Dear Arizona Department of Real Estate –
I am trying to get my real estate broker's license. I have sat through the required 90 hours of
torture broker's licensing classes. Here many hours were spent by the instructors explaining the parts of the state exam that didn't match reality and truth. You know, things like "A real estate license is active for 4 years. But the answer on the exam will be 2 years because the exams haven't been updated yet."
To quote more than one instructor:
Don't worry about the truth, worry about what is on the test. Once you pass the exams, you can forget everything you learned here and get back to reality.
My brain is full of these little tidbits. I was hoping that I'd be able to sit for the licensing exams before all this non-truth fell out of my head.
But no. Why can't I sit for the state exams?
Because I am required to have a completed "Broker Candidate Experience Verification Form LI-226" signed off by the Department of Real Estate prior to taking my exams.
I completed the form, got my broker's signature as required, and it was delivered to the AZ DRE at 2:57pm on August 15, 2007:
That was two months ago. Needless to say, I haven't received my form back. Every day I go to my mail box, in anxious anticipation of getting my LI-226 back so I can get on with my life.
I understand that it says right on the LI-226 instructions to allow a minimum of three weeks for processing. I also realize that theoretically it could take an infinite amount of time to process the form since no maximum is stated. It is also impossible to get a human being on the phone to get some sort of idea of how much longer it might take for the Department to do whatever it is that it does.
Here is what I just can't comprehend… why does this verification form have to be completed just for me to take the test? I can understand needing to verify experience to get a broker's license, but just to take the test? It makes no sense.
So how about a rule change? Allow broker license candidates to sit for the exams prior to the LI-226 being blessed by the Department. That way we could finish off everything, keep the mis-information provided in licensing classes fresh and basically be completely done with the process while we sit and wait week after week after week to get a stupid form back.
Maybe affecting a rule change like this would be faster than getting the form processed. I don't know. Surely it can't take any longer.
Pretty please can I get my LI-226 form back? Soon?
Broker wanna be
[tags]Arizona Department of real estate, hopeless bureaucracy[/tags]
What a waste of good time, resources and brain power. This is really ridiculous.
I think the CA and AZ Departments of Real Estate might actually be the same entity!
rob aubrey says
What is amazing they go on to the federal government and write stuff like this. read what russell shaw dug out of the DOJ site.
“Brokers typically charge a commission based on a percentage of the home’s sale price. Over the past decade the average commission rate has remained relatively steady between 5.0 and 5.5 percent. As a result, the actual median commission paid by consumers rose sharply along with the run-up in home prices.
Unless broker costs were also rising sharply during this period of time, competition among brokers should have held commissions in check even as home prices were rising.”
I will look forward to reading the Phoenix Real Estate Broker.
You know, Jay, by the time they get the paperwork to you, you're gonna have to learn a whole different set of untruths. ;^D
The Property Pundit says
Hang in there, Jay. What a pain!
Thesa Chambers | Bro says
At least you still have the brain cells left to laugh – well kind of… they say good things happen for those that wait…. maybe that is why you are waiting 🙂
Dining Room Set says
You have just reinforced my poor opinion of bureaucrats everywhere. This is truly amazing. I hope that with this open letter, something will happen soon. All the best.
Chris Lengquist says
Classic. In Oklahoma where I originally got my license we had to know all about raparian rights. Sure. That's gonna matter in OK.
Late Night Austin Re says
I can't believe they dont update the tests. That is pretty annoying.
Raparian rights in Oklahoma? Maybe they are getting ready for the continents to start breaking up?