D’oh! Please don’t make me do it………………

OK, so the big day is approaching fast. My two year Broker's license renewal. Woe is me, woe is me. This means, an exhaustive 14 hours of classroom work, and a grueling, 30 question, multiple choice exam. How am I ever going to squeeze this in to my busy work schedule? I'm way to busy listing and selling properties to have to go through this. There must be a better way. I wonder if I can use the 20-30 hours a week I spend on ActiveRain? How about my experience from the 70-80 closings I have had over the last 24 months? There must be something I can do…………………..

Hey, I know! Why not call the Bert Rogers school of Real Estate and have them send me the book? Yeah, that's it! They can send me the book and then all I have to do is look through the book and answer the 30 questions at my leisure time. When I'm done I just have to fax Bert Rogers the answer sheet with my credit card number and within 30 minutes they will fax me back the "all important piece of paper" that states I have completed my 14 hours of continuing education, required of ALL licensees, prior to their two year renewal. Then BAM!, I'm good for another two years.

I will have completed my required education and taken my knowledge of Real Estate and my business to the next level. I will be qualified to assist the consumer, in the biggest financial decision of their life time, for another two years. I think the State of Florida needs to give me a certificate or something for my office wall. Oh wait, they will, for another $15.00. That way, I can show all my potential customers, that I am highly educated and trained in the fine art of Real Estate acquisition, liquidation and negotiations.

Now folks, as I hope you can tell, I've written this post "tongue in cheek". BUT, it's true! That's all I have to do to renew my license. Fortunately for the consumers, that do chose to work with me, I AM highly qualified and I DO take my profession very, very seriously. I live and breath Real Estate. It's what I do. It's what I enjoy. I am constantly reading, learning and honing my chosen craft. After 13 years in the business and hundreds of successful transactions, I'm still learning. It's one of the things I love most about this business, the continual opportunity to get better. I thrive on it.

Anyway, just thought I would give you an example to show how having a valid license, to practice Real Estate, does not necessarily a good REALTOR® make. So before hiring anyone, ask the tough questions. Make sure they have the knowledge and the experience to get the job done.

Now, a question for my fellow REALTORS®, "What are your state's laws when it comes to license renewal?"


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