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Lrindner44, Home Buyer in Tampa, FL
Tue Oct 25, 2016
Lrindner44 answered:
I recommend Rowlett Real Estate School. The online course is easy to navigate through and lots of interim quizzes. The learning process is too take small bites and before you know it you have knowledge and preparation. I also purchased the QBANK quizzes and did them regularly. How I utilized the resources to pass the first time was to:
1. Read all of the material and do all of the quizzes and tests
2. I printed the summary pages and then made notes on the back; tables, mnemonics, key figures, etc.
3. I worked the QBANK quizzes over and over again. The QBANK quizzes allow the user to customize quizzes so you keep working down the ones that were incorrect. It kept score so I could see my progress. The quizzes seemed harder than the State exam, but perhaps it was because I was prepared.

The key is to structure your time to read and do the quizzes. It took me less than 3 months to go from course to passing the State examination. I recommend this course and wish you good luck!
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 GoPaula, Real Estate Pro in New York, NY
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 http://www.recampusonline.com/broker Good Luck with your choice.

~Paula
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 GoPaula, Real Estate Pro in New York, NY
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. http://www.recampusonline.com
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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 GoPaula, Real Estate Pro in New York, NY
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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 GoPaula, Real Estate Pro in New York, NY
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 http://www.recampusonline.com 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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Walt L., Home Buyer in Fort Pierce, FL
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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Diane Christ…, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
Mon Aug 1, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
Generally, all marketing expenses will come out of your own pocket.

Advertising such as signs, brochures, ads, postcards, Internet marketing, professional photos (if you don't have a decent camera), staging (if the listing warrants it), open house supplies, lockbox for the door, etc.

You'll have to pay most of the marketing expenses up front. If the property doesn't sell, you will have to write off the expenses and move on to your next listing, so be very careful not to "buy" an overpriced listing in your eagerness to get your first listing.

You may have better luck as a new agent by offering to hold open houses on listings of other agents in your office. It's a good way to meet potential buyers, which may be a better focus right now as a new agent. Buyers require less out of pocket expenses.

Does your broker offer any type of mentoring classes? If not, you might consider taking the 3 part GRI course as a means of picking up good, practical info on how to actually BE an agent vs what you had to learn to pass the state test.

Good luck with your career.
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Jacquie Yekm…, Real Estate Pro in West Palm Beach, FL
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.

Good Luck
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Team Lee Hom…, Real Estate Pro in Marietta, GA
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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Jeri Patrick, Real Estate Pro in Pooler, GA
Thu Sep 3, 2015
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Shari Dua, Real Estate Pro in Marco Island, FL
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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Diane Christ…, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
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 https://www.myfloridalicense.com/ 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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Jon Carissimo, Real Estate Pro in Tampa, FL
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 https://tampaschoolofrealestate.com/slpostclassroom

Use promo code NEWYEAR15 before 1/31/15 to get an extra $30 off the registration.
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Jon Carissimo, Real Estate Pro in Tampa, FL
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 https://tampaschoolofrealestate.com/prelicensingonline ... more
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Jon Carissimo, Real Estate Pro in Tampa, FL
Thu Jan 8, 2015
Jon Carissimo answered:
This sounds like the kind of system you're looking for http://www.jonsellstampa.com/Pages/Careers.aspx
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Lynn Brock, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
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.
941.313.1234
email@brockrealty-inc.com

www.brockrealty-inc.com
Visit www.brockrealty-inc.com 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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Yanoska Diaz, Real Estate Pro in Miami, FL
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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Brian Kurtz, Real Estate Pro in Dearborn, MI
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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Josh Barnett, Real Estate Pro in Chandler, OK
Mon Jul 21, 2014
Josh Barnett answered:
Never have had success, interested in seeing what others state.
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