End of the Year Press Release

David Larson, 26, sits at his desk, peering through his glasses as he takes care of the tedious accounting his brother Brad Larson, 29, so fervently avoids. Their aunt Wanda sits at the reception desk answering calls for the office– which takes up a whole 340 square feet—and, as she so poignantly puts it, “entering data”. To enter numbers into a system with heartfelt sincerity is a bit of a contradiction, but then again this whole office is a standing contradiction.

This is the office of up-and-coming real estate school Larson Educational Services at Royal Palm Square in Fort Myers. Larson Ed offers real estate classes, mortgage broker classes, community association manager classes, and continuing education in Naples, Port Charlotte, and Fort Myers. Don’t tell them they’re an up-and-comer or that the Southwest Florida market is one of the most struggling home markets in the country. Since opening in November of 2008 with a 10 student Sales Associate Licensing class, they have seen more than 1100 students in their classrooms.

How have they done it? The Larsons–led by manager and father Rick, 59, who has 30 years of experience with a similar school he founded in Minnesota–chalk it up to their superior customer service, their state of the art classrooms, interactive instruction, and their family feel. While students at other schools complain of instructors reading out of a textbook, Larson Educational features instruction that students have coined “outstanding”, “fabulous”, “professional” and “fun.”

On the wall outside their office space in the break room, which doubles as the lobby, is a cork board featuring glowing remarks from dozens of Larson Ed alumni. “You were the best, hands down!! Thank you all so much. I am so thankful I picked your school. I was very impressed that I called after hours and you called me back even when you were closed,” acclaimed Andrew Darda who took his Sales Associate Licensing course at their Fort Myers classrooms.

The clean, comfortable facilities have a homey feel, which makes sense because they were decorated and furnished by Brad and Dave’s mother Rose. Since students may spend up to eight hours per day in the classrooms, Rose made sure the chairs are very comfortable with extra padding and arm rests. “These chairs are made for sitting, not stacking,” says Rose.

As the winds of the home economic climate swirled downward, Larson Ed served as a beacon in the dark. Why enter the real estate business and take classes at such a low point? Brad says because “people want to be prepared for when the market turns around. They have an eye for the future.” Which would make now the prime time to enter the business.

Larson Ed’s most popular course is their 63-hour Sales Associate Licensing course with a tuition of only $299. “Not only is our tuition reasonable,” says Director of Operations David, “but our classes are interactive and motivating. We work with the customer and do what’s most flexible for them.” General Manager Brad says, “We have created an environment here that makes our students feel comfortable. All the way from our clean facilities to our free coffee, everything is catered to the student.”

I’ll say. One of their first students, Stan Poole, felt so comfortable at Larson Ed that he became one of eight instructors, and a good one at that. Not only can I vouch from personal experience (I was a student at Larson Ed) but his student satisfaction numbers are great (based on ratings from 1 to 5 on instructor effectiveness, he and his instructor team average a stunning 4.87).

Here in Southwest Florida it has become clear that the number one choice is Larson Educational Services for real estate, mortgage broker, and CAM education. Their family feel goes a long way toward making the students welcome and comfortable. The prices are tough to beat and the instruction is outstanding. The Larsons have put together an incredible family-oriented company that will be serving students in Southwest Florida for years to come.

If you have any questions about obtaining a license or would like to inquire about upcoming course dates and times, you can contact a friendly Larson representative at (239) 344-7510 or visit www.LarsonEd.com


Real Estate CAREER NIGHT on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 6:30pm

What is career night?

It’s a chance for you to learn more about the Real Estate industry from a family owned company with 30 years of real estate education experience: Larson Educational Services.

Information available includes:

-Education requirements
-Examination Requirements
-Florida Licensing fees
-Local Real Estate companies looking for realtors

Also, one lucky attendee will win a $150 scholarship toward our Real Estate Licensing education!

No need to register and it’s free to attend.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Larson Educational Services
Royal Palm Square
1400 Colonial Blvd, Suite 44
Fort Myers, FL 33907 – VIEW A MAP

If you have any questions, call a friendly LARSON representative at (239) 344-7510 or CLICK HERE for additional information.

New License Requirements begin Jan 1, 2010 for Florida Loan Originators

NEW Licensing Requirements Starting January 1, 2010

In accordance with Florida legislation passed earlier this year, the license exemption (FS494.006) for all Loan Originators employed by Florida licensed Lenders and Correspondent Lenders will be going away on January 1, 2010. What this means is that currently unlicensed Loan Originators will need to complete the 24 Hour Mortgage Broker License Course and pass the state exam in order to meet the new requirements beginning January 1, 2010. Loan Originators working without a license will face a $1,000 fine per day.

NOTE: We recommend getting registered as soon as possible since this is our LAST class of 2009.

LARSON EDUCATIONAL SERVICES www.LarsonEd.com will teach you everything you need to know to become a Licensed Florida Mortgage Broker. In only 3 DAYS of class you will be prepared to take the Mortgage Broker State Exam. You’ll learn the basic principles and business fundamentals of financing and mortgage brokerage. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of common mortgage terms, state and federal lending laws, mortgage broker standards of conduct, common industry practices, current Florida licensing requirements, and Florida licensing rules. We include all Exam Preparation materials in the course so you do not need to attend a separate course or purchase additional materials!

Our LAST Mortgage Broker/Loan Originator License Course of 2009 is:

Date: Friday, December 4 – Sunday, December 6
Credit Hours: 24 hours
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm each day
Location: 1400 Colonial Blvd, Suite 44, Fort Myers, FL 33907

Register by calling a friendly Larson Educational Services representative at (239) 344-7510 or online at http://www.larsoned.com/mortgagebroker/licensing/courses/

Larson Educational Services
1400 Colonial Blvd, Suite 44
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 344-7510
About Larson Educational Services

Florida CAM License class begins Dec 12 in Fort Myers

Utilizing 30 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Larson Educational Services www.LarsonEd.com is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, real estate broker licensing, Florida CAM licensing and Florida mortgage licensing and continuing education in Southwest Florida.

We offer the 18 Hour Florida CAM License Course in a two-day format at our classroom facility in Royal Palm Square in Fort Myers. Click the link to view our classroom location or click the link to view photos of our comfortable classrooms.

A Florida CAM License is required when managing an association of more than 10 units and/or has an annual budget in excess of $100,000. Types of properties that hire CAM License holders are mobile home parks, planned unit developments, homeowners associations, cooperatives, timeshares, condominiums, or other residential units which which are authorized to impose a fee that may become a lien on the parcel.

Typical responsibilities of a Florida CAM Licensee are:

1) controlling or disbursing association funds;
2) determining how or when to prepare budgets or other financial documents for an association; 3) determining how or when to provide notice of meetings or to conduct association meetings;
4) maintaining and/or having authorization to spend association petty cash;
5) coordinating maintenance for the residential development; and
6) performing other day-to-day services involved with the operation of a community association.

Upcoming CAM License Courses in Fort Myers:

Dates: December 12 and 13
Times: 8:00am-6:00pm
Location: 1400 Colonial Blvd, Suite 44
Tuition: $229 includes course materials

Dates: January 21 and 22
Times: 8:00am-6:00pm
Location: 1400 Colonial Blvd, Suite 44
Tuition: $229 includes course materials

Register online at http://www.larsoned.com/cam/licensing/courses/ or call a friendly Larson representative at (239) 344-7510.

Brad Larson
Larson Educational Services
1400 Colonial Blvd, Suite 44
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 344-7510
About Larson Educational Services

LAST Real Estate License Class of 2009 begins Dec 7 in Fort Myers

At family-owned real estate school, Larson Educational Services http://www.larsoned.com/, you can complete the education necessary to obtain your Florida Real Estate License in as little as 8 days. The entire process to obtain your license takes approximately 10-30 days.Our LAST Weekday class of 2009 begins
Monday, December 7.

If you start the process now, you could have your Florida Real Estate License in your hand before Christmas.

In this course, you’ll learn the basic principles and business fundamentals of real estate presented by experts who will prepare you not only for success on exam day, but will help you get off to a fast start once you have received your license. Also, our tuition is good for one year so you can come back for review at no additional charge.

LAST Florida Real Estate Sales Associate License Class of 2009:


LOCATION: Royal Palm Square – 1400 Colonial Blvd, Suite 44
DATE: Dec 7-11, 14-16
TIME: 8:30am-4:30pmTuition is $299 and includes your course materials.

To register, please call a friendly Larson representative at
(239) 344-7510 or online at

Larson Educational Services
Royal Palm Square Shopping Center
1400 Colonial Blvd, Suite 44
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 344-7510
About Larson Educational Services