Thursday, December 29, 2016

Real Estate Pre License Course In Hendersonville. North Carolina

     At First Real Estate School in Hendersonville, we are starting a Tuesday Thursday real estate pre license class night class on January 31, 2017.

     The tuition for this class is $300.  The location is 404 S. Main Street in downtown Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Many people from Asheville come to First Real Estate School

     This is the class that a person would need to take to qualify to apply to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission  for a North Carolina real estate license.

     This real estate course is seventy five hours long.  There is a test at the end of the class.  An applicant needs to pass the class test and pass a background test before the North Carolina Real Estate Commission will allow that applicant to attempt the North Carolina real estate exam given in Asheville.

     If starting a new career selling real estate sounds like a good idea to you, call First Real Estate School in Hendersonville at 828 440 1064.  Enroll in this class.  www.firstrealestateschool.com

     If you need some help with the tuition, watch this video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1EpyxI_Gkg 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Let's Not Underestimate the Enemy, The North Carolina Real Estate Exam

     Can you imagine two fighters getting into the ring.  One fighter has defeated forty five per cent of the fighters that got in the ring with him.  If you were the other fighter, how much would you train?

     This is your situation if you are soon taking the North Carolina real estate exam.  This exam, last month, defeated 45% of North Carolina real estate exam applicants.  Forty five per cent of the test takers will be coming back and paying $91 to try again.  The bad news is  that their odds are worse the second time they take the North Carolina real estate exam.  Don't be in that group.  Be in the 55% that passed the North Carolina real estate exam the first time.  How do you do that? 
Over Study for the North Carolina Real Estate Exam


     Study,Study,Study  Most students set themselves a goal to barely pass the exam.  If your goal is to pass, and you miss you will be back.  If you set yourself a goal to make 100%, if you miss you still have a North Carolina real estate license.

     Over study.  Study too much.  Study in the morning.  Study at night.  Study during lunch.  Get together with your classmates and study.  Study alone.  Study during commercials.  Study at church.  Study at work clandestinely.

     Look on line for any help that you can find.  You will quickly find my free You Tube videos to help you with the math that is on the North Carolina real estate exam.  Watch these videos.  Do the math with me.  Real estate math is 15% of the North Carolina real estate exam. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMdJ-2iHepM    It is really hard to pass if you can not compute acres when given lot dimensions.  You are in trouble if you can not amortize a mortgage when given interest rate and P&I payments and mortgage balance.  If you can not pro rate taxes and rent, learn how before you go pay your money to take the North Carolina real estate exam.  It costs $91 to take the exam the second time.  Once is enough.

     Do not underestimate this North Carolina real estate exam.  Take my practice exam at http://rondclimer.blogspot.com/2015/04/real-estate-practice-exam-for-north.html    Take my  state exam review at www.northcarolinaexamreview.com   It is not free but it is well worth the $99 investment.  Pass this exam the first time.

     If you live in western North Carolina near Hendersonville, First Real Estate School would love to have you as a student.  call us at 828 440 1064 or www.firstrealestateschool.com

   

Free North Carolina Real Estate Manual for Post License Course in Hendersonville

     One of the expenses of taking the post license class at a North Carolina real estate school is the textbook.  The North Carolina Real Estate Commission requires a new provisional broker to take three post license courses within 36 months of obtaining their initial real estate broker's license.  At least one course must be taken before the anniversary of their passing the North Carolina real estate exam.

     At First Real Estate School in Hendersonville, North Carolina, we are always looking for ways to serve our students better.  We loan our students the textbook,"The North Carolina Real Estate Manual".  Most students hate to invest $45 in a textbook.  We understand.  I made it through high school and college with used textbooks.  They work fine.  In college, I quickly learned that a used textbook with good notes written in the margin is better than a brand new textbook. 
North Carolina Real Estate Manual is provided


     Our tuition for any post license real estate course is $200.  We will loan you a used textbook.  If you want a brand new squeaky clean textbook, you can order it from the North Carolina Real Estate Commission at www.ncrec.gov

     If you obtained your North Carolina real estate provisional broker license last year, you probably need a post license class.  Call First Real Estate School in Hendersonville at 828 440 1064.  We are starting a post license class on January 5, 2017.  www.firstrealestateschool.com 

   

   

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Post License Real Estate Courses for North Carolina Now Approved in Hendersonville, North Carolina

     The North Carolina Real Estate Commission has approved First Real Estate School in Hendersonville, North Carolina to teach post license courses.

     Ron Climer will teach course 301, Brokerage Relationships and Responsibilities.   This class is thirty hours as required by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.  This real estate class starts January 5, 2017.  The hours are from ten A.M. until seven P.M. You may think those are strange hours.  First Real Estate School uses the training facility at Keller Williams Mountain Partners at 404 south Main street in Hendersonville.  We have to be flexible with hours and days.  This class meets the 5th and 6th and 12th and 13th from 10 until 7 for a total of thirty hours as required by the NCREC.
First Real Estate School in Hendersonville, North Carolina

     Anyone that has received their initial North Carolina real estate license in 2016 probably needs to take this course before the anniversary of their initial issue of their North Carolina real estate brokers license.

     If you are a provisional real estate broker in western North Carolina, join us in beautiful downtown Hendersonville on January 5, 2017.  Call First Real Estate School at 828 440 1064.  We can only seat twenty eight students.   www.firstrealestateschool.com

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Another Lesson Learned About Selling By Being A Buyer

     If you read my recent article, "Learn To Ask Qualifying Questions ", you know that I mentioned that you can learn a lot about selling by being someone else's customer.

     Here is my latest lesson learned in my quest to buy another motorcycle.  I took my wife with me to look at a used bike that was advertised to be in excellent condition.   When we got there to look at it, it would not start.  The seller said it needed a repair that cost $250.  I asked the seller why he had not had it repaired.  He told me he had no way to get it to the repair shop.  There was a pick up truck parked in the driveway.
First Real Estate School In Hendersonville, North Carolina

     His price was the Kelly Blue Book retail price minus $250.  Since Kathy hated the color etc.  I did not pursue trying to buy this bike for what it might be worth.  This is so much like real estate, it is scary.

     As a Realtor, how many houses have you shown to buyers that need a new kitchen, new ceilings, new floors and are priced as if they already have these things?  "Oh, $5000 will fix all of what is wrong." says the seller.

     If $5000 will fix all this,why doesn't the seller spend the $5000, put up with contractors traipsing through his house and get it fixed so the buyer does not have to 'imagine' the new ceilings etc.?   We all know the answer to that question.  The seller is in denial.  Your job as a Realtor is to get the seller out of denial before your listing expires.  The seller has two reasonable choices.  He can spend the money to do the needed repairs or lower the price.  Praying for a buyer that can "imagine" the repairs done will not work.

     One of the reasons this won't work is that the potential buyer does not have the CASH to do the repairs.  The buyer does not want to to live in a house with popcorn ceilings and an avocado green refrigerator and carpet.  Mr. Buyer is spending his last nickel to scrape together the required FHA down payment.  He does not have the money to spend on repairs.  He certainly does not want to pay retail for that house.  He will just go down the road and buy another house that looks like 2017.

     Back to my quest for a motorcycle.  What do you think the odds are that someone will buy your motorcycle that won't start because it needs new spark plugs.  Unless the price is below bargain basement price, the odds are zero.  This is true for bikes, cars and houses.    If you have a house for sale, get it in A plus condition or price it so low that a buyer is certain that he can fix what is wrong and still be happy with his purchase.  Otherwise, be prepared to wait and wait and wait a loooooooong time for a buyer.

     If you live anywhere near Hendersonville, North Carolina and have a house for sale, I can help you with that.  If you have a Harley Davidson Dyna Glide motorcycle for sale that is nice, call me.
My phone is 828 440 1064.

     www.firstrealestateschool.com     www.climerconsulting.com  www.ronclimer.com

Saturday, December 17, 2016

North Carolina Real Estate Exam Pass Fail Statistics for November 2016

     The North Carolina Real Estate Commission released the pass fail statistics for last month today.

     In November of 2016, four hundred and eighty six real estate license applicants paid $64 to take the North Carolina real estate exam.  This test is given in Asheville and other North Carolina cities.  Two hundred and seventy of these real estate exam applicants passed the North Carolina real estate exam.  That is a 55% pass rate. Two hundred and sixteen of these test takers will have to pay $91 to attempt the test again.  Why does it cost more to attempt the test the second time?  I don't know.
First Real Estate School in Hendersonville, North Carolina

     Speaking of second attempts, you would assume that repeat test takers would be more successful than people taking the North Carolina real estate exam for the first time.  This is not true.  Last month, November 2016,  one hundred thirty four repeat test takers took the exam for the second or third or fourth time.  Twenty eight passed.  That is 21%.  Seventy nine of the repeaters will be back.

     This North Carolina Real Estate Exam is not a picnic.  I believe that this is where many test applicants go wrong.  They forget or they never knew that the North Carolina real estate exam is tough tough tough.

     If you scraped by your real estate school test with a seventy something per cent, you had better double or triple your studying.

     Have you read the text book?  Have you read the glossary in the text book?  Have you taken my free practice test?  http://rondclimer.blogspot.com/2015/04/real-estate-practice-exam-for-north.html  Have you read the "comments" section of Appendix C in the text book.  Are you in touch with your classmates?  Did you ask them to call you when they pass the North Carolina real estate exam so you can congratulate them if they pass or console them if they did not pass. Have you enrolled in my 8 hour video review class that is available at www.northcarolinaexamreview.com  ?  It is an $99 investment.  It cost $91 to take the exam for the second time.  Take my video review.  Did you leave a notepad on the seat of the car so you could write notes to yourself about your questions before you crank up the car?  Did you?  Do you suppose that you will see these same concepts on the exam next time?  Have you made up 500 flash cards with questions like What do we call the buyer in a deed of trust on the front of the card and grantor on the back of the card?  Have you gone through these cards plenty of times.  Have you watched my free North Carolina real estate math videos that I have posted on You Tube to help you pass the North Carolina real estate exam?   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxc4SZ1CW1w    When you watch these videos, do the math  with me.  Don't just watch me like you are watching TV.  If you have not taken your class 
exam yet, watch the videos where I am wearing the black T shirt.

     Do not underestimate the North Carolina real estate exam.  Do not take any comfort in the fact that you passed the real estate school test.  All the applicants passed the school test.  Only fifty five per cent passed the North Carolina real estate exam.

     If you are anywhere near Hendersonville, First Real Estate School would like to invite you to attend our pre license real estate broker class.  Call us at 828 440 1064 or visit our website at www.firstrealestateschool.com   Pass the North Carolina real estate exam the First time.
   

Friday, December 16, 2016

Learn to Ask Qualifying Questions. Your Livelihood Depends On It.

     Yogi Berra said," You can see a lot just by looking.".  You can learn a lot about selling better by paying attention to your own experience when you are a buyer.

     I am currently in the market to buy another motorcycle.     

     If you read motorcycle for sale ads, you will quickly discover, just by the verbiage of the ads, that are lots of tire kickers and dreamers looking at expensive bikes.  Realtors,does that sound familiar? Sure it does.  There are lots of time wasters and dreamers looking at real estate. 
Dr. Amy Climer on a 1961 Harley Davidson Super 10


     Because this is true, whether you are selling a bike, a car, a house, an airplane or a suit, or any of the zillion things on earth that need to be sold, You must learn to qualify real genuine going to buy today I can make a decision today I can afford this product If I don't buy from you I will buy from your competitor today prospects from the tire kickers and time wasters.

     If you want to earn an extra ordinary income selling, You need to develop the skill of asking qualifying questions to determine if the person standing in front of you is a buyer or a tire kicker.

     The sales industry uses the pejorative term, tire kicker, to describe time wasters that are not going to buy anything from any body.  They are just entertaining themselves looking.  If you are a commission salesperson, you do not want to to spend time with that person.  If that person is a "hot prospect", you want to sell them your product.  It is imperative that you can determine which one of these characters is standing in front of you.  Learn to ask qualifying questions. You can also learn to "feel" if they are buyers.  That is another article. http://ronclimer.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html?m=0 

     A simple question to ask is,"Do you have the money?".

     In my quest to purchase a new motorcycle, only one seller has asked me that question.  No one would be offended if they are looking at your $10,000 bike, and you ask,"Do you have $10,000 or do you need to go to your credit union?".  No motorcycle buyer would be offended if they offered you $9500 for your $10,000 bike and you responded with," Do you have the cash in your pocket or are we just chatting?".  Add or subtract a zero to those numbers.  The question is the same.

     I suppose that you know that I am a Realtor in Hendersonville, North Carolina. www.firstrealestateschool.com I am required by law to have potential buyers sign a form stating that they know that I am working for the seller.  I have trained myself that, when my first qualifying question comes into my head, I need to have my prospect sign the form.  That usually occurs very early in our conversation.

     Learn to ask your prospect:

     Are you paying cash or do we need to arrange financing?
     Are payments a concern?
     The initial investment is $20,000.  Will that work for you?
      Is anyone else involved in this decision?
      Did you want to take it home today?
      Have you looked at any other widgets?
      Why did you not buy the last one you looked at?
      When did you want to start using your new widget?

     I learned a long time ago that you can develop a instinct about prospects.  Use the above link if you want that skill.  If you are a commission salesperson, use Henry's method described in that old article.  You will soon move to the next income level.

     Ask qualifying questions.  A good prospect wants you to know that he is a good prospect.  Looking at used motorcycles is not fun.  Riding your new motorcycle is fun. Looking at houses that you don't like is not fun.  Moving into your new house is fun.  Good prospects don't have time to waste either.  Call a prospect today.    www.climerconsulting.com

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission, Today I Spoke To Them

     Today is December 14, 2016.  I drove from Tryon, North Carolina to Raleigh and addressed the North Carolina Real Estate Commission this morning.  If you have not read my article about my arduous process to get my North Carolina real estate instructor permit, you should read that.  http://rondclimer.blogspot.com/2016/09/my-process-to-get-my-north-carolina.html   It explains the unnecessarily difficult trial that I had to go through to get my North Carolina real estate instructor license.  It is my belief that I am not the only new instructor going through this needless gauntlet.
December 14, 2016 at the North Carolina Real Estate Commission Meeting

     Here is what I said,"Mr. Chairman, Members of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.  I am Ron Climer with First Real Estate School in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  When I received Mrs. Hamlin's email on November 15, telling me that the Commission was considering repealing rule 58 C 0605, the rule that requires newly licensed real estate instructor to submit a hour long video to the staff of the NCREC, I made my hotel reservation immediately.

     0605, video evaluation by a small committee or single person is an idea that probably seemed like a good idea at the time it was passed.  When this rule was passed back in 2000, I am sure it seemed like a good idea.  The government has passed many laws through the years that seemed like a good idea at the time.  Prohibition, slavery, these seemed like a good idea at the time.  History proved that they were not good ideas.  The government repealed these laws.  That is the situation with video evaluation of real estate instructors.  This rule needs to be repealed.

     Who benefits from video evaluation of real estate instructors?   The general public.  I don't think so. The instructor applicant.  That is a big fat NO.  This video evaluation  process does not make any instructor a better teacher.  Does the Commission benefit?  Again, no unless their purpose is to become a bottleneck as described in the Wall Street Journal article that I have enclosed with your printed material.   http://www.wsj.com/articles/breaking-down-bottleneckers-1479680470   I do not think that is what the Commission is trying to accomplish.

     The North Carolina Real Estate Commission needs to ask itself; is video evaluation of real estate instructors necessary?   The answer is no.  Free enterprise weeds out the bad instructors a lot better than evaluation by a small committee watching a video.

     Most importantly, the North Carolina Real Estate Commission needs to ask; Is this process accurate?

     I can only speak to my own experience.  I don't know the experience of other real estate instructors.  You Do.  You are the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.  This information is available to you.  Here is my experience.

     I started teaching pre license real estate classes in Orlando, Florida in 1978.  Between then and 2014, I built the largest real estate school in central Florida.  People sent their friends to me.  People sent their relatives to me.  People sent their new recruits to me.  My past students are now president and past president of the local association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors.  They own their own real estate offices.  They are sales managers at time share resorts.  Three of my competitive real estate schools in central Florida are my students.  My past students have posted over 250 Google reviews on Climer School of Real Estate's website www.climerrealestateschool.com  stating that I am an excellent instructor.  They have sent me emails.  They have sent me gifts.  I have more positive Google reviews on First Real Estate School's website than any other real estate school in North Carolina.  www.firstrealestateschool.com  We just opened May 1, 2016.

     On May 23rd , I sent in my first video for evaluation.  It was rejected by the staff of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission on July 12th.  On July 14th, I sent in my second attempt.  It was rejected by the staff the North Carolina Real Estate Commission  on August 12th.  When it was rejected, I posted on Facebook that the staff of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission had told me that I was not worthy to hold an instructor's license in North Carolina.  One hundred of my past real estate students sent an email to Bruce Moyer at the Commission office and told him that I was an extra ordinary instructor.  Bruce sent me an email and told me that it  does not matter what my past students think.  It matters what the staff of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission thinks.

     On September 10, the staff rejected my third video.  On September 14, I sent in my fourth video.  On November 14, that fourth video was approved by the staff of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. I now have my permanent North Carolina real estate instructor license.

    In America, in North Carolina, we have the free enterprise system, the market.  Bad instructors are quickly weeded out by the market.  In today's world of Google reviews and Yelp reviews and Facebook etc., it is pretty easy to find out who is a bad instructor and who is a good instructor. Bad instructors can't get a job.  Bad instructors can't get students.  We don't need the staff of the licensing agency to weed out bad instructors.  The market will weed them out.  This is the system used in the other 49 states.  It works well.

     Let me spend my last minute talking about emotions, feelings.  This video evaluation process feels like HAZING.  Hazing, like sororities and fraternities and military academies do. Ostensibly, the purpose of hazing is to humble, to teach.  We all know the purpose of hazing is to humiliate.

     When I was writing my article,"My Process to Get My North Carolina Real Estate Instructor License", I turned to my wife and asked her, " Kathy what is the difference between humbling and humiliating?".  She quickly replied, " Some people need to be humbled.  No one needs to be humiliated.".

     Evaluation by a single person or small committee,  this is for beauty contests, not for worthiness to get a license to earn a living.  Is this video evaluation process necessary? Is it subjective?  Is it discriminatory?  Is it restraint of trade?  Is it hazing? Is it beneficial to the public?

     Repeal 58 C 0605.  End this video evaluation of instructors and don't replace it.

     Thank you for listening to me this morning."

     That was my five minutes with the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.  There were twenty other real estate school owners and instructors.  Most of them did not speak.  The commission will consider these rule changes until the next meeting on January 17, 2017.

     If you did not have time to travel to Raleigh to give a five minute talk, I can certainly understand that.  If you believe, as I do , that this video evaluation process is worse than unnecessary.  It is abuse.  Take ten minutes and write a letter to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.  There website is www.ncrec.gov   If you know a real estate instructor that has been through what I have been through, send this article to her.

     We have until January 17 to let the Commission know how we feel.  They can not read our collective mind.  Send a letter today. You don't have to be an instructor to write.  Anyone can let the commission know how you feel.  Send a letter to the Commission today.
   

   

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Solving Real Estate Math Problems for the North Carolina Real Estate Exam

     If you are taking a North Carolina real estate pre license course to get your North Carolina real estate license. you may find the North Carolina real estate math questions to be a challenge.

     You may also have the misfortune to a less than perfect instructor that assumes all of his students have a PHD in math.  He teaches rapidly.
First Real Estate School can help you solve math problems

     If this is your problem, here is your solution.  Go to You Tube.  Put my name, Ron Climer North Carolina real estate math into the search bar.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb_E8ZA7k6A&t=233s   You will find twenty plus videos, similar to this one, teaching you how to do the math on the North Carolina real estate exam.  If you need help with the arithmetic that is on the North Carolina real estate exam, watch these You Tube videos.  The instruction is slow enough that you can keep up.  The price is right.  It is free.

     I have videos to help you:
     compute commissions in North Carolina
     compute price per acre when given lot dimensions and price
     compute price per square foot in a North Carolina house for sale
     compute value when give gross income and appropriate capitalization rate
     compute value using cost depreciation approach
     pro rate taxes and rent for a North Carolina closing statement
     compute interim interest for buyer and daily interest for the seller
     compute how much money buyer needs to bring to closing
     compute how much money seller will take home from closing
     compute excise tax in North Carolina
     compute how much rent a property must produce in order to net a given "before tax cash flow"
     compute per cent of profit on North Carolina real estate
     compute price with CMA using CBS CIA including matched pair analysis
     a plethora of other information to help you pass the North Carolina real estate test.

     If you live anywhere near Asheville or Hendersonville, First Real Estate School www.firstrealestateschool.com   would love to have you as a student.  Call us at 828 440 1064 .  We are located at 404 S, Main Street in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  We are licensed by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission to teach broker pre license classes,  We have one starting soon.

     After you pass your North Carolina real estate exam, call me.  I will tell you about a wonderful place to sell North Carolina real estate in Hendersonville.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

North Carolina Real Estate School, Your Secret Weapon

     Networking was not invented in the twenty first century.  It certainly is easier than it used to be.

     If you are enrolled in a North Carolina real estate pre license course to get your North Carolina real estate license, one of your best study aids is networking.

     Most real estate students do not take advantage of this wonderful asset.  In most real estate classes, the majority of the students are serious about passing the course and passing the North Carolina real estate exam the first time.

      Take advantage  of the wonderful assets known as your classmates, your fellow students.  Get their email addresses and phone numbers. Band together.  Stay in touch.  Communicate with your peers.
The best real estate school in western North Carolina

     Study together.  Encourage your classmates.  Seek out and share study aids and websites that may offer some help to you and your fellow students.  Watching my free real estate math videos together would be a worthwhile endeavor.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAX8VxAGkrI   Here is a link to one of those videos.  Share it with your classmates.

     Ask your classmates what they have found online that may help you.  This is no time to be shy.

     I currently teach at First Real Estate School in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  I have been in a real estate classroom for over thirty years.  My observation is that the students that do best are the ones that get to know and help their classmates.

     The students that study together, pass together.

     www.firstrealestateschool.com   

 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

In Hendersonville, North Carolina, The First Real Estate Class of 2017

     On Monday, January 2, 2017, First Real Estate School at 404 South Main Street in Hendersonville will have their first class of 2017.

      This will be a evening class from six to ten.
First Real Estate School in Hendersonville, N.C.

     This is the class that a person would need to take if they wanted to get a North Carolina real estate license.  First Real Estate School is licensed by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.  To graduate from this class, a student would need to pass an exam.  After graduation, that student would need to pass another exam given by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.  This test is given every day in Asheville.

     If you have considered a career in real estate, join us at First Real Estate School www.firstrealestateschool.com in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  This is not only the least expensive real estate school in western North Carolina, it is the best real estate school in western North Carolina.

     The tuition for this class is $300.  Keller Williams Realty in Hendersonville will reimburse the student that fee from their first commission when they come to work at Keller Williams Mountain Partners Realty.  Here is a link to a video with more detail on that.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1EpyxI_Gkg    Join us on January 2, 2017 for the first real estate class in 2017 at First Real Estate School in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Monday, November 21, 2016

North Carolina Real Estate Commission Reveals What Is On The Exam

     If you are soon taking the North Carolina real estate exam, it would help if you know on what you would be tested.  Many people think this is a big secret.  It is no secret.

     The North Carolina Real Estate Commission publishes a book to tell you exactly what is on the North Carolina real estate exam.  The name of this book is," Real Estate Licensing in North Carolina".  It is available to any North Carolina real estate exam applicant.  for FREE.  Just go to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission's website. www.ncrec.gov  It is available to download for free.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZFPZGo_DJ4   Here is  a link to a movie I made about this booklet.

     This is a forty page booklet that is just chock full of test taking tips and an explanation of the licensing process.  It has:

1.  Information on the licensing process and license qualifications

2.  License examination information

3.  Instructions for filing an application

     This booklet gives a test applicant some sample test questions.  This helps the test applicant be familiar with the the question format before they show up at the exam site. 
Ron Climer is an excellent real estate instructor


     More importantly, this booklet tells an applicant exactly what is on the North Carolina real estate exam.  On page 16, it tells a test applicant that there are six questions on agency.  There are eight questions on general legal principles.  This booklet tells the test applicant that there are seven questions on the purchase and sale contract.  There are seven more questions on listing contracts.  This booklet tells us that there are thirteen questions on forms of real property ownership.  The booklet tells us that there are fourteen questions on finance. Need I continue?  Download this booklet.

      There is no mystery about what is on the North Carolina real estate exam, the exam is given in Asheville.  It costs $91 to take it a second time.  Pass it the first time.

     After you have taken your real estate course, take my free real estate practice test .  Here is a link to that.  http://rondclimer.blogspot.com/2015/04/real-estate-practice-exam-for-north.html 

     If you are considering attending real estate school in western North Carolina, join us at First Real Estate School in Hendersonville.  We are located at 404 S. Main Street.  Our website is www.firstrealestateschool.com  .  If we can help you pass the test, we are here for you.  

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission Has Invited Me To Come Speak At Their Next Meeting

     On November 15, 2016, I received an email from Corean Hamlin, a staff member of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.  Do you want to hear some good news?  The NCREC is considering repealing rule 58 C.0605.  

                                                                                              
First Real Estate School in Hendersonville, North Carolina
     This is the rule that requires a new real estate instructor applicant to submit an hour long video of their teaching style to the staff of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.  If you have an instructor license in North Carolina that you received since 2000, you have been through this ritual.  I don't know what your experience was.  Here is a link to my unpleasant experience. http://rondclimer.blogspot.com/2016/09/my-process-to-get-my-north-carolina.html    I got my final permanent approval on November 14, 2016.

I have already prepared and practiced my short presentation that I want to make to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPB0ZIwKWk8  

     I want you to join me if you feel, as I do, that the licensing bureau does not need to watch a video of an instructor to determine if that instructor is qualified to hold a instructor's license

     There is this wonderful filter in the free enterprise system in America called "the market". This is the system that is used in most other states.  The market will tell us pretty quickly if an instructor is bad.  If an instructor is dull and ineffective and boring,  that instructor will not be able to get a job.  If  a real estate instructor is bad, they will not have any students.

     The staff of the NCREC does not need to waste their time watching a video of every instructor that applies for a license.  That job should be left to the school director.  Why would a school director hire a dull, boring real estate instructor?  They would not.  If they did by accident, they would get rid of that ineffective instructor quickly.  Need I remind anyone that a real estate school is a business? 

     In today's world of Twitter and Facebook and Google reviews and You Tube videos, students know who is a good instructor and who is a bad instructor.  Why would the licensing bureau want to evaluate instructors?  The market does that for the commission in the other forty nine states.

      

     Please, join me at the December 14, 2016 North Carolina Real Estate Commission meeting.  If you can not attend, you can send in a written opinion. Join me and tell the NCREC that you think the school director can tell a bad instructor from a good instructor.  We do not need the staff of the NCREC to evaluate instructors and withdraw their license if the licensing bureau does not like their style of teaching.

     If you are in the real estate school business in North Carolina, you are not too busy to read that email and the eighteen page attachment that came from Corean Hamlin on November 15th.  Read it.  Join me at the December 14th meeting of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.

     If you disagree with me, if you like the staff of the NCREC having the power to take some one's instructor license because they don't like that instructor's style, come to the meeting or write a letter and let the NCREC know how you feel.   If you agree with me, show up at the meeting.  Talk to the Commission.  Let's get this rule 58 C.0605 repealed and not replaced with 58 H . 0305, an even worse version. 

     I will be staying at the Hyatt Place North Raleigh Midtown at 1105 Navaho Drive right across the street from the Commission's office.  I will be having dinner alone.  If you would like to join me and compare notes, call me at 828 755 6996.  This is the same hotel I stayed at when I attended the Instructor Development Workshop in September.  http://rondclimer.blogspot.com/2016/09/instructor-develpoment-workshop-from.html

     Please, join me at the December 14th meeting .  This opportunity will not come again soon.  Read Corean's email and the 18 page attachment.  I look forward to seeing you on the 14th of December.  If you are a real estate instructor, please leave a comment to this article. 

                                                           

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Six and Twenty Carolina Creme, Get Invited Back

     A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to some friends house in Asheville for dinner.

     Since we live about a mile from the state line on U.S. 176, I drove down to Bird Mountain Wine and Liquor at the state line on U.S. 176. I told Ken I needed a gift to take to a dinner party.  Ken fixed me up with a bottle of Six and Twenty Carolina Cream. 

Six and Twenty Carolina Creame. You can;t buy it in Asheville
Was this a hit with a capital H ?   YES, YES, YES!

You can not buy this wonderful drink in North Carolina.  You can buy it at the Bird Mountain Liquor Store at the state line on U.S. 176 between Tryon, North Carolina and Landrum North Carolina.

If you need a small gift to be certain you will be invited back, stop in to see Ken at Bird Mountain.  Tell him Ron sent you.  You will be back.

Our friends in Asheville just invited us back to visit again and suggested, "Why don't you bring another bottle of that Carolina Creame?".

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Tryon. North Carolina Rolling Art Antique Motorcycle and Car Show

November 5, 2016, the fifth annual Tryon Rolling Art Antique Car and Motorcycle show was held in the parking lot of Thompson,s Garden Supply in downtown Tryon, North Carolina.

Guess whose 1961 Harley Davidson Super 10 won second place.  MINE.  It was a popular vote from the general public.  Jim Wright's 1998 Ducati won first place for the general public vote.  Carl's 1960 BMW with a sidecar won the vote from the participants.
Carl is looking good on that 1960 BMW

A 1935 Rolls Royce won for the cars.  A 1957 Chevrolet truck won for the trucks.

Ferrari s, Packards, Pontiacs, Plymouths, Studebakers, Corvettes were all over the place.  Every one looked better than the last one.  There were Shelbys and Volkswagens and MG and bug eyed Sprites.

There were BMW bikes and Harley Davidson bikes and and Kawasaki bikes and  Triumph bikes and Norton bikes and Royal Enfield bikes and BSA bikes and Honda bikes and Indian bikes and Suzuki bikes and Yamaha bikes and racing bikes like you see on TV.

Tryon Rolling Art Motorcycle Show
What a pleasant way to spend a fall afternoon in western North Carolina.  You see old friends and meet new friends.  You see new cars like the new Maserati and old cars like the Model A Ford.

Put Tryon Rolling Art car and Motorcycle show on your calendar for 2017.  If you like antique cars and antique motorcycles, you will love Tryon in the fall.

Ron Climer's 1961 Harley Davidson Super 10
If you are riding your bike to the show from Spartanburg or Greenville, stay off that nasty old interstate.  Take U.S. 176 north from Spartanburg.  U.S. 176 runs right through downtown Tryon.  If you are coming from Greenville, take highway 14 through Greer.  When you get to Landrum, turn left on U S 176 .  Follow that into Tryon.  You can stop Bird Mountain Wine and Spirits at the state line on U S 176 and put on your helmet.  Tell Ken I said hello.

While you are riding in the neighborhood, check out White Oak Mountain http://rondclimer.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-waterfall-motorcycle-destination.html   Ride up White Oak Mountain if you need an adrenaline rush.

If you are riding in from Asheville, take U S 176 from Hendersonville to Saluda to Tryon.  This is one of the best motorcycle roads in North Carolina.

Tryon Rolling Art car and Motorcycle show was A plus.
Shelby Looking Good




Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tryon, North Carolina Antique Motorcycle Show 2016

It is coming up this weekend, November 5th.  The Tryon Rolling Art Antique car Truck and Motorcycle Show.  Get yourself to downtown Tryon from nine til three. 
Tryon, North Carolina Antique Motorcycle Show 2016


Last year, there was over 100 cool cars and bikes there.  Bring yours.  Registration is free. . 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Accept That Offer For Your House In Hendersonville, North Carolina

     If the average American will be honest with himself, he will admit that we don't like to negotiate.  It is not in our culture.

     You don't go to the grocery store and offer them less for a pound of steak.  You don't go to the clothing store and offer them less for a suit.

     Many average Americans, when making the biggest purchase of their life, decide to become master negotiators.  In real estate, negotiating is often necessary. This article is about one small portion of negotiating skill, accepting an offer.

     When you receive an offer, please do not assume  that you are expected to counter offer.  Some people make their best offer first.  I know that is true because I am one of those people.  I do it in my personal life.  I encourage my real estate buyers to do the same thing.

     In today's modern real estate, the buyer knows how long a house has been for sale.  That was difficult information to obtain thirty years ago.  In today's modern  real estate, most negotiating is done over the phone or text or email or Skype.
Ron Climer can sell your property in Hendersonville, N.C.

      For a dozen reasons, in today's modern real estate, it is a really good idea to accept a buyer's offer just like it is.

    When a buyer signs a contract and commits himself to buy a property for $200,000 if the seller will leave the refrigerator, why would a seller want to counter offer with,"Yes,we will take $200,000 but we will not leave that used refrigerator."?  Why?

     Is the seller so good at determining value that he can tell that some other buyer will pay the price of a used refrigerator more?  I don't think so.  Is the seller so so skilled at negotiating that he feels that this buyer will forego the refrigerator. I don't think so.

     When you decline an offer or counter offer an offer, you are in effect buying your house back from the guy that just bought it from you.  Are you sure you want to do that?  Why would you buy your $200,000 house back so you can remove the used refrigerator and put it back on the market and sell it later?  This makes no sense to me.

     With later being after you have made a few more payments on an empty house.  With later being after you and your wife have argued several times about whose fault it was that the house in Hendersoville is still for sale.  With later being after you have kicked yourself several times for not just accepting the offer just like it was presented.  Who wants to move a used refrigerator anyway?

     If your house is for sale,when you get an offer, accept it just like it is.  Save yourself a lot of aggravation and $$$$$$.  Accept the offer.  Let's go to closing.   www.firstrealestateschool.com

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The North Carolina Real Estate Exam Pass Fail Statistics for September 2016

          Today, the North Carolina Real Estate Commission released the pass fail statistics for the North Carolina real estate exam for September 2016.  In September, four hundred and ninety nine real estate license applicants paid sixty four dollars to attempt to pass the North Carolina comprehensive real estate exam.  This exam is given in Asheville.  Three hundred of test applicants passed.  One hundred and ninety nine of these applicants will be paying $$$$ to take this real estate test again.

     One hundred and ninety nine of these real estate license applicants will still be studying instead of starting a new career.

     If you are currently enrolled in a real estate school in North Carolina, please over study.  Study too much.  Read the textbook one more time.  Take one more practice exam.  http://rondclimer.blogspot.com/2015/04/real-estate-practice-exam-for-north.html   
Here is a link to my free practice exam.

     Watch my free North Carolina real estate math videos.  There are a bunch of them.  Watching these videos is an easy way to pick up two or three points on the North Carolina real estate exam.  If I go too fast, just hit pause.  Don't you wish you could do that with your live instructor?  You don't have to raise your hand and tell everyone in the room that you don't understand.  Just hit rewind. 
First Real Estate School near Asheville, North Carolina

First Real Estate School in Hendersonville, North Carolina opened in May of 2016.  The worst monthly pass fail ratio, for the entire state, since  then has been 55%.  The BEST pass fail ratio for the entire state for the five months previous to May 2016 was 55%.  That must be a co incidence.

     If you live anywhere near Hendersonville in western North Carolina, we would love to have you as a student.  We will teach you what is on the North Carolina real estate exam

     Many real estate schools express or imply that what is on the North Carolina real estate exam is a big secret. That is not true.  The staff of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission   tells real estate schools and the general public exactly what is on the North Carolina real estate exam.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZFPZGo_DJ4
This information is available to instructors.  It is available to students.  Forty per cent of the real estate students that took the North Carolina real estate exam last month did not find this information.

     Google "How to pass the North Carolina real estate exam".   There is a plethora of information available for the students that want to pass the first time.  It costs $$$$ to take the exam twice.

     Start with where you take your basic class.  If you live anywhere near Hendersonville, North Carolina, join me for your basic real estate class. We are located at 404 S. Main Street.  

     Did I tell you that repeat test takers do worse than first timers?  In September 2016, one hundred and nine people took the real estate exam as a repeater.  Thirty passed.  That is a twenty nine per cent pass rate.  If you are soon taking the North carolina real estate exam, STUDY STUDY STUDY

     www.firstrealestateschool.com        www.climerconsulting.com

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The North Carolina Real Estate Exam, Pass It The First Time.

     If you are soon taking the North Carolina real estate exam, heed this advice.  Last month, I had a man call me from Fayetteville.  That is a long way from Hendersonville.  He had failed the North Carolina portion of the North Carolina real estate exam eleven times.  Compute his expense on that adventure.

     He was calling me looking for advice.  He had watched my free North Carolina real estate math videos on You Tube.  He had read some of my articles.  I could feel the frustration in his voice.  He claimed that he had studied.  Here is the advice that I gave him.  I want to give you the same advice.

Ron Climer, Instructor at First Real Estate School
     If you are paying $64 to take the North Carolina real estate exam, plan on passing.  Be prepared if you do not pass.  Leave a legal pad and a pen on the seat of your car.  If you fail, before you start the car, write down as many questions as you can remember.  This information is gold.  It is never going to be fresher in your mind.

     You do not have to write down the whole question.  Write the concept.  Do you need a license to advertise a auction?  When to deposit escrow check?  What is heated living area?  When do I have to take post license course?  When does license expire?  If you take the test eleven times, you will probably see some of these questions again.  Take you textbook and thumb through it.  Remind yourself of concepts.

     If you saw words on the exam that you did not know what they meant, write them down.  Look them up in the glossary or dictionary.

     Sixty one per cent of the applicants passed the North Carolina real estate exam the first time last month.  Thirty nine per cent need to follow my advice.  Thirty nine per cent will be paying $$$$$$ to take the North Carolina real estate exam again.

     Only 27% of repeat test takers passed last month..  If you are taking the exam for the second time, follow this advice.  Your odds of passing are four to one against you.

     STUDY STUDY STUDY If you are soon taking the North Carolina real estate exam or your real estate school test for the first time soon, watch my free North Carolina real estate math videos.  There are a dozen of them.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMdJ-2iHepM     Here is a link to one.  Take my free practice test after your real estate class is almost over.  Take any other practice tests that you can find.

     Get in touch with your classmates.  Study together.  Encourage each other.  Share study aids and tips that you find.  (like this article or my math videos)

     Make flash cards.  Trade them with your classmates.  Make a deal with your classmate.  I will make fifty flashcards.  You make fifty flashcards.  We will trade flashcards Tuesday night.  Next Tuesday, we will trade back.   Make copies and do this with several friends.
First Real Estate School in Hendersonville, North Carolina

     At my Toastmasters club,http://fourseasonstoastmasters.com/ we always have a "word of the day" that we are expected to use during the weekly meeting.  Last week's word was salient.  Go to each chapter in your textbook and pick out the ten most salient points of the chapter.  Study these points.  That is what test writers do.  They want to test you on the salient ideas.

     Do not underestimate the North Carolina real estate exam. Last month's pass rate was 61%.  This is not an easy test.  Turn off the TV.  Turn off Facebook.  Turn on the study machine.  Pick up your textbook.  Watch my You Tube videos.

     If you live anywhere near Hendersonville, North Carolina, take you basic real estate course from First Real Estate School at 404 S. Main Street.  www.firstrealestateschool.com   If you wonder why our tuition is so low, it is because we are subsidized.  Here is a video to explain that.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1EpyxI_Gkg   Join us.  Call us.  Tell your friends.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Real Estate School in Hendersonville Starts Night Class

     First Real Estate School at 404 South Main Street in Hendersonville, North Carolina started the last night class of 2016 on October 4th.  Many students were attracted to First Real Estate School by their low tuition.  www.firstrealestateschool.com
First Real Estate School in Hendersonville, North Carolina



     Many students were attracted to choose First Real Estate School because of the stellar reputation of their instructor, Ron Climer.

     No matter what the reason, Hendersonville now has a real estate school to serve the community.  If you are considering a career in real estate near Hendersonville, join Ron at First Real Estate School.  It is a great place to start a new real estate career.

     If you are already enrolled in a real estate class, watch First Real Estate School's free North Carolina real estate math videos.  Any math that is on the North Carolina real estate exam is on one of these videos.  It will help you pass the North Carolina real estate exam.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMdJ-2iHepM   There is a dozen.  Watch them if you are soon taking the test.

     Also, take Ron Climer's North Carolina practice exam.  It is free.  http://rondclimer.blogspot.com/2015/04/real-estate-practice-exam-for-north.html Please do not take this exam until your class is almost over.  Maybe a couple of days before the class test would be a good time.  Take this like a test.  Grade yourself.  If you fail, increase your studying.

     If you are looking for a real estate office to start your career, call Ron Climer at Keller Williams Mountain Partners in Hendersonville.  My phone is 828 755 6996.  Watch this video . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1EpyxI_Gkg 

     First Real Estate School is proud to be in Hendersonville, North Carolina


Sunday, October 2, 2016

What Career Can You Earn A Hundred Thousand Per Year With Only A High School Diploma?

     My daughter just called me from Asheville, North Carolina.  She was telling me about a young man she knows that is reasonably smart, reasonably ambitious but has unreasonable ideas about how much money he should be earning. 
Keller Williams in Hendersonville, North Carolina

     He wants to earn $100,000 per year.  Amy asked me if that was reasonable  with a career in real estate .  It is very reasonable.  In Hendersonville, North Carolina, an average real estate commission is $4000.  If a person did that 25 times per year, they would earn $100,000.  At Keller Williams Mountain Partners, that person would not win a prize.  Lots of real estate brokers are doing better than that.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD5T8VhUpxU  Here is a link to explain how commission work.

     Do you need a college degree and a bunch of student loan debt to start a real estate career?  No, all you need is a North Carolina real estate license issued by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.  Is that hard to get?  It is not hard to get at all.  Step one is to take a 75 hour real estate pre license broker course at First Real Estate School in Hendersonville, North Carolina. www.firstrealestateschool.com  This pre license course is required by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.  There is a test at the end of this course.  Then you have to take a test on the same material  given by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.  www.ncrec.gov   This test is no picnic.  Any money motivated person should be able to pass the N.C.R.E.C. test.  When you pass , you can easily get a job selling real estate.

     Almost all real estate is sold on commission.  There is no salary.  You show up.  You do what you are told.  You get a check on Friday.  That is not how it happens in real estate . 

     In real estate, you select a company like Keller Williams Mountain Partners at 404 South Main Street in Hendersonville.  You go interview with Janice Cox, our team leader, Janice hires you.  That means that Janice has agreed to train you what to do to make money.  Wait a minute.  What did we learn in that 75 hour class at First Real Estate School?   We learned how to get a North Carolina real estate license.  Making money is another class.  It is a class that never ends.  The more you learn, the more you earn in real estate.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1EpyxI_Gkg   Watch this interview with Janice Cox.

     Let's say it takes you four years to figure out how things work.  The first year in real estate, you only earn $30,000.  The second year, you earn $60,000.  The third year, you earn $90,000 in real estate commissions.  It takes you four years to learn how to earn $100,000 plus.  What other job could a high school graduate be earning $100,000 per year in four years?   There are a few.  Even fewer are as flexible as selling real estate.  You are truly your own boss .  Janice does not tell you what time to come to work.  She doesn't tell you how to dress or when to go on vacation. 

     The really good news is that Keller Williams has the best initial training that you can find anywhere.  I won't bore you with the details about that.  You will learn what you need to do to make money immediately when you start your real estate career at Keller Williams in Hendersonville, North Carolina. 

     If you are a young person fresh out of high school looking for an opportunity.  to earn money today and learn career skills that will last a lifetime, call Janice at 828 290 1001.  Tell her you read this article.  Tell Janice that you know how to follow a recipe.  Tell her what your ambitions are.  Ask Janice if a career in real estate has the capacity to take you where you want to go.  Ask Janice if she would recommend a career in real estate to her own adult children. 

     Call First Real Estate School at 828 440 1064 if you don't have a real estate license.  Call Janice at 828 290 1001 if you already have a real estate license.  Explore the possibilities of a real estate career.  You will be glad you did. 

      Who is my daughter?   www.climerconsulting.com     http://www.balloontwisterorlando.com/  

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Instructor Development Workshop from North Carolina Real Estate Commission

     I know why I was there.  I am not sure why the other dozen people were there.  I was there because I was issued a North Carolina real estate instructor's license from the North Carolina Real Estate Commission on May 1, 2016.  This is a temporary license.  In order to turn my temporary instructor license into a permanent instructor's license, I have to submit an hour long video of me teaching and have it approved by the staff of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.
Ron Climer At First Real Estate School, Hendersonville


     Apparently, my thirty years of teaching real estate pre license classes in Florida has not prepared me for the real estate instructor licensing process with the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. Apparently my 25 year  membership in Toastmasters www.fourseasontoastmasters.com has been no help.  Apparently, all those Google reviews on my website don't mean much. 

     The staff of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission has rejected my third video submission.  They say that I am not worthy to hold a North Carolina real estate instructor license.  After December 31, 2016, I will not be able to renew my temporary license.  If you need more detail, read my previous blogpost.  http://rondclimer.blogspot.com/2016/09/my-process-to-get-my-north-carolina.html 

     Bruce Moyer sent me my third rejection letter.  He suggested that I enroll in the Instructor Development Workshop from the North  Carolina Real Estate Commission on September 27th.  I signed up. 

     The purpose of this workshop is to teach me to teach the North Carolina way.  More specifically, " The North Carolina Real Estate Commission created this instructor development workshop to enhance N.C. approved instructors and School Directors' ability to provide quality and effective real estate educational programs for N.C. consumers and licensees." 

     The objectives of the workshop are  to:
      1.  explain research based methods of educational instruction
      2.  identify effective strategies for dealing with multi generational students
      3.  describe how items are developed for license examination

     Our workshop began with an explanation of performance based teaching vs. mastery goals teaching.  In performance based teaching, students learn just to pass a test or win an award.  In mastery goals teaching, students learn just for the pleasure of learning .  The purpose of the workshop is to teach instructors how to instill the desire in our students. 

     I was trying to figure out how to instill the desire for mastery in myself.  I already considered myself an excellent instructor by any standard except the video evaluation of the staff of the N.C.R.E.C. I just wanted to learn how to "pass the test" and get my hour long real estate teaching video approved and get my permanent license. 

     At the workshop, the instructors explain the difference between passive learning and active learning. 

      Passive learning is where the student just sits and listens to the instructor.  Maybe the student asks a question once in a while.  Last month my tailgate would not open on my 1993 Ford pick up truck.  I went to You Tube.  I put "repair tail gate on 1993 Ford pick up truck"  A video came up.  I passively watched that video.  I fixed my tailgate.  If it ever breaks again, I will know how to fix it. 

     Anyone that is soon taking the North Carolina real estate exam can go to You Tube and passively watch my videos on how to do any of the math that is on the exam.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxc4SZ1CW1w    If you want to practice passive learning, watch my videos.  Some of my old ones from Florida have been watched over 50,000 times.  Maybe some people like that teaching style for learning how to fix tailgates and do real estate math etc.

     Quote:  "Active learning is a process where by students engage in activities, such as reading, writing, discussion or problem solving that promotes analysis, synthesis and evaluation of class content.  Active learning is , in short, anything that students do in a classroom other than merely passively listening to an instructor lecture. "

     At the workshop, they showed us a video of a TED talk by Salmon Kahn.  It was a lecture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl-9AhJFh-U  about teaching for mastery.  It was excellent. As I watched this excellent video, I noticed that Mr. Kahn stood within a five foot square the entire time he was speaking.  I liked that.  Some people think you are more effective if you walk all over the stage.  Every one has an opinion. 

     At the workshop, we learned to assess student progress throughout the course.  This was no great ah ha for me.  I have always done that.  Many times through the years, I have handed a failure notice to a student.  They said ."I knew I was going to fail.  I did not study."  It was seldom a surprise to me either.  A good instructor knows.  The instructor may or may not be able to solve the problem.  The student can almost always solve the problem, if they will. 

     I was hoping I would learn how to instill desire in students when there is none at the workshop.  The student has to have the desire.  If I could learn how to create desire, I suppose I would be a sales manager instead of a real estate instructor.  Did you read my watermelon article?   http://rondclimer.blogspot.com/2016/09/lots-of-lessons-learned-in-watermelon.html     

   We were taught, at the workshop, how to relate to multi generational  learners.  This was presented at the workshop like it was a new problem that just started last year.  When I was thirty years old, I was teaching real estate classes to multi generational learners.  The boomers were the young folks in the room then.  Today, the boomers are the old guys in the audience.   A humorous video from Cam Marston was shown at the workshop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl-9AhJFh-U  to help us understand the generations. 

     I hope my fourth video that has already been sent to the N.C.R.E.C. is approved.  If not, I certainly hope I learned enough at yesterday's workshop to make an acceptable video that will be approved.  I confess that I was a performance based learner at the workshop.  I just want to "pass the test"  I will consider this time and effort worthwhile when I have my permanent instructor license.

     The staff of the N.C.R.E.C.  also taught us about the North Carolina real estate exam.  Did you know that after every question, you can leave a comment?    I DID NOT KNOW THAT.  Neither did any other instructor in the room.  I am going to teach my students to leave a comment, "Ron taught us that"  after the questions that they are sure they have correct. 

     If you are a  North Carolina real estate instructor, I would highly recommend the Instructor Development Workshop put on by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.  www.ncrec.gov

     Pray for my approval.  It is subjective.  www.firstrealestateschool.com

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Lessons Learned in The Watermelon Field

     A lot of lives are changed in a real estate class.  At First Real Estate School, we graduated another class yesterday.

     In real estate class there is a great variety of students.  There are young folks in their twenties.  Often we have folks well into their sixties.
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     Some people come to real estate school for a career change.  Some people just want to earn a few extra bucks.  Some people concentrate on passing real estate school.  Other people have so much other stuff going on in their lives that they barely have time for real estate school.

     It is hard, as an instructor, to know how much effort a student is investing outside of class.  Some students learn well in a classroom.  Some do not.

     As an instructor, I promise my students that I will do my part.  I promise my students that I will present the material that they need to learn.  I can not make learning the four basic kinds of deeds as interesting as your favorite hobby. 

     I often tell a story during the first night of class about my early days working on the farm.  When I was 14 and 15 and 16 years old, I spent my summers working on a farm in Gainesville, Florida.  In June, we loaded watermelons from sun up to sundown.  It was hard work. 

     Watermelons grow on vines like pumpkins.  We would go out in the field and cut the melons from the vine and stack them at the edge of the field in rows.  We would drive a big straight truck down the rows and throw the melons into the truck.  My job was to pick up a thirty pound watermelon and throw it over the sideboards of the truck, about seven feet high.  There was another guy in the truck.  His job was to catch the watermelon that I had thrown and gently, neatly stack it in the truck. This relationship worked fine as long as I did my part of the job and threw the melons high enough for him to catch.  As the day wore on, I became more tired.  Sometimes, I did not quite  throw the watermelons high enough.  That would cause the guy on the truck to have to "reach" down for the watermelon.  It would not take much of that before the guy on the truck would get tired of "reaching".  If the catcher had to "reach" down, it was because the thrower was not doing his job properly.  The catcher would reach for a couple.  Usually about the third one that came up short, he would not reach for it.  That thirty pound melon would come falling on my head. As a thrower, I learned very quickly to do my part of the job.  Do it properly.  The catcher might reach once or twice.  He will not reach forever.

     This is how I feel as an instructor.  I will do my part.  I will do my part properly. 

     If the student is absent from class, I can't throw that high.  If the student won't read the textbook, I can not throw that high.  If the student is distracted with personal problems and "life" , I can't throw that high.  If the student is too busy to do their homework, I can't throw that high. 

     I promise I will do my part.  I will throw the watermelons high enough.  I can not do the student's part for them. 

     Join us in Hendersonville, North Carolina at First Real Estate School.  You can not find an instructor that wants you to succeed more than I do.  I care.  You can tell that I care when you come to class.  Call us at 828 440 1064.  Change your life.  Change your career. www.firstrealestateschool.com