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.
The students from the final evening class and final day class of 2015 are preparing to pass my final and their state exams to become licensed real estate salespeople. I received this article in my email box this morning and wanted to share it with them and with anyone trying to improve their lives. Check it out at http://confidenceandjoy.com/have-you-failed-3/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Confidenceandjoycom+%28ConfidenceAndJoy.com%29
I do not usually use my blog for non business related items. But, I was compelled to revise this stance when one of my students relayed a very distressing story about a local young boy who was shot in the eye with an arrow by another young boy. (this was of course an accident)
Just as class started last evening, the hail storm began. We were all trapped in the classroom. The hail hitting the windows and the thunder and lighting were so loud, not even I could speak loud enough to teach.So, I gave the students quizzes to do in groups to keep them occupied until the first monsoon storm of the year stopped. Unfortunately, before the storm ceased, the water breached through the bottom of the door, windows and walls and began to move through the classroom. The students alerted me then kept working (they are all real troopers) until the storm finally stopped about 50 minutes after it started. I excused the class (we will be making up the time) as the Stepping Stones Agencies staff went into action. Brandon brought the largest wet vac I've ever seen and got as much water up as he could. Alva, also of Stepping Stones, removed all the hail that was up against the outside walls and the sidewalk. My husband, David Winn, arrived with two large fans to finish the drying job. I am so thankful to have our school in the Stepping Stones Center. See the pictures in the Photo Gallery
First! Monday was final test day for the day class. Two-thirds of the classe passed my test their first time taking it. Then, they went on to take their state finals and all passed those exams the first time, too! This quarter (to date) has us with pass rations of 95% on the National portion and 78% on the State portion. I am very proud of all my students!
Last month (March 2015 issue) Consumer Reports ran an article titled "Money-Saving Secrets Realtors Don't Want You to Know" on the front cover. But, once inside the magazine, the article titles changed. In one such writing, the author indicates that "86% of the Realtors surveyed witnessed other agents engaging in poor business practices". In all only 303 Realtors were surveyed. As of March 2015, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has 1,086,081 members.
If you have a little time and would like to read one of my students recap of his learning experience at our school, click this link: