Don’t Tell Anyone that you are taking the Real Estate exam

Published Thursday, June 14, 2018

Don’t tell anyone …

When you decide to embark on a real estate career, most people want to tell everyone they know.  I’m going to suggest that you hold off on that announcement until you pass the state exam.  When it’s time to take your state real estate license exam, it’s very important that you’re confident, you understand the material, and you limit your stress.  Therefore, DON’T TELL ANYONE!  Don’t tell your husband, don’t tell your wife, don’t tell your parents, don’t tell your friends, don’t tell anyone!  I’m not suggesting that you lie or deceive them, just make the appointment and go.  When you study real estate, you’ll learn the law of agency.  An important element of that law is confidentiality.  I’m asking you to practice confidentiality.

When I took my state exam in the early 1970s, I was as prepared as I could be.  I passed my pre-license course, I studied hard and I thought I had a real good handle on the subject.  During the test, however, a question came up that I didn’t understand.  Then another, and another, and I found myself losing confidence and actually thinking, “I might not pass this test.”  I started getting really nervous and then something worse happened.  I got a question that I actually knew the answer to but I was so nervous that I just couldn’t remember it.  Then I had a horrible thought, “What will my sweet wife think if I don’t pass?  I’ll be embarrassed.  I’ll be humiliated!”  I actually found myself thinking, “I wish I hadn’t told her I was taking this test today.”  Well, it turned out that I did pass the state exam, but that experience was terrifying.

I tell that story to all my students because that’s the very best state exam test taking tip I can offer: don’t tell anyone.  Letting people know when you’ll be testing can be a big stress builder.  Most often they love you and only want the best for you.  They’ll say things like, “Good luck … I’m sure you’ll do fine … give me a call when you’re done.”  They don’t realize it but that’s stress.  If you don’t tell anyone, that stress is just not there.  If no one knows, and you don’t have that stress, you will pass … and there’s a big plus … think of how great it will be to tell your spouse at dinner, “Honey, guess what I did today?  I took my state exam and passed!” Think about that moment.  How cool will that be!


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A REALTOR® is a licensed real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, (NAR) the largest trade group in the country.

Every agent is not a REALTOR®.  You become a REALTOR® after you pass your real estate course, pass the state license exam, join a real estate company and then join the National Association of REALTORS®.

According to the NAR, the term REALTOR has one, and only one, meaning:
"REALTOR® is a federally registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics."

Michael Fair, President and Director of Your House Academy is an NAR member.