Real Estate Licensing Exams with Online Digital Flashcards (Barron's Test Prep) Paperback – May 7, 2019
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About the Author
Jack P. Friedman earned a BBA degree in Finance from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem N.C., an MBA in Accounting from Pace University in New York, and a PhD in Business Administration with a major in Real Estate from Georgia State University in Atlanta Georgia.
Friedman is a State Certified General Appraiser with licenses in Illinois, Texas, Florida, Georgia and Kentucky. He holds the MAI, SRA and SREA designations from the Appraisal Institute; and the ASA designation from the American Society of Appraisers. He is a Counselor of Real Estate (CRE) awarded by the American Society of Real Estate Counselors, and a stockholder of the Real Estate Consulting Group of America. He is a Weimer Fellow in the Homer Hoyt Institute. Friedman has been licensed as a real estate broker in Texas for 40 years.
Friedman is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) originally earned in New York in 1969, licensed in Texas since 1976. He holds additional credentials awarded by the American Institute of CPAs including: Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
About the Publisher
In the 1930s, Manuel H. Barron opened a bookstore in Brooklyn, New York.
People from the community asked Mr. Barron about books that might be available to help their children study for the New York State Regents exams. After realizing there wasn't anything available, Mr. Barron's created his own study guides.
80 years later, Barron's has helped millions of people prepare for their next step.
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But I'm giving this book 3 out of 5 stars because of how it is presented, the sometimes poorly written practice tests and the non explanations of answers.
The chapters are presented as each title says it is. And it is laid out to were it shows you what brokers/salespersons need to study and what appraisers should study. Just read the introduction.
The readings were comprehendible. At some points I didn't quite understand but just read it again and I understood. When you reach the end of a chapter, there is a practice test. Some of the questions were hard to understand. I felt a few of them, the grammar was off and slang was used in the wording. Some other questions seemed like they had the wrong "correct" answers as compared to what I read in the chapter. I wish there was an explanation of the correct answer so I could see why this was the "correct" answer. The fact I had to double check answers made it confusing, which did not help me learn so I had to turn to other books and online material.
Also, on some of the practice tests, you encounter questions from chapters you haven't read yet or questions that are not even presented in the study material. It's like they wanted to throw in random questions as filler.
BUT I honestly feel that this book explained most of the material to where I was able to understand and grasp the information and PASS my exam on the 1st attempt. It was a lot better than my real estate courses I had taken.
Confusing? Kind of. I just can't recommend this book 100%. I recommend it with caution. You will have to use other study material to back up answers and subjects in order to use this book. Which is very unnecessary and therefore the low score.
Also, if you're serious about passing this exam, download an IOS app called "Real estate for dummies" . Not sure if they have it for android but probably. It's $10/ month with a 3 day free trial and has HUNDREDS of quiz questions ALL with explanations and they guy is actually pretty funny and keeps it interesting.