New Agent Megathread

Here’s a great place to start if you are a new agent looking for “new agent” advice in this subreddit. Keep in mind that if your posts are very general questions about getting started, finding leads, choosing the brokerage, or the like, you’ll probably get downvoted and ignored. The subscribers here see this kind of post a lot. Do some digging through old posts before starting this kind of thread.

Thank you to /u/VelocifoxDigital for starting this list. If you can think of anything to add to it or any /r/realtors posts you’d like to see here, comment below.

Becoming An Agent

Common Tough Decisions

Agent Websites

Marketing and Lead Generation

Lead Conversion and Follow Up

Agent Resources and Tools

submitted by /u/joeyda3rd
[link] [comments]

r/Realtors reached 10,000+ subscribers!

10k subscribers is a great milestone, we’ve come a long way in the 7 years we’ve been a reddit. Be sure to let you Realtor friends know about the subreddit, can we get to 20k before 2020?

What’s going on at r/Realtors:

Rules

Sub rules are updated in the sidebar and are added to the reporting feature.
Be sure to report any violations of the rules and select the appropriate rules, the mods will be notified.

Discord

We now have a Discord server! Invite here -> https://discord.gg/Nbzm2kh
This will allow subscribers to chat with each other on specific topics and use the voice channels for things like mastermind groups, practicing sales calls/client appointments, etc.
All new r/Realtors posts will be auto-posted in a channel here. Spam and posts violating rules will be deleted from this channel.
The rules, channels and culture of the server are a work in progress.

Moderators

We’ve added a few mods and on the search for a few good subscriber/Realtor mods to help out
We’re looking for a designer/CSS mod to help us come up with a stylesheet and logo
We will need discord mods
Interested in helping? Message the mods

Flair

User flair is available, choose your flair or suggest new flairs
Any suggestions for link flair?

FAQ

We will be starting to work on the FAQ.
If you would like to contribute to the FAQ, message the mods and request wiki permission.

Feedback

We’re always looking for your feedback.
Message the mods with ideas or suggestions.

Here’s to the next 10,000 subscribers!

submitted by /u/joeyda3rd
[link] [comments]

Aspiring Realtor in New Yorker taking exam soon and nervous! Tips anyone?

I am taking the 75 hour end of course exam in a few days and the state exam in 3 weeks, for a real estate agent. I just moved to NYC and would like to know some tips about the exam and state exam. I was a realtor in Florida and had friends that gave me some advice there but I don’t know anyone in the industry in NY. Any tips on the exams? What info does NY focus on more? Should I be nervous, not sure why I am?! If anyone has taken the exams within the last 2-3 years please share your experience I would greatly appreciate it thank you!!

submitted by /u/AggleRock
[link] [comments]

Occupational Licensing; Reciprocity

Arizona is now the first state to allow for broad recognition of out-of-state licenses with Governor Doug Ducey signing HB 2569: “Occupational Licensing; Reciprocity” into law on April 10, 2019. The legislation, which impacts many professions including barbers, nurses, bus drivers, respiratory therapists, security guards, teacher assistants and, yes, real estate licensees, was sponsored by Representative Warren Petersen.

As your representative at the state capitol, the Arizona REALTORS® were the only industry group to oppose HB 2569, which we opposed because of concerns for public safety. In Arizona, to be a licensed real estate agent an individual must take 90 classroom hours of real estate instruction and satisfactorily pass the state’s licensure exam and, most importantly, complete 6 additional hours in contract writing prior to license activation.

Further, it was the Association’s position that HB 2569 was unnecessary for the real estate industry because current law, A.R.S. § 32-2124 B and C, already allows the Arizona Department of Real Estate to “waive all or a portion of the prelicensure course requirement, other than the twenty-seven-hour Arizona-specific course, for an applicant who holds a current real estate license in another state.”

Despite our Association’s best efforts to convince the bill sponsor and the Governor’s office of the importance of real estate licensees understanding Arizona’s unique real estate laws and ability to write contracts, we were unsuccessful in our attempts to amend the bill to provide the protections to the public we believed are necessary.

Since the signing of the legislation, there have been several questions raised by our membership. Below is a quick reference guide to those questions and what this bill may mean for you.

What does this bill mean?

Through the passage of this legislation, an individual must establish residency in Arizona, apply through the Arizona Department of Real Estate, take the state specific portion of the examination at the Commissioner’s discretion, pass a background check (verifying that their license is in good standing in their previous state), obtain a fingerprint clearance card, and pay licensing fees.

Keep in mind, this isn’t reciprocity in the sense that if an individual is licensed in another state, that individual is automatically permitted to practice here or is given an Arizona real estate salesperson license.

When does the law go into effect?

There is no specific effective date, which means it becomes effective 90 days after the legislative session adjourns. There is no set date for adjournment, but session can’t continue beyond June 30, so the latest the bill will become effective is September 28, 2019.

What does this bill mean for brokers?

Brokers still have discretion regarding who they allow to hang their license under them, and they can consider the process by which an individual obtained their license. This is normal practice now and a practice that can continue moving forward.

Why didn’t Arizona REALTORS® oppose the bill?

We were the only industry to come out in opposition to the legislation. We lobbied the sponsor, the Governor and staff in the House/Senate/Governor’s office to amend the bill to mirror what is current law and the current waiver statutes. Unfortunately, the bill had strong support from other special interests and our elected officials moved ahead and the bill was passed into law without the additional education requirements we requested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The post Occupational Licensing; Reciprocity appeared first on Arizona REALTOR® Voice.

VICTORY!

Finally, REALTORS® will soon finally be able to use their commonly known names when conducting business thanks to a bill signed into law last week by Governor Ducey. HB 2371: “real estate; licenses; applications” offers a common-sense solution to an issue that has long been a thorn in many of our REALTOR® members’ sides. With this bill, REALTORS® in Arizona will now be able to use the name they are commonly known by in their advertising.

Under current Arizona state law, an application for real estate brokers and salespersons licensure requires that applicants use their legal name. Further rule 4-28-301(D) states “The Department shall issue to a qualified person a license bearing the legal name of the licensee and any additional nickname, corporate, or dba name that the Commissioner finds is not detrimental to the public interest. A professional corporation or professional limited liability company licensed under A.R.S. § 32-2125(B) shall not adopt a DBA name.”

The current law has long presented issues for many of our REALTOR® members. From denial of nickname applications to citations from the Arizona Department of Real Estate, Arizona REALTORS® stepped up at our annual REALTOR® Caucus and determined something had to be done.

The Arizona REALTORS® asked at the beginning of this year’s legislative session for fellow REALTOR® member and state legislator, Representative Ben Toma, to sponsor our legislation to allow for the use of a name other than an individual’s legal name for the purposes of advertising.

On February 25, 2019, a Strike Everything amendment was offered to HB 2371. The bill did the following:

  1. Requires the application for licensure as a real estate broker or salesperson to include any derivative of the following that the applicant regularly uses for advertising purposes:
    a. The applicant’s first name;
    b. The applicants middle name; or
    c. The applicants nickname that the applicant regularly uses.

Testimony further clarified that this change would also be applicable when obtaining a license renewal.

Throughout the legislative process, the bill received unanimous support and was signed into law by the Governor on April 17, 2019. There is no specific effective date, which means it becomes effective 90 days after legislative session adjourns. There is no set date for adjournment, but session can’t continue beyond June 30th, so the latest the bill will become effective is Sept. 28th, 2019.

With the passage of this legislation, REALTORS® in Arizona will finally be legally able to use their common nicknames for business and marketing purposes without fear of reprisal from the Arizona Department of Real Estate.

 

 

 

 

 

The post VICTORY! appeared first on Arizona REALTOR® Voice.