file with the DBPR.  You are required to have a valid email on file with the DBPR, so if that’s the issue, give them a call to get it fixed.  If you received an email and ignored it, perhaps it’s time to pay attention.

If you took an online proctored state exam between August 4, 2020 and May 29, 2022 and aren’t sure if the DBPR has your school certificate, call the DBPR at (850) 487-1395 to double check.  You don’t want to start your career off with a public reprimand and a fine.  It’s worth making a quick call to double check.

Please note that neither I nor anyone in the Climer family has any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate or Gold Coast Schools.  My father, Ron Climer, sold Climer School of Real Estate in 2014.  It has since been bought by a large corporate conglomerate.  I proudly own Demetree School of Real Estate in Orlando, Florida.

By |2022-06-16T15:25:44-04:00June 16th, 2022|

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 Can’t I Find A Test Date for the Florida Real Estate Exam?

Pearson Vue is back in business!  They never went out of business, but they were closed during the statewide stay-home order.  They have been giving the state exam for a few weeks now.  Like a lot of businesses, they are backlogged.  They aren’t able to serve as many people at one time because of social distancing, so that’s causing delays as well.

I’ve been getting a lot of phone calls about this, so we are going to do this post as an interview.  The questions are asked by the people who find my number and call me, and the answers are by me, Karen Climer.

Pearson Vue told me the soonest date was in four months.  What can I do to get a state exam date that is sooner?

The best thing you can do to get your Florida state exam taken as quickly as possible is to get in your car and drive.  In Orlando, we have one test center.  That’s not very much for a large city.  But there are also testing centers in Lake Mary, Lakeland, Tampa, Ormond Beach, Melbourne, and many other cities that are a one-hour car drive from Orlando.  If you are willing to travel two hours, you have twice as many options.

Besides, you can use your drive time to study.  Don’t read the textbook while you are driving down the interstate.  You might run into 4 old ladies driving 35 in a 60.  (If you don’t know what that means, you might not be ready to take the state exam.)  I sell an mp3 download of the state exam sales prelicensing material.  What a great thing to listen to on the way to the state exam!

Are you kidding me?  You want me to drive two hours to take the Florida real estate state exam? 

I talked to one of my YouTube fans from Miami. He failed the exam on Monday, called to reschedule on Tuesday, and was able to take it again on Wednesday.  He had to drive to Fort Myers (from Miami), but he now has a Florida real estate license.

My advice to you is only take the appointment if you want a license … if you are looking to start a new career … if you are looking for a job where there is no limit – absolutely no limit – to how much money you can make … if you want to sell a product that is considered not only essential, but a fundamental piece of the American Dream – the quintessential aspiration of what our country was founded on – then yes, you might need to drive an hour or two to take the state exam.

But I don’t like being in my car that much…

Um, real estate might not be the career for you.  Real estate agents do a lot of driving.

Any other options besides a short day trip?

Check the Pearson Vue website frequently.  Finding an exam date is like finding a flight.  Yesterday all of the flights to New York were booked, but today inexplicably there are five empty seats.

The state exam is the same way.  People change their exams and cancel their exams more than you would expect.  So when Mr. Fraidoftest cancels three days before he’s supposed to take the exam, there is an opening for someone else to take it.  It doesn’t even have to be a real estate applicant who cancels.  If anyone who is scheduled to take a three-hour test cancels, that seat is available for you.

I have a test date for a few months from now.  What should I do in the meantime?

Take Karen Climer’s state exam review course.  You can repeat it as often as you want to for six months.

Note: I do not teach at, or have any affiliation with, Climer School of Real Estate.  My family sold that school in 2014.  If you are looking for me, you won’t find me there.

By |2021-08-23T10:56:07-04:00May 12th, 2020|
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