OK, last Saturday I wrote, a post, about my struggle with having to complete my 14 hours continuing education, for my license renewal, that is due by March 30th. Anyway, I decided to order the book, from Bert Rogers School of Real Estate, so I could complete my 14 hours and take the 30 question, multiple choice, test at my leisure time.
So yesterday, with much excitement, I went down to the Post Office to check my box, to see if my book had arrived. YIPPEE!!! It did! So I run home with great enthusiasm and a determination to go through the book and complete my continuing education this weekend. After all it is St. Patrick's Day and I don't drink, so why not do something educational? The knowledge that I will get, from this course, should enable me to increase my ability to help the consumer and therefore make more GREEN backs. There you go, I worked the word GREEN into this post in honor of St. Patrick‘s Day.
Now folks, I love to read. I've been a big reader my entire life and probably spend 4 to 5 hours a day reading. Right now I am in the process of reading: C.S. Lewis's "The Screwtape letters" and several periodicals including REALTOR® magazine, Time, Fortune, Discovery, Christianity Today and of course, my daily stroll through ActiveRain. I love getting new books. I pick them up and smell them and touch them and smell them again. Call me weird but I love the feel and smell of a new book.
Anyway, the Bert Rogers School of Real Estate 14 hour continuing education work book is no different. It's actually pretty nice. Real shiny and has 120 pages of intense Real Estate information that is sure to make me a better Broker. Well, since I have been licensed for 13 years and a Broker for 9, I decide to just flip over to the end and take the test first. I figure I can always go back and research the question if I don't know the answer. And just for fun, I decide to time myself.
5 minutes!!! Yep, that's it 5 minutes!!! 5 minutes and I have answered all 30 of the multiple choice questions and have also concluded there will be no need to go through the book and check my answers. I am certain, I got all of them correct.
So not only am I soooooooooooo good looking, but I am extremely intelligent and I know Real Estate like the back of my hand. I am one awesome Florida Real Estate Broker!!!
Just to prove to you, how incredibly smart I am, I am going to post the first 2 questions from my test. Folks, I am not making this stuff up. These 2 questions are being written exactly like they are in the book. So see if you know the answers. No cheating. Oh, by the way, the next 28 were about the same level of difficulty. Say what you want about the State of Florida but NEVER say it's Real Estate licensees are not some of the highest trained and most knowledgeable Real Estate experts on the planet. Don't believe me? Here you go then. Give me a call if you need help.
#1. On the day of the appraiser's visit, the property to be appraised must be:
a. accessible to the appraiser.
b. occupied by the seller.
c. occupied by the buyer.
#2 If the appraisal on your listing or sale is less than the listed price, you should immediately call the appraiser and say:
a. "Are you crazy? I have ten comparables that place the value of this property squarely at the contract price"
b. "Does it make you happy to kill my sale?"
c. "Can I email you some comparables to review?"
d. "You will never get another appraisal assignment from the lender if you do not adjust the value of this property upward."
My friends, this is very, very sad. Can't NAR come up with their own testing? Can't we as an organization demand that our REALTOR® members pass additional educational requirements? Shouldn't the consumer be able to rely on a REALTOR® being a step above the normal licensee?
OH, I almost forgot, here are a couple of testimonials for the Bert Rogers School of Real Estate.
"Great! Thank you for making it so easy to renew. It's a life saver for someone as busy as myself! I'm a customer for life."
"I think this is the most convenient and non-pressure way of taking an exam. Please continue sending me my book every two years."
Need I say more? What say you?