BIG NEWS: The CAM license course at LarsonEd is now approved for real estate CE

We’ve got BIG NEWS

We just received word from the Florida DBPR that our 16-Hour Community Association Manager (CAM) Pre-License Course is now approved for 8 hours of specialty real estate continuing education credit (FREC #0022681).

That means that students with a Florida real estate license can now simultaneously get their CAM license and complete part of their real estate CE requirement*. There is no extra tuition charge for doing this with LarsonEd. The CAM license course is still $289 whether you need the real estate CE or not. What a great deal!

*CE credit cannot be applied to a CAM class that has already been attended. Credit can only be applied to CAM classes taken AFTER 10/14/19.

Call us at (239) 344-7510 with any questions or visit us at LarsonEd.com. Thank you for continuing to make Larson Educational Services your School of Choice! ~ Brad Larson

Students Attend Florida Property Manager Designation Course in Fort Myers, FL

Larson Educational Services, a real estate school in Naples and Fort Myers, announces that the following individuals received the Certified Florida Residential Manager (CFRM) Designation on September 13, 2019:

Amelia McCarty, Catherine Coffey, Christopher Bouchard, Cynthia Magliozzi, Danan Delsing, Danilo Tonel, Elizabeth Chatland, Elizabeth Wood, Gloria Espinosa, Howard Lutter, Jamesa Thompkins, Jerry Riffelmacher, Jingfu Chen, Kelly Beck, Lee Levy, Luisa Granados, Marbel Casanova, Marilin Damer, Marysol Narvaez, Melinda Richardson, Oksana Samuelson, Onida Dinapoli, Pamela Pipher, Sabine Rogga, Sharon Tinnin

The CFRM designation is earned by completing a two-day course covering in detail the practical and legal aspects of leasing and managing single-family and small residential investment properties. Passing of a final exam is also required to earn the CFRM designation. Holders of a Florida real estate license earned 11 hours of continuing education credit toward their biennial license renewal by attending the class.

Written by Florida law expert, Rick Larson, the course includes detailed coverage of 15 Florida property management laws, including – Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, Property Management Escrow Accounts, and Vacation Rentals. Additionally, the roles of a Florida property manager are discussed through examples and practical, hands-on training.

More information about the CFRM designation is available by contacting Larson Educational Services at (239) 344-7510 or visit www.LarsonEd.com. Limited seating is available for the next CFRM class. Tuition is $169 and includes a 160-page professional manual.

Larson Educational Services
1400 Colonial Blvd Ste 44
Fort Myers, FL  33907
Office: 239-344-7510

18 Hour CAM (Community Association Manager) Licensing Course

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18 Hour CAM (Community Association Manager) Licensing Course at LarsonEd! 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.

The class is held over 2 days with either a Thurs/Fri or Sat/Sun schedule in Fort Myers, Naples and Sarasota. Take a look at our class calendar – https://larsontrak.larsoned.com/18-Hour-CAM-Pre-License-Course

We are hiring Career Counselors!

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Real Estate Education Career Counselor

We are searching for the right individual to become our next Real Estate Education Career Counselor. We currently have two (2) full-time salaried positions available with benefits as listed at the bottom of this description. We are looking for one person for our Naples Campus and one person for our Fort Myers Campus.

Primary function:

To assist in facilitating a company culture of creating AMAZING career changing experiences for our students by providing excellent career counseling services, customer service and assisting in marketing of the business through professional and courteous interactions with current and prospective students.

If interested in the Naples Real Estate Education Career Counselor position, click here to read more and to apply – https://www.larsoned.com/careeropportunities/real-estate-education-career-counselor-naples-campus/ 

If interested in the Fort Myers Real Estate Education Career Counselor position, click here to read more and to apply – https://www.larsoned.com/careeropportunities/real-estate-education-career-counselor-naples-campus/

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $32,000 – $35,000 starting annual salary
  • 100% Company provided health insurance 60 days after start date (if needed)
  • 401(k) Retirement account with 6% company match after 1 year of employment
  • Holiday and business closure paid days off (approx. 18 days per year)
  • 5 personal paid days off
  • Annual salary increases and bonuses based on performance of employee and the business
  • Work with a small family-owned business that employs people who love what they do!

About Larson Educational Services:

Family-owned and operated Larson Educational Services has had its doors open in Fort Myers since November 2008, but the beginnings of the business date back to the 1970’s.

Rick Larson, Larson Educational Services co-founder and manager, opened a real estate education company in 1979 in St. Paul, Minnesota, called PROSOURCE Educational Services. The business grew to include real estate, mortgage, appraisal, insurance, securities, contractor, home inspection and computer education.

In 2001, Rick, along with his partner, Joe Coyne, sold the business to Kaplan Professional Schools, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Washington Post.

He and his instructors have assisted more than 500,000 professionals to pass their exams and achieve their career goals in real estate, real estate appraisal, residential construction, insurance and mortgage loan origination.

In 2007, two of Rick’s five sons, David and Brad Larson, approached Rick and talked of starting up a family-owned education company. The only place they talked of operating the business was in Southwest Florida where they had spent countless winter breaks vacationing from school.

After finding a great location to build two classrooms in Royal Palm Square Shopping Center in Fort Myers in early 2008, Larson Educational Services offered its first Florida Real Estate Licensing class in November 2008, and has since added many new classes and has become very involved in all of the Southwest Florida communities. In March 2010, the Larson’s expanded by adding an additional classroom location at Horseshoe Park of Commerce in Naples, just North of the Naples Municipal Airport, and in February 2011, the Larson’s began offering courses in Sarasota at the Hyatt Place, across the street from the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. In August 2015, a brand new Naples-based facility was constructed at Marquesa Plaza at the intersection of Livingston and Pine Ridge Rd.

How to Get a Florida Mortgage License

Applicants for the Florida Mortgage Loan Originator License must complete these steps:

  • Obtain Unique ID number from NMLS – no cost
  • Complete the 20 Hour SAFE Comprehensive Course – $349
  • Pass the SAFE Act Test
    • National Test – $110
  • Submit License Application
    • Application Fee – $195
    • Mortgage Guaranty Trust Fund Fee – $20
    • NMLS Processing Fee – $30
    • Credit Report – $15
    • FBI Criminal Background Check – $36.25
    • Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement Background Check – $33
  • How much does it cost to get a Florida Mortgage Loan Originator License? 
    • $788.25

Step-by-Step Licensing Guide

Step 1: Obtain your Unique Identification Number with NMLS

Creating an account with NMLS (Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System) only takes a few minutes. After creating your account, NMLS will notify you by email with your Unique Identification Number. Click below to do this now. Please bring this number with you to class so we can provide you with completion credit.

Create my NMLS Account

Step 2: Complete the 20 Hour Florida SAFE Comprehensive Course

The 20 Hour Florida SAFE Comprehensive Course is the required pre-licensing education for Mortgage Loan Originators as mandated by the 2008 SAFE Act. Classes are available in Fort Myers and Naples. Click below to view our course information. *Please bring your NMLS ID number with you to class so we can provide you with completion credit.*

View Course Schedule

Step 3. Pass the SAFE Act Test

You are required to take and pass the SAFE Act National Test with Uniform State Test (UST). Our recommendation is to take the test within 10 after you’ve completed the 20 hour pre-licensing course. A score of 75% or better is required to pass the SAFE Act test.

  • TEST ENROLLMENT: First you must create a TEST ENROLLMENT on the NMLS website. You will pay a $110 fee for the National Test with Uniform State Test (UST) upon the enrollment. Creating the enrollment is what will give you permission to schedule the test.

How To Pay For A Test Enrollment

  • SCHEDULE YOUR TESTS: **You must pay for the tests in the step above BEFORE you can schedule a test date.** The tests are given by Prometric Testing Centers, and they have centers located throughout the state of Florida and across the country. In Southwest Florida, the nearest facility is located at 2891 Center Pointe Drive Suite 201 – Fort Myers, FL 33916.

Schedule Test

Do you already have your MLO license in another state and just need to attend the 2 Hour Florida Specific Course?

View our 2 Hour Florida Specific Course schedule.

Step 4: Application

*Complete after you’ve attended the 20 Hour Florida SAFE Comprehensive Course and passed the National exam*

  • SUBMIT THE MU4 APPLICATION: Loan Originator applicants must submit the “Uniform Individual Mortgage License/Registration & Consent Form,” also known as the MU4 APPLICATION on the NMLS website.

How To Submit MU4 Application

  • FEES: You must pay a $195 nonrefundable application fee, a $20 nonrefundable Mortgage Guaranty Trust Fund fee and a $60 NMLS processing fee when you apply.
  • CREDIT REPORT: You are required to authorize a credit report with the submission of your MU4 Application. The cost of the credit report is $15.

How To Submit Credit Report

  • FINGERPRINTS and CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK: You are required to have your fingerprints scanned electronically at an NMLS-authorized fingerprint vendor for an FBI Criminal Background Check (CBC) with the submission of your MU4 Application. The cost of the CBC is $36.25.

How To Submit Criminal Background Check

If you are obtaining your MLO License in Florida, you must also have your fingerprints scanned electronically at a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) location. We recommend using PearsonVUE. The cost of the FDLE fingerprint is $33.

You may make an FDLE fingerprint reservation by calling PearsonVUE at 1.877.238.8232.

Step 5: View your Application Status

Criminal Background Check Status

During your license approval process, you can view the status of an existing Criminal Background Check (CBC) request or retrieve a copy of your CBC Certificate.

How To View Criminal Background Check Status

Application Status

You may view the status of your MU4 Application and review any deficiencies that your state regulator has set. A deficiency is placed by the state regulator to notify you of any missing information that is still required in order to issue a licensing decision.

Each time the status is updated by the Regulator in NMLS, you will receive a system generated email indicating the status change.

How To View Application Status

For further assistance, please contact the
NMLS Call Center at 855.665.7123

5 EASY TIPS TO PASS YOUR FLORIDA REAL ESTATE EXAM

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The key to passing your state exam is preparation. Preparation involves working through the key components of every one of the 100 questions on the exam. Let’s go over a few quick testing strategies that will immediately boost your chances of passing.

1. Take your time.
You have three and a half hours to answer the questions, which means there is no need to rush. Just take a deep breath and trust your preparation.

2. Read all the darn questions…2 times.
It’s too easy to skip over key words in the question. Our brain has this nasty habit of filling in the the blanks of sentences when we haven’t even seen every word. For example, did you notice the repeated word “the” in the last sentence? Give yourself a chance of getting the questions right by reading them each 2 times.

3. Read all the darn answers…2 times.
Before choosing an answer – even if you are 100% positive it’s right – read through all the choices. It may be that you have prematurely selected a response that is correct, but there could be another answer that is more correct. If you fail to read through all the answers there’s a chance you may mark the wrong one.

4. Longer is better.
If you come to a question that has you completely stumped, usually the longest choice is the most likely to be correct. This is not a hard rule of thumb, but rather an indicator to go off of when you don’t have any idea what the answer could be.

5. Treat each multiple choice question as 4 true-false questions.
Each multiple choice question will have 4 answers, each of which you should regard as a true-false question. This will help you ensure that you aren’t missing any details when responding to each question.

Hopefully these quick tips help you pass your Florida real estate exam. Remember, you can miss 25 of the 100 questions and still pass the exam. There’s no need to be perfect, just pass. For a more thorough look at how to pass your exam, sign up for the Larson Educational Exam Preparation course at our Fort Myers and Naples real estate school here: https://larsontrak.larsoned.com/Sales-Associate-State-Exam-Prep-Course or call us at our Fort Myers office at 239-344-7510.

BEST Naples Real Estate School

BEST Naples Real Estate School

Campus Tour – Naples Real Estate School

Naples Real Estate SchoolLarson Educational Services, is a family-owned and operated professional education company. We are approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to offer the following Florida real estate courses online and in the classroom in our Fort Myers and Naples facilities.

Our Naples classroom is located at Marquesa Plaza –
13040 Livingston Rd #12, Naples, FL 34105

Real Estate Pre-Licensing

The Sales Associate Pre-License Course is required if you have not previously had a real estate license. The Broker Pre-License Course is required if are already licensed as a Sales Associate, have at least 2 years of experience, and wish to upgrade to the Florida Broker License.

63 Hour Sales Associate Pre-License Course

72 Hour Broker Pre-License Course​​

Real Estate Post-Licensing

After obtaining a Florida real estate license, you are required to complete post-licensing education prior to your first license renewal date. Your first renewal date will be between 18 and 24 months after your licensure date. The post-licensing education requirement is 45 hours for Sales Associate and 60 hours for Brokers.

45 Hour Sales Associate Post-License Course​​

60 Hour Broker Post-License Course​​

Real Estate Continuing Education

After your first license renewal, whether a Sales Associate or Broker,  you must complete 14 hours of Florida Real Estate Continuing Education every 2 years for the rest of your real estate career. When you choose Larson Educational Services to complete your continuing education, know that you are choosing the best in the industry.

14 Hour Continuing Education Course ​​

Our Approach to Professional Education

There are only a few Naples Real Estate Schools to choose from, but there is one that goes beyond merely filling seats and issuing credits.

It’s called Larson Educational Services. And if you’ve given up on the idea that professional education could include interesting instructors and relevant course work, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise.

Because LARSON goes to great lengths to be the BEST Naples Real Estate School:

  1. The BEST Classrooms
  2. The BEST Course Materials
  3. The BEST Instructors in the Business
  4. The BEST Customer Service

In short, the best of everything.

And, as we all know, nobody ever became a success by settling for second best. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you in any way possible. Real estate education is what we do and it’s what we are passionate about.

If you have any questions please call (239) 344-7510 or Contact Us today and we’ll take good care of you!