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Has licensing renewal caught you by surprise?

Has licensing renewal caught you by surprise?

NEFAR offers several continuing ed courses before the Sept. 30 deadline

 

Just because you hold a real estate license doesn't mean you're good to go forever.

In Florida, your initial real estate license expires in 18 to 24 months from the date when you passed the state real estate exam. Check it out, the expiration date is located on the bottom of your license.

 

First renewal cycle requirements

 

At the end of the cycle before you renew your real estate license for the first time, you must complete and pass a state-approved 45-hour post-license curriculum that builds on the knowledge you acquired during the pre-licensing education courses. This is important because if you don’t complete the first-renewal post-license education by the expiration date, you will have to start over completely. You will have to retake the pre-license course, pass the exam, and retake the state exam.

One easy option that many new sales associates choose to fulfill their 45-hour post-license requirement is to enroll in Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) 100 Series education classes. These classes help sales associates prepare for a successful real estate career. NEFAR offers these classes at several times throughout the year.

 

Requirements after the first post-license renewal period

 

After the first post-license renewal period, real estate sales associates are required to take 14 hours of Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC)-approved continuing education (CE) classes during each two-year license renewal period for the duration of their real estate careers. These 14 hours consist of:

  • 3 hours of Core Law
  • 3 hours of Code of Ethics and Business Practices
  • 8 hours of specialty education.

NEFAR offers all these CE classes free to members throughout the year and has several of them available on its calendar in September.

 

14-hour Mainstream course

 

One way to get your 14 CE requirements done in one fell swoop is to take the 14-hour Mainstream “Everything you need to know to renew your license” course on Wednesday, Sept. 1. The two-day course which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the NEFAR Resource Center, includes Core Law and Ethics. It will be taught by Christine Williams.

 

Core Law and Code of Ethics

 

Core Law (virtual) – 3CE
Friday, Sept. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jeff Marks, attorney for NEFAR and RealMLS
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Code of Ethics (virtual) – 3CE
Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m
Instructor: Gonzalo Mejia
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If you are still in need of general course credits, you should consider signing up for a few of these classes that are offered in September by the NEFAR education department: 

 

Continuing Education (CE) Classes

 

Gold Key Certification – Excellence in Professionalism (virtual) – 8 CE credits
Thursday, Sept. 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Instructor: Cynthia DeLuca
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This 8-hour course will equip you with the tools and knowledge for establishing relationships with fellow REALTORS®, affiliated business partners, and customers that will last a lifetime. The “keys” to a successful business career that will be covered include: Understanding what the consumer survey says about REALTORS® and their quality of service and professionalism; discovering 5 ways to assess your customer service; learning how training and accountability increase professionalism; learning how to meet or exceed your buyer and seller expectations; learning what it takes to set yourself apart from other agents; learning how to deal with difficult customers without losing the deal; learning how to adapt to meet the standards of buyers and sellers; learning how to redefine your skills to understand the current disclosure issues; learning how risk management increases professionalism; learning how to evaluate circumstances that motivate customers to buy and sell; learning how to establish standards to aid in providing professional services throughout the transaction, from start to finish.

The Gold Key Class is one of six certifications needed to join NEFAR’s new professional society – EDGE (Ethics, Diversity, Goals, Excellence).


If You Can’t List, You Can’t Last! (virtual) – 3 CE credits
Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Gonzalo Mejia
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The goal of the class is to make you into a listing specialist by teaching your how to secure listings and to provide the right information a seller needs to make a responsible decision.


Your Home Loan Tool Kit (virtual) – 3 CE credits
Thursday, Sept. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Elysia Stobbie
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This class teaches how to use the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) 26-page booklet entitled “Your Home Loan Tool Kit.” Understanding this tool kit is essential if REALTORS® want to fully understand the TILA-RESPA guidelines. In the class, participants will learn how to make appropriate calculations and speak with authority regarding the nuances of the new disclosure and closing process. Upon completing of the class, students will be able to identify the most important steps a consumer should make before buying a home. They will know what affects a consumer’s loan qualification and be able to explain three important concepts: 1) front and back ratios to a borrower 2) zero-point loans, 3) what to do if a consumer gets behind on the mortgage. Also covered are risky-loan features, title insurance, credit scores and the components of a monthly payment.


1031 Exchanges (virtual) – 2 CE credits
Thursday, Sept. 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Claudia Kiernan
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Taught by Claudia Kiernan, this course covers the benefits of 1031 tax-deferred exchanges for both REALTORS® and clients. The class will detail the entire exchange process and some of the more complex applications of 1031 to ensure exchanges are well received by the IRS.


Know Your Numbers (virtual) – 3 CE credits
Friday, Sept. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Grant Simon
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This class will provide the most current information on the ramifications and impact of COVID-19 on the real estate market and will include helpful tips about payments, cash to close, appreciation, depreciation, interest rates, the economy and useful statistics. The course is designed to turn the REALTOR® into a “walking, talking real estate machine,” and will help REALTORS® generate another transaction in the next 30 to 60 days.


REALTOR® Safety-Smart Business (virtual) – 2 CE credits
Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Patricia Sherman
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This two-hour course will cover the 5- or 10- second rule, safety plans at the brokerage level, safety steps to follow when going on listing appointments, showing appointments, or while holding open houses; how to recognize a stalker and what steps to take if one is suspected; how to recognize that your social media activity is putting you and your customers at risk; and how to implement changes to your phone and computer protocols to protect yourself and your data.


Run Your Business on Google & The Cloud (virtual) – 4 CE credits
Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Instructor: Craig Grant
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By the end of the course, REALTORS® will be aware of all the free Google tools that are available to help them reduce their business operating costs, improve their work efficiency, and communicate. Also, students will learn how to leverage the Google search engine and advertising network to increase their presence in the marketplace to retain or attract business.