Continuing Education Course Descriptions
• Understanding 1031 Tax Free Exchanges:
This four hour elective course explores the history, evolution, rules and forms
of the strategy used to defer tax liability until a later date. Loaded with
real life examples and calculations, this course allows agents to learn the
vocabulary and application of tax-free exchanges so they are better able to
answer client questions. A recent review of content ensures students will
receive the most up to date materials.
• Unlocking the
Mysteries of Property Management:
This four hour elective course provides
an up to date introduction to property management with a focus on practical
advice on how to comply with regulations and avoid liability. It includes
Liability Alerts that offer suggestions for avoiding liability from both owners
and tenants, case studies, key terms and more.
• Risk Management: With the risk of legal
liability an increasingly serious problem for real estate brokers and agents,
this course provides the essentials of risk management that every sales
professional must know to avoid legal problems and give their clients the best
• Environmental Considerations in Real Estate: To sell to today’s
safety-conscious consumer, real estate agents must do more than just disclose
known hazards. He or she should be able to recognize hidden hazards and advise
the client on how best to deal with these problems. This course teaches agents
what to look for when evaluating a property, how to perform due diligence
regarding environmental issues and how to avoid legal liability.
• Home Inspections and the Dangers of Mold: This four hour elective
course offers information for agents inspecting properties on topics such as
asbestos, hazardous vegetation and more.
• Trust Accounts – Why Take Chances: Learn the valuable skill
of managing your trust account, even if you don’t keep the books yourself.
Control procedures will be covered. This course is an important step in
reducing the risk of mishandled funds.
will learn about the importance of the trust or escrow account and how to
manage it properly. Learn about account safety and the four way check.
Sub-ledgers are discussed in detail.
• Ethics Can Equal Real Estate Success: The four hour elective
class reflects the latest information from the Code of Ethics and Standards and
Practice of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Students will gain
greater insight into the responsibilities and duties required of Realtors® and
recommended sanctions for violations of the Code. This title meets NAR’s
requirements for new members to complete ethics training and continuing members
to complete quadrennial ethics training.
• Eco-Friendly Real Estate: How to be Green:This
course takes the mystery out of green and sustainable building concepts for
commercial and residential real estate licensees. The text differentiates
between government initiatives and non-profit, private associations and
explains how each impacts green building and maintenance practices. Licensees
looking to serve the expanding market of consumers interested in high
performance building practices will find practical information on products,
designations, and certifications such as LEED and Green Globes.
• Guide to Buyer Eligibility: In a time of
financial restructuring and a rapidly developing regulatory environment, this course
offers an invaluable resource for real estate professionals practicing in
several different fields. This course covers everything from the restructuring
of government organizations like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the new Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau to updated private policies regulating loan limits
and flood insurance. Key terms, case studies, financial appendices, and other
learning tools make this course the best bet for staying up to speed in today’s
fast-moving real estate economy.
• Mortgage Fraud: A
This class addresses the hand-in-hand issues of
predatory lending and mortgage fraud and how they affect foreclosed and
repossessed properties. Each section is devoted to a specific topic and
includes a definition and discussion of the issue, relevant information, and
the impact of the topic on real estate agents.
• Fair Housing and
Office Policy Manual: It’s the Law:
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 class covers topics
important to today's real estate professional. Case studies help students apply
the fair housing laws to real-world situations that they may encounter in their
own businesses. A copy of a sample office policy manual is included for student
use as well.
• Agency Plus: Conflict
and Confusion in Agency Relationships:
Extraordinary caution is required in
the actions of real estate agents on behalf of their clients and customers in
today's changing real estate market. Knowledge of the current legal and ethical
requirements and options is mandatory to protect both the real estate agent and
• Having Good Title:
Who Owns It:
This Course enables a real estate agent to find his or her way
around the county courthouse system and the methods for obtaining important
recorded documents without needless delays.
• Condominiums and
The market for condos and cooperative living homes continues
to grow, and this class offers agents a look at the issues associated with the
buying and selling of properties, including condominium legislation,
conversions, new construction and insurance.
• Price it Right:
Proper pricing is key to selling your listing in a
timely manner. The question is: how do you know what the correct price is? The
way to find the right price is knowing what factors to consider and how much
weight to give each piece of information when finalizing the initial offering
Price It Right! Valuation
Guidelines for Agents
teaches you a step by step method using standard
appraisal practices to help your clients achieve the right price on the first
try. Taught by a Certified General Appraiser and Home Inspector, this course
offers practical advice you can use right away.
• Historic Properties:
Selling the Past:
The Real Estate School of SC is pleased to offer Historic
Properties: Selling the Past for four hours of real estate continuing education
credit. This course offers a detailed look at what you need to know about
historic structures, landscaping, tax credits, red flags and more. Students
come away with an understanding of the unique nature of historic properties to
better assist buyers and sellers of these types of properties.
• TRID Safely in a Flood of Disclosures:
This four hour course meets the requirements for the mandatory
core course from 2016-2018 and covers the complexities of the new
disclosures and forms required in real estate closings. Students will be
able to explain the rules to buyers and sellers regarding the impact
the rules will have on their real estate transactions. Students will
also become aware of resources to assist buyers and sellers in
understanding the TRID rules and process. COUNTS FOR CORE CREDIT.
ONLINE COURSES – available at realestateschoolofsc.fastclass.com:
• Agency – The Big
Buyers and sellers of real estate want assurance that their
individual interests are protected. They want to know what type of relationship
they have with their sales agent before disclosing confidential information
regarding a real estate transaction. In an ongoing attempt to protect consumers
involved in real estate transactions, agency laws were created. Though agency
laws can vary from state to state, they all provide the same basic
• Keeping It Real:
Property Law and Case Studies:
This continuing education course revisits
basic concepts of property law, including the nature of property, freehold and
leasehold estates, possessory and non-possessory interests, co-ownership
issues, conveyances, property rights, and restrictions on those rights. So that
students can then put their understanding of these concepts into context,
students will also be able to analyze a number of legal cases that involve
• NAR: Ethical Training
through the Standards of Practice:
This continuing education course
addresses the specifics of the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics
and ethical practices and decision making for real estate professionals.
Additionally, this course may potentially be approvable for REALTORS® who wish
to fulfill quadrennial Code of Ethics requirement from the National Association
of REALTORS. Check with your local REALTORS® association.
• Painless Property
Rentals: Managing Investment Properties:
As you can imagine, the
relationship between a property manager and his or her tenants can be
challenging, as the opportunities for misunderstanding and disagreement are
limitless. Luckily, both landlords and tenants have specific laws on their side
that clearly define what they can and cannot do, and what they should and
should not expect. This should also be clearly defined in the lease. It’s
critical that both property managers and tenants know their rights, know the
law, and follow it. This course will discuss how to find the perfect tenants
for a particular property, design a lease, maintain that property, and manage
expenses to make a landlord more successful.
Expectations and Obligations: 2014-16 Core Course:
This four-hour CE course
includes an overview of licensee obligations to customers and clients with a
focus throughout the course on the importance of professional behavior that is
beyond customer/client expectations. Time is spent reviewing key licensure compliant
requirements/activities and prohibited activities; and key due diligence and
disclosure requirements are covered in some detail. In the final unit,
disciplinary processes and actions for non-compliant activities are
highlighted. Video commentary by the content expert on all major topics and
case examples/activities are featured throughout the course.
• The Residential
Contract: Issues, Disputes and Solutions:
The contracts used in your state
are unique to jurisdictional laws, administrative rules, MLS dictates and
guidance from the state REALTOR® Association hotline attorneys. There is no
all-inclusive common law listing or purchase and sale contract that will apply
to all residential transactions in all jurisdictions. This course contains
things that you’ve known and perhaps forgotten or put aside in your haste to
make a transaction. There are also surprises tucked into the mix –
practicalities including case law examples shared for illustration.
• Thinking Outside the
Box: Financing Investment Properties:
In this course, the instructor will
share his vast knowledge and expertise as a real estate broker to teach you how
to think outside of the box. The information, stories, and advice he shares on
creative financing strategies will allow you to provide a level of service to
your investor clients that goes well beyond pointing them to traditional
commercial mortgage lenders. In addition to learning about various financing
alternatives, you will see how you can educate your clients so they can get the
most out of their investment opportunities.
• What’s Up Doc:
Examining Investment Properties:
This continuing education course allows
real estate licensees to focus on the investment goals of their clients. It
discusses some basic characteristics of investing, and helps licensees see how
to uncover the motivations of their investor clients as they analyze various
property investment opportunities. The course also examines ways in which
licensees can help clients find the value of property and formulas that allow
them to determine whether the property is meeting their investment needs.
• Housing: Fairness for
Fair and equitable treatment in housing and real estate transactions
is a right by law. In this course, we will focus on the mandatory fair housing
issues that real estate licensees must understand. The United States Congress
and your state legislature have made it clear that ensuring everyone equal
access to housing is an important goal for our society. Real estate agents need
to know what conduct violates anti-discrimination laws to avoid potential
liability. You will learn about the federal anti-discrimination laws, problems
that can occur from fair housing violations, and your duties and
responsibilities to treat all of your clients fairly and equally under the law.
We will also explore the differences in the manner in which hardcopy publishers
and on-line publishers are viewed within the parameters of the Fair Housing
Amendments Act of 1988 and the Communications Act of 1996. Throughout the
course, you will have opportunities to learn from rulings in actual court
• Predators: Fraud and
Want to expand your real estate business? You can do just
that with foreclosure properties. In this course, you will explore various
contributors to the increase in foreclosures and learn preventative measures to
help consumers avoid the stigma and damaging effects of foreclosure. You will
examine the foreclosures process and potential issues that occur with these
properties. Finally, you will learn alternatives that consumers can choose when
faced with foreclosure.
• Real Estate
As a real estate professional, you will be required to handle
and understand various real estate contracts. Since many disputes in a real
estate transaction can be tied back to contracts, this is important information
for you to know. In this course, we will begin with the different
classifications and status of contracts, and the requirements to form a valid
contract. We’ll also review what constitutes a breach of contract, and the
different methods that may be used to remedy a breach. Finally, we’ll provide
an introduction to the different types of contracts frequently used by real