Monday, December 13, 2010

Lots of Interest in Real Estate Class

I have been receiving many inquiries asking for the date of my next prelicensing class. It seems that many of you feel what we in the business have noticed, that market activity is picking up. The agents in my real estate firm are all working with qualified buyers as they search for right right property. Buyers are very sophisticated and seem to be well acquainted with the market and understand that there is a lot of competition for certain attractive properties. Sellers are realistic about the market knowing that there are still a lot of foreclosures to be sold which has created somewhat of a temporary stabilization of prices until these distressed properties are sold.

The Maui colllege tells me that they will commence taking registrations for the prelicensing class on January 3. Be sure you call them that week to register to assure yourselves of a seat for the February 7 class. Their number is 984-3231.

Happy holidays everyone. Hope to see you in February. Email me at if you have any questions.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Wrong Date for February class!

Hi Everyone-
I just realized that I listed the wrong start date for my February class. What was I thinking? Class starts on MONDAY FEBRUARY 7 and runs through Friday February 18. So please mark your calendars and better yet, sign up by calling MCC to register.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


I have had numerous inquiries about the next real estate prelicensing course. Because of popular demand I have just scheduled a new accelerated real estate prelicensing course to run for two weeks from February 9 through February 18. The format is Monday through Saturday 9-4:30 and Monday through Friday of the following week with the class final on Friday morning to be followed by a review for the state licensing exam on Friday afternoon. Class location is Maui Community College. If you are interested in taking the course, please call MCC at 984-3231. Although they may not be taking registrations yet, please ask them to take your name and number so they can contact you when they do begin registering for the class.

I was happy with the refined accelerated format which the students seemed to find challenging but not rushed as I felt the previous schedule had been. Repetition of the material, I believe, is the key to successful learning of the subject matter. The topics are introduced first, by the student reading about it, then hearing my lecture and war stories to make the subject meaningful (hopefully), they discuss it in groups, then have a quiz on it at the end of the day. The next day begins with a review of the same material by going over the answers to the quiz both in group discussions and illustrated lessons. Lots of quizzes gave the students plenty of practice with the medium. If you were to ask me the major reason why a student would not pass, I would say that he or she could or did not follow instructions.

Hope to see you in class in February!  Questions? Ask them here.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Class Dismissed!

What a fun two weeks we had. We had a great turnout, 26 students studying to one day soon become real estate agents. It was a grueling pace, six and a half hours a day, reading homework at night to prepare for the next day's lesson and an online social networking site in which to participate in our "spare time".

All but three passed the class final and eight students opted to take the state licensing exam the same day of the final. What fortitude!

We'll be at it again in February. I'll keep you posted on the dates.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New and Improved Accelerated Prelicensing Course Starts September 27

This Spring we experimented with a two week accelerated real estate prelicensing course. Previously the course had extended for nine weeks with 11 sessions, nine Saturdays and two evenings. The new model called for daily classes from 9-4:30 for nine days with the course final held on the 10th day.  Although apparently successful and a barrel of fun for not only the participants but me as well, I think that the model that I have devised that will be presented this fall will be superior.

There will be 11 daily classes, from 9-4:30, a take home midterm on day seven, and a four hour final on the 13th day. In addition to the class sessions and the tests which are all mandatory, an online discussion will be held on the Internet where students can explore the real estate concepts discussed as they relate to real life.

The makeup of the students in the accelerated class was different than those that I had taught in the past. Gone were the part-time students who worked during the week and dropped in, exhausted, on the weekend to attempt to prepare to obtain their real estate licenses. This was full time class and those who enrolled had either taken their vacation to matriculate or were looking to start a new career after successful decades in an old one. Every day was so exciting I could hardly wait to come to class. I think that many of the students felt the same way. Some hated to see the day end, so I was told. There was always more to learn in this challenging field.

Carol Ball School of Real Estate co-sponsors the course with Maui Community College where the course will be held. Registration is being taken now so if you are interested you should call them right away. Their number is 984-3231.

Fire away if you have any questions you want me to answer here.