Tuesday, December 30, 2014


December 30, 2014
Aloha –
I am anticipating finalizing a date and location for a class in February within the next week. Please stay tuned for information.
Shortly thereafter registration will commence on the school website at http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing.html

Registrations will be taken online with payment expected at that time via PayPal. Your credit card may be used on the Paypal site as well. The cost for the class including books and materials is $895.00 plus tax.

The classes will be held daily from 9:00-4:30 for 10 days with the course final exam held on the last day from 8:00-12:00 noon. Besides attending every class you must receive at least 70% on the class final to be eligible to take the state licensing exam.

I will be in touch next week.


Saturday, October 25, 2014



Thanks for all the inquiries about  future prelicensing classes.

I do not have another class planned for 2014 but will let you know as soon as my classes for 2015 are planned. Keep an eye on this blog which I update with new information as it develops.

In the meantime, if you wish to get started right away, you might check out the online prelicensing course that I instruct at http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing-online.html. I just spoke to a couple of people recently right after they finished it and really enjoyed it. The other important thing is that they passed the licensing exam!

Thank you for your interest in my courses.

I will keep  you posted on news about future classes.

Mahalo nui,


Saturday, October 11, 2014


If it were not enough to sell out the class, we had the class final yesterday and EVERYONE PASSED!

What else was exemplary was that over 50% of the class scored 80% and above and seven students scored over 90%. Anyone who took the test will tell you that it wasn’t easy.
Good job. We had fun.

I probably won’t give another class until early 2015. Email me or keep checking here for the date. My email address is carol@carolball.com.



Sunday, September 14, 2014



With one week before the deadline to sign up for my live Real Estate Prelicensing class I wanted to tell you about a new feature that has been added to the registration process. You can take more time to pay for the class through Paypal Credit.

Check it out at http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing.html where you can sign up now. The class will be held September 29 to October 10 at 427 Ala Makani Street, Kahului.

Thanks for your interest in the class and thank you to those who have already signed up! We’ll have fun!



Saturday, August 30, 2014


Registrations are being taken for the Fall Real Estate Sales Prelicensing class to be held September 29 to October 10, 2014. Classes will be held at 427 Ala Makani St., Kahului, next to the Realtors Association of Maui daily from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily including Saturday. For more information and to register go to http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing.html .
Hope to see you on September 29!
Mahalo nui,
Questions? Email me at carol@carolball.com

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Ready, Set....
Want to take the live real estate sales prelicensing class?
Registration begins in a few short weeks on September 1, 2014. Registration and payment will be taken at
Classes will be from September 29 to October 10.
See you then!


Friday, July 11, 2014


Aloha Friends-

Because of the many requests such as yours, I have arranged to hold an 11 day accelerated class this fall. I have had over 100 inquiries since my last class began. Thank you so much for your interest!
When and Where the class will be held
The dates of the class will be September 29-October 10, 2014. The class will be held live at the Maui Mall from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Daily including Saturday on days one through six of the course. Sunday will consist of a take home midterm reviewing all of the class work already covered. Monday through Thursday of the following week class will be held from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The course final exam consisting of Uniform and Hawaii exam questions will be held on Friday, October 10 from 8:00 AM TO 12:00 Noon. Attendance is required at all classes and a passing score of 70% on both the Uniform and Hawaii portions of the course final to pass the course. A certificate to those who pass the course will be awarded after the class final which will allow entry to the Hawaii real estate licensing exam with the proper fee and registration. Total cost of the course instruction including materials is $880.00 plus tax paid upon registration. There are no refunds once class has started.
For General Information on real estate licensing in Hawaii please go to http://cca.hawaii.gov/reb/files/2013/08/GENINFO08_2013.pdf .
When REGISTRATIONS will be taken
Registrations will be taken beginning September 1, 2014 on a first come first served basis. Registrations must be accompanied by payment. Class size will be limited due to room constraints. Registrations will be taken at http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing.html   after September 1, 2014. This course may be canceled at any time prior to registrations.
You should receive an email alerting you to the availability of registration applications and payment.  In the meantime you can check out my blogspot at http://carolballrealestate.blogspot.com/ for any updated information as it may become available.
To answer the inevitable question, I do not have any live classes planned beyond this date at this time.
Online Sales Prelicensing Course
If you will be unable to make the Fall class or would like to take a real estate sales prelicensing class right away please go to the online class that I offer on my website at http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing-online.html . You can join and log on any time 24/7 and begin immediately! I provide individual support on the course where you can ask an email question on any page and expect a response from me for any questions that you may have or concepts that may require more clarification. Read the course descirption on my website or check out my blogspot for more information.
Thank you for your interest in my live class. See you in September!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Aloha Friends-

Sorry you missed my live class. We are in our third day and it is INTENSE. Not for everyone that's for sure.
I am receiving many calls asking me when I am planning to give another live class. It will not be soon, I am not planning on another this year.
In the meantime, have you thought about an online course? Here are 10 Reasons why you might want to take one.

Ten Advantages of Online Learning

By Jim Luger

A friend, and fellow real estate educator of many years, told me that he had misgivings about the growing trend of online education. “I build a relationship with my students,” he said. “I can tell by their body language that they are enthusiastic about my class. Synergy develops in the classroom.”

I responded to his concerns: “If you are asking whether a computer can duplicate those classroom experiences, the answer is no. But if you are asking whether a student can learn as well online, the answer is yes—provided the course material is well-written, the educational objectives are well-designed and executed, and the student is properly engaged.” 

I didn’t want to push the point with my reluctant colleague, but there are significant advantages to online learning compared to traditional classroom education:

1. Within the same amount of time, you can cover more material online than in a classroom.
According to a report from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the range at which people comfortably hear words is between 150-160 words per minute. In another study that measured reading speed, Aaronson and Colet found the average reader could read 342 words-per-minute, with a range from 143 to 540 words-per-minute.
Because average reading rates are considerably faster than normal speaking rates, much more content can be included in an online course within the same amount of time.

2. Classroom teaching has not proven to be superior.
Thomas Russell, Director Emeritus of Instructional Telecommunications at North Carolina State University, analyzed 355 studies on distant learning that span 70 years. In his book, The No Significant Difference Phenomenon, he wrote:  “For those charged with creating programs, the good news is that a wealth of evidence supports the position that distance education programs match conventional, on-campus, face-to-face courses in both rigor and quality of outcomes.”   He observes, however, that “…it is abundantly clear that faculty and administration tend to feel that the quality of the instruction for the distance student is inferior to that given to the on-campus, face-to-face student.”

3. Administrators can easily manage the content and quality of online courses.
Other than approving lesson plans and outlines, administrators of classroom schools have limited control over the quality, content and delivery of classroom lectures. With online courses, however, every word, image, and activity can be scrutinized, researched, tested, and edited before being presented to students.  Moreover, instruction can be standardized.  Real estate regulators do not have worry about whether online instructors will deliver required information consistently and professionally.

4. There are no student disruptions while taking online courses.
In a classroom, it is possible for students to monopolize discussions or create. Confused or ill-prepared students can paralyze a classroom with questions. To capture attention, instructors can be tempted to entertain students with humorous stories that digress from substantive content. With online learning, the learner controls his or her learning experience without distractions, digressions, or interruptions. Instructors are able to engage students with content and activities that focus on learning objectives.

5. A self-paced format lets the learner control the information flow.
During periods when students ponder, take notes, or are confused by the teacher’s lecture or class discussion, they miss meaningful information. With online learning, the student controls the flow of information.  Online courses allow students to disengage from instruction and return when they are ready.  Online courses stop and wait for students to take some action. They must interact with the course to move it forward.  In contrast, a classroom lecture continues on even if the student is answering emails, reading magazines, or falls asleep.  Also, if a student is tired, distressed or preoccupied, little learning takes place. With online courses, students can take classes when they are most ready to learn.

6. Online course content can be saved and reviewed by the student.
The online student can move back and forth through a course or return to any part of a course that has been taken.  In many cases, online schools allow students to download or print every word of a course for future reference.  Traditional classroom instructors often provide outlines, expecting the student to take notes.

7. Online courses are self-contained.
When classroom instructors reference websites or reading material, they expect the student to read them outside of the class experience. With online learning, all websites and supportive text are immediately available to the student. Instructors can be assured that students will benefit from these outside resources because they can be made part of the course.

8. Online learning can be less expensive.
Quality online learning can be delivered less expensively than classroom instruction. There is no cost for classroom space. Registration and scheduling is managed by the student. Administrative and support staff requirements are minimal. Because delivery is asynchronous, instructors do not have be repeatedly scheduled or required to travel. There are no costs for printed outlines, property insurance, custodial services, parking, and so on—all overhead that must be passed on to students. With online learning, students share the benefit of overhead economies.

9. Online class size is unlimited.
When classroom enrollment is at its limit, students are often forced to choose courses that are less interesting or less relevant to their needs. Online classes, however, are accessible to all students all the time. Students who live far from schools do not have travel expenses. Individuals with disabilities also find special benefits to online education since they do not have to be concerned with physical classroom limitations.

10. Online students can schedule classes around productive work time.
Because online students choose when to participate in learning, they can avoid conflicts with productive work time—an expense for both licensees and their companies. Online learning, in contrast, allows students to balance their continuing education needs with income opportunities, as well as time with friends and family.

Students are learning the advantages of online education.  A Pew Internet Project report shows that 45% of Americans on the Internet– 60 million – say the Internet has played an important role in helping them make at least one critical decision affecting their lives, with career training the leading life element.  According to the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) Web site, over 4 million students are currently enrolled in their certified distance learning institutions, in over 500 fields of study ranging from accounting to yacht design. Educational institutions now offer instruction from kindergarten to doctoral degrees.

Educators are learning, too. Instructors can also enjoy benefits from online education, including a greater audience reach, more lifestyle freedom, and ongoing royalties. School owners can gain additional revenue and long-term student loyalty by offering quality online continuing education courses through an affiliate program.

My friend, like many classroom instructors, is struggling with the efficacy of online learning. But he recognizes its growing popularity, and he intends to better understand why. To me, his curiosity and open-mindedness are marks of an outstanding educator who is weighing the possibilities of a new era.

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Williams, J. R. (1998). Guidelines for the use of multimedia in instruction, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 42nd Annual Meeting, 1447–1451 (Suggesting books-on-tape speaking rates.)

Aaronsn, D. and Colet, E., Behavior Research Methods, Instruments and Computers, 29 (2), 250-255 (1997).

The Pew Research Center, Real Estate Intelligence Report 1/30/06.

Russell, Tomas L., The No Significant Difference Phenomenon. The International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC): 2001.

The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) History: Over Eight Decades of Service (http://www.detc.org/theassociation.html)

Jim Luger is an instructor for ContinuingEdExpress.com, which is owned by his daughter, Liz Luger Anderson. Jim has taught agents at his own real estate brokerage since 1976, and was a certified trainer for an international real estate franchiser for three years. He has also owned a mortgage brokerage and title insurance agency.   Jim can be reached at jim@continuingedexpress.com

SIGN UP FOR THE HAWAII ONLINE PRELICENSING COURSE THAT I TEACH AT http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing-online.html


Saturday, May 31, 2014


Class is sold out for the June 2-13 real estate sales prelicensing class. Let me know if you have an interest in future live offerings of the class and I will let you know when I decide to hold one.

Please check out the online sales prelicensing course at http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing-online.html . If you never thought that online classes were for you read through the description of this one. Folks who have taken it tell me that they have found it very interesting and easy to follow. There is an opportunity on every page to email me if you have any questions so you have the instructor support that you may need.

There is no difference in the content of the course since I designed it after my live class that I give. The difference is the manner of delivery. I am very happy to offer this alternative to waiting for a live class for those who want to get into this challenging field of real estate while the market is heating up.

Questions? Email me at carol@carolball.com


Wednesday, May 28, 2014


We are down to the wire and I have one seat left for my real estate sales prelicensing class June 2-13 2014 which I am holding at the Maui Mall. Classes will be held from 9 AM to 4:30 PM daily. It should be fun and excitement is mounting both for me and the registered students.
I would love to have you join us. Register right away and get the seat that is left. Please go to  http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing.html to register. Payment is required with registration to reserve your seat.
Instructions will be sent to you as soon as I receive notification from Paypal of your registration.
C'mon, JOIN THE FUN and get your real estate license. It's lots of work but very satisfying.

Saturday, May 24, 2014


I'm excited about the eagerness that the students in my new class are showing about wanting to start studying for the real estate prelicensing class that will begin on June 2.

Although the books are not scheduled to be distributed until May 29, anticipation is already growing and several students have inquired about being able to pick up their books early.

Class will be held at the Maui Mall in the space where the "Art of Trash" is presently being presented.

Registrations for the live real estate prelicensing class June 2-13 are still being taken at  http://carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing.html .

Hope to see you then!

Sunday, May 4, 2014


Hi folks-

I am happy to inform you that the PayPal payment offer for the Sales Prelicensing Course has been extended.
Please go to carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing.html to see the details and register for the course.

The Sales Prelicensing Course will be held June 2-13, 2014 at the Maui Mall in Kahului. Classes are from 9-4:30 daily with the class final on June 13 from 8-12. As you may have heard from others the course requires your complete attention but at the end of the course you will be very happy with the results. It does require a lot of effort and complete FOCUS but it will be worth it. You must pass the course by attending every class and passing the class final exam with at least 70% . When you do you will receive a certificate which will allow you to take the real estate licensing exam.

Class fills up fast and many people wait until the last minute. Don't be disappointed. Register today. All registrations with payments completed before May 15 will receive a 10% discount.

See you in class!


Monday, April 14, 2014


Registrations for my Prelicensing Class June 2-13 are moving right along. I am pleased to announce a new offer from PayPal for you to be able to finance your enrollment in the course if you want to and qualify for their offer.

Limited Time Offer til April 30, 2014

Please go to  http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing.html to see a description of the course and register. 
Hope to see you then.
Questions? Email me at carol@carolball.com 

Friday, March 7, 2014


REGISTER NOW for live prelicensing class to be held June 2-13, 2014.
Classes will be held at the Maui Mall B5 in Kahului .Class will be held daily from 9-4:30 except Sunday when you will be given a take-home midterm to complete. Expect about 4 hours of homework a night to prepare you for the next day's lesson. The course final will be held on June 13 from 8 -12. Attendance at all of the class sessions and final exam is mandatory.You must attend all of the classes and pass the course final with at least 70% to be eligible to take the state of Hawaii real estate licensing exam. Cost is $880 plus tax including materials. There is a separate fee to take the licensing exam charged by the provider.

If you have talked to others who have taken my class you know it's lots of work, INTENSE! as they say. But totally worth it and fun, believe it or not. Much of your learning will center around guided discussion with your group. Some of you like to work alone but trust me when I tell you that your group work will really help reinforce the information that you must know to pass both my final and the state exam.

So if you are ready to clear your calendar for two weeks and engage in something that will be really worth it for your future, sign up for the class. You will not have another life during the class so be prepared.

Class is limited to 60 students because of the size of the classroom I was able to obtain. I had over 60 on my mailing list of interested parties when I arranged to give this course so sign up soon. I am giving an EARLY BIRD 10% DISCOUNT to those who sign up by May 17, 2014.
Please go to http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing.html for more information on the course and to register. (clear your cache by refreshing your site if you don't see registration info).

Email me if you have questions.


Thursday, February 27, 2014


Thank you for expressing interest in my live real estate sales prelicensing class.
The dates for the class will be from June 2, 2014 to June 13, 2014.
Classes will be held at the Maui Mall Suite B5.
Cost of the course including materials will be $880.00 plus tax.

The schedule will be as follows:
Monday June 2 through Saturday June 7 class will be held from 9:00 to 4:30. Lunch on your own from 12-1. There will be a take home midterm on Sunday, June 8.
Class will continue Monday June 9 through Thursday June 12 from 9:00 to 4:30 with lunch from 12-1.
On Friday June 13 the class final exam will be held from 8 am to 12 noon.

You may not miss any class and must pass the final exam with a score of at least 70%.
If you do not pass the final exam you must retake the course to be able to take the exam again. There is no discount for repeating the course.
I will attempt to arrange the PSI licensing exam for as close to the conclusion of the class as possible.

Instructions for registration and payment will be forthcoming. Class size will be limited to 60 students.

I appreciate the keen interest that you have shown in taking the first step to prepare for a Hawaii real estate license. As you have no doubt heard, I love teaching the classes and look forward to meeting you. It will be great fun and you can soon be part of an adventure of a lifetime!

I will be back to you soon with more particulars.

If you want general information on obtaining a Hawaii real estate license please go to http://cca.hawaii.gov/reb/files/2013/08/GENINFO08_2013.pdf 

For more specific questions please email me at carol@carolball.com


Sunday, February 23, 2014


I  don't want you to think that I am relaxing, because I have been busy at work attempting to prepare for the next in-person prelicensing class. I have over 60 people who have told me that they want to take the sales prelicensing course. I have directed those who cannot wait to my online course found at www.continuingedexpress.com/carolball-prelicense which will give those who want their license what they need to fulfill the State of Hawaii requirement for prelicensing education.

One of the big problems that I am facing is the number of students who want to take my class. I am trying to find a place that will accommodate all of you and I will continue trying. I know how important this step was for me when I started my new career and I know it is the same for you.

Please be patient. In the meantime, if you want to take a live prelicensing class, please email me at carol@carolball.com so that I have your name and contact information so I have a reliable count of the possible enrollment.

Hang in there folks! I'm working on it and you will hear from me soon.