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Bert’s Blog is dedicated to keeping Florida real estate, mortgage, CAM, appraisal, and other professional licensees up to date on everything from how to get started in the business, to new and upcoming changes that working professionals must be aware of.  To learn more about a career in any of these industries, contact our helpful Student Services Representatives at 941-378-2900 or visit us online at www.BertRodgers.com .

3 AgentsA Tale of Three Agents!

April 13th, 2017 / By Ken Harney

Call this a cautionary tale of three agents. My wife and I are in the early stages of listing our family home of many years for sale this spring. So we’ve begun the process of speaking to agents we know either specialize in our neighborhood or whose brokerage firms do.

These have been essentially get-to-know-you discussions in advance of any formal listing presentations. No CMA, no mention of pricing or commission rates, etc. We’ve also asked each agent for thoughts on what features of our home could use some updating for current market tastes.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Your Florida Real Estate LicenseReal Estate Agent

March 29th, 2017 / By Tim Marcus

Starting a career in real estate is often an exciting and sometimes nerve-racking decision.  Most licensees say that they thought about getting their Florida real estate license for years before deciding to move forward with doing so.  Whether you are looking to dive into real estate as a full-time agent, or are thinking about getting the license and working part-time, Bert Rodgers Schools can help.  Bert Rodgers has been in the real estate education business in Florida since 1958 and knows what it takes to enable students to obtain their license and start a successful career.  Below you will find a real estate quick-start guide to help you learn how to get started in a few simple steps.

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Frustrated Real Estate Agent

Appraisal Problems “Messing Up” Contracts

March 1st, 2017 / By Ken Harney

I’m hearing this increasingly from real estate agents I know around the country and wonder whether you are experiencing it: Appraisals are becoming a problem – especially getting them done in a timely manner for standard fees.

I talked to one agent who said appraisers seem to be suddenly in short supply and are “messing up the amount of time it takes” to go from contract to closing and causing buyers’ rate locks to expire. That impression is backed up by new polling data from NAR among members: 56 percent of all licensees in the national survey said they had experienced “problems” recently in getting appraisers to value homes under contract.

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Appraisal LogoWorking With Appraisers to Avoid Deal Disasters

February 14th, 2017 / By Ken Harney

It’s no secret to anyone involved in home real estate: When a buyer’s appraisal comes in well below the contract price, things can get tense and icky. Buyers balk. Sellers seethe. Licensees get stuck in the middle, hoping to negotiate a resolution.

NAR ranks below-contract appraisals among the top three deal killers. Research firm CoreLogic says one of every eight transactions in the United States is affected. It’s a big deal and some licensees place the blame solely on the appraiser involved:  He or she didn’t really understand neighborhood trends; didn’t pick the “right” comps; didn’t spend enough time during the inspection focusing on all the good things about the house; didn’t make correct “adjustments” to arrive at the proper valuation for the property.

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Real Estate Listing Agent

HOW TO GET YOUR FLORIDA REAL ESTATE LICENSE

January 15th, 2017 / By Lori Rodgers

So you are thinking about getting your real estate license. Perhaps you have recently moved to Florida or are transitioning careers. Maybe you have contemplated getting into real estate sales for years and now the timing is right.  Or your motivation could be the result of a mild addiction to HGTV. Whatever the reasons propelling you in this direction you probably have a number.

This article will explain exactly how to get your Florida Real Estate license and how Bert Rodgers Schools of Real Estate can help

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Government BuildingTAX REFORM GOOD FOR HOMEOWNERSHIP?

December 26th, 2016 / By Kenneth Harney

I’ve been getting this question frequently for weeks: What changes to tax laws affecting home sales and ownership can we expect from the powerful new combination of Donald Trump in the White House and the Republicans in control on Capitol Hill? Certainly there’s no danger of losing the mortgage interest deduction, right?

Conventional wisdom suggests that the MID and other real estate writeoffs are safe for at least another four years. Republican lawmakers have traditionally been solid supporters of these tax code benefits in the past, so why would that change now?

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Real Estate GavelDON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!

December 12th, 2016 / By Peter J. Pike

I recently read an article about how FNMA is being sued by the National Fair Housing Alliance (an advocacy group that represents fair housing interests, better known by real estate professionals as a “testing company”). It included a warning to Realtors® who work with FNMA on managing and selling its REO properties, noting that the NFHA had criticisms for some of the agents and brokers who listed the properties that it investigated, and that as the litigation progressed, they may bring some of those agents and brokers into the lawsuit as additional defendants.[1]

“Under the Fair Housing Act, the person who owns the property, as well as anyone who has anything to do with it, has a liability,” Smith said.

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