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As a new agent, what C.A.R forms should I familiarize myself with?

Asked by Agent, 10256 Mon Dec 13, 2010

While I'm waiting for my real estate license to come in the mail I want to start to get to know the forms I'll be working with frequently which ones would be good to start studying so I'm filiar with them when I start training with my broker?

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Great question and initiative. If you took and passed the real estate principal course (California), you probably got a glimpse of some of the more common forms in use -- the residential listing agreement and the residential purchase contract forms. If you didn't, you ought to ask your broker or manager to give you a primer on what forms s/he expects in the file at any given time. There are numerous forms you'll eventually get familiar with, but unless you're training with them or actually using them, you won't go too far in learning much about the parlance contained on them, than if you saw how that plays on the actual transaction. I am not suggesting that you go practice on clients, but rather that you, your mentor, your broker, you manager or even colleagues in the office do a bit of role-playing with the form(s) -- not all at once -- to familiarize yourself with what to fill in and what to expand on -- that way you'll have them ingrained in you rather than just being familiar with them. A good office will have regular training sessions on these too. Good luck!
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You must have had to take a pencil/paper exam, otherwise you would already have it in hand. You should have it in around 5 days. Here in WA we know we either pass or fail immediately just like CA if you take the electrical exam. I would read over the Purchase and Sale contract, the financing addendum and the inspection addendum. Don't think too hard about it until you can be given some instruction on how to fill in the blanks. Your Broker should have you in a MLS class right away. Good Luck.
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Hello Corey,
I'm assuming that you have already decided which real estate brokerage firm you wish to join and have interviewed with them. My suggestion would be to begin reviewing the sales and other client forms necessary for: taking on a listing, working with buyers, and what the rental process entails. Having a good understanding on these not only gives you more credibility with your potential client but also helps you gain more confidence in your work. It's a good place to start.
I hope this is helpful to you. Good Luck!
Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
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Have you identified a company to become associated with? Most real estate companies with training programs will choose to orient their agents with forms they choose to work with. To avoid confusion, it may be best to wait until you reach this point.

If you have not yet identified a company, we recommend seeking one with both a strong training and mentoring program. Find out what they do to support their new agents meeting and experiencing success. If your company doesn't offer a mentoring program, try to find an agent or team that is willing to take you under their wing, to help you get started.

Best wishes,

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