How To Get A Real Estate License In Florida

Selling real estate is one of the most exciting careers on the planet.  The first step in your new career is getting a real estate license.

There are four steps that are necessary to get the license:

  1. Complete the real estate license application. There are two things I like to point out about the application.
    1. The name and address on your application needs to be the same name and address that’s on your government photo ID. If you need to update your ID, now would be a good time to do that.
    2. The application asks a few questions about your criminal history. Read that questions carefully before you answer them. If you have ever, at any point in your life, been convicted or pled no contest to a misdemeanor or felony, you need to disclose it. This includes juvenile offenses, adjudication withheld offenses, and offenses that you were convicted of but forgot about. In addition to that, you have to include the arrest record and final disposition for each offense. That means you have to call the county courthouse where the offense occurred and get a copy of the case file for each incident.  You will not be approved for a license until you submit these documents.
  2. You also need to complete your electronic fingerprints. It doesn’t matter if you got your fingerprints done last year for your job or for some other license. You have to get your fingerprints completed for this license. A good source to do that is Pearson Vue. You can call them at 877-234-6106 to schedule it.
  3. Once you complete the application and fingerprints, the DBPR will approve your application. You will receive an email from Pearson Vue that says you are exam eligible. In other words, you are approved to take the Florida real estate exam.
  4. Enroll in Demetree School of Real Estate and pass the class test. The class lasts 63 hours.  You need to get a 70% on the class test. You can take an in-person class or an online class.

These first four steps can be completed in any order. I recommend that you do steps in the order I suggested.  If you do them in the order I suggested, you will be able to take the state exam right after you finish class.  If you go to school first, you may have to wait several weeks after school before you can take the state exam.

The last step is to schedule a test date and take the Florida state exam. The test is administered by Pearson Vue. You need a 75% to pass this exam.

Once you pass the exam, you can find a broker and start making money. If you are looking for a good career in real estate, contact me and I can help you get started with an excellent broker.

Please note that neither I, nor anyone in the Climer family, have any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate.  My father, Ron Climer, sold Climer School of Real Estate in 2014.  You can find me at Demetree School of Real Estate

By |2024-01-17T17:12:20-05:00November 30th, 2017|

Three Reasons To Start Your Real Estate Career In Timeshare

I talk to people all the time who are just starting their real estate career.  Some people ask me, “What’s the best area of real estate to be in?”  I often suggest timeshare.  Even if people tell me that they are interested in residential or commercial real estate, I sometimes suggest they work in timeshare for a year to get a solid foundation in sales.  There are three reasons that I suggest starting your real estate career in timeshare:

  1. You will learn to sell. Timeshare salespeople are the best salespeople in the world.  Customers are paid to come to the sales presentation.  As the family drives into the parking lot, they make a secret agreement on how they will deal with the sales presentation.  They pinkie swear with each other to not buy anything.  After talking to Joe Salesperson for two hours, they walk out having spent several thousand dollars.  Your average real estate salesperson can’t do that.  But your average timeshare salesperson does that several times a week.
  2. You will get the best sales training in the world. It’s no mistake that timeshare salespeople are good at what they do.  Nearly every timeshare company has paid training where they teach you how to sell the product.  The best companies have training that includes sales psychology, reading body language, and negotiating skills.  These are skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life.  Not only will you be provided training, you will be provided customers so you can hone the skills you learned.
  3. You will get good at sales because that’s all you will do. In residential and commercial sales, you will spend half of your time prospecting.  You will attend networking events, join civic clubs, mail out postcards, and talk to hundreds of people, with the hope that when they finally need your services, they will call you.  Once you’ve sold a house, you will also spend a lot of time dealing with title companies, mortgage companies, inspection companies, and a host of other people involved in the transaction.  You are not paid for this time.

In timeshare, the prospect is brought to you.  When they decide to buy, your job is finished. Someone else takes over to handle the paperwork, financing, and everything else.  Your job is to sell them, and that’s it.  You will do it many times a day, so you will get very good at it.

If you sell timeshare for one year – just one year – you will have a solid foundation to start any other sales career.  You will begin your residential or commercial real estate sales career as someone who knows how to sell rather than someone who unlocks the front door for customers.

If you need any help starting your real estate career, I can help.  Call me at (407) 493-3974.

Please note that neither I, nor anyone in the Climer family, have any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate.  My father, Ron Climer, sold Climer School of Real Estate in 2014.  You can find me at Demetree School of Real Estate

By |2021-08-25T14:51:23-04:00August 29th, 2017|
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