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How to Schedule your Florida Real Estate Licensing Exam

Nature Coast Real Estate SchoolIf you have submitted your Real Estate Sales Associate or Broker License Application and have been tracking the progress of your application, you will eventually notice the status “EXAM ELIGIBLE”. Congratulations!  You have been approved to the the exam, but may not know how to proceed. 

The good news is, you do not have to wait to hear from Pearson VUE, although you should receive an email (if you have an email address) or an authorization letter in the mail.  If you have been anxiously awaiting to hear that you are eligible to take the state exam, you may contact Pearson VUE directly through their website or by phone at 888.204.6289.

You will be required to submit a valid email address and pay at the time the exam is scheduled. You will not be able to pay at the test site on the day of the exam.  

If you wish to take the exam in Spanish, you must make your language preference known when scheduling your exam. If you do not make the request at reservation time, your exam will be in English.

Make sure you bring proper identification to the test site!  Two forms of signature identification are required.  One must bear your photo.  Your name and address must match the application submitted to the DBPR.  Government issued identification such as driver’s license, state identification card, passport and military identification card are acceptable. YOU MUST BE PREPARED TO SHOW PROPER I.D. TO GAIN ADMISSION TO THE TEST SITE. Student, employment I.D. cards and photo bearing credit cards are not acceptable as a picture bearing identification.

If the name on one or both forms of identification does not match the name listed in the vendor registration system, you must present an official document detailing why your name was changed. Examples of permissible documents accepted at the test center for this purpose include divorce papers, marriage licenses, and/or permanent resident certificates.

Remember to bring your Completion Certificate from the accredited Real Estate Licensing School to the Test Site.  Keep a copy for your records in case you need to retake the exam. You will need to provide the Completion Certificate if you retake the exam.

For information on obtaining a real estate license or are considering a career in Real Estate and live in the Tampa Bay area, Contact Nature Coast Real Estate School’s website for our schedule of classes..

Nature Coast Real Estate School offers LIVE CLASSROOM and ONLINE INSTRUCTION for Pre and Post Licensing Classes for Sales Associates and Brokers, as well as Weekend Exam Prep Courses.  It is conveniently located to serve the Real Estate Licensing needs of Pasco and Hernando Counties in the UHL Plaza at the Pasco and Hernando Line on US 19. 

For more information on the location and class preparation, call Jeanne Gavish at 352-650-1029 or email me at jmgavish@aol.com.  

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Florida Real Estate Course Classroom vs Distance Learning

Nature Coast Real Estate SchoolShould you take the Florida Real Estate Licensing Course Online at your pace and schedule or should you take the course with Live Classroom Instruction?  Does the value of having a State Licensed Real Estate Instructor outweigh the effort involved in adjusting to a classroom schedule?

The Florida Bureau of Education and Testing for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation began tracking the pass rates for both formats in the Spring of 2013.  A total of 6,422 candidates responded to the question of how they completed the required education.  The results were separated into First Time Testers and Retakers of the State Exams for the period from April 1-June 4, 2013.

Of the First Time Testers who responded, 2076 received classroom instruction and 646 took the course online.  The Pass Rate for classroom attendees was 35% vs the online candidates’ pass rate of 51.9%.

For Retakers who responded, 2,541 received classroom instruction and 650 took the course online.  The Pass Rate for Classroom Attendees was 31.7% and for Online Candidates was 40.5%.

This was shocking to the Real Estate Instructors who attended the Continuing Education Seminar where this information was released. 

Some points to consider involving this information:

  • Not all students are suited to the online format, so those who did choose this option were comfortable with the self taught format of an online class.  This may not make them representative of the overall student body polled.
  • Without the advantage of an instructor to lecture and explain concepts, the online candidates may have a greater tendency to read the entire text very carefully, rather than rely on the instructor for information.
  • There is no evidence to determine whether any additional resources were utilized, such as an Exam Preparation and Review Course for either segment.

At Nature Coast Real Estate School, I caution the students to read each chapter in advance of the class to maximize the classroom experience, to read the entire text before attempting to sit for the State Licensing Exam, and to download and read the Candidates Information Booklet for Sales Associates prepared by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  The Florida Real Estate Exam Manual is a great resource for Candidates for both the Sales Associate and Broker Licenses, and is the manual used for Nature Coast Real Estates Weekend Exam Prep Course.

Read my Blog Post for Tips on How to Pass Your Real Estate Exam to maximize your chances of passing the State License Exam on the first try, no matter which format you choose to do your licensing course.  

Nature Coast Real Estate School offers Live Classroom Instruction for Sales Associate and Broker Courses and is conveniently located at the corner of County Line Road and US 19 to serve the Real Estate Licensing needs of Hernando and Pasco Counties.  You may call me at 352.650.1029 or email me at jmgavish@aol.com for more information regarding the licensing process.

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Renewing your Florida Real Estate License Online

NC_RE_SchoolEvery Florida Real Estate license has an expiration date of March 31 or September 30, regardless of the issue date.  This applies to Brokers and Sales Associates.

As renewal time approaches, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) has compiled some tips to make the online renewal process go smoothly.

Establish your Online Account: This is a one time setup and is easy to accomplish.

  • Go to the DBPR website and look for the tab on the left “Licensee Login”.  This brings you to the DBPR Onine Services Main Menu page.  
  • Select “Create My Account” link below under “Create a New Online Profile” to complete your initial registration.  If you are not tech savvy there is a step by step tutorial you can follow.
  • MAKE SURE YOU DO THIS PRIOR TO THE LAST DAY OF RENEWAL.  YOU MAY RECEIVE DELAYS DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF INDIVIDUALS ATTEMPTING TO RENEW ON THE LAST DAY.

Verify your Address: You are required to update your mailing address with the DBPR within 10 days of any change of address.  A renewal notice is sent to you well in advance of your renewal date.  If you did not receive it, the cause may be that the Department does not have your correct address on file.

Verify your Status: You can verify your license status (Active, Voluntary Inactive, Involuntary Inactive) using your Online Account and show the Brokerage with whom your license is being held.  If your information does not show the correct Broker/Employer, notify the Broker so that they can correct this by adding you through their online account.  This will add you in real time correcting the issue immediately.

Verify your Education Requirements:  Prior to renewing, you must complete the required education.

  • Initial renewal: Sales Associates must successfully complete the required 45 hour Post Licensing course before renewing their licenses.  Brokers must successfully complete the required 60 hours of Post Licensing.  The only exemption is a licensee with a 4 year degree in Real Estate.
  • Subsequent renewals: Sales Associates and Brokers must complete 14 hours of Continuing Education prior to renewing their licenses.
  • Involuntary Inactive Licenses: Licensees may have to compete a 28 hour reactivation course.  Contact the Department at 850-487-1395.  An Involuntary Inactive license automatically becomes Null and Void if this is not completed and renewal received by midnight of the expiration date (March 31 or September 30).
  • Hardship Request: This is available for Post Licensing education only.  If you have a hardship and need an extension you may submit a written request with supporting documentation to request an extension of your renewal.  You may mail the request to: Division of Real Estate-Licensing Section – 400 West Robinson Street, Ste N801 – Orlando Florida 32801. You may also fax to 407-317-7245 Attn: Licensing Section.  THERE ARE NO EXTENSIONS DUE TO CONTINUING EDUCATION OR REACTIVATION EDUCATION.

Renewals must be received no later than midnight Eastern Standard Time (March 31 or September 30).  If the expiration date falls on a holiday or weekend the renewal is extended to midnight the next business day.

If you would like more information on applying for a Florida Real Estate License or upcoming Real Estate Courses, visit my website or call 352-650-1029.

Nature Coast Real Estate School has begun offering Sales Associate & Broker Exam Prep course.  Please call 352-650-1029 for more information regarding upcoming classes. We are located four miles north of the Pasco County line in Spring Hill on US 19 and offer live classroom instruction.
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Florida Real Estate License Exam Changes

NC_RE_SchoolThe Florida Real Estate Sales Associate State Licensing Exam was updated in February this year.  This had an immediate impact on the pass rate of Florida Real Estate Licensing Candidates.  In February, the pass rate for first time test takers fell below the 50% mark.

In March and April, the first time test takers pass rate fell below 40%, the lowest in the years since I have been receiving them.  When the Performance Summary was received by State Approved Licensing Schools, we received in the email a message from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  Based on their review of the Sales Associate examination performance, it was determined that Candidates would benefit from reviewing the following area prior to taking the state exam:

  • Escrow Deposits Florida Administrative Code 61J2-14.008 2(b)
  • Types of Mortgages familiarize, including Reverse Mortgages
  • Types of Agency Relationships FL Statute 475.278- Presumption of Transaction Brokerage and which relationships owe fiduciary duties
  • Types of Listings including Net Listings
  • Landlord Tenant Act Florida Statute 83 Part II
  • Advertising – Florida Administrative Code 61J2-10.025 Including Internet Advertising
  • Florida Statutes (475 Part I, 455, 120 & 720) and Administrative Rules (61J2)  Know what each one governs
  • Homeowner Association Disclosures Florida Statute 720
  • FHA & VA know which insures and which guarantees

The Department has always promoted reading the statutes referenced above, as well as reading the Candidates Information Booklet for Sales Associates  or Brokers as a prerequisite to taking the State Licensing Exam.  Both were updated May 2013 and have important information for Candidates.

If you would like more information on applying for a Florida Real Estate License or upcoming Real Estate Courses, visit my website or call 352-650-1029.

Nature Coast Real Estate School has begun offering Sales Associate & Broker Exam Prep course.  Please call 352-650-1029 for more information regarding upcoming classes. We are located at the Hernando/Pasco County line in Spring Hill in the UHL Plaza at County Line Rd and US 19 and offer live classroom instruction.
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Florida Law Changes Regarding Florida Condominiums

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Recent law changes regarding Florida Condominiums were enacted by the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes (718 F.S.)  of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).

Many of these changes are a result of the record high levels of delinquencies of mandatory Association Fees by homeowners, which has created a crisis in many of the Condominium Communities.  Many communities are facing bankruptcy as a result of owner abandonment of properties, and the resulting blacklisting of Condo Communities by institutional lenders, who consider Condominiums in Florida and other affected states to be too high risk to approve mortgage applications.  This hinders the recovery of the Communities, even with attractively low prices on the units, perpetuating the cycle of abandonment and foreclosure.

Short sales were frequently denied by lenders due to the high amount of delinquent condo fees owed.  Lenders now own a large number of Florida condos and are required to pay more past due assessments on foreclosed properties.

Owners or occupants may now be denied use of recreational facilities and amenities if the owner is 90 days delinquent in the mandatory condominium fees/assessments.

Associations how have the right to demand that tenants pay the rent to the Association if the owner is delinquent in their fees/assessments to compensate the Associations for assessments owed to Association.

Under Florida Law, any purchaser of a Condominium has the right to cancel the purchase contract of a resale Condominium unit within 3 business days after receiving certain documentation.  Such documentation includes the Declaration of Condominium, Q & A sheet, Articles of Incorporation, By Laws, Rules of the Association,  most recent year’s end financial statement, and the Governance Form.  This cancellation period begins after signing the purchase contract or signing receipt of documents, whichever is later.

Purchasers should  be very mindful of the risks involved in purchasing condominiums in areas of high foreclosure rates.

Nature Coast Real Estate School is located four miles north of the Pasco County line on US 19 in Spring Hill Florida. It serves the Real Estate Licensing needs of Pasco County and Hernando County Florida and offers live classroom instruction.

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Florida Real Estate License Law Change

Florida Real Estate Licensees must now report any convictions or pleas of Nolo Contendere to the Florida Spring Hill FL real Estate SchoolDepartment of Business and Professional Regulation.

If the offenses took place prior to the law change in July 2009 (455.227 F.S.), the licensee must have reported it within 30 days.  Prior to this date, only felonies were required to be reported.

While Florida Licensees are encouraged to attend continuing education courses through the Associations or Boards of Realtors, 3 hours of the required 14 hours of Continuing Education MUST be Core Law.  Associates, if you do live classroom instruction through your Board or Association of Realtors, please make sure you “LIKE” the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Facebook page so that you can be kept current about important Law changes that affect your business.

Go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Department-of-Business-and-Professional-Regulation/119644237869 and “LIKE” the page. You will then receive announcements about Law Changes.  It is your license and your responsibility to know the law.

If you have any questions about a career in real estate in Florida, please call or email me, or visit my website.  If you have any questions about the licensing process, the Division of Real Estate has a complete Candidate Information Booklet to guide you through the process of getting your license.  To apply for a real estate license in Florida, follow the link to the license application.

Nature Coast Real Estate School is located four miles north of the Pasco County line on US 19 in Spring Hill Florida and serves the Real Estate licensing needs of Pasco County and Hernando County Florida.
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Florida Real Estate License Candidates Take Note Of Changes by Bureau of Testing

Spring Hill FL Real Estate SchoolA Florida Real Estate License Candidate may review their most recent exam if they did not pass the state licensing examination.  This is recommended if the student has repeatedly attempted to pass the Real Estate Licensing exam, which is a fairly common occurrence.  In a previous blog post, I wrote a commentary on why this is such a phenomena.

The Bureau of Education and Testing is implementing a new rule based upon the updated Florida Administrative Code. The date to submit a request to review the most recent examination administered has changed from two years to 21 days.

The post-examination review process is designed to allow each candidate who sits for and fails an examination developed by the State of Florida the opportunity to review the examination questions, answers, grades and grading key used for that examination.  All examinations review requests must now be submitted within 21 days from Grade Report mailing date or received at the test site.  Review appointments are scheduled with the test vendor, Pearsonvue.

For information on how to review your most recent Real Estate License Exam, go to http://www.pearsonvue.com or call 888-204-6289.

If you have any questions about a career in real estate in Florida, please call or email me, or visit my website.  If you have any questions about the licensing process, the Division of Real Estate has a complete Candidate Information Booklet to guide you through the process of getting your license.  To apply for a real estate license in Florida, follow the link to the license application.

Nature Coast Real Estate School is located four miles north of the Pasco County line on US 19 in Spring Hill Florida and serves the Real Estate Licensing needs of Pasco County and Hernando County Florida.
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