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Vermont Real Estate SchoolCompleting your Vermont continuing education by your renewal deadline has never been easier. We have compiled the best courses for Vermont Real Estate agents to help you not only renew your license but to learn the latest in real estate market trends so you can be successful. Do not wait until it is too late, complete your Vermont real estate continuing education today!

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12 Hours
This package includes 12 elective hours needed for Salespersons renewing active in their second or subsequent license renewal cycle.

Courses included in this package:
  • Code of Ethics: Good For Your Clients and Your Business (3 elective hours)*
  • Did You Serve? Identifying Homebuying Advantages for Veterans (2 elective hours)
  • Personal Safety (2 elective hours)
  • Residential Property Management Essentials (2 elective hours)
  • Uncle Sam Has Homes for Sale: Listing and Selling HUD Homes (3 elective hours))
*This package does not contain the 4 hour 2014-2016 mandatory course
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16 Hours
This full package includes 12 elective hours and 4 mandatory hours needed for Salespersons renewing active in their second or subsequent license renewal cycle.

Courses included in this package:
  • Vermont 2014-2016 Renewal Cycle: Mandatory Course (4 mandatory hours)
  • Code of Ethics: Good For Your Clients and Your Business (3 elective hours)*
  • Did You Serve? Identifying Homebuying Advantages for Veterans (2 elective hours)
  • Personal Safety (2 elective hours)
  • Residential Property Management Essentials (2 elective hours)
  • Uncle Sam Has Homes For Sale: Listing and Selling HUD Homes (3 elective hours)


*This course meets the REALTORS® Code of Ethics Training (formerly known as NAR QUADRENNIAL) Requirement. You will need to confirm with your local REALTOR association if they will accept it.
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17 Hours
This full 17-hour package includes the latest and most comprehensive information available for Salespersons renewing for the second or subsequent time and is focused on commercial real estate.

Courses included in this package:
  • Vermont 2014-2016 Renewal Cycle: Mandatory Course (4 mandatory course)
  • Commercial Ethics (2 elective hours)*
  • Anatomy of Commercial Building (2 elective hours)
  • Determining Value of Commercial Properties (3 elective hours)
  • Investment Strategies in Commercial Real Estate (2 elective hours)
  • The Fundamentals of Commercial Real Estate (2 elective hours)
  • Sign Here: Contract Law on E-Signatures (2 elective hours)


*This course meets the REALTORS® Code of Ethics Training (formerly known as NAR QUADRENNIAL) Requirement. You will need to confirm with your local REALTOR association if they will accept it.
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4 Hours
As a licensed real estate professional, it’s important to take the time to regularly review local, state, and federal changes to laws, regulations, and rules that impact your practice of residential and commercial real estate.

This four-hour course is designed to provide you with a detailed overview of Vermont Real Estate Commission Administrative Rules and Title 26 VSA Chapter 41 changes. The course also offers a review of several state disciplinary cases to ensure that you’re aware of the nature of complaints received by the Commission, with a focus on best practices to avoid common pitfalls. After all, when licensed professionals use best practices and know where to find help, they have a head start on being successful!

Course Highlights
  • An overview of 2013 changes to the Vermont Real Estate Commission Administrative Rules
  • A look at the difference between a client and a customer and the services owed to each
  • A review of “implied agency” and tips on how to avoid it
  • An analysis of recent changes to Title 26 VSA Chapter 41, including revisions to trust/escrow account requirements and changes in continuing education and post-licensure requirements
  • A discussion of best practices related to issues such as seller financing, lead-based paint disclosures, and stormwater
  • A review of recent changes to RESPA
  • Activities and examples to seal in the new information and frame it in everyday context
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2 Hours
Tactics that work with motivated, excited sellers don't always translate well when working with short sale sellers and short sale buyers. Toss lender approvals, junior lien holders, and inflexible timelines into the mix, and you end up with a whole new ball game.

In a short sale transaction, the motivation for each party is different than the standard transaction, and as the professional in the scene, you need to adjust accordingly. This course speaks to your interaction with short sale sellers, and how you can help them through a tough process while diligently advocating on their behalf. We cover how to figure out an appropriate listing price, negotiate with the lender's representative, sort through debt settlement terminology, and carry the deal through to closing. We also look at the process from a buyer's agent perspective. Additional cautions, considerations, and fraud prevention tactics are required when advocating on behalf of these deal-seeking buyers.
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2 Hours
When licensees represent clients in a commercial transaction, whether marketing the building or assisting in the purchase, knowledge of the building’s structure and systems is vital. A building is comprised of its architectural features and its MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) systems. In this course you’ll learn about:

Highlights of this course include:
  • A foundational understanding of … foundations! Includes footings and how they work with foundations to form a system, design concerns of foundations including soil conditions, water tables and live and dead loads
  • Design considerations for roofs, walls, windows and doors
  • An overview of HVAC types and considerations, including cost, efficiency and varying tenant needs
  • A look at electrical, lighting, controls and fire and security alarms, and how they differ by building use and tenant need
  • How external conditions can impact building design, occupancy and parking, including zoning and code location, topography, environmental factors
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2 Hours
Real estate professionals have a responsibility to know and understand the applicable fair housing and civil rights laws governing their workplace as well as their personal conduct. The public expects and deserves competent actions based upon thorough knowledge. However, federal definitions of “protected classes” expand and change. As licensees learn about and review protected classes and fair housing laws throughout this course, they will become better equipped to act with honesty, competence, and intelligence in serving their clients and customers.

In Breaking Barriers in Fair Housing, we discuss the protections provided by the Fair Housing Act, and how licensees can best protect clients and their firms from discrimination.

Course Highlights
  • Video enactments depicting actual fair housing cases, submitted by the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission.
  • Up-to-the-minute actual case studies in fair housing violations
  • An analysis of the benefits of fair housing principles in real estate.
  • A discussion of how attitudes and laws have changed to support a fair housing mindset
  • A description of regulatory changes relating to fair housing
  • A primer on how to write nondiscriminatory advertising
  • Red flags of discrimination for listing agents, selling agents and brokers
  • A Public Service Announcement video on fair housing from the Department of Housing and Urban Development
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3 Hours
Real estate licensees who represent commercial clients, whether as buyers or sellers of commercial properties, must understand the process of valuing commercial properties. To best serve their commercial real estate clients, they need a solid understanding of how commercial properties are valued, how appraisers work, and how that important final number is determined.

Many of the tools and methodologies used by commercial appraisers can also be used by licensees to help their clients determine value when buying, selling or comparing commercial real estate. While a valuation prepared by a real estate licensee will never take the place of a formal appraisal, it is important for licensees to understand the definitions of value used by appraisers, the methodologies used, the three approaches to value, and how value of commercial properties is determined. It is also important for licensees to be able to read and extract information from a professional appraisal report.

Highlights of this course include:
  • Definitions of commonly used commercial appraisal terms
  • An in-depth look at the process of data collection, analysis and three approaches to value (cost, income and sales comparison) for commercial property valuation
  • Faculty expert, Bill James, a 40-year veteran of commercial appraisal, takes students step-by-step through a real-life appraisal report, which includes the process of data collection, approaches to value, analysis and value determination
  • More than two dozen handouts used in a real-life commercial appraisal, with a detailed explanation of each
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2 Hours
The trend to “go green” now extends beyond weekly recycling efforts and the latest Hybrid cars. In fact, the effects of this movement are becoming increasingly visible in the real estate market. This means that it is crucial for you, as an industry professional, to have a thorough understanding of green home qualifications, eco-friendly remodeling possibilities, and energy-efficient technologies.

This course provides you with the information you need to successfully guide your more eco-minded clients. Whether you’re helping a buyer find a newly constructed green home or advising a seller on green remodeling efforts to improve a listing, you’ll be able to provide your clients with support they need.

Course highlights include:
  • An overview of green footprints, sustainability, and the environmental effects of energy-efficient homes
  • Information on green renovation options, such as the use of renewable flooring, tubular skylights, xeriscaping, and more
  • Videos and Internet resources that provide details on programs, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH), and ENERGY STAR®
  • Details about green property requirements, as outlined by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • Statistics on the cost-saving benefits of green remodeling efforts and energy-efficient technology and appliances
  • Tips for inexpensive, yet effective green makeovers that make homes more appealing to eco-conscious buyers


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3 Hours
Practicing real estate during a hot market is not business as usual. Ethical, legal and practical issues occur when buyers scramble to “get theirs” while listing agents guard the gate—sometimes using questionable means.

No matter the market dynamics, a licensee’s fiduciary duties do not change. A buyer’s agent still has the duty to put client needs first, and help buyers obtain properties meeting their needs for the lowest price possible. Listing agents also must put the seller’s interest first, and try to secure for them the best price and most favorable terms.

This course shows licensees how to navigate hot market dynamics ethically and legally, whether representing buyers or sellers.

Highlights of this course include:
  • An overview of hot market dynamics, including low inventory, cash buyers, multiple offers, appraisal and lending issues
  • How to stay ethical, legal and avoid violating MLS rules when taking a pocket listing
  • A discussion of private listing groups and their potential risks for fair housing and anti-trust violations
  • Buyer strategies for writing winning offers—and guerilla tactics to avoid
  • Escalator clauses, what they are and how to respond to them
  • Ways to assist sellers in evaluating offers based not only on price and terms but also on buyer strength
  • Strategies for responding to multiple offers
  • Options for buyers and sellers when properties do not appraise
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3 Hours
Commercial real estate investors have two goals: generate cash flow and produce higher returns. However, unlike other investment types, investing in commercial property is not simply a matter of buying at one price and selling for more. Commercial real estate must be considered in terms of the risks and rewards of the type of commercial property, income during the investment period, the investor’s own situation, and how value and return are impacted by the economic, market, tax, and legal conditions (particularly zoning) for the market niche.

This course presents an overview of the factors impacting value and investment potential of commercial properties, gives licensees a solid understanding of the financial aspects of commercial real estate investment, and better prepares them to provide professional guidance to their commercial real estate clients when evaluating investment properties for purchase or sale.

Highlights of this course include:
  • The six main categories of commercial properties, and their specific challenges and opportunities for investors.
  • A definition of transit-oriented communities, and why they are a growing type of mixed-use development.
  • How zoning, building codes, title issues and the Americans with Disabilities Act impact commercial property development and investment potential.
  • How licensees can use financial analysis and individual investor profiles to assist clients in analyzing commercial properties for purchase and sale.
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3 Hours
Infinite prospecting and advertising opportunities are available to real estate professionals through social media, blogging, property listing website, and email resources. Whether you’re an experienced Internet-savvy professional or have yet to create a Facebook profile, this course will help you gain an understanding of the legal, regulatory, ethical, and professional issues that should shape your online content and conduct.

This exciting new course features:
  • Resources to help you in developing your online presence through personal websites, blogs, social media profiles, email campaigns, etc.
  • Tech tips from Amy Chorew that will assist you in protecting your online image
  • Details on reducing legal, ethical, regulatory, and practical risk you face through your online real estate activities
  • Checklists with website best practices and email etiquette tips that can be used in your online marketing activities
  • A handout with tips on avoiding E&O insurance claims stemming from your online real estate activities
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2 Hours
It is estimated that approximately $300 billion in real estate is transacted by investors each year. Grab your piece of the pie by understanding the driving forces in the dynamic residential real estate investment market. Possessing knowledge of the strategies and mindsets of investors will help you serve your valuable investor clients effectively, responsibly, and ethically.

Through this course, you will learn the impact of real estate investment in the United States, the opportunities that exist for investors, and your role in representing the residential real estate investor.

Course highlights include:
  • Resources from Keller Williams Publishing, National Real Estate Investors Association, OwnAmerica, and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) that will help you serve your investor clients
  • A Criteria Worksheet handout that can be utilized in your efforts finding properties for your clients
  • Insights from The Millionaire Real Estate Investor, Personal Real Estate Investor Magazine, and Crash Boom! that will help you understand the mindset and strategies of investors
  • Details about current real estate market conditions and the impact of investors on the market over time
  • A look at recent data from the U.S. census, NAR surveys, and other independent studies, as well as a discussion about what it all means for today’s real estate investors
  • Tips for acting ethically, providing a high level of service, and avoiding liability issues while working with investors
  • Advice for becoming a real estate investor yourself, including legal landmines to guard against
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2 Hours
Electronic transactions and e-signatures can give you the competitive edge you need to attract new business, better serve existing clients, and improve your bottom line.

This course provides you with a comprehensive understanding of how national and international laws define an electronic signature, how e-signature technology is currently being used by real estate professionals, and how you can use it in your day-to-day transactions. Additionally, this course looks at the use of e-mail to conduct negotiations and at several real-life case studies currently affecting how you do business.

Course highlights include:
  • A look at what it takes to make an e-mail a legally binding agreement, including a discussion of the “mirror image” rule
  • Tips for ensuring that your e-mail communications remain blunder free
  • A discussion of the pros and cons of e-mail disclaimers and how much protection they really provide users
  • A look at how e-signatures are becoming more and more commonplace in the real estate industry, with institutions like the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and mortgage giants like Freddie Mac accepting e-signatures and the National Association of REALTORS® partnering with DocuSign, an e-signature provider
  • A detailed discussion of several national and international e-signature laws, including the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN), the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA), and EU Directive 1999/93/EC
  • A review of several precedent-setting case studies and their influence on the use of electronic negotiations in the real estate industry
  • An examination of the financial and practical benefits of using e-signature technology
  • Tips for selecting an e-signature technology that fits your needs as a busy real estate agent
  • A description of the crucial security features and authentication methods to look for in an e-signature software
  • Tips for successfully integrating e-signature technology into your day-to-day business transactions
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2 Hours
The Fundamentals of Commercial Real Estate provides a solid foundation for your understanding of commercial real estate. The course covers the need-to-know information on a broad range of commercial topics.

If you're an experienced residential licensee, a few of the fundamentals of commercial real estate will be familiar to you—the importance of location, for example. In many other regards, commercial differs sharply from residential real estate. You'll be working with executives, investors, and business owners in commercial real estate, individuals whose focus is squarely on the bottom line.

Equipped with the information and advice found in this course, you'll be well-prepared to grasp the more complex aspects of commercial real estate as you gain more experience in the industry.

Course highlights include:
  • Definitions of key terms and concepts that apply to commercial real estate.
  • A detailed explanation of how to identify and meet the various needs of your commercial real estate clients.
  • An analysis of the main differences between commercial and residential real estate sales.
  • An overview of the most common valuation methods for real estate and businesses.
  • Tips on gathering the demographic and location-related details that clients need to make well-informed decisions.
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3 Hours
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) acquires thousands of homes every year through foreclosure on properties that had Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured mortgages. This course explains the processes and procedures involved in listing and selling HUD homes, including how the properties are awarded to individual brokers for listing, how brokers and agents are compensated for these sales, and how they are listed and marketed.

Course highlights include:
  • Overview of increased commission opportunities
  • Explanation of FHA financing, and the FHA foreclosure process
  • A summary of the roles created through HUD's Management and Marketing III program, and details regarding the duties associated with each role
  • A description of the documents involved in the sale of a HUD home
  • Rules outlining the advertisement of HUD homes
  • Details about the HUD home bidding process
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4 Hours
This course acquaints students with specific laws pertaining to commercial real estate ownership. Includes laws governing environmental issues, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and interstate land sales.
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4 Hours
Presents methods and principles for pricing property. Covers pricing compared to appraisal, basic concepts of pricing property, principles of value, approaches to pricing property and application of the market data and replacement cost methods.
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3 Hours
ADA legislation affects the business of every real estate agent. Find out what the laws cover and how it pertains to you, while refreshing your knowledge of the Federal Fair Housing Laws.
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3 Hours
Covers the basics of a tax free exchange of residential investment property. Topics covered include requirements of a tax free exchange, types of exchanges and the methods for transferring title when an exchange takes place.
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3 Hours
Covers math calculations involved in property measurement, commissions, investments and return on investments, capitalization, loans, property cost and price. The course presents easy-to-remember formulas and numerous practice problems.
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