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Q. What courses does one need for their FIRST broker’s license renewal?

A. 30 hr. Advanced Practices, 30 hr. Elective, (or 27 hr. Appraisal or Finance). 3 hr. Transition and 3 hr. Core are State required if licensed after July 1 2010, if licensed before 30 hr. Practices, 27 hr. Appraisal, 3 hr. Current Issues and 3 hr. Transition

 

Q. What courses does one need for their FIRST broker’s license?

A. To be eligible to sit for the state broker’s exam, one must complete our broker’s package which is 60 hours Fundamentals and 30 hr. Practices.

 

Q. What courses does one need for all other Brokers license renewal and all Managing broker’s license renewal?

A. 30 clock hours is required for renewal but is must include 3 hr. Transition (Transition Only One time) and 3 hr. Core. We offer 2 27 clock hour courses that include a FREE 3 hour core course so you need not take more hours than required by law.

 

Q. Must I take a final exam? Pass the exam?

A. Yes. State law requires that ALL distance courses include a final exam.

 

Q. May I see the final exam answer key to see what I missed?

A. Chapter exams that promote mastery do show correct answers to those that were missed to help you study. However to protect the integrity of our courses, answer keys to final exams are confidential and are not given out to the public for any purpose.

 

Q. I finished my course in less time. Must I complete all hours?

A. Yes. State law requires Clock Hours, not “mastery” so you must complete all hours.

 

Q. What if other schools don’t require this?

A. It is State law. ALL courses require that ALL hours are completed.

 

Q. What is your payment and Refund Policy?

A. A student is entitled to a full tuition refund if ALL of the following conditions have been met:

  • Request is made within 14 days of the      student’s registration date,
  • A Plus Institute has received a written note      canceling the student’s registration and requesting a refund
  • The student has not sent in final exam for      grading
  • The student has not sent in evaluation form

No refund request is considered later than 14 days after the student’s registration date.

 

Q. How do I become a real estate Managing broker?

A. In order to become a licensed real estate broker, you must first complete an approved 90 clock-hour course in Business Management, Broker Management and Advanced Law. Upon completion of this course, you will be provided with instructions on how to register with AMP to take your state exam.

 

Passing candidates receive an Application for Real Estate License at the examination site, which can be completed and signed by the applicant and employing broker and mailed with the $146.25 first license fee (or delivered in person to our Olympia office).

 

If you are licensed in another jurisdiction or need information regarding the requirements to obtain a broker’s license, please contact Real Estate Licensing at (360) 664-6500 or (360) 664-6488

 

Q. How can I obtain a license in Washington if I am already licensed in another state?

A. To receive examination approval from our department, you will need to request a license history from the Real Estate Commission of the state where you are currently licensed. If your history indicates that you have held an ACTIVE license within the previous 6 months, we will waive the National portion of the examination and you will only be required to test on the Washington Law section of the exam. In addition, the license history will provide information that will allow a waiver of the education requirements.

After you receive your license history, please mail it along with a cover letter that includes your mailing address to:

  • Real Estate Licensing
    PO Box 9015
    Olympia, WA 98507

 

Q. What will be the expiration date of my first salesperson’s license?

A. Your first salesperson’s license will expire on your second birthday following the issuance of the license.

 

Q. How much does it cost to renew my salesperson license?

  • A. $146.25 if paid on time
  • $172.75 if paid within one year after your expiration date.

 

Q. Do I still need to renew my license if I am inactive and, if so, what is the fee?

A. Yes, the renewal fee is due, whether you are on active or inactive status. The fees are the same. Continuing Education is not required if you are on an inactive status.

 

Q. Will my license be canceled if the renewal fee is not paid by the expiration date?

A. You have one year from the expiration date of your license to pay your renewal and penalty fee or your license will be canceled. Each licensee is responsible for renewing their license on time. Please be aware of the expiration date on your license, as you are also considered unlicensed during the expiration period.

 

Q. How many clock hours do I need to renew my salesperson license?

  • A. If you are an actively licensed broker, you must complete 30 hours of approved real estate education, including 3 hours of prescribed core curriculum and 3 hr. transition, to renew your license.
  • If you are a broker actively renewing for the first time, you must also complete a 30-hour course in real estate practices and 3 hr. Core and 3 hr. Transition,
  • If your license is inactive, you are not required to submit continuing education at the time of renewal.

 

Q. How do I transfer my license?

A. You must submit a completed Application for Real Estate License, along with your current released license. If all items are submitted correctly, the legal date of the transfer will be either the US postmark date or the date delivered in person to our Olympia office.

 

Q. I am currently inactive. How do I activate my license?

  • A. If your renewal fees are current, you will need to submit a completed Application for Real Estate License.
  • If your license has been on an inactive status for more than 3 years, you will need to provide proof of completion of an approved 30 clock hour real estate course. This course must have been taken within one year prior to applying for an active status. You will also be required to submit 30 clock hours if you activate your license and you have been inactive for less than one year and during that time period renewed your licensee on an inactive status.

 

Q. How long can I remain on inactive status?

A. There is no time limit but you are still required to renew your inactive license.

 

Q. How old can my clock hours be before I can no longer use them for continuing education?

A. You cannot use any unused clock hours that are older than 36 months from your current renewal date. This covers the year previous to your last renewal. You are limited to a maximum of 15 hours from that period. A minimum of 15 hours must be completed within 24 months of your expiration date.

 

Q. I was told that I have to have 60 clock hours of continuing education for my renewal. Isn’t it only 30?

A. Due to a change in legislation, any salesperson obtaining a license after July 1, 1995, is required to complete 30 clock hours in Real Estate Practices, in addition to 30 clock hours of approved education when renewing for the first time on an active status.

 

After the first renewal, the continuing education requirement for active renewals is 30 clock hours every two years.

 

Q. How can I obtain a license in Washington if I am already licensed in another state?

A. To receive examination approval, you must request a license history from the Real Estate Commission of the state where you are currently licensed.

 

If your history indicates that you have held an active license within the previous 6 months, we will waive the National portion of the examination, and you will only be required to test on the Washington Law section of the exam. In addition, the license history will provide information that will allow a waiver of the education requirements.

 

After you receive your license history, please mail it with a cover letter that includes your mailing address to us at:

  • Real Estate Licensing
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9015
    Olympia, WA 98507

 

Q. How much does it cost to renew my Broker license?

  • $210 if paid on time
  • $236.50 if paid within one year after your expiration date

 

Q. Do I still need to renew my license if I am inactive and, if so, what is the fee?

A. Yes, the renewal fee is due, whether you are on active or inactive status. The fees are the same. Continuing education is not required if you are on an inactive status.

 

Q. Will my license be canceled if the renewal fee is not paid by the expiration date?

A. You have one year from the expiration date of your license to pay your renewal and penalty fee or your license will be canceled. Each licensee is responsible for renewing their license on time. Please be aware of the expiration date on your license, as you are also considered unlicensed during the expiration period.

 

Q. How many clock hours do I need to renew my broker license?

A. An actively licensed broker is required to complete 30 hours of approved real estate education to renew the license plus 3 hr. core and 3 hr. transition.

Inactive licenses are not required to complete the continuing education at the time of renewal.

 

Q. How do I transfer my license?

A. You must submit a completed Application for Real Estate License, along with your current released license. If all items are submitted correctly, the legal date of the transfer will be either the US postmark date or the date delivered in person to our Olympia offices.

 

Q. I am currently inactive. How do I activate my license?

A. If your renewal fees are current, you will need to submit a fully completed Application for Real Estate License.

If your license has been on an inactive status for more than 3 years, you will need to provide proof of completion of an approved 30 clock hour real estate course. This course must have been taken within one year prior to applying for an active status. You will also be required to submit 30 clock hours if you activate your license and you have been inactive for less than one year and during that time period renewed your licensee on an inactive status.

 

Q. How long can I remain on inactive status?

A. There is no limit. However, you are still required to renew your license, regardless of the inactive status.

 

Q. How do I find out if a company name is available?

A. To determine the availability of a company name, fax the name(s) you would like to use to (360) 586-0998 along with your name and telephone/fax number.

There is a limit of 3 names per request. After the name search is completed, we will contact you by correspondence or fax. If the name is available, you will be faxed a confirmation that the name is being reserved for 60 days. There is no charge for this service.

 

Q. How old can my clock hours be before I can no longer use them for continuing education?

A. You cannot use any unused clock hours that are older than 36 months from your current renewal date. This basically covers the year previous to your last renewal. You are limited to a maximum of 15 hours from that period. A minimum of 15 hours must be completed within 24 months of your expiration date.

 

Q. I need more information that the course provides. Where can I find more about a certain topic?

A. Your instructor will provide information within the scope of this course. If you need more in-depth information or information outside the scope of this course, please visit the Student Help Center at http://www.aplusnow.com for a great selection of educational and professional resources. You will find expert advice columns, question and answer banks, news, a real estate glossary, and links to professional organizations.

 

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Helpful Tips And Information

Before taking your state licensing examination, please review State Law at your State’s real estate license website. Although we make every effort to incorporate updates and changes to the law, there may be a delay from the time the law is passed until we update our courses. It is a good idea for you to review this information as the law portion is a major area covered on the licensing examination.

 

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Q. I need more information that the course provides. Where can I find more about a certain topic?

A. Your instructor will provide information within the scope of this course info@aplusnow.com. If you need more in-depth information or information outside the scope of this course, please visit the Student Center for a great selection of educational and professional resources. You will find expert advice columns, question and answer banks, news, real estate glossary and links to organizations such as REEA (Real Estate Education Association).

 

The Examination Itself

Question: What should I bring to the exam site?

Answer: You should bring all of the following:

  • Two pieces of signature-bearing I.D., one with      a photo
  • Ordinary calculator

During your examination process, you will be required to provide biometric verification of your identity. Biometric identification may include photography, fingerprint scan, or other. Your examination session is also subject to video surveillance. If you do not agree to these conditions, you will not be able to test and will be excused from the Assessment Center. Your examination fee will NOT be refunded.

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Question: What kind of examination will I be taking?

Answer: You will take an electronic test that consists of 140 multiple-choice questions. The test is divided into two sections: 100 of the questions will make up the National portion of the exam; the remaining 30 questions pertain only to Washington. You must score a minimum of 70% on each section.

In addition, the National section and the Washington section of the exam will each include five “pretest” questions. This brings the total number of questions you will answer to 140. However, the pretest questions are included only for analysis by the testing service and do not affect your score. But you won’t know which questions are in the pretest group, so you must answer every question to the best of your ability.

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Question: How are the questions structured?

Answer: Each question on the examination is in a four-option, multiple-choice format with only one correct answer. Test scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly, so it is better to answer every question, even if you are guessing.

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Question: What are the subjects tested?

Answer: The following is a brief summary of the topics routinely tested:

National Section:

  • Real property characteristics, definitions,      ownership, restrictions, and transfer
    • Definitions, descriptions,       and ways to hold title
      • Elements of real and        personal property
      • Property description and        legal description
      • Estates in real property
      • Forms, rights, interests,        and obligations of ownership
    • Land use controls and       restrictions
      • Public (e.g., zoning,        taxation, police power)
      • Private (e.g., liens,        encumbrances, recording and priorities, subdivision/association rules)
    • Transfer/alienation of       title to real property
      • Voluntary and involuntary
      • Deeds, warranties, and        defects in title
  • Assessing and explaining property valuation      and the appraisal process
    • Principles, types, and       estimates of property value
    • Influence on property       values
    • Approaches to property       valuation and investment analysis
  • Contracts, agency relationships with buyers      and sellers, and federal requirements
    • Contract elements, types       (e.g., valid, enforceable), and terminology
    • Agency employment       contracts, listing and buyer agency agreements, and required elements
    • Purchase/sales contracts       and contingencies
    • General agency       relationships and fiduciary responsibilities
    • Property conditions and       disclosures (e.g., property, environmental)
    • Procedures and laws       governing real estate activities (e.g., Federal Fair Housing Act,       Americans with Disabilities Act, antitrust, marketing controls)
  • Financing the transaction and settlement
    • Financing components
      • Financing instruments        (e.g., notes, mortgages, contract for deed, deed of trust)
      • Sources (e.g., primary and        secondary mortgage markets, seller financing)
      • Types of loans
      • Financing concepts and        terminology
    • Lender requirements and       obligations
    • Settlement procedures
    • Settlement documents (e.g.,       title review, RESPA)
    • Financing costs, property       taxation, proration calculations, and other closing costs
  • Leases, rents and property management
    • Types and elements of       leasehold estates, leases, lease clauses, and rental agreements
    • Lessor and lessee rights,       responsibilities, and recourse
    • Management contracts and       obligations of parties

Washington Supplement:

Both the broker’s exam and the managing broker’s exam contain questions testing Washington real estate statutes and rules applicable to licensees. In addition, the managing broker’s exam contains questions on real estate closing statements.

The exams also have ten pretest questions: five in the General section and five in the Washington section. These pretest questions are distributed randomly throughout the test and they are not identified as pretest questions, so you will have to answer every question. The pretest questions do not affect your score, however.

 

Question: How is the exam administered?

Answer: Your examination will be administered on a computer, which eliminates the use of paper and pencil answer sheets. The system records your responses and automatically times the examination.

You are allowed to change your answers, skip questions, and mark questions for later review. Knowledge of computers and typing are absolutely NOT required. You can take a brief tutorial before beginning your exam, but the system is so uncomplicated that you will understand it fully within a few minutes.

 

Question: How long will it take to get my exam results?

Answer: Your examination is scored immediately after you complete it. You leave the test center knowing whether you passed or failed.

 

Question: How much time do I have to complete the exam?

Answer: You have three and a half hours. (The timer doesn’t begin until you have answered your first question.) Typically an applicant will complete the exam somewhere between two and three hours.

 

If I Pass/Fail?

Question: When I pass the exam, what’s next?

Answer: When you pass the examination, your examination report will include information on how to apply for a license. The passing score report you receive from AMP has two parts. One is the notification of your results. The other is the final application for a license. You must complete the application and return it along with the proper fees to the Department of Licensing (DOL).

The part of the score report you are instructed to retain is an interim license valid for a period of up to forty-five (45) days after the postmark date or date of hand delivery of the application and fees to the DOL.

 

Question: What if I’m not ready to activate my license right away?

Answer: You can pay the fee and activate your license under a real estate brokerage, or you can pay the fee and place your license on an inactive status without associating with a brokerage. As long as you pay the license renewal fee (every two years) your license can remain inactive indefinitely.

 

Question: How long are my exam results valid?

Answer: You have 12 months to pay the fee and obtain your license.

 

Question: What if I fail the exam?

Answer: The exam is divided into two parts: the National section and the State Law section. You must pass both sections with minimum scores of 70% to be eligible for a license. If you pass one part, but not the other, you will be required to retake only the failed segment, provided you retake and pass that segment within six (6) months of initial failure. After that you will have to take the entire exam to be eligible for a license.

 

Question: Is there a limit to the number of times a person can take the examination?

Answer: For all intents and purposes the answer is no. An individual can continue retaking the exam until a passing score is received. (You must pay the normal exam fee each time you take the exam.)

Question: If I fail, how soon can I retake the examination?

Answer: You must wait twenty-four (24) hours before rescheduling an examination and the earliest possible exam date would be one business day after that.

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