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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Live Webinar Salesperson and Broker Classes

LiveWebinar-2  The end of last year the state made it possible for us to teach the 40 hour Salesperson and Broker prelicense classes as live webinar.  How exciting is that.  You can take the class any where that you have high speed internet access with your computer.
  As soon as we found out that we could teach the class online.  We were jumping for joy.  So many students were already asking us about taking the classes online.
  We decided to teach our webinar salesperson prelicense students at the same time that we are teaching our live weekend classes on Sat and Sun from 8am to 6pm.  We are also going to be teaching the broker prelicense class as a webinar class on Wednesday from 8am to 6pm.
  To take the live webinar you will need to have:
  1. A PC or Mac computer
  2. High speed internet
  3. Headphones with a microphone
  4. Webcam
  To complete the class we will need to see you and be able to interact with you for the entire class.  Our schedule of classes can be found on our website.

Calling to schedule your Massachusetts Real Estate exam with PSI

As of April 1, 2016, PSI Services LLC is the new test vendor for the Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons (Board).  To schedule your exam for PSI Exams you can reach PSI by calling them at (800)733-9267.  The call center is open Mon through Fri 7:30 am to 10:00 pm and Sat and Sun 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.

You will need to be ready to pay for the exam the day that you make the reservations.  The cost for the exam is:

  • Salesperson: $85
  • Broker: $106

Remember if you need to reschedule your exam you will need to call them 48 hours or 2 days before your test date.  For example if your test date is on Wednesday.  You will need to give them a call to reschedule by Sunday.

The day of the test you will need to bring with you:

  1. Two forms of ID:
    • Acceptable Forms of ID:
      • PRIMARY IDENTIFICATION (with photo)
        Choose One
        Government issued driver’s
        U.S. Department of State Driver’s License
        U.S. Learner’s Permit (plastic card only with photo and signature)
        National/State/Country Identification Card
        US Government Issued Passport or Passport Card
        US Government Issued Military Identification Card
        U.S. Government Issued Military Identification Card for spouses and dependents
        US Government Issued Alien Registration Card (Green Card, Permanent Resident Visa)
        NOTE: ID must contain candidate’s photo, be valid
        and unexpired.
    • SECONDARY IDENTIFICATION
      Choose One
      Credit/Debit Card (must be signed)
      Social Security Card
      Any form of ID on the Primary list
      *NOTE: Student ID and employment ID are NOT acceptable forms of identification.
  2. Your Real Estate Licensing Examination Candidate Information Bulletin with the 3 Candidate Endorsements and the CORI form filled out and notarized.  Remember they cannot be related to you to, live with you or be another student from class.
  3. Your payment for your real estate license.  Remember they do not except cash.  You can pay with either a credit card or check.
    • Salesperson License: $103 to $150 plus $11 processing fee
    • Broker License: $142 to $200 plus $11 processing fee

Referred Insurance Companies for a Surety Bond in Massachusetts

Many of our Broker Prelicense students have asked us for referrals to Insurance Agents that can help them with the surety bond that they need.  As you know all Massachusetts Real Estate Brokers must have a $5000 surety bond before taking the test and while they hold an active Broker license.

Many of our students were running into problems not being able to find an nsurance company or agent that could help them.  So, a few months ago we sent out an email asking for referrals to insurance agents or companies that our students would recommend.  We would like to thank everyone for getting back to us.

Below you will find the list of insurance agents that have been referred to us from our students.  Please let us know if you have any problems with any of the agents listed below.

Referred Insurance Agents and Companies:
Chris Russo
Russo Insurance
Medway, MA
Phone: 508-533-3000
Fax: 508-533-5333
Gaudette Insurance
68 Worcester Street
North Grafton, MA 01536
Phone: 508-839-6022
Fax: 508-839-4416
Richard R. Green Insurance Agency, Inc.
32 Somers Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Phone: 413-566-0028
Fax: 413-566-0090
Nicholas Gennetti
Cochrane and Porter Insurance Agency
981 Worcester Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
Mancuso and Nowak
252 Boston Turnpike
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Phone: 508-756-4310
Fax: 508-752-6712
Brown and Brown Insurance
3 Hollis St
PO Box 1497
Pepperell, MA 01463
Phone 978-433-7228
Fax: 866-848-6097
Heidi Pafumi
BKaye Insurance
44 Harkness Ave
East Longmeadow MA
Phone: 4136874339
Email: Hpafumi@bkaye.com
Barbara Christopherson
Account Executive, Commercial Lines Ins.
Thomas Woods Insurance Agency, Inc.
20 Park Ave., PO Box 2940
Worcester, MA  01613-2940
Tel. 508-755-5944 ext 110
Fax 508-755-6412
John Dustin or Carly Longo
JED Insurance & Financial
30 Mechanic St #5
Foxborough, MA 02035
Phone: 508-543-1067
J.R. Tallman & Co., Inc
P.O. Box 469
12 Court Street
Taunton, MA 02780
Phone: 508-824-4051
Fax: 508-822-7654
Nicholas Stoddard
Liberty Mutual Insurance
11 Village Hill Rd., Suite 103
Northampton, MA 01060
Direct: 1-413-582-7059
Toll Free: 1-866-583-5306
Fax: 1-413-582-7947

Massachusetts Real Estate Salesperson Prelicense Requirements

Massachusetts Real Estate Salesperson Prelicense Requirements

This video explains all the requirements for taking the 40 hour Salesperson’s Prelicense class and taking the Prelicense Examination. People interested in getting a real estate agents license in Massachusetts should go to http://baystateacademy.net and sign up for our industry updates for more detailed information.

Massachusetts Real Estate Prelicense Exam Tutorial

Massachusetts Real Estate Prelicense Exam Tutorial

The Real Estate Exam in Massachusetts can be confusing but only because of the volume of real estate terms that need to be learned by the students. When I am teaching, about halfway through the first day, students will ask if they really need to know everything that we are covering for the test. I wish that I could tell them that they only need to know a few terms but that is not the case. The test covers over 1200 terms. Which can seem intimidating at first but once we get familiar with the basics things more along quite nicely.

 

I am sure that most Real Estate Trainers would agree that the only way you are going to pass the exam is to know the vocabulary. But how should the students go about learning the terms is the question?

 

I teach a technique that I call pointing the test. The exam is made up of 135 questions.  There are 85 questions on the general portion of the test and 50 questions of the state portion of the exam. The students have 4 hours to complete the exam and they only need a 70% on each portion of the test to pass.

 

It is important to note that all of the questions are not worth the same point value but the student will not be aware of which questions are worth more points on the test.  This sounds like we are going in circles until you realize that the test stresses particular subject areas.

 

If you go to the Pearson Vue Website and download the content outline of the test you will discover that some of the subject areas have substantially more questions than others. In talking with student both before and after their exam I have noticed a pattern.

 

Students that concentrated their studying on the subject areas that had more questions got higher scores on the test. I know this might sound obvious but you would be surprised how many students start studying for the test with out any focus.

 

So it should come as no big shock to hear that focused studying is the first part of the process that I call pointing the test.  The second part of the process has to do with how the students actually take the exam. Here are the rules of the second part:

 

  • On your first pass through the exam read all of the questions in detail. Then answer all of the vocab questions that you feel confident about first and skip all the hard vocab and math questions.
  • On your second pass through the exam answer just the hard vocab questions. If you do not know the answer try to guess the best that you can by eliminated 1 or 2 of the choices. Please remember to answer all of the questions as blank answers are always marked incorrect.
  • On your third pass through the exam answer all of the math questions.

 

The reason that I suggest this Pointing the Test method is that it focuses the student on getting as many points as possible as fast as possible. This is important because often times a students first guess/thought about a question is the correct answer. The other benefit is that the student is reading all of the questions on the test before answering the hardest questions. Many of the description to questions on the test will give answers to other questions. This gives the best chance to get the points from those harder questions. And finally we come to the math questions. Of all the questions on the test the math questions cause more fear and dread than all the others combined. You will be happy to hear that only 10% of the questions on the test will be math questions. So if you leave these question until the end you will not be so flustered by the math that you get easy vocab questions wrong.

 

That is it for my suggestions try them out and let me know what you think in the comments bellow.