Why Did I Not Receive My Massachusetts Real Estate License Renewal Paperwork?

The last few weeks we’ve been receiving many phone calls from agents asking us, “How do I renew my license?” , “When do I renew my license?” and “When does the Board send out the renewal paperwork?”. The first question that we ask is “When is your birthday?”. The Board of Real Estate Brokers and Sales Persons will mail out the renewal forms 2 months before your birthday. If they have not yet received the forms, we always ask if they have moved. The Board does not check to see if your mailing address has changed. It is our responsibility as Real Estate agents in Massachusetts to update our mailing address with the board.

1. If you have moved since your last license renewal or passing the Salesperson or Broker test. Click here to download the pdf form that you need to fill out to change your address with the Board.

2. If it’s time for you to renew your license and you have not yet received your renewal paperwork. You’ll need to call the Board (617) 727 – 2373 to check the address they have for you. You will also need to ask them to send out another renewal form.

3. If you plan on paying online. You will need to create an account on the Board’s website. In order to do that you will need the Record ID/license number that is found on the license renewal paperwork. If you do not have the paperwork you will need to call the Board (617) 727 – 2373.

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Mandatory Massachusetts Real Estate Agency Disclosure Form Changes

As of Jan 24, 2017 the Board of Registration for Real Estate Brokers and Salesperson has updated the Massachusetts Mandatory Real Estate Licensee – Consumer Relationship Disclosure. The form has a new look and feel. The board hopes that this new form will help clarify the role of the real estate agents and brokerages in a real estate transaction for the consumer.

The back of the form still lists the 5 types of agency available in Massachusetts. The front of the form has been redesigned to help make it easier for the consumer to understand the role of the agents and brokerages. The form is still NOT A CONTRACT. To clarify that matter the phrase has been added to the top of the form in bold capital letters and underlined.

They have also changed the section explaining designated agency and non-designated agency (Single Agency). If your office is a Single Agency office, the new form requires that you check off if the agents in your office are going to be representing the consumer as Buyer or Seller agents. If your office is a Designated Agency office, the new form requires that you make the consumer aware that you will be responsible for the consumer and that another agent in your office will be responsible for their Buyer or Seller.

The new form does not remove the requirement to receive permission for being a Designated or Dual agent from the Buyer and Seller. You must still receive permission either in advance with a listing agreement or in a buyer agency agreement or later using the designated agency consent form or dual agency consent form.

At the bottom of the form you will still have to sign and print your name showing that you have gone over the form with the consumer. You will still have to write down your license number. You will also have to indicate if your license is Broker or Salesperson license.

The consumer will still sign and print their name and date the form. They still have the right to decline from signing the form.  In that case, you still will just check the box at the bottom of the page next to “Check here if the consumer declines to sign this notice.”

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MASSACHUSETTS MANDATORY REAL ESTATE LICENSEE – CONSUMER RELATIONSHIP DISCLOSURE (click to open)

 

Goodbye to Pearson Vue

The Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons has said, “So long and thanks for all the fish!” to Pearson Vue yesterday.

That is correct as of April 1st, 2016 PSI Services LLC will be the new testing service for Real Estate Exams here in the state of Massachusetts. As this is breaking news the board is not giving us any details about the transition just yet.

The notice was posted on the Pearson Vue website yesterday.

Pearson Vue Notice

According to the Pearson Vue website:

As of March 15, 2016, Real Estate applicants will be able to schedule examinations with PSI Services LLC, for examinations, on or after April 1, 2016. Additional information can be found at the following web site on or around March 15th: psiexams.com

I am encouraging all of our broker and salesperson students that have already completed their prelicensing course, and not taken the real estate exam yet, to do so ASAP to avoid any delays in getting their license.

As word of the transition spreads I am sure that Pearson Vue will be swamped with students trying to take their test before April 1st so I would call Pearson Vue today and schedule the next available exam you can. Here is the number too make an exam reservation (800)274-0501.

You can be sure that we are going to be ferreting out all the details of this process as they unfold and informing you each step of the way.

Here is how you can help us. We are crafting a email to the Director of the Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons about this transition and would love to include your questions and feedback. If you have specific questions about the transition please post them below. As we get the answers to the questions we will detail them here so everyone gets the benefit of the information.