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This course is iPad compatible. Real estate is a highly regulated industry; therefore, it is absolutely vital for you to stay on top of changes to make sure that your business practices remain compliant. Just as every other state, Vermont provides specific rules and regulations to facilitate fair and ethical transactions. These rules and regulations encompass a wide range of areas, from compliance and general practice issues, to new licensing platforms, to financing.
The 2014-2016 Renewal Cycle Mandatory Course for Vermont will cover a number of distinct, yet important, topics for real estate professionals, including administrative updates, mandatory consumer disclosure requirements, case reviews, fees and taxes, and rules concerning lead-based paint and storm water, among others. Your instructor will ensure that you have a concrete understanding of these areas of practice by taking you step by step through each topic and explaining how they apply to your business as a real estate professional.
This course is iPad compatible. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. ~ Chinese ProverbThis Chinese proverb rings true about credit reports as well. Ideally, a homebuyer has been preparing to buy a home for years: saving a healthy down payment, eliminating debt, and boosting their credit score as much as possible. Unfortunately, many buyers in the market have not had the opportunity to do such things, so what can they do now? Being able to counsel people on improving their financial standing can not only improve your service to your current clients, it can also be used as a marketing tool to attract and help new clients!
This course has also been approved for post-licensing credit.
This course is iPad compatible. Take your business to a higher level by expanding your knowledge of investment real estate. In this advanced - yet easy-to-understand - course you will laugh and learn with your instructor, Tom Lundstedt, CCIM. Through a variety of lecture, recordings of live seminars, case studies and real-world, down-to-earth examples, Tom will take you Beyond the Basics of real estate investing.
Real estate is generally a safe profession, but there are dangers that agents are exposed to on occasion. While the number of work related deaths and injuries are relatively low, they are not nonexistent. Female real estate agents are more likely to become victims than men; however, men are not immune to attack.
Think about it: real estate licensees often meet complete strangers by themselves, in vacant properties, at odd hours, with little or no background information on the potential client(s). When you think about it this way, the job can sound dangerous. There are some basic safety protocols real estate professionals can employ in the field. Though your brokerage may have a set of security procedures in place, many brokerages rely on the individual agent to establish their own safety measures.
The purchase of a property is often the single largest and most important purchase a person will make in their lifetime. With the proper care, and an eye toward professional conduct, the process of buying property can be tremendously beneficial for both buyer and you. Understanding the complexities of the buyer/licensee relationship will allow you to communicate effectively with your customer or client and provide you with the tools you need to make a successful sale. This course is iPad compatible.
This course will focus on those tools necessary to successfully market, negotiate, and close the sale of a property. Participants will examine the components of a Competitive Market Analysis, as well as the factors that can cause the value and listing price of a property to be different. Students will also discuss the process of a transaction from offer to contract to closing, with special emphasis on the negotiation from initial offer to contract. In addition, students will also look at some of the issues that can arise between contract and closing, and what steps to take if the transaction comes apart at closing.This course is iPad compatible.
This Course is iPad compatible. The biggest generation in history - millennials - will likely have the biggest impact on real estate for the foreseeable future. The average age of a REALTOR is 56 and they need to understand the millennial generation and learn how to market to them, know what influences their lifestyle, and how to communicate and work with them. Recruiting millennial agents should be an important part of any broker’s growth strategy and they need to understand their work philosophy and have the tools and technology in place to meet their needs.
Discrimination can be subtle, overt, and often unintentional. As a real estate professional, it’s important that you avoid discrimination in order to build lasting relationships with customers and clients. To do this, you must be aware of and compliant with the laws that govern housing discrimination.This course is iPad compatible.
This course contains audio and video. As a real estate professional, it’s likely that you have a close relationship with the technology you utilize on a day-to-day basis. However, you may not always take the extra steps to protect these technological investments. Using technology properly and safely is essential to being successful in the real estate industry, particularly in a collaborative work environment. You should educate every member of your team on the potential dangers of technology, for one weak link in your chain can endanger the entire network. The point of this course is to open your eyes to how vulnerable you can be when using technology in your real estate business, and to teach you how to use it safely and effectively. This course will cover a number of topics, including viruses and malware, legal aspects of technology use, general tech etiquette, and safety tips.
This course is iPad compatible. The goal of this course is to prepare real estate licensees to have paperless transactions. The course progresses through the entire transaction process, starting with how to secure a computer and network to paperless marketing and advertising. Next, electronic signatures and digital record keeping are discussed, along with some key pieces of federal and state legislation. The course wraps up with follow-up ideas for closing and after the sale.
This course is iPad compatible. Sometimes buyers don't know
what they want, or they think they know what they want, but nothing is quite
right. This course will start with the
importance of having buyers pre-approved for financing if they need it. We will provide some techniques to help
buyers prioritize the things they want in a home and adjust his or her standard
buying strategies to suit the needs of different buyers. While summarizing some important consumer
preference studies we will shed light on how real estate licensees can simplify
the home-buying process. We know that
every buyer is different and this course will drill down the facts to help
buyers discover what they truly want in their home.
The real estate contract is perhaps one of the least understood documents in the real estate market, and yet it is the contract that is used most often. For your clients, the purchase of a home is generally the most expensive and life-changing decision they will make. Therefore, whether you are new to the real estate market or an established expert, it is important that you understand the fundamentals of contract law in order to protect both your and your clients’ interests. Your instructor will provide you with a unique look at contracts, from the history to the evolution, from definitions to types, and from Purchase and Sale to Loan Assumption Addendum. This course is iPad compatible.
Did you know that 1031 tax deferred exchanges are currently on the rise nationwide? Though the downturn in the real estate market resulted in a significant drop-off, the market is now recovering and the demand for 1031 exchanges is stronger than ever. As a real estate agent, knowing the fundamentals of 1031 tax deferred exchanges will allow you to infiltrate this burgeoning market. Your instructor will cover both the IRS rules and guidelines on 1031 exchanges and will provide valuable information that will allow you to enhance your professional expertise in assisting investor clients who are seeking to benefit from capital gains tax deferral. This course contains audio and video.This course is iPad compatible.
Did you know that 1031 tax deferred exchanges are currently on the rise nationwide? Though the downturn in the real estate market resulted in a significant drop-off, the market is now recovering and the demand for 1031 exchanges is stronger than ever. As a real estate agent, knowing the fundamentals of 1031 tax deferred exchanges will allow you to infiltrate this burgeoning market. Your instructor will cover both the IRS rules and guidelines on 1031 exchanges and will provide valuable information that will allow you to enhance your professional expertise in assisting investor clients who are seeking to benefit from capital gains tax deferral.
This course is iPad compatible. Did you know that the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics is over 100 years old? Though the real estate market has evolved a lot since 1913, one aspect that has not changed is that home buyers continue to select professionals who hold themselves to a high ethical standard. Familiarity with the Code of Ethics will allow you to build stable and lasting relationships with your clients. Your instructor will provide you with an overview of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of REALTORS® as it applies to the profession of real estate. Additionally, your instructor will enhance your understanding of ethical behavior by providing you with sample scenarios and common illegal practices to guide the practical decision-making of licensees.
State and Local NAR Chapters have the authority to accept this course as meeting the NAR Ethics quadrennial requirement. This course has also been approved for post-licensing credit.
This course is iPad compatible. An individual with a disability is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.
The Americans with Disabilities Act protects this group of people so that they may have equal access to public accommodations, employment, public services, and so on. Real estate licensees must be aware of these important laws so that they understand what is required in the built environment, and also the appropriate treatment of this protected class of consumers under the law.
This course goes beyond the basics that real estate licensees learn in their pre-licensing courses. Upon completion of this course, real estate professionals will have a deeper understanding of the purpose, history, application, and enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Liens, taxes, and
foreclosures are perhaps three of the most important components of the real
estate market. This course will provide you with a comprehensive study of all
aspects of liens, titles, and foreclosures, addressing all types of liens and
their classifications. Your instructor will also discuss taxes and their
importance in the real estate industry, in addition to foreclosures and how to
delay and dispute them.
This course is iPad compatible.
This course is iPad compatible. During the past decade or so, historic swings in housing, labor and stock markets have defined an economic climate which can only be described as uncertain. The economic unpredictability of the Great Recession of 2007 permeated every facet and demographic one could imagine. Gen Y’s postponement of their financial independence has recently created a new brand of tenant - the Generation Y tenant. An unprecedented increase in the amount of Generation Y young adults live with their parents - a statistic that convincingly demonstrates that the millennial generation has delayed their financial independence. Meaningful and compelling social focus has been performed to reveal how this new generation of young adults have fared in the wake of the Great Recession; with particular attention devoted to the comparison of Generation Y’s delayed financial independence compared to previous generations. This course explores how the field of Property Management has changed in reaction to tenant demographics that are vastly different from the typical tenant of past.
This course is iPad compatible. Like so many industries, technology is rapidly changing the way real estate professionals conduct their business. Now more than ever, agencies are using the Internet to interact with consumers and create new and innovative marketing platforms. However, the term “technology” is multifaceted in the real estate world. It’s not only the Internet that real estate professionals are using to their advantage. It’s smart phones, online mapping, mobile apps, printers, scanners, and more. Your instructor will review how technology has affected the real estate industry, how it’s changed the real estate consumer, and how the modern real estate practitioner can best utilize technology and all the different tools available to best service a continuously evolving market.
For over 30 years, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) has ensured that consumers throughout the United States are granted accessible and helpful information on the cost of mortgage settlements and are protected from unreasonably high settlement charges. This Act has seen its share of changes over the years, and as a practicing real estate professional, it is important that you are knowledgeable about its most recent revisions, specifically the new TILA-RESPA Rule. When the rule and changes go into effect on October 1, 2015, your clients will encounter new forms and procedures at the closing table. Your instructor will cover the primary objectives of TILA-RESPA Rule, identify those documents that have been replaced, and cover the specific details of each new form.
This course is iPad compatible. This course is designed to educate real estate professionals about the process and advantages of using IRA funds to invest in real estate. It will include information on the history of investing retirement funds in real estate, how the process works, market conditions that make it an attractive option, and the effects of market volatility. Particular areas of discussion include different types retirement accounts, their costs and regulation, finding eligible properties and managing the investment, and guidance on managing profits from sales, writing off loss, tax penalties and other considerations.
This course is iPad compatible. This course is designed to educate real estate professionals about real estate crowdfunding, the opportunities for individual investors, how real estate companies can raise capital to fund projects, and how to get started. Detailed discussion of related regulations will also be provided.
Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Differentiate between accredited and unaccredited investors in the context of crowdfunding
Identify four key pieces of legislation that impact real estate crowdfunding
List the benefits of pending legislation to the small real estate investor and to developers
Quantify the benefits of CRE investing through crowdfunding platforms
Identify advantages presented by the different product types available through crowdfunding, both to investors and developers
Identify at least 2 specific tools for investors to use in evaluating purchases offered through crowdfunding platforms
Compare closing times for crowdfunded projects vs. those using traditional financing routes
List 3 specific benefits to raising capital via crowdfunding over traditional sources.
Define guaranteed pre-funding and discuss its advantages
List the benefits outlined by the idea of 300>1
This course is iPad compatible. This course covers the general topics that affect those professionals tasked with the responsibility of professionally managing real property. Students will first be introduced to those issues that directly impact property owners. The second chapter outlines the matters relating to tenant-centric topics. Finally, the last chapter details pitfalls a professional property manager faces operating a business as a property management business owner.
Course Learning Objectives
Upon Completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
• Identify property management basics
• Identify the varying types of property owners and their differing needs
• Understand the concept of Capitalization Rate and calculate one for a rental property
• Identify various rental payment plans and the benefits each offers
• Explain the risks of filing a tenant eviction
• Identify lead-based paint issues in residential rentals
• Recognize the different organizational structures of companies
• Identify Federally protected Fair-Housing classes
• Identify and avoid antitrust violations
This course is iPad compatible. This course provides an in-depth look at FHA mortgage lending policies. The purpose is to familiarize real estate professionals with the current regulations and how they apply to residential lending of various property types. First, it investigates what FHA deems to be unacceptable locations. It details potential hazards such as subsidence, heavy traffic, and proximity to high-voltage transmission lines and high-pressure gas lines. Next, it analyzes specific issues about the property itself. This includes an analysis of the physical improvements and site improvements, such as wells and septic systems. Later, it addresses defective structural conditions and maintenance issues. It details when properties can be approved “as is” and when they need to have repairs or replacement of defective items. It also indicates the requirements for satisfactory inspection of mechanical systems such as heating and cooling systems, plumbing and electrical systems. It examines FHA 203(K) and Streamlined (K) mortgages that are designed for rehabilitation. It will also document the FHA requirements for various specific property types.
This course is iPad compatible. Commercial real estate encompasses a wide array of property types – from office and retail space, to residential rental properties, to heavy manufacturing and warehousing. Some real estate licensees may cover the spectrum of commercial real estate, while others will choose to specialize in one or a few distinct types of properties and/or clients. These transactions may be simple or quite complicated. In addition, knowledge of sophisticated financial software programs is an important tool for successful transactions. This course serves as a primer for those wishing to enter into the commercial real estate business, and for those who wish for a back-to-basics refresher.
This Course is iPad compatible. This real estate finance course will cover, in detail, the root definitions of mortgages, trust deeds, title insurance, and other factors associated with the field of real estate. Additionally, we will cover how the primary and secondary mortgage markets interact with one another, and how the Central Bank and federal government either open or close off the figurative “floodgates” of access to money.
This course is iPad compatible. Urbanization is not a new phenomenon, but what is significant about urban growth today is the accelerated pace at which it is occurring. According to the UN, more than 1 million people move to cities globally every week and 6.3 billion will be living in cities by 2050. That is 67% of the world’s population. For real estate professionals, this means that business strategies must evolve with the changing patterns of demand in urban, suburban, and rural regions of property development. This course will provide you with the tools you need to navigate the ever-evolving real estate market by providing you with statistical histories on urban, suburban, and rural U.S. regions, an explanation of the “boomerang” effect from cities to suburbia and vice versa, and information on the current popularity of urban areas, among other topics.
This course is iPad compatible. This course is designed to help licensees working with or considering working with buyers statistically designated as low to moderate income households by federal and state guidelines. The history and current environment for affordable housing will be explored with emphasis on identifying and overcoming if possible the challenges to making homeownership a reality for this market.
This is a non-credit, professional development course.How would you like to generate business from social media in under 15 minutes a day? Whether you are new or well-versed to the world of social media & looking for a way to take it to the next level, this course teaches you why social media has become a force in business, how you can find & connect with potential clients online, plus a behind the scenes tour of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Active Rain, YouTube, Pinterest & More.
This is a non-credit course.
This is a non-credit, professional development course.Are you aware of all of the free and inexpensive Google tools that are available to help you reduce your business operating costs, streamline communication, and improve your work efficiency? In this 3-hour course, we'll introduce you to the best of these tools for your real estate business and show you how to leverage the Google search engine and advertising network to increase your presence in the marketplace to retain and/or attract new business.