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Feb 132018
 

Here’s the course many of you have asked for… a blended version of the Associate Broker Course with workshops scheduled on the weekend! I just completed a weekday version and the students loved it!

This Associate Broker Course quickly reviews what you learned in the Sales Agent Course then does a “deep dive” into topics of interest to real estate li

censees practicing here in Maine. There is no textbook, and there are no “state” or “national” exams after you complete the course. You will

  • Complete 34 hours of online self-study — videos, audio clips, animations, knowledge checks, case studies, scored quizzes — at your own pace. You need high-speed internet access and a computer or tablet.
  • Attend four workshops. Take the scheduled workshops after the prerequisite online content for each workshop including case studies and exercises that you will bring to each workshop.
  •   Take a 2-hour final exam at the end of your last workshop.

Due to the online portion, you need to register at least one week before the first scheduled workshop (Saturday, April 14, 2018). There is some pre-work you must complete before attending each workshop, including the first one. This course could fill up fast! For additional information and to register, visit The Real Estate Learning Group Website.

 

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Jan 242018
 

As most know, I’m now an adjunct instructor with The Real Estate Learning Group and that means many new things… new approaches, new courses, and new course locations. Here’s a quick update!

I’m currently finishing up an Associate Broker Course in Bangor–this is the “blended” course which means less traveling and less classroom time. And the classroom time is much more fun because it focuses on things like application, discussion, and case studies. For those who are currently sales agents, my next Associate Broker Course is scheduled in April–and the workshops will be on Saturdays–something many of you have asked about!

I’m now looking forward to facilitating a fast-track format Sales Agent Course which combines learning in the classroom with learning online. The classroom workshops will be held in Augusta starting on February 3, 2018. We’ll spend four Saturday mornings in the classroom together, and students will complete online content during each week. This format includes lots of reading and requires self-discipline and commitment but those who can commit will complete the course in less than a month! What a great way to jumpstart that career in real estate you’ve been considering. Note that because of this structure, you’ll need to be registered and get started very soon…

For additional information or to register for either course, visit www.trelg.com. I hope to see you at a course soon!

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Real Estate Course Updates…

 Posted by at 11:25 am
Dec 152017
 

For those sales agents who are planning to complete the Associate Broker Course I will be teaching in Bangor, you need to “get with the program!” Thanks to my affiliation with TRELG, I’m now teaching a “blended” course. That means you need to register at least one week before the first scheduled workshop (Friday, January 12, 2018). There is some pre-work you must complete before attending each workshop, including the first one. For additional information and to register, visit The Real Estate Learning Group Website.

Similarly, if you or someone you know is planning to complete the Sales Agent Course I will be teaching in Augusta, you can’t wait until the last minute. Plan on being registered at least a week before the first scheduled workshop (Saturday, February 3, 2018).  There is some pre-work you must complete before attending each workshop, including the first. For additional information and to register, visit The Real Estate Learning Group Website.

Of course, you can always contact me if you have questions… Some questions that came up following my announcement that I was joining TRELG can be answered here! (Thanks to those who emailed or called with your congratulations!)

  • Yes, we will be offering an Associate Broker Course with the workshop portion scheduled on a weekend day.
  • A Designated Broker Course is in development and may be available this spring.
  • Thanks to those who sent congratulations and well-wishes!
  • Yes, I will continue to teach CE. (We are always interested in talking with companies interesting in hosting CE classes.)
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Dec 092017
 

Note: The following article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119. Licensees should be familiar with the Consumer Protection Bureau as it pertains to real estate financing and closing, but may not be familiar with the many resources available and issues addressed.


As a consumer or business person, you may be more familiar with the work of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) than you think.  The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American.

The FTC is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy.  The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers’ interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies.  The FTC’s work is performed by the Bureaus of Consumer ProtectionCompetition, and Economics.  That work is aided by the Office of General Counsel and seven regional offices.

To access tips and advice for consumers, military consumers, or business, click here, here, and/or here respectively.

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Think Twice!

 Posted by at 10:51 am
Dec 052017
 

The spammers and phishers are getting smarter and smarter… but they are still not the brightest bulb on the string! Here’s an email that could sound fairly enticing at first blush:

There are only a couple of problems with it:

  • I am not currently practicing and do not have any listings.
  • The grammar is horrible, another red flag.
  • The links I’m instructed to click on are “weird” sites that do not appear to have anything to do with real estate (I determined that by “hovering” over them.)
  • Etc.

Tempting, isn’t it though?

If you’re working fast slow down. Think twice.

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Schools Rule!

 Posted by at 6:45 am
Dec 012017
 

ZipLogix offered this “infographic” for use–click to view a larger image… As someone with a deep interest and connection to schools, I did find it interesting. One question I find myself asking is “How do those parents who consider school quality important judge it?” Numbers (ranking is mentioned) do not tell the whole story! Licensees might consider what the terms “reasonable care,” and “due diligence” mean when a buyer client asks about the local school system. While unrelated to real estate, I recently had someone accompany me on a tour of our elementary school. Several things impressed her, including the fact that our students are quite polite, often holding doors open for us and greeting us pleasantly.

Touring schools may not be practical, but those practicing buyer agency may want to consider developing some resources and information beyond the standard ranking reports. At a minimum, we might “be the source of the source” by sharing meaningful contacts. Most schools have support groups run by parents: music boosters, sports boosters, or what used to be called PTA (Parent Teacher Association) or PTO (Parent Teacher Organization). Would it make sense to know some of those folks and introduce a prospective buyer?

Lots to think about here…

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Nov 252017
 

In a recent Learning Opportunities E-News, I mentioned that a few changes have been made to Title 32, effective November 1, 2017. This obviously affects the “Law Book” published by Abbot Village Press, 2015 edition. I offered a handy-dandy insert summarizing those changes and a number of people have requested a copy.

We are in the process of updating the book and should have a 2017 edition available by early January 2018 at the very latest. In the meantime, I’m making the insert available right from this site. (Why didn’t I think of that in the first place!?)

Title 32 Changes 11-01-2017

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Nov 122017
 

“You have to promise me something…” requested a real estate student a few years ago. I remember smiling when he finished, “You can’t retire until I’ve completed all three licensing courses.

Some quick math at the time suggested I would be making at least a four-year commitment. It was tempting. I do enjoy teaching and really had no firm retirement plans but still managed to avoid the promise. After all, life happens.

I’m not sure it counts as a testimonial, but I did consider it a compliment. Unfortunately, I haven’t kept the data, but I do know there are many real estate licensees who’ve taken the three licensing courses with me. There are times when it makes me feel old. But it always makes me feel good.

So, if he’s reading this and hasn’t finished his journey, I’d like to assure him I’m not retiring. A few years ago, I did announce that I was giving up teaching because it’s supposed to be about learning. While I am not retiring I am taking another step in the direction of making it more about learning than it is about teaching.

Starting in 2018, I will become an adjunct instructor with The Real Estate Learning Group. I do so with eager anticipation of teaching “differently” using some exciting technology and what are commonly referred to as “blended” courses. These courses reflect the Kahn Academy model sometimes described as “flipping the classroom.”

Wikipedia describes the flipped classroom: “Flipped classroom is an instructional strategy and a type of blended learning that reverses the traditional learning environment by delivering instructional content, often online, outside of the classroom. It moves activities, including those that may have traditionally been considered homework, into the classroom.”

Don’t get me started or we’ll also have to discuss the Learning for Mastery (LFM) model—not often easily applied in required learning situations such as pre-licensing courses. We could stay up late discussing that one! In the simplest form, LFM is about student-centered instruction that’s more about learning than teaching.

From a practical perspective, joining The Real Estate Learning Group also means some new course locations and schedules. Stay tuned! I’m currently scheduled to teach the blended “fast track” Sales Agent Course in the Augusta area in January and the blended version of the Associate Broker Course in Bangor starting in January. Click the links for additional information and to register.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. Many things will not change, including my commitment to helping students learn and master in a positive, enjoyable way. You can still find “brain leaks and musings” on my blog. I will also continue to publish the occasional issue of my Learning Opportunities E-newsletter.


“Thanks for another successful class! All three licenses have been garnered under your careful educational care!”

Recent Broker Student


Upcoming Courses:

  • Associate Broker in Bangor, January 2018
  • Sales Agent in Augusta, February 2018
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