Kristina, Other/Just Looking in North Port, FL

where is the best place to study to be a realtor?

Asked by Kristina, North Port, FL Wed Dec 3, 2008

I am interested in becoming a realtor, which school would be best? And how difficult is it to find a job in real estate right now?

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Hi Kristina - There is a local real estate school on Hwy 776 (El Jobean Rd) here in Port Charlotte, Ed Klopfer School of Real Estate ( I know quite a few agents that attended it and succeeded in passing the class and the state licensing test. They couldn't say enough good about the instructors too. This school was not around when I got my license many years ago. I have done the Bert Rodgers continuing education courses over the years. They are based out of the Sarasota area. If you can continue working while completing your course and get your license, now would be a good time to get as much education as possible to "learn the ropes." Then, hopefully once the market starts showing better signs of picking back up again, you'll be knowledgeable and ready to be successful in this business. It's a great business to be in if you are outgoing and like meeting and being with people all the time and helping them out. It can be very rewarding emotionally and financially. If I can help you in any way, feel free to contact me directly. Good luck! Lorrie Tanksley, Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty, Port Charlotte
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I went to Ed Klopfer School of Real Estate. They have classes right in Port Charlotte in the Harley Davidson Building near the Charlotte Sports Park. Here is their web site:

10 Real Estate Agent Job Opportunities

There are many job opportunities that a real estate license would allow you to do if you want to specialize in a certain market. Some examples would be:
1. Exclusive buyers agent where you work directly with buyers only and do not take listings.
2. Specializing in Land Sales - commission for land sales is usualoly higher and you have the opportunity to spend more time outdoors.
3. Condominiums and Time Shares - you could work in a condo or time share complex instead of a real estate office.
4. Commercial Real Estate Sales - commercial properties include buildings and businesses that people purchase as an investment.
5. Property Management - Some agents don't help customers buy and sell - they only manage properties.
6. Vacation Rentals - Working with vacation rentals are like running a hotel, but instead of having rooms in one building, you have properties all over town.
7. Commercial Rentals - You can manage commercial properties. Most of the tenants have leases of five years or more.
8. Office Administrator or Realtor's Assistant - You can run a real estate office or been an Assistant to a Realtor.
9. Broker Price Opinions - You can work for several BPO companies and strictly do broker price opinions.
10. Seller's Agent - You can strictly be a seller's agent where you only work with sellers and get listings. You do not show homes.
Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Sandals Realty, Punta Gorda, FL
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In San Diego, personally I think the schools are the same because the all the material is the same. The main thing prior to taking your exam is to take as many practive questions as you can. Also, its very easy to get a job in real estate because you dont get paid unless you bring in a client and close the deall. Real Estate can be a very rewarding career. Enjoy.
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Hi Kristina,

I'm not sure if you are still looking for a real estate school, but in the off chance that you are I thought I would let you know about a new real estate school located in Fort Myers called Larson Educational Services. I am the co-owner along with my brother and my dad, Rick Larson, who has been in real estate education for over 30 years. Everything we do is geared around what is best for our students. We pride ourselves in providing outstanding educational experiences. Not only do we have the 63-Hour Sales Associate Licensing Course, but we do much more.

45-Hour Post-License Course

Real Estate License Exam Preparation

Real Estate Continuing Education

Real Estate Broker Licensing

24-Hour Mortgage Broker License Course

Take a look at what some of students have said about our courses

We take real estate education very seriously and we are trying very hard to raise the bar of professionalism in the real estate industry in Southwest Florida. We know how important real estate is to this community and we know we can help to educate those who not only want to enter the business, but also those who have been in it for some time and want to get more than just credits, they want real estate education they will enjoy.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have, or even feel free to stop by and see our classrooms.

Brad Larson
Larson Educational Services
1400 Colonial Blvd, Suite 44
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 344-7510
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I think the best place to take your Sales Associate Pre-Licensing class would be right here in Fort Myers FL. Although it's a little drive to the south of where you are the quality of the education I have received at this local institution has been amazing.

It's called "The Academy of Real Estate Education Inc" the

I took my Sales Associate and Broker class through this educational firm. They do such a great job I sat for my Broker exam the following morning after my last class and breezed through the exam without a problem... including the closing statement that was a cinch.

Many Brokerages are seeking new agents - make sure you find a good one.

Scott Slocum, REALTOR®
Licensed Real Estate Broker Associate
Florida Future Realty, Inc.
2816 Del Prado Blvd South Unit 2
Cape Coral FL 33904
Direct: 239-340-1384 - Search ALL the Homes For Sale - Important Real Estate Information & More
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 9, 2008
We also recommend the Ed Klopher School. They are large enough to offer a good selection of real estate related courses from a number of convenient locations.

The staff, from office help to instructors are all professional an committed to providing the highest level of service. Feel free to give us a call with any additional questions.

Good luck,
Susan & Bill Eckler
Michael Saunders & Company
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I have been in Charlotte County over 20 years and have found that the Bert Rodgers School is great for its classes and license courses. They are located in Sarasota but usually have a class in Port Charlotte Call them at 941-378-2900 or toll free 1-800-432-0320. Please feel free to call us anytime also if we can help and give you any advice. Bob is on a few state committees of the Florida Association of Realtors and also on local comittees at the Punta Gorda,Port Charlotte Northport Association of Realtors. Please look at our website at and feel free to contact us. Bob Lapietro Sun Realty Punta Gorda Fl. 941-286-7834
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Brokers are always looking for real estate agents. Realtor is a great profession hard work staying on top, FYI read daily newspaper, media and etc, so when you become a realtor you are a walking book of knowledge amazing how many agents have NO IDEA what is taking place in their community.
GOOD LUCK on your new career.
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I like bob hogue school of real estate. The do not teach you how to sell real estate in school just the laws it is going to cost you a couple thousand to get going.
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There are a number of avenues a person interested in becoming a real estate agent can take.

The two main ones are classroom learning and the internet. I would suggest searching for real estate schools in your area that will accomodate you. Some questions you may need to ask yourself first are, what hours can I commit to going to a class and how much will this cost me?

Also, do a search of online for real estate classes. This is the route I took. It took longer because of the distractions at home, but it cost less and I could do it on my own time.

Its not difficult to find a job in real estate right now. You will be self employed, but you may find yourself paying fees to a broker for a desk, MLS fees or fees to real estate organizations for membership, so it could get costly. Especially if you're just starting out and have no listings. What will be difficult is findng listings and marketing when your starting out. I suggest creating some sort of business plan on how you are going to market your services. You can do an internet search on real estate marketing that will give some great tips on how to save money in marketing.

Hope that helps
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