Online Correspondence: California 9-Hour Combined Survey Course
The course will examine six specific topic areas: ethics, agency, fair housing, trust fund handling, risk management, and implicit bias. Both national and California-specific laws and legislation for each subject area will be discussed and the relevance to real estate agents explained. The various ways in which an agency relationship may be established, the types of relationship, and some features of agency agreements will be examined as well. Students will be introduced to those sections of the California Business and Professions Code that deal with ethical practices as well as the differences between business and personal ethics. The organizations responsible for enforcing Fair Housing will be examined as well as some of the penalties that a violator may face. The course will also discuss the proper procedures for opening and maintaining trust accounts. Students will explore what agents can do to assess the areas which present the highest risk to them, how to prepare for those risks and ways to shift risk to other professionals in the real estate industry. Finally, the concept of implicit bias will be explored and strategies to improve interactions with diverse communities will be provided.