Amanda Brown, I treat all my clients like million dollar clients (Exit Realty Ascendancy)

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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

With my book, a bottle of tequila, a shot glass watching The Sopranos. Seriously the teacher didn't teach me shit. I learned it all by myself. Well with the help of the boys!

Jul 16, 2018 02:52 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

my favorite way to study for the real estate exam was laying by the pool....covered in oil.... getting a tan while flipping through pages of notes from class.... no computers then....1978.... classroom instruction...once a week for a zillion weeks...and a test that took weeks to find out if you passed or failed.... passed... tanned.... looking healthy.... ready to make money.... 

Jul 16, 2018 02:47 PM
Rainmaker
907,123
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Study? We were supposed to study?  No wonder!... ;)

Jul 16, 2018 03:07 PM
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515,521
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

When I went through real estate school back in 1995 ... my instructor repeatedly told us that Bananas are BRAIN FOOD.  So we all had a banana at our desk and he also suggested when we are reading and studying to eat a banana.  Last but not least, guess what I ate just before going to take the test?  You got it, a banana.  I passed.  Not sure if it was the banana or pure luck.  You choose!

Jul 16, 2018 06:19 PM
Rainmaker
1,698,248
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Sorry was bored to death but I did find all the math shortcuts helpful.  7 - 11 = 43650 for an acre.

Jul 16, 2018 05:25 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

30 years ago I knew vocabulary backwards and forwards - all by using note cards. Old school but it work to this day for agents.  They can actually make it fun too!

Jul 16, 2018 04:22 PM
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6,375,632
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

What I studied is a bit out of date.

I studied a Virginia real estate manual while in law school. There were no classes. This was in the fall of 1960. 

Jul 16, 2018 04:11 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Take lots of practice exams.

Jul 16, 2018 03:49 PM
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Aida Pinto
Independent Real Estate Broker - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196

Index cards.  I would right a question on one side and the answer on the other side but only the questions that gave me the most trouble.  I would carry them everywhere I went, came in handy when I had to wait in line or at the dentist  or airport, or anywhere, in traffic...but only if I was at a standstill...In So. Cal you could be on the freeway stopped for minutes at a time.   I also recorded in my own voice the chapters that gave me the most trouble and I would listed to them in the car.  Years later, I found out that actually listening to your own voice helps you remember things.  

Good luck. 

Jul 16, 2018 03:48 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Lots of alone time and no interuptions

Jul 16, 2018 06:18 PM
Rainmaker
280,449
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

It's been so long ago, I don't remember.

Jul 16, 2018 06:17 PM
Rainmaker
1,201,411
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury

20 years ago I took the accelerated Live class, studied hard, did lots of practice exams, and passed. Wishing you great success in your new venture. 

Jul 16, 2018 06:10 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Congrats on owning your own brokerage!  I took a 1 day crash course before the exam.  Taught what we needed to know to actually pass the test.

Jul 16, 2018 05:44 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

In my recliner watching the videos.

Jul 16, 2018 05:32 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

We all learn differently.  What worked for me might not work for someone else. Every student should already know how they learn best.  If they cannot tell you that, you really have your work cut out for you.  

Jul 16, 2018 04:36 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Practice questions. I guess it worked!!

Jul 16, 2018 04:31 PM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

       Took a weekend crash course in a hotel meeting room, from the same people who taught me the course (Bert Rodgers Real Estate School).

Jul 16, 2018 04:29 PM
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Raj Taj
RE/MAX - Lake Bluff, IL
Drive By Blessings!

I sampled beer while I did the sample practice tests, took a little longer than normal, but that's how I got through it.

I noticed your tag line, my tag line is: I treat all my woman like million dollar babes!

Jul 16, 2018 03:48 PM
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Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realtors® • Notary Public & Apostille - Sunny Isles, FL
Miami Notary & Apostille 786-229-7999

At the beach! Book and Read ;-)

Jul 16, 2018 03:37 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It was 1989 and intensely is the way I studied. The test was a breeze.

Jul 16, 2018 03:16 PM
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869,159
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

When I got my license, there was only one was to study. I went to live class and I did homework.

Now. For renewals, I do it all on-line.

Jul 16, 2018 03:04 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I studied the book, took sample tests and passed the exam. A

Jul 16, 2018 03:01 PM
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Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I used flash cards with my husband :)

Jul 17, 2018 06:17 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Flash Cards, but please update them to a digitized variety. They go so well with multiple choice tests.

Jul 17, 2018 05:58 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Utilize Q&A's. Make the trial tests time sensitive to force quicker thinking. When the real test is there, clear thinking prevails!

Jul 17, 2018 05:56 AM
Rainmaker
3,878,275
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Classroom with an instructor.  Also a prep class for the exam.

Jul 17, 2018 04:37 AM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

For me there is NO Favorite way to study anything. It was pre-computer time but I do remember memorizing highlights from class out by my pool a few times. Luckily I took the 1 week class and the cram weekend.

Jul 17, 2018 03:00 AM
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Jay McHugh
SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert - Acton, MA
YOUR SendOutCard Mentor

In groups and role play.......

Jul 17, 2018 02:57 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

I studied each question at the end of every chapter.  Our test questions are almost verbatim taken fro the study book.  

Jul 17, 2018 02:53 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I just tried to do it asap and forgot all it as soon as I passed CA test.

Jul 17, 2018 12:02 AM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

I was on vacation in Cambria, California close to the Hearst Castle when preparing for the Real Estate Exam.  Sitting on the porch studying was quite enjoyable.

Jul 16, 2018 09:43 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Read, highlight, type notes, then highlight them and took a practice test or 10! I was bound and determined I was not going to sit through that ever again...and it only took once! LOL

Jul 16, 2018 08:49 PM
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Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I found if you master the real estate vocabulary , lingo. all the questions can be figured out fairly easily , the State portion was more memorizing laws etc..

Jul 16, 2018 08:16 PM
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I did not study. I did two straight weeks of class, took their cram course and their final. Took the state exam about two or three days after the conclusion of class & their final. For my broker license I sat down and read the state statutes & regs. 

Jul 16, 2018 07:28 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Excellent question...I enrolled in several different courses that promised I would pass. I opted for the CD's so I can hear it in my commuting times. I also found their quizzes and tests spot on...Repetition of the subject matter is the key to passing not knowledge of how it works. That will get you a license but whether you know what you are tlaking about or doing is another subject

Jul 16, 2018 07:26 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

At my local pub, after about 3 pints, it all started to make sense. 

Seriously group study is always fun, I did mine with text books and ...wait for it...VHS video tapes of the trainer from Duane Gomer RE School.

Jul 16, 2018 06:37 PM
Rainmaker
832,378
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Books were available at our local association store. NVAR. I also like the book that you can get from Moseley-Flint. https://www.moseleyflint.com/

Jul 16, 2018 06:02 PM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Typically I simply read the material thought about the ways it applied. That was really all I did, read think test ;) Best of luck Amanda Brown 

Jul 21, 2018 04:56 PM
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Jon K. Judd
Keller Williams Realty - Central Delaware - Dover, DE
GRI, e-PRO, SFR, Delaware Homes

Besides taking my course... I also did several online practice exams...

Jul 17, 2018 09:13 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Sit down and read.

Jul 17, 2018 06:33 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

It's been decades for me... I went to class, I listened, I read and did my homework, I took the tests. Passed each time on the first try. No special studying needed.

Jul 17, 2018 05:13 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Amanda Brown - online.

Jul 16, 2018 11:50 PM
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Mike Kelly,CRS,CIPS
The MJKelly Team - Santa Rosa, CA
"One of Sonoma County's Natural Resources"

When I got my license, way back in 1978 it was all about getting questions from previous testers to review. I used "Anthony Schools" products. I flunked the first time by 4 questions. The second time I was studiously going through the test when I glanced at the guy's watch across from me and realized I had only 20 minutes left! I was just 1/2 done! (I didn't have a watch in those days--An EZ rider thing). I furiously tore through the questions and almost ran up and handed in my test. I left and was in the bathroom when one of the monitors came in and said, "Wow! You finished that test in record time!" I looked at him and muttered, "What?".  He shook his head and said, "You've got another hour to go and you got it done before anyone else!"  I had read the guys watch wrong. Instead of 20 mins I had 1:20 left. The cool thing was I got the "Big package" in my mailbox a couple of weeks later meaning I'd passed! 

 

Jul 16, 2018 08:33 PM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

When I got my license training was still being carved on stone.  Seriously, if I were studying now it would be online. 

Jul 22, 2018 12:36 PM
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Julie Chapman
DR Horton - Ormond Beach, FL
New Homes Sales Ormond, New Smyrna, Daytona Be

It was 1979 - I was 17 and already in college - I think I studied and took the test on a stone tablet - I rode my dinosuar to the testing facility. I passed it but they do not give you a license until you turn 18.  My agents who have worked for me seem to pass the first time with the online class because that is how test is taken.

Jul 21, 2018 04:59 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I did practice review questions over and over until I knew the material.

Jul 20, 2018 09:43 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I took a course that was in a classroom setting.  Never looked at books out of the classroom

Jul 18, 2018 08:23 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I had to do this by myself, and quiet.

Jul 18, 2018 06:13 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Read the book.

Jul 17, 2018 04:39 AM