I went into real estate after my personal experience in buying and selling five homes left me increasingly disappointed in the agents I hired. They just couldn't answer my questions. As a life-long learner and teacher, I was shocked to discover that nearly anyone can get a real estate license by taking three on-line courses and the state exam. And the exam only requires a 70% to pass - meaning you can miss 45 out the 150 questions! For a profession that requires such a wide breadth of knowledge and skills, this continues to amaze and concern me.
I set out to take my first three classes at the College of Marin and was
immediately impressed by the caliber and experience of my teachers. A soon as I began I committed to finish the broker's requirements (8 college level courses) and the additional business and finance requirements for an Associates Degree in Real Estate. I gained so much from taking all of those courses in-person. Not only did I have excellent teachers, there was a huge benefit to learning from my classmates over the three years earning my degree. I am currently studying for the broker's exam and plan to take it by year's end. Next year I plan to study architecture, only because I've accepted that I'm just too old to get my contractor's license.