I am moving to Oregon and considering getting a realtor license. Are the online classes good? Any recommendations?

Asked by CJ, 97301 Sun Apr 3, 2011

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Nicole Shuba, Agent, Salem, OR
Mon Apr 4, 2011
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I think you have it right! The training I received gave me a good understanding of the law, but the most important thing in my day-to-day is READING the documents and knowing where to go to get the most current laws/rules from our Real Estate Agency. The local associations also give classes after you have your license, so it's easy to keep up with changes by just attending the classes.

Best of luck to you!
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CJ, Home Buyer, 97301
Mon Apr 4, 2011
Thank you everyone for those thoughtful responses. Nobody answered with a, "Yes! This school is the best out there..people who go through this program really have a nice foundation for beginning a realty career in Oregon."

So, it sounds like the classes are more of a hoop to jump through than substantive, analytical, thought provoking education, yes?

I had talked with some graduates of the Wisconsin Real Estate program at UW-Madison--which is a full on degree. I was wondering if these classes in Oregon were like a tiny snapshot of a degree in real estate, or more of a professional hoop. It sounds like it is more of the latter, which is fine, I was just curious.

The other impression I got is that most of the education in Oregon comes from pounding the pavement with the more experienced brokers and cutting your teeth on helping people find homes.

Please let me know if I got the wrong impression:)
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yes, exactly. I like to explain it to people as if you are studying for your drivers license exam. The material is dry and the questions are multiple choice. It's mostly a formality. I used OnlineEd. it's at your own pace, but I did have an instructor in the background that gave me a thumbs up when I passed my chapter test. At the end she gave me a pool of exam questions and answers!
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Brian Denne, Agent, Lake Oswego, OR
Sat Jan 23, 2016
CJ,

I came across this post... however it being dated as far back as 5 years ago, still I thought I would ask if you did move to Portland and have you received your Real Estate License yet. I would be happy to share me experience with getting my licensed 2 years ago, and what to expect as you move into this career.

Brian Denne
BrianDenne@gmail.com
503-330-1514
http://www.LifestylesOfPortland.com
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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Mon Apr 4, 2011
Hi CJ,
I studied online and found the acutal exam to be a breeze. I used Rockwell http://rockwellinstitute.com. They have textbooks and an online study program. You will need more then just your license to practice though. Once you pass your exam try to find a brokerage that offers new agents mentorship and training. I would say at least 6 months training and one year mentoring.

Best of Luck to you!
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Alexis Halmy, Agent, Lake Oswego, OR
Mon Apr 4, 2011
Hi CJ..lots of great answers here ...and I have to put in a plug for Online Ed http://www.OnlineEd.com. They have a great online format and you also get direct contact with an online teacher... My experience was very positive...loved the ability to work online at home and at my convenience... and the help from my teacher which was very personal and specific to my needs. SInce you are moving here, meeting people in a classroom environment may be more interesting for you, however if working on your own is more your style, I wholeheartedly recommend Online Ed. I've taken many more classes with them...most recently my Principal Broker designation. Hope this is helpful...best of luck! Alexis
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Tamara Schus…, Agent, Naperville, IL
Mon Apr 4, 2011
I took lessons on line from Kaplan and the wealth of information was good however the tests seemed to be entirely different. Yes I passed, but I really believe they should relate. I went to a local company in Illinois for my Broker and did study at home and came in for he testing which I thought was hands on and I had a instructor to meet with any additional questions. I enjoyed that experience more. I must also note that I had a Michigan license prior to getting the one in Illinois.
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HLR, , Oregon
Mon Apr 4, 2011
All the Community colleges have courses too. I took them and got my Degree, then hit the Webb courses to get through the test, as I was totally new to the industry, then. Experience is still the way you learn the business, at your time and your cost. In this market, good luck. Let the others tell you what worked for them in the last few years. All here in Oregon, have to get their Brokers license. Washington State now requires all to get their Brokers as well. As they work more on their own due to the internet, and the home offices. As it sounds like you are new to the industry, Best to you.

HLR
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HLR, , Oregon
Mon Apr 4, 2011
Guess this too depends on if you can do the online classes or use to the class room format. I find the class room format best, but younger folks like the online, and have done great that way. If some one did not feel that Mark Webb was the best in the class, and controlling the class room, to move things along, best if that feed back got back to him. I like class room formats for all my courses, others like online. As noted here, to each their own. Figure what way works for you, and the broker that felt that Webbs course was a waste of her time, I do hope she let them know that, to improve the courses was always Norman's way of doing his courses and as his name is still on the business, I'm sure Mark would like to know the problem and do something about it.

HLR
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Nicole Shuba, Agent, Salem, OR
Mon Apr 4, 2011
I took the classes at Norm Webb's office five years ago. He no longer teaches the classes himself, he has his adult son do it. I can tell you from first-hand experience, the class was not a good use of my time. If you are able to concentrate on your own, I would suggest taking the courses online - in a quiet location. In the classroom, you have no control over who you are in class with, and how many ridiculous questions will be asked and how little material may get covered. If you do the online class, you will get more handouts, and will be able to go back over the material prior to the test. Also, get a copy of the testing booklet from the Real Estate Agency. It's a booklet that includes all the questions they will ask on the test, so you can study them prior to taking the test. This book was worth its weight in gold!
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The testing booklet. Where do I get a copy of this?
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HLR, , Oregon
Mon Apr 4, 2011
I think Norman Webb has classes in Eugene too. They did years back when Appraisers had to have this license before becoming an appraiser. All that is different now, but this course work is the best. Norman Webb was a real estate lawyer and the courses are great. They were back in the early 70's when I took the courses.

HLR, best to you all.
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Lana Lavenba…, Agent, Grants Pass, OR
Mon Apr 4, 2011
Well I hope you get a change to move here it is beautiful! The classes are good - I just had a hard time reading it on line - Personally I had to print the pages read them then go on line to do the tests. There are many people that can do the classes on line and get through it just fine. Good luck!
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Mon Apr 4, 2011
CJ,

Different strokes for different folks .....but there is no substitute for direct contact classroom learning. I also believe you will finf a much higher degree of success with classroom experiences.

Good luck,

Bill
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Priscilla Be…, Agent, Salem, OR
Mon Apr 4, 2011
CJ, if you are moving to Oregon and are somewhat near to Salem, the capital city of Oregon, I recommend the Norm Webb Real Estate School. It has trained hundreds (thousands?) of aspiring real estate agents since 1962. The format is live instruction once a week and all you need to prepare you to pass the State exam. The number is 503-364-0881 or the website listed below. Good luck!
Web Reference:  http://www.webbrecourses.com
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Dan Tabit, Agent, Issaquah, WA
Mon Apr 4, 2011
CJ,
I agree with Dave, online courses can prepare you to pass the state test and avoid some costly mistakes, but do not prepare you for day to day duties. If you want to get a head start, you can get your clock hour work done online and when you move interview with some offices and take the test.
I've done both online courses and live. The benefit of online is you can get through the material at your own pace and master the quizzes and tests as you go. Live classes are more interactive with question & answer times, but also can get off track if not well run.
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Dave Sutton, Agent, Portland, OR
Sun Apr 3, 2011
Welcome to Oregon.

In my opinion, the on line classes are the best of a bad situation. Neither the classes nor the test have much to do with what you actually need to know to be a good Realtor (and btw, a realtor in Oregon is called a Broker, who is supervised by a Principal Broker). I am also licensed in California, which has a nearly identical situation.

I took mine from PSI ($600), which was recommended by my Principal Broker.

Just curious, if your're willing: what makes you want to get in to this business? (reply to my email, please)
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