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Agent2Agent in Hillsborough County : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Mar 27, 2017
Ronniebgonee answered:
I took my course with Rowlett Real Estate School and had a very good experience. I thought a Florida online real estate course was would be really hard but it wasn't that bad. I now have my real estate license. I thought the course was easy to follow and understand. It was the online real estate school I could actually get any help from. ... more
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Sat Sep 24, 2016
GoPaula answered:
Hi Shari, I always say a classroom course is best if there is anyway possible. Rowlett Real Estate School has the Florida Broker Course online and it is a REcampus course. REcampus courses are the best out there and Roweltt has the Florida Online Broker Course for only $239 Good Luck with your choice.

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Sat Sep 24, 2016
GoPaula answered:
Nothings beats a REcampus online course and Rowlett Real Estate School is one of the best Florida Online Real Estate Schools out there.
My advice is to take your Florida Real Estate Course in the classroom if possible, but if you are going to do it online, Rowlett Real Estate School has the best value and they use REcampus courses, the best in the industry. ... more
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Sat Sep 24, 2016
GoPaula answered:
Hi Basel, Great customer support is worth something and Rowlett Real Estate School has it. With the RECampus Florida 63 Hour Sales Associate Pre-License online real estate course, Rowlett also includes a Florida state exam video exam prep at no cost. ... more
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Sat Sep 24, 2016
GoPaula answered:
If you were looking for a Florida Real Estate School, I could give you some great advice to look for a school that offers the REcampus Pre License course. The REcampus online pre license course is used in Florida by a lot of Florida Real Estate Schools because they are the best courses you can get to pass the state exam. If anyone is looking for a Florida Online Real Estate School, to get your Florida Real Estate License be sure to check out Rowlett Real Estate School. They have the newest edition REcampus Online Real Estate Sales Associate Pre-License Course.
I highly recommend Rowlett Real Estate School if you want the best real estate school with great customer support. The course they offer is always up-to-date with the latest real estate information and it follows the new course syllabus put out by the state. Rowlett Real Estate School has a video demo available on their online website at where you can see how the REcampus course works. They also have a refund policy where you can get 100% of your money back if you are not satisfied with the course within 7 days. Instructors are available 7 days a week to answer any questions you have. You can take this course and work at your own speed. A lot of students complete the course within two weeks.
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Thu Aug 25, 2016
Walt L. answered:
Hi Christina, I submitted my application to the state and got my fingerprints while I was taking my online course with Rowlett Real Estate School. They are very helpful and can guide you through all the hoops. By the time I finished my course I was approved for the state exam. ... more
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Thu Aug 18, 2016
Kathy Burgreen answered:
I'm a former realtor and yes I sold some properties my first year BUT you need to understand some realities of the industry first BEFORE you sign up for classes to get your license:

1. Realtors are independent contractors (self employed) who are working under a broker. They are NOT employees and DO NOT get regular paychecks.

2. Your income is based on your sales and you get paid when a real estate transaction closes. Not every transaction closes and you need to be prepared for spending time with clients who don't buy or sell and therefore you don't get paid at all.

3. You will need to spend money as soon as you get your license. You will be required to pay: broker fee, errors and omission fee / legal fee, MLS fee, lockbox fee, training fee & possibly desk fee. In addition, you need to spend money on advertising yourself, business cards, photographer, supplies, gas, cell phone data plan, etc. Sorry, but none of this is free.

4. How much money do,you have in savings? With all the expenses in #3 and the fact that you will not get a commission check for at least 6 months after you get your license, how will you support yourself and your 4 children for 6 months without a paycheck?

5. It is very rare for a new realtor to close a sale within the first 3 months after getting their license. In most cases this only happens because the new realtor had a family member who was buying or selling and refused to work with an experienced realtor who is not family. The majority of new realtors make their first sale after 1 year. This means no paychecks for the first year AND plenty of $$$ spent on business expenses.

6. There are some new realtors who had very strong sales and marketing experience in their previous experience (like me) who are successful in their first year. BUT I will be the first to admit that if I didn't have my strong background in sales and marketing, I would have never made a single sale. Another type of experience is if you owned a business before - especially if you worked in financing, property management or a real estate attorney's office.

7. As a Mom & I was a SAHM for 12 years too, I would get a regular job with a regular paycheck and hold off real estate until your children are finished with school. Right now, they need a mother with a steady income. Real estate does not give you a steady income.

8. As for controlling your own schedule - sorry, but you don't have your own schedule in real estate. You are working for buyers, sellers and renter's. They are your clients and paying you to be there at their convenience - not yours. Sorry, but in real estate you are always on call. If you plan to work part time or set your own hours, be prepared to lose some clients quickly. In the Internet age, buyers and sellers have other agents to go to and they don't care if they dump you.
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Mon Apr 25, 2016
Jacquie Yekmalian answered:
Hi Mylove220,

Working with a successful Realtor is a great way to learn. Expect to start off doing grunt work but listen and learn and ask questions. Also take as many classes as your board has. Most are free or very low cost. Contract class is a MUST.

There also are beginner designation classes, ask your board about them. They are great tools to learn the industry. They are costly but worth it if you are new to the business.

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Wed Dec 23, 2015
Team Lee Homes answered:
I use to have really good success with Homegain back about 5 years ago but it has gone down hill and I haven't even had a closed sale in over two years. Regretfully having to let go and close my account today. ... more
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Thu Sep 3, 2015
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Fri Aug 14, 2015
Shari Dua answered:
Yes, definitely check with the county and/or state (go to their websites) and see if this is a licensed, reputable builder. My background is entirely new construction; your question deserves a lengthier answer (sorry, time won't allow presently); but above all else be sure they are holding whatever license your state requires. The governing body will probably post sanctions/satisfactions online as well. What I would not lean so heavily on are sites that their only intent is to allow homeowners to vent. I have many friends who have built/bought new homes, most $$$$; EVERY, (or most anyway) builder (national or local) has some sort of horror story that they'd like kept secret! The bigger the builder the more you'll see it online. Stuff happens; it just needs to be corrected. If there is an abundance of bad stuff pertaining to a builder in one particular area then you need to use logic - that area probably had an incompetent team, or a weak link!!! Let me give you one example of why I say what I do. A good friend of mine lived in a $750K NJ home. His dad happened to be a builder; over the years my friend (now in his 60's or so) had his share of horror stories his dad passed on - pertaining to the industry; not necessarily his dad. When I would complain about the builder I represented he assured me it was expected. Then he shared with me his own personal story. He lived along a river in North Jersey; this was a country club community - the homes were easily $750 and upward; it was a little piece of heaven to be there! However, the first holiday season this was not the case. My friend's neighbor LOST THEIR ENTIRE HOME to a fire because a builder did not install a chimney flue!!! I kid you not. How this got past an Inspector I will never understand; but this is a true story....that was a small, local custom builder. Trust your instinct; stay on top of your construction (generally when it passes inspection in most cases you're home is fine!!!); don't enter your home w/o permission....aggravating a builder is not good business and you can get hurt:) ... more
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Thu Jul 2, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
From what I have read on the state DBPR site, you do not have to be a US resident to obtain a FL real estate license. You do have to have a social security number or IRS taxpayer ID number, be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma/GED/or equivalent.

You can contact someone at if you have questions, that is the official state of FL site for regulating FL licensed occupations such as real estate agents.
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Thu Jan 8, 2015
Jon Carissimo answered:
In person is your best bet. Hands on learning and easy to ask questions. You also get to meet a bunch of other agents in your area. There is a class starting on February 9th in the Tampa Palms area

Use promo code NEWYEAR15 before 1/31/15 to get an extra $30 off the registration.
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Thu Jan 8, 2015
Jon Carissimo answered:
Florida does not have a mutual recognition agreement with Arizona so you would have to take the full pre-license course in FL to get your license. You can complete the pre-license course for Florida online here ... more
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Thu Jan 8, 2015
Jon Carissimo answered:
This sounds like the kind of system you're looking for
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Thu Oct 2, 2014
Lynn Brock answered:
Nakeeshatate, If you are taking the exam and will be a realtor, then as a self starter you will go to each new home community, preview each model and become familiar with their inventory. It is called area familiarization. As an agent it is your job to know the market, trends and what is selling.

Good luck

Best regards,

Lynn Brock
Brock Realty Inc.
Visit where you can sign up for a FREE account which allows you to search the MLS in real time and receive morning reports on new listings, current pendings and recent solds.
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Tue Sep 16, 2014
Yanoska Diaz answered:
Why would you have to get a license in 2 states? You do need a license on each but if you're moving to AZ why would you need your license in FL?
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Sun Aug 3, 2014
Brian Kurtz answered:
Do you really want to work with expired listings right now? Most of them are "soiled goods". 80% are unrealistic about price and that's why they didn't sell. Another 15% have issues and that's why they didn't sell. Only about 5% didn't sell because the first agent "didn't market the home properly".

That being said, if you DO want to prospect for expired listings, then I'd get ahold of Borino's Expired Plus course. It's covers all the bases and is the best approach overall.

Oh, and there are three ways to prospect to expired listings.

1) By Phone - Pros: Fast and easy to do consistently, low expense. Cons: phone #'s can be hard to find, people don't answer. Crazy competition.

2) At the Door - Pros: low cost, no need to worry about phone numbers. Cons: time, can drive there and have the people not be home. Not easy to be consistent and not easy to be first in line.

3) Mail - Pros: don't have to worry about whether people are home or not. Cons: everyone's doing it, low response rate overall, you have to mail to a large pool of expired listings over time to get results because people don't respond to mail as well as a phone call or an unexpected drop-in. This means a mail campaign becomes rather complex, labor intensive, and expensive.

By-the-way - Borino suggests doing all three of these activities at the same time as there is no "magic bullet".
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