Approval #:17127 Sponsor Code: 0224
The objective of this course to provide students with an overview of mandatory topics, including two hours in Fair Housing, one hour in Contract Law and one hour in Agency Law.
*IMPORTANT NOTICES* - 1) This course is approved for 2 hrs Fair Housing, 1 hr Agency and 1 hr Contracts. 2) VA requires seat time equivalent to the hours for which the course is approved. 3) A notarized affidavit is required upon completion of all courses (except non-credit courses).
Approval #:20447 Sponsor Code: 0224
This course is iPad compatible. The practice of real estate in Virginia has seen a turbulent and exciting time in the last few years. Markets have adjusted, sales volumes have fallen and risen, and a number of legislative items have passed in the state. This course will cover some of the more important legal and emerging trends, followed by some recent disciplinary actions imposed by the Virginia Real Estate Board. Topics covered in the course include Mortgage Act and Practices Rule, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, FHA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and will cover Ethics and Standards of Practice as based on the National Association of Realtors ® Code of Ethics. This course covers the 1 hour in Legal Updates and Emerging Trends along with the 3 hours in ethics & Standard of Conduct. This course includes and has been approved as meeting the flood hazard areas and the National Flood Insurance Program requirement.
This course covers the following requirements: 1 hour in Legal Updates and Emerging Trends along with the 3 hours in ethics & Standard of Conduct. This course includes and has been approved as meeting the flood hazard areas and the National Flood Insurance Program requirement.
Approval #:20446 Sponsor Code: 0224
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.
VA requires seat time equivalent to the hours for which the course is approved. A notarized affidavit is required upon completion of all courses (except non-credit courses). State and Local NAR Chapters have the authority to accept this course as meeting the NAR Ethics quadrennial requirement.
Approval #:18848 Sponsor Code: 0224
This course is designed to fulfill continuing education credit for real estate professionals. The objective of this course is to provide a guide for successfully managing a real estate brokerage firm.
*IMPORTANT NOTICES* - 1) This course fulfills the 8-hour Broker Management and Agent Supervision Requirement for Broker License Renewal. 2) VA requires a timing mechanism for online courses. 3) VA requires a notarized affidavit upon completion of for credit courses.
Approval #:20315 Sponsor Code: 0224
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.
VA requires seat time equivalent to the hours for which the course is approved. A notarized affidavit is required upon completion of all courses (except non-credit courses).
Approval #:21392 Sponsor Code: 0224
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.
Approval #:20184 Sponsor Code: 0224
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.
Approval #:20735 Sponsor Code: 0224
In recent years, green building has become more than just a trend. Nearly 40% of home buyers consider energy efficient features to be "very important". This is not simply because home buyers wish to reduce their environmental footprint. The cost of sustainable materials and products is low, making green building one of the most cost-effective types of construction. Therefore, knowledge of the green building market segment will allow you a competitive advantage in the real estate industry.
This course is iPad compatible.
Approval #:18111 Sponsor Code: 0224
This course is iPad compatible. The listing agreement is the first contract
in what can be a long process to the sale and closing of a property. We will explore the many intricacies of this agreement
as well as some case studies to help you better understand listing agreements
as they are used throughout your real estate career. There are many important terms and conditions
stated within a listing agreement, this course will define these as well as
note the importance of using the latest version. By the end of the course you will also be
more familiar the new laws and have access to useful resources to get further
in your professional career.
Approval #:21539 Sponsor Code: 0224
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.
Approval #:21077 Sponsor Code: 0224
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.
Approval #:21393 Sponsor Code: 0224
This course is iPad Compatible. Many real estate agents operate in a certain specialty or “niche,” and perhaps with a little thought, many more would take the time to discover the benefits of carving out a niche for themselves. When agents market themselves as experts in a certain aspects of the industry, it not only helps the agent, but the client/customer as well. Customers need to know who the most knowledgeable, experienced professional in the area is. If there is an agent who specializes in the topic the customer needs assistance with, it is good for the industry if that customer is made aware of that agent. This course is designed to help agents identify a niche that they may want to specialize in and to be able to market themselves as an expert so that all customers are receiving the best care possible by an experienced expert in the industry.
Approval #:20192 Sponsor Code: 0224
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.
Approval #:21090 Sponsor Code: 0224
This course is iPad compatible. This course describes some of the most important aspects of the element lead, one of the oldest known elements on earth. It begins with a brief history of lead, including historical and modern uses. A discussion follows of the most common sources for lead contamination both inside the home as well as outside the home.
Once a general understanding of lead and its likely sources of exposure is discussed, the course narrows in on the laws surrounding this toxic element, with a particular focus on those of relevance to property managers. Of vital importance is the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP). As property managers, it is also important to have a basic understanding of the Lead-Safe certification process for firms as well as for individual renovators. Your maintenance staff, your company, or those you hire for repair work may need this certification. If you perform the work, you may need the certification yourself. Specific points of the RRP law and amendments are addressed.
Finally, the course asks you to consider a hypothetical scenario in which a property manager has neglected to follow requirements of various laws and asks you to consider the violations made. Some of the specific health effects associated with lead exposure in children (as well as adults) are described. The course ends with descriptions of the legal responsibilities of the property manager to tenants when leasing or renovating older buildings. Questions you should ask of potential contractors and a variety of resources are described and provided.
Approval #:21064 Sponsor Code: 0224
This course is iPad compatible. This course is designed as a practical guide that will cover all facets of the law of agency. It will cover the history of agency law and common law and give an overview of the development of the agency arrangement throughout the years. The course will explain the key elements of fiduciary responsibility, as well as the consequences for failing to carry out those responsibilities.
Approval #:20304 Sponsor Code: 0224
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.
Approval #:20300 Sponsor Code: 0224
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.
Approval #:18109 Sponsor Code: 0224
This course is iPad compatible. The difference between a good listing agreement and a lousy one has everything to do with your knowledge and preparation of the document. Being well-prepared and knowing how to distinguish between certain categories of agreements will not only yield a good listing agreement, it will give you confidence with a wide range of clients. Your instructor will provide you an in-depth look at the intricacies of listing agreements and will explore some case studies to help you better understand listing agreements as they are used throughout a real estate career.
Approval #:18107 Sponsor Code: 0224
As a practicing or potential property manager, you should familiarize yourself with fair housing laws in order to avoid possible liabilities or violations. These violations can often be expensive and can damage your reputation with clientele. Your instructor will cover the fair housing laws in the United States as pertaining to property management and will provide you with a detailed look at scenarios where you could find yourself in violation of fair housing laws. In addition, your instructor will also offer useful examples and suggestions for you to incorporate into your practice in an attempt to avoid fair housing claims. This course is iPad compatible.
As a practicing or potential property manager, you should familiarize yourself with fair housing laws in order to avoid possible liabilities or violations. These violations can often be expensive and can damage your reputation with clientele. Your instructor will cover the fair housing laws in the United States as pertaining to property management and will provide you with a detailed look at scenarios where you could find yourself in violation of fair housing laws. In addition, your instructor will also offer useful examples and suggestions for you to incorporate into your practice in an attempt to avoid fair housing claims.
Approval #:20967 Sponsor Code: 0224
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.
Approval #:21535 Sponsor Code: 0224
The course is iPad compatible. Real estate trust accounts are typically separate accounts that are municipally required to be maintained and monitored by licensed real estate professionals (brokers, property management companies, individually licensed property managers, etc.) for the purpose of depositing certain funds received on behalf of a client or business entity. A real estate brokerage company, or similar licensed business, will usually set up a trust account at a bank or other lawfully recognized depository. The funds deposited in the trust account are received by a broker, salesperson, property manager, or the like on behalf of an individual (usually the buyer, renter, or lessee), and are held in the performance of any acts for which a real estate license is required.
The main purpose of this course is to help further educate licensed real estate and similar industry professionals about trust accounts that are used in a variety real estate formats. Trust accounts are mandated by various municipal entities, and often guided by specific state legislation. This review will delineate multiple areas where trust account types are required, and explain how they work and function within numerous real estate vocations and corresponding business relationships.
Approval #:20959 Sponsor Code: 0224
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.
Approval #:20075 Sponsor Code: 0224
This course is iPad compatible. For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures have become a significant part of their business. These types of transactions can be challenging and complicated so it’s crucial that you know exactly what you are doing. Knowing how to maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as how to identify the distinct real estate opportunities in foreclosure are not merely good skills to have in today’s market – they are crucial! This course will help students become comfortable identifying and handling short sales and foreclosures. We will be covering the basics of getting started with short sales including definitions, challenges and finding leads. We’ll also discuss obtaining; servicing, marketing, and completing the sales process for a short sale listing. You’ll also learn all about the foreclosure process, including the market opportunity, definitions, and types of foreclosures, REO properties and options to foreclosure for the homeowner. Finally, we’ll cover the entire process of listing, marketing and closing the foreclosed/REO property.
Approval #:20313 Sponsor Code: 0224
This course is iPad compatible. This course describes some of the most important aspects of sealing and insulating a home. It begins with background information on the three ways in which heat is transferred. Following this, a number of ways in which the energy efficiency of a home can be assessed are described. An explanation of R-Value then leads into a discussion of the various types of insulation. Some resources for checking for financial incentives are listed before the second chapter gives specifics for how to check a home for air leaks and insulation levels. Areas of the house are prioritized with a substantial amount of time spent discussing the attic, the most important place to seal and insulate well. Two attic projects are described in detail: sealing the attic and insulating the attic. Finally, a discussion of important considerations in other areas of the house is presented.
Approval #:20467 Sponsor Code: 0224
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.
Approval #:21076 Sponsor Code: 0224
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
Approval #:20727 Sponsor Code: 0224
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.
Approval #:20127 Sponsor Code: 0224
This course is iPad compatible. This course will highlight some specific challenges for flood properties in the Coastal states along the Pacific and Atlantic coast, Alaska and islands, except Florida, which is covered under the Gulf Regions course. Every property in this country is in a flood zone, and most homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage. On March 21, 2014, President Obama signed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act into law, affecting more than 5.5 million homeowners across the United States. This course will teach real estate professionals how to identify a property’s flood risk, how to disclose flood risk to prospective buyers, how the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 affects homeowners’ flood insurance rates, and much more. Material for this course was taken from www.floodsmart.gov and www.FEMA.gov.
Approval #:20445 Sponsor Code: 0224
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.
Approval #:21227 Sponsor Code: 0224
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.
Approval #:20076 Sponsor Code: 0224
This course is iPad compatible. Foreign investments in US real estate are on the upswing in many cities in the US, and this trend is likely to grow in the future. Foreign investments impact almost all real estate market segments, including residential, commercial, and industrial. In addition, current statistics show the sum of foreign investments is a huge part of our real estate industry.Real estate professionals should understand the dynamics of working with these investors and the important role they plays in our economy. Understanding issues such as cultural differences, financing for foreign persons and establishing credit, in addition to components such as the EB-5 Program and the Foreign Investment Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA), are key to being successful in working with foreign buyers and sellers. With new technology available, listing agents should know how to market their listings to attract this market. This course will explore the various aspects of foreign investment in US real estate and will provide professionals with a practical approach on how to work with this market segment. Trends, examples, and case studies will also be offered.
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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 is a non-credit course.
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, 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.