By Darlys Walker

Published February 21, 2018  


Is the DPBR going in circles? Well, I’m not sure if they are or aren’t, but I am certain they have me and many others feeling that way. Over the last few months, in an attempt to obtain additional licenses for the state of Florida, a process which should have taken a couple of weeks, is now approaching 3 months! If you go to the DPBR website it tells you to get electronic fingerprints, refers you to companies that do electronic fingerprints, but they don’t tell you that you must be a Florida resident to use this service. It took four phone calls to finally figure out that if you live out of state, you need to send your fingerprints, on a fingerprint card that they provide and mail to you! Once your fingerprints are done, where do you send them? Again, there is only one address on the instructions, but guess what? It’s not THE address for processing fingerprints!


After waiting several weeks and several more phone calls, the DPBR informed us that the fingerprints were in fact received, but were sent back because they reached the wrong location. When told they had been returned 2 weeks prior, we questioned where they were returned as we had not received them. We found out they were sent back to an incorrect address! So now my fingerprints are out there somewhere! Luckily, I tracked them down, resent them to the correct location and was approved to take the state exam.


Following the DPBR’s instruction, I located the testing company and scheduled what I believed to be my final exam! Nope! That would be too simple! I paid and took the “practice test”, assuming once completed, I would move on to the final test. Nope! After completing the practice test which cost $79, and apparently is required, (Shouldn’t I decide if I need a practice test?) I couldn’t find any additional information on scheduling my final test! Four more calls to the DPBR and 1.5 hours on hold, I was finally able to schedule and pass my final exam! Yay! I’m almost there! HA, nope! I contact the DPBR to activate my license and they ask me what type? Sole Proprietor, Corporation/Real Estate or Broker/Sales? When questioned about the difference, I’m told, “not sure”, call the Florida Realtors legal hotline number. While calling the legal hotline number I’m informed you have to be a member of the Florida Realtors Association in order to ask questions and guess what…your license has to be activated in order to be a member!



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Darlys Walker, Founder and CEO of Condominium Concepts Management, Inc. (CCM), is recognized for her straight talk, subject matter expertise, and valued insights regarding real  

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   From its beginnings in 2000, CCM has become a well-respected asset manager and now works with over 100 associations with 16,000 units served by over 300 employees. Darlys and her team deliver resources and responsiveness through six regional offices - in Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Charleston, Nashville and Atlanta.


   Darlys Walker is best known for her passion and precision, understanding that the only difference that matters in today's demanding marketplace is service delivery ... doing what is promised and what is right. She knows that every community serves two masters ... the property owner/developer and the resident/homeowner. "If we are not equally responsive to both, we are not doing our job," she states.  


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   She is a licensed Real Estate Broker in four states, holds an Associate's Degree in Marketing and has earned the Accredited Real Estate Manager designation from the Georgia Institute of Real Estate Management. Also she is one of few certified as a Lead-Based Paint Abatement & Removal Trainer in Georgia.


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