How I Passed North Carolina Real Estate Exams And Became A Realtor

Maybe this is not the right time to write a blog post on becoming a realtor. After all, we are approaching the holidays, and I should be writing about holiday gifts, Christmas shopping, or seasonal events. However, because I like to stay authentic, I wanted to take this time to talk about something that I’ve accomplished recently. And perhaps inspire you along the way. Or ignite your New Year’s resolutions!

So, late this summer, I enrolled in a real estate school here in Charlotte, NC. I took a grueling full-time six-week course that was not easy and demanded a lot of time and dedication to pass the class test, which then qualifies you to sit for the state exams. There are two: one is national, and one is a state test.

I passed all tests successfully with a retake on the national exam, which was the trickiest in terms of the way questions were asked but, I studied hard and dedicated a lot of time and effort to achieve this goal.

Once I passed all exams, I applied with the North Carolina Real Estate Commission for my broker license. North Carolina is a broker state, which means you obtain your broker license on a provisional status until you complete post-licensing education within eighteen-months of becoming a provisional broker.

Next, once my license was issued, I applied to a brokerage firm of my choice immediately. I didn’t even wait for the NCREC to mail my certificate; instead, I went online and downloaded my realtor broker pocket card with my license number for my real estate brokerage application. The company I chose is called eXp Realty, and it’s the fastest-growing brokerage in the United States with offices also in Canada and the UK.

At eXp Realty, we meet in an online space that resembles a game interface. Additionally, we have fun Avatars that change outfits and attend live meetings. During the holidays we can even wear Santa hats. Also decorated is our virtual campus with lots of winter snowflakes. What’s convenient is that I get to work from home, and if I have a question for any of my BIC’s (Broker-in-Charge), I teleport my avatar to the virtual eXp Realty offices and “knock on BIC’s doors,” whoever is on duty will try to answer my question. 

Overall, I am pleased with my decision. Maybe because I am a secret nerd, or perhaps because I like technology, or because I believe in the future of innovation; nonetheless, I love being a part of this organization.

For those of you who are resistant to change, remember Amazon? If I’m not wrong, because I can’t remember that far, people had some preconceived notions about its initial online opening. Now, it is the biggest e-commerce shop of all time. And almost everyone shops there. Similarly, that’s the future of eXp Realty and its cloud brokerage!

Additionally, upon joining eXp Realty, I joined the National Association of Realtors and Charlotte, NC MLS Association. Soon after becoming active under my BIC, I’ve enrolled in three post-licensing courses, ninety hours in total. Each post-licensing class requires the North Carolina Real Estate Commission to remain active after the eighteen-month period ends. Or your broker credentials become inactive. The removal of provisional status happens after passing exams on three separate, 30-hour courses; then, you become a full broker. And, you no longer have to be supervised by a BIC.

In the end, or maybe just a beginning, I went through many sacrifices to accomplish this milestone. During school and exam time, I was practically unavailable for my family. I didn’t watch TV, and I didn’t go to social events. I just ate and studied and slept. That’s how demanding and challenging the material is. In my honest opinion, I think class time should extend over an entire college semester. So far, anyone that says they can wing it on the weekend while working full time. I am sorry to tell you this, but the chances of you passing the intricate realtor state exams are very slim unless you’re a genius. And I am not! 

Reflecting on the year 2019 and slowly walking into the marvelous 2020, I enter armed with a new experience that will open doors to a new adventure: an exciting career in real estate and becoming a realtor! 

In terms of staying up to date on education, last month, I’ve read five books on the subject of real estate. There is a lot of information out there and sometimes even too much with many real estate gurus, coaches, and advisors trying to help you seemingly. But, in the end, throw you in a funnel to buy their courses – be careful if I may provide a bit of straightforward advice. Use your gut and go with what your intuition is telling you.

Like everything, the input is abundant, but there are always those unique gems among the mountains of information. I found such, and I will be covering my particular realtor book recommendations for new real estate agents in my next blog post. As well as how I organize my day, who I learn from, and how the heck I begin my first client experience in real estate! Because when you come out of the real estate school, you can sometimes feel a bit lost.

On that note, if you think of becoming a real estate agent and want to learn more about eXp Realty. Or my journey – shoot me a message! I will be happy to help. And provide my testimony free of charge: no catches, no funnels, no pesky sales lines. Just peer to peer help.

And now, my friend, as I bid you adieu. I’m ready to face my new challenge in the exciting world of real estate. As such, today, I dive into writing my realtor business plan. Composing a marketing strategy, and of course: shopping for girl boss office supplies. Hey! Just because I’m in real estate doesn’t mean I have to let go of my feminine touches. I love pink. And the world would be a better place if some things had a little bit pink in it. 

*Note: This article premiered on Nov 20, 2019. We are reposting due to high demand. 

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Davidson, North Carolina – Pumpkin Patch

Article originally published on October 15, 2018.

Davidson North Carolina Pumpkin Patch.

While driving this weekend, we made an unexpected stop. We went by a particular Pumpkin Patch in Davidson, NC, and decided to check it out. 

Do you ever do this? Just see something interesting, pool over, and have fun?  That’s what we did!

Too bad I didn’t have my DSLR with me. But, I took out my iPhone to take a few snapshots of this charming little Pumpkin Patch in Davidson, NC.

I thought if someone wanted to decorate their home with a multitude of pumpkins – that was undoubtedly the place to be! A little, pumpkin heaven! So colorful and beautifully arranged. A common area on the side of the road that brings a smile to your face. It certainly made me smile. You just gotta love the little town of Davidson, North Carolina! 

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“Davidson is a charming, Southern college town. Established in 1837, Davidson College is a vital part of the town’s identity today. The main street of Davidson offers a variety of shops, restaurants, wide sidewalks and public library. The town is proud to be pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Explore more than 12 miles of greenways and bike lanes, parks, national arboretum, farmers market and beautiful flowers throughout town. See an art exhibition at the Belk Visual Arts Center and walk through one of the many art galleries. In September 2011 Davidson was given official recognition for their reputation as a Walk Friendly Community – Bronze Level. Davidson was also awarded its first Tree City USA designation making it one of just 72 communities in North Carolina and just 3,000 nationwide to receive the award.”

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The Simple Things – Appreciating Changing Seasons

This article was originally published on October 22, 2018.


Hello Friends,

Today, it’s all about The Simple Things – Appreciating Changing Seasons.

As such, I hope your weekend was beautiful!

What did you do? Anything fun?

For us, as usual, when the weather is beautiful, our favorite way to start the weekend is to go for a morning walk. Therefore, we always try to connect with nature and, at the same time, do some sunbathing. Even if it’s cold out, I think this is the best way to get some natural vitamin D.

This weekend, we went for a long walk in the nearby Jetton Park situated next to the bay water of our magnificent Lake Norman. What a pleasure to be outdoors wearing some hats and gloves already and enjoying the crisp air. The sun rays nourishing our faces.

While in the woods, I could spot the leaves changing. Autumn artfully doing what it’s supposed to do – paint the world with her favorite golden hue. A sign of things mellowing down.

Though early in the morning, people were already jogging. Some were walking their dogs while enjoying the chilly, breezy morning. Probably nature lovers, like us. I was basking in the simple things.

A walk in the park. A run along the damp trails. A quiet conversation with a friend. A thoughtful contemplation over the changing seasons.

Sometimes we forget to focus on ordinary things. Appreciate our surroundings, to be grateful, be bashful.  

It’s never too late!

There is always time to turn things around and get back to enjoying the things we used to do when we were kids, like spending time outside even though it’s cold out. Playing, frolicking, running, enjoying the wilderness, and being with a friend.

Thus, don’t wait too long – go out and play now. And if you’re already doing it. Don’t forget to call that friend that is missing the fun and invite them to play.  

So, tell us, do you take walks outside? If, so what’s your favorite spot?

Happy Fall Week!  

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Permission For Me Time


Do you ever wish that you could set time aside to spend a day by yourself and do anything you want? But don’t have the time or feel guilty about it? We all have those days when we run around in circles and forget to take care of ourselves.

If you’ve been neglecting yourself lately and need some inspiration on how to get back on track in the self-care department, then tune in to this short podcast about permitting ourselves to spend solo time, aka “me time.”

In this episode, your host, Joanna Sobjanek, shares simple examples of how she cultivates a slow-living habit that is beneficial to our mental, physical and spiritual health. 

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Facing Fears – My Story About Moving Abroad

My Story About Moving Abroad

On this podcast, I’m talking about fears, big decisions, simplifying your life, and taking a leap to do the things we want to do in spite of being afraid.

Most importantly, I share my own story. What’s it like to move abroad with only two suitcases. Live there for a few years, then return home.

Also, I reveal what it’s like to get rid of all of your belongings, embrace adventure, and live your life to the fullest while going through intimate personal discovery.

Further on, I describe how I adjusted to new European surroundings, bought new things. Subsequently, got rid of those things. And, returned to the states with – again – only two suitcases.

Most importantly, I divulge how the experience shaped who I am today, and how I look at life having gone through the journey, and how I faced my fears, without knowing the outcome. In addition, I talk about how I view consumerism after traveling so much with my desire to live a simpler life today. 

As such, if you are struggling with a major life decision, I hope that my story will inspire and motivate you and ease some of your own fears, and worries. Perhaps, this small fragment of my adventure will provide a little bit of motivation to live your best life, right now. Time is precious my friend. 

If you need just that one last push so that ugly fear doesn’t hold you back to do whatever you want to do in life then perhaps my humble experience will encourage you to take a leap of faith and trust that it will all work out in the end.  

And, even if it doesn’t – it’s still an excellent opportunity to gain priceless life’s lessons one cannot obtain at any university.

It’s called being scared and saddling up anyway. Take the jump! 

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Beaufort – Second Oldest City In South Carolina

Hello Friends!

Today’s photo report is all about Beaufort – Second Oldest City In South Carolina, and it’s surrounding areas. 

This undervalued historic little town is quaint, exciting, and the perfect place to take your significant other to spend a romantic weekend while exploring the history of the United States. You must visit!

Here is a quote from The Rhett House Inn, where you can explore more about the history of this mystical city.

The History of Beaufort, South Carolina by The Rhett House

“The Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands,” Beaufort was formally founded in 1711 and is the second oldest city in South Carolina after Charleston. 

A mere 22 years after Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492, Spanish explorer Capt. Pedro de Salaza of Hispanola landed on what is now Parris Island (named initially “Wambahee Island” by the Yemassee Indians) in 1514, becoming only the second European in history to set foot on North American soil (Ponce de Leon had landed in St. Augustine one year earlier). Capt. de Salaza named the area “Santa Elena,” or “St. Helena” and built a makeshift settlement on the island.

Because of its sublime beauty and quintessential Southern “look,” Beaufort is a favorite with filmmakers. Some of the most popular and celebrated films in Hollywood history were filmed in and around Beaufort: 

“The Big Chill” (1983), “The Prince of Tides” (1989), and “Forrest Gump” (2001). These films all went on to become huge box office hits and integral elements of the 20th – 21st century American cultural lexicon. Their unprecedented success, universal appeal, and breathtaking location photography made Beaufort herself a star and favored travel destination for history-minded travelers.”

Hunting Island State Park

You can also take a stroll through the park’s jungle and maybe even spot a crocodile. Though, we were lucky enough only to meet a friendly, green frog who seemed to loved to model and pose for my photos! 

I hope you enjoy this photo report and the pictures. Let me know in the comments below. 

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Boating marina.

Southern architecture entails pink elements like these stairs – did someone say pink? Yay!

Kayaks on the boating marina.

I took a photo of this back doorway. It’s old but what struck me is that many people must have walked up these stairs since the city was built.

Romantic boating marina with side promenade to take long walks.

Historic Beaufort has a visitor center, and you can even get a free town area map!

Just like in Charleston, you can ride a horse carriage with a tour guide to get to know Beaufort a little better.

Visit at Hunting Island State Park, where crocodiles live.

Jungle frog who liked to pose for pictures.

This magnificent lighthouse was built in 1873. What did people look like back then? Amazing!

I met this cute little dog on the beach in Hunting Island State Park. I wanted to take him home with me. But he already had an owner.

Second Oldest City In South Carolina - Lovely Beaufort

And, that’s me, happy as a hippo hanging out in Beaufort, SC

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Note: This article was originally published on September 7, 2018

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