Course Descriptions

1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges – Advanced Course

Now that you know the basic of a 1031 tax deferred exchange, let’s dig a little deeper into the process. Topics included in this advanced course include exchange of multiple assets, combination sales, potential problems with an exchange, reverse exchanges, build- to-suit and improve exchanges and much more. This course is approved for 3 clock hours of continuing education by the Maine and New Hampshire Real Estate Commissions.

*Upon course registration, students will receive a confirmatory email with a link to download and print all class material.*

1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges – Basic Course

Do you have a buyer or a seller who is interested in 1031 tax deferred exchange, or would you like to work with buyers and sellers who want to take advantage of this excellent tax deferral option?  Is so, this is the course for you.  The course covers the basics of a 1031 tax deferred exchange.  Some of the topics include terms, basic rules, safe harbors, simultaneous exchanges, myths and facts about 1031 tax deferred exchanges and much more.  This course is approved for 3 clock hours of continuing education by the Maine and New Hampshire Real Estate Commissions.

The A-Zs of FHA Loans

FHA financing has changed! FHA financing has changed dramatically in the last year or so and is continuing to change. Come to this course to find out how FHA financing has changed so that you can assist your buyer and seller clients in navigating the process so that they will be able to attend a successful closing. This course will review, step by step, the benefits of an FHA loan, eligibility requirements, qualifications, residency requirements, costs involved plus special programs available through FHA for buyers and sellers. This course is approved by the Maine and New Hampshire Real Estate Commissions for 3 clock hours of continuing education.

The A-Zs of Rural Housing Development Loans

Rural Housing Development Loans have gone through massive changes in the last year. You would be surprised who qualifies and what property qualifies for these loans. Do not automatically dismiss these loans for your buyer clients. This type of loan may be the one that allows your client to obtain a house. This course reviews, step by step, the benefits of an RHD loan, eligibility requirements for buyers and property, income limits, county limits and the qualification process. This course is approved by the Maine and New Hampshire Real Estate Commissions for 3 clock hours of continuing education.

The A-Zs of Real Estate Loan Processing

Have you ever had a buyer turned down for residential financing after the buyer made application for the loan? Have you ever wondered what a loan originator, loan processor or a loan underwriter does? Would you like to be able to assist your buyer client better when it comes to obtaining a mortgage loan? If so, this is the course for you. Come to this course to learn what the processor and underwriter are responsible for and what they look for in the loan process. Find out why loans are turned down and what you can do to help your buyer client navigate the loan process in order to have a better chance of obtaining the loan. This course has been approved for three clock hours of continuing education for activation or renewal of a real estate license by the Maine and New Hampshire Real Estate Commissions.

The A-Zs of VA Loans

VA financing is gaining in popularity.  VA financing is a highly viable method of financing in today’s market. Come to this course to find out, step by step, how VA benefits & financing have changed so that you can assist your buyer and seller clients in navigating the process so that they will be able to attend a successful closing. The course covers general eligibility requirements, the Home Loan Guaranty program and the requirements to receive a VA loan. This course is approved by the Maine Real Estate Commission and New Hampshire Real Estate Commission for 3 clock hours of continuing education.

 

Appraisal Process – Maine and New Hampshire

Are appraisals a problem for you and your buyers and sellers? If not now, they may be in the near future. Come to this class to hear a very experienced appraiser talk about things that matter to you and your buyers and sellers when it comes to getting a property to appraise. Topics that will be covered include

a. How does the type of loan affect the appraisal?
b. Legislative changes that affect appraisals.
c. What is included in the Appraiser Package?
d. The appraisers inspection requirements.
e. What does an appraiser adjust for and which do they not adjust?

This course has been approved by Maine and New Hampshire Real Estate Commissions for three clock hours toward renewal or activation of a real estate license in Maine.

Appraisal Process – Massachusetts
Starting with court and appraisal institute definitions, this course will take real estate licensees through the Massachusettes Appraisal Institute Appraisal Process. In addition to learning about how an appraisal is put together differently than a CMA, licensees will also learn about recommending the appropriate appraisal license type for the specific property as well as a general overview of the report you can expect after an appraisal based on the industry standards.
The Bad And The Ugly

The Bad And The Ugly: An Array Of Scary Problems For The Environmentally Sophisticated Real Estate Professional
Some environmental issues have the potential to substantially affect the value or marketability of the real estate licensee as well as the buyer and the seller.  The Bad And The Ugly will ensure that attendees have a basic knowledge of the most serious common problems that cause harm and liability. This course is approved by the Maine Real Estate Commission for 3 clock hours of continuing education.

Basics of Guiding Clients Through Foreclosure, REO

Basics of Guiding Clients through Foreclosure, REO, & Short Sales

This course will provide agents with the knowledge necessary to successfully guide prospective buyers through Short Sale, Foreclosure and REO home purchases. The course addresses potential issues listing agents need to know in order to successfully guide sellers through short sale and pre-forclosure sales. This course is approved for 1 credit hour by the New Hampshire Real Estate Commission only.

Basics of Residential Title Examinations

This course will provide agents with an understanding of the title examination process. This knowledge will enable the agent to assist a buyer with questions relative to the reason a title examination needs to be completed prior to the purchase of real estate. It will also enable the agent to answer basic questions a buyer may have with respect to how real estate is title in New Hampshire and the various components of a deed. It also covers where real estate related legal documents ar filed and what documents are examined during a title search. This course has been approved for 1 clock hour of continuing education by the New Hampshire Real Estate Commission only.

Basics of Residential Title Insurance

This course will provide agents with a greater understanding of title insurance and the types of potential issues covered. It will enable agents to answer basic questions a client may have with respect to the owner’s title insurance. Examples of prior claims are explored as a method to assist agents to fully understand the breadth of coverage title insurance affords. This course has been approved for 1 clock hour of continuing education by the New Hampshire Real Estate Commission only.

The Bold And The Beautiful

The Bold And The Beautiful:  The Exciting New World Of Solutions For The Environmentally Sophisticated Real Estate Professional
Have you ever wanted to know how to construct safe “Green” buildings or know how to convert and retrofit existing buildings so that they will be safer and less polluting?  This course will describe how to use safe, environmentally preferable building materials, how to implement water efficiency and energy conservation so that you can better represent your clients who are concerned with environmental issues.  This course is approved by the Maine Real Estate Commission for 3 clock hours of continuing education.

Business Models And The Real Estate Consumer

New business models are coming on the real estate scene. Real estate licensees need to understand them in order to work with other licensees in the best interest of the licensee’s clients. Avoiding or ignoring, the new models will not make them go away. Come to this class to see how to work with them for the mutual benefit of your clients and yourself. Who knows, maybe you will decide to offer something new to your clients. This course is approved for 3 clock hours of continuing education by the Maine and New Hampshire Real Estate Commissions.

Closings That Should Have Closed But Didnt

This is a case study course where various actual real estate closing situations are presented and analyzed. Agents gain an understanding of issues that arise as a result of mistakes being made during the home buying and selling process. Each case presents a closing that either did not occur or that was delayed and the impact on buyers and sellers. This course presents a detailed review from the discovery of the problem to the solution or consequences. Each situation is further evaluated to determine what real estate agents could have done in the course of their work to have prevented the delay or demise of the closing. This course is approved for 2 clock hours of continuing education credit by the New Hampshire Real Estate Commission only.

The Top 10 Commandments of Clean Communication

Students of this course will learn Conflict Resolution and Core Mediation Skills Training with an emphasis on Clean Communication to communicate more effectively and avoid conflict in real estate practice. Mediation principles and conflict resolution tips and techniques that help Licensees resolve disputes are also taught in this course. Licensees will learn best practices and pro-active approaches to conflict and dispute prevention and resolution; and will learn how to use constructive and clean communication to effectively communicate, prevent and resolve professional real estate conflicts. This course has been approved by the Directors of the Maine and New Hampshire Real Estate Commissions for three clock hours toward fulfillment of the educational requirements for activation or renewal of a real estate license. This course is appropriate for licensees of all levels.

Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)

In this course3, attendees will learn what a CMA is comprised of, different ways the calculations can be made, and how the information is best used. This class will also review different appraisal licenses and there will be an open discussion about the trials and tribulations of putting together a CMA.

Contracts: Advanced Principles – Case Studies

This course focuses on some advanced principles of contract law of special interest to real estate licensees. The course teaches general principles of contracts, helps licensees understand the importance of proper drafting, and reviews essential provisions of a typical purchase and sale agreement. Some topics include: What constitutes a valid offer and acceptance, avoiding inadvertent rejection of offers, Merchantable Title/Use and Enjoyment, due diligence (inspections), Parole Evidence Rule, and discussions of hypothetical and actual cases. This course has been approved by the Director of the Maine OR New Hampshire Real Estate Commissions for three clock hours toward fulfillment of the educational requirements for activation or renewal of a real estate license (depending on the state in which it is taught). This course is appropriate for licensees of all levels.

Core Course for Brokers and Associate Brokers – 2

 

Brokers and Associate Brokers: Core Course for Brokers and Associate Brokers – 2

 

This is the current required Core Course to renew or activate a Maine Broker or Associate Broker License.   

 

This Course has been approved by the Maine Real Estate Commission for 3 clock hours of continuing education.


 

 

Core Course for Designated Brokers – 2

The new core courses are available beginning October 1, 2016. The course required is dependent upon your license type as follows:

 

Designated Brokers: Core Course for Designated Brokers – 2

 

The applicable course above is required if:

·         your license expiration date is on or after April 1, 2017.

·         your license has expired and you renew on or after April 1, 2017.

·         you activate a license on or after April 1, 2017.

 

Designated Brokers with a license expiration date prior to April 1, 2017, and who renew before April 1, 2017,  may fulfill their core course requirement with either the Core Course for Designated Brokers – 1 or the Core Course for Designated Brokers – 2.