I’m about half way through with the course at this point. It’s pretty much entirely about how to not end up on the wrong side of the law as a Realtor. It is teaching me nothing about the actual job as a Realtor, which is a little odd, but I suppose it’s understandable. The goal here is to get a license to do business, and the people handing out the license want to make sure I don’t do anything illegal that will cause me to lose it. However, it’s a little unnerving in that they are teaching me nothing about contracts, about what the day to day job of being a Realtor will involve. I feel as though I’m going to come out of this with (hopefully) a Real Estate License and be legally allowed to do business as a Realtor and yet know nothing about the job? Anyway… I guess I will cross that bridge, as they say.
Educationally the course if quite solid. It’s easy to follow and understand and not horribly boring. Well, no more boring than the subject matter itself dictates! My goal is to be finished by the end of April and I have already scheduled my Exam for the first week in May. I should elaborate a little if you’re in the same boat as I am. I mean, I came into this with no help and no assistance from anyone other than the wonderful Firefighter who sold us our house. If you’re in Florida you start the process here, by submitting an Application with the DBPR (Department of Business and Professional Regulation). When I started the course it told me to get my Fingerprints done and there is a link on the DBPR page to Fingerprints FAQ, however the FAQ is amazing. Okay, not amazing at all. That sentence in my head was dripping with sarcasm, but I should probably clarify that here. It’s terrible. It gives you a list of business names in alphabetical order with phone numbers and email addresses. For Fingerprints. It’s 2017, they should at least be able to provide a list that is searchable by zipcode, surely. I mean, how hard would that be? I ended up going down the list and looking at all of the businesses with an Orlando area code and plugging the name into a Google search and then picked one that was close to me. I will confess that I am a bit of an email snob. I’m sorry, but if your business email ends in gmail.com or yahoo.com, it’s a hard pass. Sorry. If you are reading this and your business email ends in a generic email provider, please, please, please… do yourself a favor and buy yourself a unique domain name. It really does make a difference!
Anyway, the Exam is at a Pearson Vue Test Center and I’m a little bit terrified, but it’s time.
Mr. John, the husband, has just been referred to a Neuro-Psychologist for evaluation. We established that the seizures probably aren’t seizures, so we’re going to see a man about what else could be causing his issues with memory and shutting down. Basically, we’re having him checked for Alzheimer’s and Dementia. He’s 55 years old. Crossing everything that it’s not something like that and it’s something we can work with.
I’ll keep you informed!