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Carol's Classes LLC

BUYER REPRESENTATION IN REAL ESTATE, 6 HOURS REQUIRED - $59

This title offers a great introduction for buyer agents with a focus on the legal and technical aspects, such as due diligence and fiduciary duties. This online course includes new interactive exercises and 180 unit exam questions.
CONTENTS: Foundations of Buyer Representation • Presenting Buyer Representation • Buyer Representation Agreements • Buyer Representation in Action • Final Exam
by Dianna W. Brouthers, GRI, DREI, CAI, and Roger Turcotte, GRI, CBR®, DREI, CAI
Published by Dearborn

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN YOUR REAL ESTATE PRACTICE, 6 HOURS REQUIRED - $59

This course uses clear language and real-world examples to explain the potential environmental hazards that agents need to know. The discussion includes evaluating properties, due diligence, and avoiding legal liability. CONTENTS: General Issues • Lead-Based Paint • Radon • Mold • Asbestos • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Pesticides • Drinking Water • Other Indoor Pollutants • Underground and Aboveground Storage Tanks • Waste Sites and Toxic Substances • Construction Issues • Wetlands, Watersheds, and Endangered Species • Environmental Reports and Consultants • Final Exam
by Marie S. Spodek, CNE, CBR, CDEI
Published by Dearborn

FAIR HOUSING, 6 HOURS REQUIRED - $59

Today's real estate practitioner must establish business practices that comply with fair housing laws and offer equal professional service to all. Consistency, objectivity, and documentation are critical in accomplishing this objective. This popular title covers topics important to today's real estate professionals. Case studies help students apply fair housing laws to real-world situations that they may encounter in their own businesses. Key terms and a glossary ensure a complete understanding of the terminology involved, and the book includes end-of-unit quizzes with answer keys, two final exams, and Instructor Resources. CONTENTS: The Fair Housing Act • The 1988 Amendments Act and Beyond • Fair Housing in Property Management • Fair Housing Advertising • Fair Housing Enforcement • Cultural Diversity and Fair Housing • Fair Housing Case Studies • Final Examinations • Glossary • Answer Key
by Marcia L. Russell, DREI, and Denise Evans, JD, Contributing Editor
Published by Dearborn

PROTECTING ELDERS FROM REAL ESTATE SCAMS, 4 HOURS REQUIRED - $59

This course provides real estate professionals with knowledge of the most common types of elder scams and how they can help elders to take steps to prevent abuse. Additionally, it describes how and to whom to report suspected elder financial abuse. Through education, knowledge, and awareness, real estate professionals can contribute to safeguarding the interests of their clients and other consumers in the marketplace. CONTENTS: Elder Abuse and the Law • Reporting Financial Abuse • Most Common Types of Elder Scam
by Ted Highland
Published by Dearborn

Carol's Classes LLC

FORECLOSURES, SHORT SALES, AND REOS, 6 HOURS REQUIRED - $59

Focusing on the legal ramifications of these topics, this title reviews ways that agents can successfully market these properties. Each chapter contains vocabulary words and learning objectives, as well as end-of-chapter quizzes to emphasize key concepts. CONTENTS: Foreclosures—An Introduction • Identifying the Short Sale Property • Marketing the Short Sale Listing • Short Sale Contracts • Making the Sale with Loss Mitigation Departments • Who to Contact? Asset Management Departments • Purchasing Lender-Owned (REO) Properties • Answer Keys • Glossary by Ted Highland, Licensed Real Estate Broker, CDEI
Published by Dearborn

RISK MANAGEMENT, 6 HOURS REQUIRED - $59

This course provides the essentials on risk management that every sales professional must know to avoid legal problems and provides an action plan for minimizing liability. What's the difference between active fraud and negligence? What's the nitty-gritty on the dual agency? What are reasonable accommodations, and who determines when they're required? Risk Management provides in-depth, detailed answers to these questions and many more, backed up with real-world examples and end-of-unit case studies. Online access to course materials allows busy licensees to meet their continuing education requirements when and where they please. CONTENTS: Introduction to Managing risk • Misrepresentation, Nondisclosure, and Unauthorized Practice of Law • Disclosure of Environmental Hazards • Agency • Federal Fair Housing Laws • The Americans with Disabilities Act • Antitrust Laws • Final Exam
by | Martha R. Williams, JD
Published by Dearborn

Carol's Classes LLC

SCAMS, SCOUNDRELS, AND REAL ESTATE STINGS, 6 HOURS REQUIRED - $59

An agent can become an invaluable resource to clients and the real estate industry by learning how to spot and report scams at the first sniff of trouble. This course takes students, one crime at a time, on the journey of sleuthing the facts, recognizing who is liable, assessing the consequences, and revealing the resources that will help students avoid the dark side of the industry today. Students will learn how one person's scam is every agent's burden to bear and how agents can sting-proof their reputation while keeping clients out of harm's way. From flopping to straw buyers to Internet fraud, it's all explored here. CONTENTS: Introduction: A History of Real Estate Scams • Scams: Dirty Deeds, Done by Agents • Stings: Getting Caught in the Trap • Scoundrels: Giving Real Estate a Bad Name • Conclusion: Sting-Proofing Yourself • Appendix: National Association of REALTORS ® Code of Ethics • Final Exam
Published by Dearborn

LIARS, CHEATERS & THIEVES: AVERTING CLIENT CATASTROPHE; 3 HOURS REQUIRED email for more info

This OnDemand course provides video-based instruction on common legal issues that real estate professionals are facing in today's market. Students will learn to identify what constitutes negligence and when it is fraud. Students will also sharpen their understanding of what happens when a client makes a breach of contract claim and how to avoid misleading statements that can have disastrous ramifications for real estate professionals, their clients, and their businesses. CONTENTS: 3-Hour: Broker and Agent Responsibilities and Common Legal Issues • Liars, Cheaters, and Thieves in the Real Estate Transaction • Final Exam
Published by Dearborn

Distance Classes: 10 Choices all or Part Elective

Investment Property Practice and Management - $59

This popular course provides an up-to-date introduction to property management with a practical focus on how to comply with regulations and avoid liability, as well as a comprehensive introduction to the potentially lucrative field of commercial real estate. Discussion includes the categories of commercial property, financial elements involved in real estate investments, and developing a marketing plan. The features include Liability Alerts that offer suggestions for avoiding liability from both owners and tenants, as well as case studies, key terms, learning objectives, review questions, interactive exercises, and a final exam. CONTENTS: Introduction to Professional Property Management • The Manager-Owner Relationship • Economics and Planning • Leases and Tenant Issues • Managing Residential Properties • Managing Risk and Tenant Safety Issues • Characteristics of Commercial Investment Real Estate • Understanding and Analyzing Investment Returns • Income Tax Characteristics of the Real Estate Investment • Marketing Commercial and Investment Real Estate • Final Exam
by | Robert C. Kyle, Floyd M. Baird, RPA/SMA, and Bill W. McCoy III, with Marie S. Spodek, CNE, CBR, CDEI, and Judy Wolk, Consulting Editors
Published by Dearborn

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND MANAGING RISK; 6 HOURS TOTAL (3 HOURS REQUIRED + 3 HOURS ELECTIVE) - $59

This popular title provides an up-to-date introduction to property management with a practical focus on how to comply with regulations and avoid liability. The features include "Liability Alerts" that offer suggestions for avoiding liability from both owners and tenants, as well as case studies, key terms, learning objectives, review questions, answer keys and a glossary. Instructor Resources include a final exam and answer key. CONTENTS: Introduction to Professional Property Management • The Manager-Owner Relationship • Economics and Planning • Leases and Tenant Issues • Managing Residential Properties • Managing Risk and Tenant Safety Issues • Glossary • Answer Key • Index
by Robert C. Kyle and Floyd M. Baird, RPA/SMA, with Marie S. Spodek, CNE, CBR, CDEI, and Judy Wolk, Consulting Editors
Published by Dearborn

HOUSES: BUY, FIX, SELL!, 4 HOURS ELECTIVE - $59

A multitude of foreclosed and distressed homes today have been labeled as undesirable. Are these houses beyond help, or are they merely diamonds in the rough? Learn how to evaluate renovation options to determine if a house will be a moneymaker or a money taker. CONTENTS: Finding the Property • Minor and Major Renovations • Analyze: Location, Lot/Site, Building, and Financial Feasibility • Analyze: Scope of Work • Analyze: Exterior and Interior • Analyze: Interior • Financial Analysis and Buying • Fix and Sell • Final Exam
Published by Dearborn

INTRODUCTION TO COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SALES, 6 HOURS ELECTIVE - $59

This popular continuing education elective provides a comprehensive introduction to the potentially lucrative field of commercial real estate. Discussion includes the categories of commercial property, financial elements involved in real estate investments, and developing a marketing plan. This elective features learning objectives and key terms, case studies, interactive exercises, and a final exam. CONTENTS: Characteristics of Commercial Investment Real Estate • Understanding and Analyzing Investment Returns • Income Tax Characteristics of the Real Estate Investment • Marketing Commercial and Investment Real Estate • Final Exam
by Bill W. McCoy III
Published by Dearborn

AVOIDING DECEPTIVE PRACTICES; 4 HOURS TOTAL (1.5 HOURS REQUIRED + 2.5 HOURS ELECTIVE) - $59

Advances in marketing and advertising technology and methodology are great for business but can be worrisome for regulators who are tasked with ensuring consumers aren't being deceived through ads and testimonials. This course is designed to provide real estate licensees with the knowledge and information they need to protect consumers and to fulfill the disclosure and transparency requirements of federal law and regulations by avoiding business practices that can result in consumer confusion and deception. CONTENTS: Federal Laws and Consumer Deception • Understanding Complaints in the Real Estate Marketplace • Team Names, Fictitious Names, and Brands • The Dangers of Using Endorsements • Native Advertising and FTC Policy
Published by Dearborn

Real Estate Finance and Tax Issues - $59

This online course offers a comprehensive look at the use of principal financing instruments and how the government influences real estate financing. In a time of financial restructuring and changing tax policy, this latest version offers an invaluable resource for real estate professionals. CONTENTS: Basics of Real Estate Finance • Government Influences on Real Estate Finance • Current Issues in Mortgage Lending • Conventional Mortgage Loans • Government-Insured or Guaranteed Loans • Special Financing Alternatives • Home Mortgage Interest Deduction • Taxation of Profit: How Gains or Losses Are Computed • Exclusion Rule for Gain on Sale of Principal Residence • Applying the Passive Loss Rules to Real Estate Professionals • Final Exam
by Doris Barrell, GRI, DREI, Vernon Hoven, CPA, and Sharon Kreider, CPA, EA
Published by Dearborn

Red Flags: Property Inspection Guide - $59

The latest edition of this course offers updated information for agents inspecting properties. Topics include asbestos, hazardous vegetation, structural problems, environmental hazards, and much more. CONTENTS: Red Flags: What Are They and What Causes Them? • Inspecting for Red Flags Outside the Home • Inspecting for Red Flags Inside the Home • Red Flags Associated with Environmental Hazards and Hazardous Materials • Answer Key • Glossary
by James C. Prendergast and Lynn P. Cushwa, with Bruce Barker, Contributing Editor
Published by Dearborn

MILLENNIALS: CHALLENGING THE TRADITIONAL REAL ESTATE MODEL, 4 HOURS ELECTIVE - $59

This course examines the factors driving today's real estate market. The instructor will take you beyond the newspaper headlines to illustrate how the former driving factors of real estate no longer apply, as millennial buyers outpace baby boomers (previously the largest real estate buyer group). Students will learn how millennials—today's largest real estate market—buy, sell, rent, strategize, and communicate and how to better serve this new leading population of clients. CONTENTS: What Do the Models Look Like? • Who Are the Millennials? • What Do They Want, and What Do Real Estate Professionals Need? • Why Are They Changing the Model? • Where Are the Big Changes Happening? • How Can Real Estate Professionals Adapt? • Final Exam
Published by Dearborn

TWENTY COST-EFFECTIVE HOME IMPROVEMENTS; 4 HOURS ELECTIVE - $59

Discover the most valuable improvements homeowners can make to increase the value of their homes. This 4-hour online video course employs the latest national data to calculate the 20 home upgrades that provide the greatest return on investment. Including internal improvements like kitchen remodels, outdoor improvements like deck additions, and energy-saving improvements like window replacements, this course explores the home improvement process from all angles to reach some surprising conclusions about cost and value. With an extended discussion of financing and environmental factors, this course will allow students to advise their clients on how to make wise choices that positively impact the resale value of their homes. CONTENTS: Out-of-date versus deferred maintenance • Discounting sale price versus making improvements • Top 10 exterior home improvements • Top 5 interior home Improvements • Top 5 Energy Conservation Improvements • Economics and Environmental Factors • Financing • Final Exam
Published by Dearborn

SOLVING THE DOWNPAYMENT DILEMMA, 4 HOURS ELECTIVE - $59

For today's home purchasers, one of the biggest hurdles is the amount of time it takes to accumulate enough money for a downpayment. The number of prospective home purchasers, and the number of issues they have to deal with to save up for a downpayment, is impacting the market to an extent not previously seen. This course provides information and solutions that real estate professionals can present to their customers and clients to make the "downpayment dilemma" more affordable. There are many more ways to buy a home than obtaining a conventional loan and putting 20% cash down. The author will detail the creative ways to buy real property, including crowdfunding, low downpayment programs, and even no downpayment options. CONTENTS: Identifying Consumers Who Need Information on Downpayment Tools and Programs • No Down and Low Downpayment Programs • Crowdfunding Downpayments • Final Exam
by Ted Highland, Licensed Real Estate Broker, CDEI
Published by Dearborn

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