I am pleased to announce that the students from the last day class are doing a stellar job at the state testing center. Of the seven students that passed first time with my final also passed first time with the state exams. Just in case you do not have your calculator (or phone) with you, that is 100% pass ratio. (88% overall for that class)
I just had a conversation this week with a Realtor who thinks it is okay to refer all of his buyers to his wife who is an escrow officer at a local company. Offering two other companies seemed beyond his cognitive abilities.
There are still affiliate businesses out there paying for real estate licensee's advertising. Or, how about that mentor that tells their new mentee "Oh, we only use such and such title company, or lender, or inspection co, or... How about the real estate company that uses the same title company to sponsor their office meetings every week. Spreading your business around and allowing your clients to choose from a selection of service providers can keep the CFPB at bay.
It may sound a little paranoid but once the CFPB is done with the big boys with the deep pockets, watch out little guys with shallow pockets. The government wants what it wants when it wants it!
Read this article to see why the CFPB is upset with Zillow!
I was attending a Prescott Valley AZ marketing meeting a few weeks ago where the person leading the meeting, a REALTOR, opened the meeting then began speaking about professionals in our industry and referring to them as Realiters. Ben Filer, a REALTOR with the Prescott Association of Realtors, corrected the leader as well as a few others for continuously using the Trademarked term REALTOR incorrectly. Evidently, whenever Mr. Filer is present at the REALTOR marketing meetings, he corrects any and all attendees who use the term incorrectly.
I was so intrigued by the cell phone business card holder provided by Julie Rother at OnQFinancial. I held it, placed it up to my phone trying to see how it would work. I finally bit the bullet… decided to take the risk… I pulled of the paper exposing the sticky stuff and placed it securely on the back of my cell. Then, I attempted to prop up the phone… fiddling for a few seconds until… snap! “What?” I said. Then turned my phone over to see the arc, then confidently set my cell phone down on my desk in perfect position for receiving and making phone calls.
Someone at OnQFinancial’s R&D department is a genius. Oh, and… I also put some of my business cards in the holder.
Have a fabulous day!
WOW! I just checked the single family residential inventory and it went from 947 to 1347 units in less than a month. That is impressive! It looks like the listing agents are really getting out there and doing their thing! This is wonderful news for the new licensees entering into our industry. We still need to keep informed about the new home subdivisions, vacant land and custom builders. Congratulations, we are going to have a wonderfully prosperous selling season!
It has been too long since I wrote on my blog. So let’s get up to date! The school has been very busy in the first quarter of 2016. Eighteen out of twenty-one students have passed their state exams the first time. That is an 86% pass ratio.
We brought on some new instructors to help with our first ever morning pre-licensing course to complement our normal afternoon and evening sessions. The morning class students graduate this week and will take their finals the following Monday. After three months of marketing the next morning session, which was supposed to start mid-April, we did not receive enough interest to proceed. We have scheduled the next morning session for mid-August.
Our continuing education schedule for this year has been consistent with two in January and one in both February and March.
We are offering a free class in April presented by Arizona Department of Water Resources and sponsored by Empire West Title Agency. There is no continuing education credit for this class but real estate professionals sometimes need the information not just CE credit.
May brings a special CE class titled “A more detailed look at 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges”. Carmine DiFulvio of First American Exchange Company will be our instructor. Empire West Title Agency and OnQFinancial are our sponsors.
We have the six hour ADRE required Contract Writing classes scheduled monthly through June. Existing licensees can take this class along with the new licensee candidates and receive continuing education credit.
Information for all our classes can be found under the Licensing Course, CE Prescott or Contract Writing tabs.
The next step for Winn School of Real Estate is to offer online continuing education courses. We also want to present computer-based pre-licensing in the future. We are working with World Continuing Education Alliance to create and develop our first CE class. Our hope is to be live before the end of summer.
Well, that wraps up the update. Please check in once in a while and I will try to write more often.