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Our New Home in Salt Lake CIty!

We are excited to announce our new office location in Salt Lake City! Our new home is now located right off of 2100 South and About 700 east in the Sugarhouse area of Salt Lake City. We are lucky to have found this office with the great central location. It has easy access from both I-15 and I-80. Not to mention the Little Ceasars Pizza across the road haha!!! (Our director is a regular there!)

Agent Professor Utah Real Estate School Office

 

Our New Address:

623 East 2100 South #B2

Salt Lake City, Utah 84106

 

If you have any questions about our new place or about getting a Utah real estate license please contact us today!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving! Three things we are thankful for as a Utah Real Estate School

Happy Thanksgiving! It is a great time of the year and a great time to ponder and reflect about what we are thankful for in our lives.

We are thankful for our students! We have a great bunch of students that are currently enrolled at our school. It is great to see and help people making goals and plans to start a new career in a great industry! It is also so fun to see our past students succeed in new careers as Utah real estate agents.

We are thankful for Utah and America! We love Utah! We are thankful for the opportunity that it is to be a Utah business and for the great area that it is. We are lucky to be here. We are also thankful for our great nation and those that protect our freedom.

We are thankful for our friends and other companies in the real estate industry! As a real estate school we depend on a few other companies to keep us going. We are thankful for our web developers and other service providers that keep the training platform running smoothly and glitch free!

We are thankful for great food! Haha! We are excited to feast on some delicious food in a few days!

 

What are you thankful for? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+

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Utah Real Estate School Online Benefits

We often get asked what the advantages are in completing real estate school online versus taking it in a classroom setting. This blog entry outlines a few basic advantages of completing real estate school online through an online Utah real estate school such as Agent Professor.

Test Practice

This item is at the top of our list for a reason; students that complete real estate school online will become familiar with how the state real estate exam is administered. Agent Professor has created a learning platform that features learning activities that simulate the Utah state exam. In fact, most of our quizzes, tests, and final exam closely simulate what a student will experience at the testing center.

Flexibility

Online real estate students will have flexibility in completing their training at their own pace. Agent Professor students can complete as much of the training as they would like in one sitting. (up to 8 hours per day) This flexibility gives students the ability to log on and complete a bit of training whenever they would like. Every second that the student spends in the training is automatically recorded and logged, so even if a student just spends a minute or two in the training they will get credit for it.

Comfort

One of the aspects of online real estate school that students seem to enjoy the most is the comfort to do the training in their own home. Agent Professor's learning platform is available 24 hours per day 7 days per week, so students can work on the course at anytime. So long as the student has a good connection to the internet, they can work on the course anywhere in the world! Plus, with advancing technology, students are now able to study real estate on the go through mobile and tablet devices that are connected to the web.

Variety

Instead of just listening to lectures in a classroom setting, Agent Professor students learn through a variety of proven learning activities including video clips, games, articles and court cases, and other interactive activities.

Support

Just because Agent Professor is an online school does not leave students without support! Students have access to tutoring and answers to their question from Agent Professor staff. In fact, Agent Professor has a goal of providing fantastic customer service and usually gets back to students in only a few minutes.

Save Money

By completing real estate school online students will not only save a bunch of time, but will also save a bunch of money by not having to travel to a physical location for classes. It is not cheap to get started in real estate, so we have really tried to keep our tuition fee low, providing a great value to our students. Plus we usually have some kind of special promotion going on to further help students get started in real estate!

 

We hope you see the benefits of our completing your Utah real estate education online! If you have any question please feel free to contact us! If you are ready to get started feel free to register and you can get started right away!

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Our Above Average Pass Rate

We are happy to announce that Agent Professor has had an above average overall pass rate since becoming a licensed real estate school in Utah!

Each month, Pearson Vue, the company that administers the Utah real estate exam, produces a report of the pass rates of the students taking the Utah real estate agent exam.

Since becoming a licensed real estate school, Agent Professor students have had an overall pass rate that is 13% higher than the Utah state average overall pass rate on the Utah sales agent exam!*

We would like to give a shout out to all of the students that have completed our course and passed the exam. We have had some awesome students and wish them the best of luck in their real estate careers!

Agent Professor Utah Real Estate School Logo and Celebration

If you feel like you are ready to begin a real estate career please check out our licensing page to see what it takes to get a Utah Real Estate License. You may also enroll today if you are ready, or contact us with any questions about getting started!

*As of 9/1/15

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Who's Who in Utah Real Estate Licensing?

So you are thinking about getting a Utah Real Estate License huh? Good for you! Now is a great time to get into real estate!

It will be helpful for you to understand the different roles of the people and entities involved with getting your real estate license. We have made a simple outline for you to get familiar!

Licensee Candidate: This is you as a potential real estate agent licensee! Licensee candidates are ultimately the one that makes everything happen in the licensing process. They should understand the process well of getting a Utah real estate license and must be proactive in taking the necessary steps to complete real estate school and move forward with the licensing requirements.

Real Estate School: These are schools that offer the 120 hour education requirement in Utah. Agent Professor Real Estate School is a specialist in prelicensing education. Through our online course you can fulfill the entire real estate education requirement in order to get your license. Agent Professor's course is taken entirely online, and may be done at your own pace. Some students complete the training course in less than a month, but we allow you up to one year to complete the entire course.

Testing Company: After you have completed real estate school, you will be required to take the Utah state exam at a local testing facility. Pearson Vue is the name of the company that offers this service. They have locations in Draper, Ogden, Pocatello, Las Vegas and Grand Junction. More information about Pearson Vue is found on our Utah Real Estate Exam Page on our website.

Licensing Authority: Real estate licensing in Utah is regulated by the Utah Division of Real Estate, a division of the Utah Department of Commerce. This is the entity that decides if you qualify to get a Utah real estate license and they have set forth standards that must be met in order to get a Utah real estate license.

 

Hopefully this information has helped answer some of your questions about the various parties and entities involved in the process of getting a Utah real estate license. If you have any questions please let us know! Or if you are ready to start the process of getting your real estate license you may enroll at our school on our Registration Page.

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Success in your first year as a Utah real estate agent is possible if you work your plan!

Congratulations!

You have finished your 120 hours of real estate education and you've submitted your paperwork to the Utah Division of Real Estate - you did it!

But now what? 

Well, first of all, understand that your new career is going to be exciting but it can also become frightening if you haven't created a business plan and haven't become realistic about what a career in real estate is all about, says 35 year Remax Real Estate professional and instructor Victoria Caldwell.

"A lot of people go into real estate thinking they will spend all this time looking at all these great houses," Caldwell said. "And while you do get to see some great properties, the reality is that you need to put your problem solving hat on. Because this industry is about 90 percent problem solving for your clients and 10 percent looking at great homes and properties."

While one of the most positive attractions to a career in real estate is the flexibility to schedule your life for yourself, that very loosey-goosey nature of the job can trip up a new real estate professional.

Create a business plan and then be honest with yourself about performing each of those daily steps and you will have success, says Caldwell.

"For instance if you create a business plan that requires you to reach out and contact, in any way, five people per week, then be honest with yourself about that and send those notes or make those calls or visits and then write those people's names into your planner," Caldwell said. "The key is to create a business plan that you stick to even when it begins to feel that it is not paying off."

So how do you come up with a business plan to kick off your new career and what might a business plan for a real estate agent look like?

"With the help of your broker, you can begin to create your real estate business plan," Caldwell said. 

A real estate business plan may look something like this:

1. Take the dollar amount that you want to make in real estate for a year and translate that into the number of clients (buyers and sellers) you will need to work with to earn that goal. To do this you will use the average net commission of the area. Your trainer can help you find that number. 

2. Take that number of clients and translate that into the number of clients you will need to attempt to work with over the year. Usually, for new real estate professionals, that number is three times the first number, Caldwell says.

3. Then take the number of clients you will need to attempt to work with and translate that number into the number of people you will need to be contacting weekly (again, three times the second figure).

"Say the average net commission is 7,500 - then I will make 75,000 selling 10 properties," Caldwell says. "So to get there I will have to actually go and offer my services to three times that many prospective buyers and sellers, which means I will have to offer my services to 30 people over the year. And to get to that many people actually intending to buy or sell, I will have to talk to 90 prospective sellers during the entire year."

Then it's a simple as dividing that number used in the example, 90, by the 50 weeks that you have in a year to accomplish your goal. This means the real estate professional who has created a business plan must talk to at least two people per week who might be thinking about selling or purchasing a home.

"These are people you have contact with who might be going through life changes," Caldwell says. "Perhaps they have had a baby, had a child move to college and want to downsize, have retired, things like that."

"While a business plan can feel overwhelming, successfully and diligently working it allows for some missed days," Caldwell says. "So if you successfully work your plan four days out of seven, three weeks out of four or nine months out of 12 and you are faithful to your plan, I guarantee you will be successful beyond what your goals are. You will blow them out of the water."

 

If you are ready to get your Utah real estate license you may register today or contact us with any questions!

 

Victoria Caldwell is a veteran real estate instructor in the state of Oklahoma. She is a 35 year real estate professional who is still full-time in the industry.

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Utah Real Estate Licensing...By the Numbers

We have created an infographic that shows the data associated with Utah real estate licensing. Check it out below. Click on the infographic for more detailed information about getting a Utah real estate license.

Utah Real Estate Licensing: By the Numbers

 

You may also view and download this infographic as a PDF file by clicking on the following link:

Utah Real Estate Licensing: By the Numbers

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New School Learning Platform Feature

We are excited to announce a great new addition to the training platform. The feature is a progress bar that will allow students to see how far along they are in their training to become a Utah real estate agent.

We try to keep things nice and simple at our real estate school, so the progress bar is nice and simple as well. Students will see the progress bar each time they login to their training course or access their account page. This progress bar allows students to easily see their progress without having to manually count each section or lesson that they have completed or through contacting school staff.

 

This is what the progress bar looks like:

 

Utah Real Estate School Progress Bar

 

If you are ready to start your progress towards a new real estate career please register today or contact us with any questions!

 

 

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Utah Real Estate Specialties: Recreational Properties

Utah Recreational PropertyUtah has a ton of awesome things to do for fun. There are many things to do and many things to see. People live in and visit Utah partly because of these great opportunities.

People in Utah enjoy a variety of recreational activities including the following:
  • Snow Sports
  • Hiking and Camping
  • Hunting and Fishing
  • Water Sports
  • Mountain Biking and Rock Crawling

 

Utah also boasts five national parks and 43 state parks! All of these attractions create the demand for nearby and real estate agents are needed that specialize in recreational real estate.

 

Specializing in recreational real estate may be a good choice for real estate agents that are ready for adventure! Agents in this specialty should be ready for new challenges everyday, and will definitely have a story to tell each day on the job.

 

Specialists in recreational properties will find themselves showing cabins, land, condos and other property types. Agents should also be familiar with the area and it's attractions in order to present the entire package to each client as the surrounding attractions are the main reason a client wants to buy the property.

 

We caught up Lane Nygren, a recreational property specialist with Intermountain Realty Group. We asked Lane a few questions about his career. Check out his responses!

 

What do you love about selling Recreational Properties?
Utah is home to so many beautiful and diverse landscapes. Focusing on recreational properties gives me an excuse to spend my time exploring incredible places and doing the things I love. While residential agents are driving their clients from house to house, I may be helping my client test out the fly fishing on what could be the property of his/her dreams. 
 

 


Utah Recreational PropertyWhat is the greatest adventure or experience you have had in selling Recreational Properties in Utah? 
As contrived as it sounds, every time I tour a property it's an adventure. I've stuck the ATV in the snow at 8,500 feet, I've stepped within six inches of a rattler, and I've been caught in my share of mountaintop lightning and thunderstorms. One of my favorite memories to date happened while filming a marketing video for a fishing property called Rainbow Springs Ranch  in Beaver, Utah. 
 
A local family had come to help as extras so we could get shots of them fishing and riding four-wheelers. The dad and his young son were asked by the director to slowly drive down past two fishing ponds and turn around and come back. Everything was going great until the boy reached up and squoze his dad's hand as they were making their turn at the edge of one of the ponds. I was chatting with the property owner when we heard a revving throttle followed by a  gigantic splash! We were able to get the dad and his son out of the pond quickly, and no one was hurt. I wish we could say the same for the four wheeler. Once everyone was out of the water and dried off a bit, we all had one heck of a laugh.
 

 

What is the biggest challenge in selling Recreational Properties?
The biggest challenge is getting Sellers to price their property in a range where someone will actually buy it. It's difficult for folks to let go a place where they have created so many special memories. All the properties we deal with are unique and finding comparable properties is often a challenge. It takes experience and knowledge to value recreational real estate accurately. Once you have the right value, the real challenge is getting your Seller on the same page
A career as a recreational real estate specialist has been very rewarding for Lane and others, it could for you as well! 

 

If you are interested in becoming a Utah Real Estate Agent feel free to enroll in our course or contact us with any questions!

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Real Estate Agent Specialization: Blog Series Introduction

We are proud to announce that we are creating a blog series about the various areas that a Utah real estate agent may focus in. Check back every week for the update blog on each of the featured specialties!

 

We are super excited about this blog series. We plan on featuring real examples from the lives of real estate agents that specialize in the following areas:

  • Farm and Ranch Properties
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Residential Real Estate

- Luxury Homes

- Golf and Resort Properties

- First Time Home Buyers

- Residential Income Property

 

Real estate students and visitors will gain a feel of what it would be like as a Utah real estate agent specializing in these areas. We feel that it is a generally good idea that real estate agents specialize in an area. This establishes them as a go to expert when buyers and sellers have a real estate need.

If you are ready to become an Agent, you should look into our real estate school and contact us with any questions about getting your real estate license. You can also register on our registration page.

 

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