Continuing Education Courses

 
There's never a shortage of things to learn!

There’s never a shortage of things to learn!

Walter teaches the following courses which are approved for continuing education credit by the Maine Real Estate Commission… All courses are not always scheduled–check the course calendar for the most recent information and availability. For complete information or to register for any of these courses, visit the Arthur Gary School of Real Estate Website or call 856-1712.

If you are a designated broker and interested in having a continuing education course taught for your company, let us know!

Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.

Daniel J. Boorstin

 


Core Course for Associate Brokers/Brokers II

As of April 1, 2017, Brokers and Associate Brokers are required to take this course to renew their license. The purpose of this course is to address the importance of licensees understanding their relationship with consumers. An accurate understanding of the relationship enables licensees to explain it to consumers and manage their expectations. In this course, we will briefly identify the licensee’s role from first contact to a relationship as a transaction broker or agent with more in-depth identification of issues surrounding disclosed dual agency.   This course is approved for 3 clock hours of continuing education by the Maine Real Estate Commission.


Core Course for Designated Brokers II

As of April 1, 2017, Designated Brokers are required to take this course in order to renew their license. This would also be an excellent course for Associate Brokers and Brokers to take for three elective clock hours toward license renewal. The purpose of this course is to address regulatory aspects of the designated broker’s responsibility for management, review and supervision of a real estate agency in Maine.  Communication and managing expectations are key to the prevention of consumer complaints, lawsuits, E&O claims, etc. This course is approved for 3 clock hours of continuing education by the Maine Real Estate Commission.


Do I Really Need to Know That?

There are many laws that real estate licensees are expected to follow in their everyday practice of brokerage.  A lot of them are not in the License Law and Rules book.  They are scattered throughout various other sections of the laws.  Come to this course to refresh your memory, or maybe even find out about something that slipped by you in your hectic real estate life. This course is approved for 3 clock hours of continuing education by the Maine Real Estate Commission.


Do You Need To Take An Aspirin When You Write Offers?

Writing offers in the best interest of your buyer, or seller client can be a daunting task. Licensees need to properly advise their clients about proper offer writing, but not cross over the line to the unauthorized practicing of law. During this course, we will discuss various clauses in an offer, and how the licensee is able to advise the client without crossing that line. This course is approved by the Maine and New Hampshire Real Estate Commissions for 3 clock hours of continuing education.


Ethical Behavior in the Real Estate Business

By acting in an ethical manner, real estate licensees put themselves above the minimum requirements of license law and rules.  This is in the best interest of the licensee, the real estate business and the buyers and sellers.  Attend this class to find out how the concept of ethical behavior may have changed over the years. This course meets the National Association of REALTORS® quadrennial training requirement for 2016.  This course is approved for three clock hours of continuing education by the Maine and New Hampshire Commissions.


Getting Licensees and Appraisers in the Same Boat

Are you assisting sellers and buyers in pricing residential property only to have the appraisal come in low? If so, this is the course for you. This course goes over the restrictions placed on appraisers and the methods the appraiser uses in determining value. The closer the real estate licensee is to using the appraiser methodology, the more the likelihood the property will appraise after it is under contract. The class will discuss amounts to use for adjustments, which properties to use for comparables, presenting the CMA to your buyer and seller client, and much more.


Listing Sellers—Options, Opportunities, and Obligations

Developed by Walter in 2017, this class will review various types of agreements along with the options and opportunities licensees have when creating them. What are some of the basics and fine points we should be reviewing when listing sellers’ property This course is approved for 3 clock hours of continuing education by the Maine Real Estate Commission.


Market Analysis—More Than a Price

What does it mean to complete a market analysis? In this course, we’ll look at the types of analysis that deal with more than a price. You’ll discover some untapped resources and ideas for developing more than a boilerplate marketing plan. This course was developed by Walter Boomsma and is approved for 3 clock hours of continuing education by the Maine Real Estate Commission.


Transaction Brokerage–Is It For You?

Why transaction brokerage? How should a licensee act as a transaction broker? What is the difference between transaction brokerage and traditional brokerage? This course is approved for 3 clock hours of continuing education credit by the Maine Real Estate Commission.


Transaction Troubleshooting

Every transaction has issues that crop up at some point. How do effective licensees handle these issues? What are the Licensee’s duties and opportunities in helping solve problems that arise? Can some of these issues be avoided in the first place? These and many more questions will be answered during this lively course. Topics will include clauses in a purchase and sale agreement, stigmatized property, handling of offers and counter offers, due diligence, earnest money deposits, and much more. This is an intermediate level course featuring lots of class discussion and input. This course is approved for 3 clock hours of continuing education by the Maine Real Estate Commission.


Transaction Troubleshooting Act II

A follow-up to the Transaction Trouble Shooting Course. It seems as though every transaction has issues that crop up at some point. How do you handle these issues? How do you assist your client in working these issues out so that they can buy or sell? What are the Licensee’s duties in helping solve problems that arise? How can these issues be avoided in the first place? These and many more questions will be answered during this vigorous course. Topics to be covered will include confidentiality, disclosure of information the client has said not to disclose, advising your client, due diligence, and much more. This is an intermediate level course that uses class discussion and input. You do not have to have taken Transaction Troubleshooting to take this course. This course has been approved for three clock hours of continuing education by the Maine Real Estate Commission.


What Should I Do In This Situation?

Case studies and discussion points are used to determine how selected situations should be handled by real estate licensees. The case studies and discussion points are discussed including with how they apply to Maine License Law and Rules as well as various other laws that real estate licensees are required to follow. Come and enter into the discussion and voice you opinions. This course is approved by the Maine Real Estate Commission for 3 clock hours of continuing education.


What Is This Property Disclosure Thing All About?

Property disclosures are an important and integral part of the real estate business. Understanding what is expected and how to obtain these disclosures is of utmost importance. Attend this course for a lively discussion on property disclosures and what may happen if property disclosures are not handled properly. This course is approved for 3 clock hours of continuing education by the Maine Real Estate Commission.


Widen Your Horizon When You List and Sell Real Estate

Red flags are an important part of the real estate business. Real estate licensees are expected to disclose those things that they know, or should have known. Topics covered in this course include, property condition red flags as well as red flags when dealing with deeds, property restrictions, insurance, financing, building uses, purchase and sales agreements, etc. This course is approved for 3 clock hours of continuing education credit by the Maine and New Hampshire Real Estate Commissions.


Working With Buyers–What Have We Agreed To?

During this 3 hour course, we will identify issues and misunderstandings regarding buyer representation, including representing buyers as an appointed agent and as a disclosed dual agent. Benefits of this course include: learning how to manage the relationship; creating smoother transactions; understanding your role and managing the expectations of consumers; avoiding complaints, civil suits, and E&O issues; and creating raving fans/repeat business/referrals. This course is approved for 3 credit hours by the Maine Real Estate Commission.


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