Florida Real Estate License News

12/12/2013 11:04am
Florida state exam stats for 2013

The 2013 Florida real estate exam statistics show the following statistics for first-time test takers: 14,021 candidates took the SALES...
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12/10/2013 10:45am
What's Likely for Real Estate in 2014?

Zillow has made some housing predictions for 2014 that we think you should consider: Home values to go up by 3% Mortgage...
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12/09/2013 12:08pm
Florida Real Estate Exam for Brokers - Your Study Hit List

Here iss your state exam study Hit List.The exam has 100 multiple-choice questions and the applicant has 3 1/2 hours to complete...
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12/09/2013 11:35am
Florida Real Estate Exam for Sales Associates--Your Study "Hit List"

Here's your state exam study "Hit List." The exam has 100 multiple-choice questions and the applicant has 3 1/2 hours to complete...
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11/19/2013 5:06pm
Capital Gains Taxes increase

Long-term capital gains tax rates have increase from 15% to 20% for single filers making more than $400,000 and married couples filing...
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11/19/2013 5:01pm
Members of the armed forces catch a break

Members of the armed forces no longer have to pay the initial real estate licensing fee as long as the veteran...
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11/19/2013 4:57pm
Tennessee's mutual recognition agreement with Florida expires

Tennessee's mutual recognition agreement with Florida expired last year, so now Florida has agreements with only eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia,...
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08/13/2013 10:00am
Are online courses more effective?

The DBPR Education and Testing Bureau has received information from the real estate testing vendor that has surprised many veteran...
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08/13/2013 9:48am
The New King of Consumer Protection Regulation

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. The Bureau is an independent entity funded by...
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08/14/2012 8:18am
Licensees must notify DBPR of ANY convictions

A little-known change in the law (July 1, 2009) requires current licensees to report any conviction or plea to a crime,...
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08/14/2012 8:18am
The Department of Community Affairs is abolished

In a controversial move, Florida's growth management laws were significantly changed by the governor and legislature, effectively eliminating the DCA and transferring...
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08/14/2012 8:18am
Condo owners who are in arrears may not be able to use the pool

Recent changes to Florida law (Chapter 718) allow a condominium association to deny owners (or their tenants) the right to use common...
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08/14/2012 8:18am
Florida real estate exam statistics

The Florida real estate exams given during July, 2012 show the following statistics for first-time test takers: 1257 candidates took the SALES...
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07/04/2011 6:25pm
The Florida Broker exam has changed significantly

The Florida Broker exam has changed significantly. For many years, the broker exam consisted of a composite closing statement problem that candidates...
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07/29/2009 12:43pm
Kentucky no longer a "mutual recognition" state

The mutual recognition agreement between Kentucky and Florida has expired. Kentucky licensees must now take the pre-licensing course and the 100-question state exam....
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07/13/2009 12:02pm
Colorado no longer a "mutual recognition" state

The mutual recognition agreement between Colorado and Florida has expired. Colorado licensees must now take the pre-licensing course and the 100-question state exam....
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07/31/2007 3:34pm
Inspecting the Inspector

Home inspections are a good idea and no one should buy a house without one. But who regulates or inspects the...
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07/27/2007 12:28pm
Don't Let Surprises Ruin the Deal

The home buyers might love the house, but they hate last-moment surprises that tell them something new about the transaction. Those unwelcome surprises...
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07/25/2007 8:06am
Staging the House

"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances’" - William Shakespeare's...
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07/20/2007 8:23am
Show and Tell

Seasoned real estate agents know there are many bumps and obstacles on the path to the closing of a sale. Disclosure...
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07/18/2007 8:35am
Walking Tall Through Buying Short Sales

We're hearing a lot about short sales these days and in an earlier blog we addressed the issue of selling homes...
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07/16/2007 2:41pm
Short Sales Can Be Big Challenges

Listing agents with tall experience in "short sales" are finding themselves once again in high demand by sellers. Agents who take the...
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03/12/2007 7:23am
What Should I Ask My Prospective Broker?

While hard work and good contacts can help you succeed during your first years in the real estate business, probably the...
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02/26/2007 8:00am
Reverse Mortgages - Information to make an Informed Decision

Many older Americans are turning to "reverse" mortgages to finance a home improvement, pay off a current mortgage, supplement their retirement income,...
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02/23/2007 12:52pm
Florida Real Estate Exam Statistics - November, 2006

Candidates for Florida's real estate exam must study and stay focused to pass the exam. In November, 2006 the pass rate...
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02/19/2007 9:01am
A New Tax Deduction for Home Buyers

Home buyers who purchase in 2007 or later can deduct Mortgage Insurance Fees When Preparing Their Tax Returns. Mortgage insurance is NOT...
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02/16/2007 2:36pm
Real Estate Careers Give Women the Flexibility to Balance Career and Family

More women are looking for flexible careers, and are finding that real estate fits their needs. A recent study by the...
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02/01/2007 5:11pm
Setting Up Your Own Real Estate Web Site: Part 2 of 3

In our last article...
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02/01/2007 5:09pm
Getting Your Real Estate Web Site Listed in the Major Search Engines: Part 3

So far in this series, we've really just talked about building links to improve your rankings. Internal links should be descriptive and...
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10/18/2006 2:27pm
Getting Your Real Estate Web Site Listed in the Major Search Engines: Part 2

Last week we took a look at internal link optimization as a way to boost the ranking of your real estate...
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10/09/2006 2:32pm
Getting Your Real Estate Web Site Listed in the Major Search Engines

When building your real estate web site, it is essential to keep proper search engine optimization techniques in mind, or you...
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06/29/2006 3:21pm
A Quick Reminder Regarding Referral Fees

The Department of Financial Services (DFS), Office of Insurance Regulation, recently published an article to remind real estate professionals of the laws...
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01/18/2006 4:25pm

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01/17/2006 7:12pm
Commercial Brokers Can Force Commission Payments through Lien Act

If you sell or lease commercial real estate, Florida law changes effective October 1, 2005, may help you collect your commissions. The...
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01/17/2006 1:46pm
FREC Case Study

The Florida Real Estate Commission is charged with protecting Florida consumers from unscrupulous licensees, and takes its duties very seriously. DBPR Press...
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01/17/2006 1:41pm
Explaining Listing Agreements

It is in the licensee's best interest to fully explain the contents of a listing agreement to the seller before it...
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01/17/2006 1:38pm
Home Office Tax Deductions

It's that time of the year again when our financial focus turns to Uncle Sam and his affect on our pocketbooks....
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01/14/2006 7:27pm
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01/14/2006 4:21pm
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01/12/2006 6:01pm
Real Estate Brokers and Sales Associates

Why BUYERS AND SELLERS need a broker Because buying or selling a home or investment property is a complex and important financial...
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07/01/2003 12:00am
2003 Changes to Chapter 475, Florida Statutes

Effective July 1, 2003 Statute Number Brief Description of Change Chapter 475, Part I - BROKERS AND SALES ASSOCIATES 475.01(b) et al Changes term "broker-salesperson"...
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10/01/2000 7:41pm
Disclosure of Building Code Violations

Sellers must state the existence and nature of the code violation; must give the buyer disclosure with copies of notices; state the...
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