Comparing the interest in a real estate career in Florida from January through April of 2013 to the same time frame in 2014, there has been a substantial increase in student enrollments.
Here are the numbers of students taking the Florida exam for the first time in the first four months in 2013 and 2014.
January 2013: 1,184
January 2014: 1,960
February 2013: 1,194
February 2014: 1,942
March 2013: 1,146
March 2014: 1,998
April 2013: 1,724
April 2014: 2,124
This is a 53% increase of first time sales associates state exam takers from 2013 to 2014
Out of all the students that took the state exam in the first four months of this year, all certainly will not be successful, but for those who obtained a license, remember that perseverance is one of the keys to success and that passing the exam is just the first step in that process.
It is really nice to see people feeling good about a real estate career again. A real estate career offers so much for those folks that are looking to grow their wealth and control their future.
A lot of agents left the real estate business over recent years but real estate agents who have persevered in business for years, survived because they have developed a strong customer base.
Even as one nears the retirement age, one can still communicate with their customers and generate commissions, maybe not at the rate one use to, but enough to generate dollars and enjoy communicating with many of their customers and clients they had developed over the years.
A real estate career gives one a wonderful opportunity for many years.
It is easy to see why so many states list Cooke Real Estate School as an approved distance education provider for real estate training. I was a bit concerned that the materials, pacing and instructor would fall far short compared to a classroom course. I was also concerned that once in receipt of my fees, the School would fail to respond to any issues I might have.
I am happy to say that I was wrong on all counts. The material is well-organized, with the objectives and associated vocabulary clearly presented at the beginning of the session. The quizzes, both the short and long versions, provide an excellent means of reinforcement and review. The instructors present the same slides, but the personal asides are memorable and helpful. Being able to go back over any lecture more than once is another benefit of the online vs. classroom experience. The main textbook provided is a great outline for study as well. Links to online resources are provided with almost all sessions. Instructors answer questions sent to them very quickly, another completely unexpected benefit.
As an educator myself, I know how difficult it can be to put material together in a cohesive way, especially with widely diverse student backgrounds and experience to consider. I saved time, money and frustration utilizing the Cooke Real Estate School, and I hope to pass the state exam in another couple of months, which puts me far ahead of schedule versus the classroom course.
Thank you to everyone for making the whole process painless and interesting.