18-hour-michigan-real-estate-continued-education-course-package-syllabus

Michigan 18 Hour Real Estate Continuing Education Course Package

This package contains the following courses:

Course #1 — Property Management
Course #2 — Auction Law in Michigan
Course #3 — Legal Descriptions
Course #4 — Environmental Issues
Course #5 — Water Rights
Course #6 — Lead Paint Awareness
Course #7 — Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Building

Michigan Real Estate Course #1: Property Management

Course Description

Property management can be, and often is a legitimate part of a real estate business. Many brokerages find that incorporating property management into the business can bolster revenue during a down market. Laws that govern property management are, however, different from those that govern how to operate a real estate brokerage. This course will outline some of the most important aspects to keep in mind when considering expanding your business.

Gwyn Besner of The Acme Institute, is a respected and well known educator in Real Estate.  She leads this top quality online video course that walks you through the basic principles Property Management.


Property Management

Learning Objective: Understand rules and processes involeved in real estate property management.

1. Leasehold Estates
2. Types of Leases
3. State Laws
4. Truth in Renting
5. Landlord/Tenant Relationship
6. Summary Procedures Act
7. Case Law
8. Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act


Michigan Real Estate Course #2: Auction Law in Michigan

Course Description

This 2 hour continuing education course provides an in-depth introduction to auction law: the rules, regulations and requirements, as well as how auctions relate to real estate sales. Real estate professionals will gain an understanding of public vs. private auctions, different types of auctions, the law surrounding auctions, and how real property is sold through the auction process.


Learning Objective: Gain an understanding of the auction process and its relation to the industry.

1. Introduction
2. Types of Auctions
3. Terminology
4. Michigan Uniform Commercial Code
5. Case Law


Michigan Real Estate Course #3: Legal Descriptions

Course Description

Legal descriptions, as the name implies, are the way and means by which real property, or real estate, is legally identified, conveyed, assessed and taxed. When real estate is transacted, it is the legal description that uniquely describes and identifies the property involved in the transaction and all of its appurtenances. Legal descriptions are used in all types of transactions, not just those involving the sale or purchase of real estate. Legal descriptions are used in deeds of conveyance, mortgages, claims of title, leases, title insurance policies, easements, etc. To do this effectively, an adequate understanding of legal descriptions is necessary. This two hour video course describes the history of legal descriptions in the state of Michigan.

Metes and Bounds

1. Introduction

a. Metes and Bounds
b. Survey System
c. Subdivisions

2. Metes and Bounds

a. POB
b. Distances
c. Directions

Survey System

1. History

2. Survey System

a. Principal Meridians
b. Base lines
c. Range lines
d. Township lines

3. Michigan Survey History

a. Townships

Numbering System

1. Examples
2. Practice Questions

Subdivisions

1. Methods
2. Land Division Act

a. Subdivision
b. Condo
c. Division
d. Exempt Split

3. Bonus Splits


Michigan Real Estate Course #4: Environmental Issues

Course Description

Human activity has been impacting the environment for thousands of years. Industrial, chemical, and energy related waste materials have had an exponential effect on the environment. It has only been in the last 50 years or so that environmental laws have been enacted to protect public health, safety and welfare, as well as preserving natural resources. These and other issues have made environmental law more and more prevalent in real estate transactions and litigation, as opposing groups seek to contain and remediate costs associated with contaminated sites and similar issues.


History

1. Industrial Revolution
2. Energy Consumption
3. Synthetics
4. Environmental Revolution
5. CERCLA
6. Environmental Site Assessment

Substances and Environmental Risk

Lesson 1

a. Introduction
b. Lead
c. Mold

Lesson 2

a. Radon
b. Asbestos
c. Vermiculite
d. Petroleum Based Contaminants
e. Underground Storage Tanks

Lesson 3

a. Farm Products
b. Heavy Metals
c. Formaldehyde
d. PCBs and PBBs

Brownfield Remediation TC

1. Examples

Federal and State Laws

1. CERCLA
2. RCRA
3. Toxic Substance Control Act
4. Clean Air and Water Acts
5. Safe Drinking Water Act
6. NREPA
7. Stigma and Value

Michigan Real Estate Course #5: Water Rights

Course Description

With the increased demand for water frontage and access to water, its value has increased dramatically, which in turn has led to many efforts to buy up water frontage and develop it for specific projects. That goal is often at odds with the desire of the local governments and the DEQ to preserve natural areas and to protect the public’s access to the state’s water resources. These and other issues have made water law and riparian rights more and more prevalent in real estate transactions and litigation as opposing groups seek to use or redefine riparian rights, ownership of waterfront property, access to water, flowage rights along rivers and streams, and similar issues.


Riparian Rights

1. Ownership
2. Types
3. Regulation and Scope
4. Public Access

Rights of Property Owners Along a Road

1. Dedicated access
2. Division of Submerged Land
3. Easements

Inland Lakes and Streams

1. Public Road Ends
2. Use of Navigable Waters
3. Dams and Flowage Rights
4. Selling Waterfront Property

Great Lakes, Oceans and Seas

1.  Keyhole or Funneling
2.  High Water Marks
3.  Glass vs. Goekel
4.  Beach Grooming

Judicial System


1. State
2. Federal

Ground Water and Septage

1. Lake Levels
2. Groundwater
3. Septic Systems


Course Description

Traditional renovation work can create significant dust-lead hazards if lead-based paint is disturbed. Contaminated dust generated by traditional renovation work can cause lead poisoning in children, pregnant women, healthy adults, and even pets. Practical changes in work practices can minimize and contain dust. The use of lead-safe work practices makes the job safer and reduces liability exposure. This course will teach you how to perform or supervise lead-safe work practices safely and effectively.This course is not a qualifier for RRP Certification. You must complete an EPA accredited course for Certified Renovator Status.

After completing this course participants will be able to:
•   Understand the dangers inherent in lead paint, including the risks and difficulties involved in renovation projects that involve older structures.•   Summarize the EPA and HUD rules required of Certified Firms and Certified Renovators.•   Determine if lead-based paint affects your work, and how to educate owners and residents in target housing, or owners and adult representatives in child-occupied facilities about how the work will affect lead in their property, and how to plan the work so that it is lead safe.

•   Outline the process of proper set up so that dust and debris created by the work do not contaminate the property and leave behind lead contaminated dust.

•   Describe how to effectively clean up dust generated by the work performed in the home or child- occupied facility; how Certified Renovators conduct a cleaning verification; and how to dispose of renovation waste.


Michigan Real Estate Course #6: Lead Paint Awareness

Chapter 1.  Lead Paint Concerns

*Learning Objectives:  1)   Explain what lead-based paint is.  2)  Explain why lead-paint is a problem for renovators. 3)  Describe the health risks of lead to children and adults.  4)  Explain why we are concerned with lead-contaminated dust.

1.  Lead-based Paint

A.  Definition
B.  Health Risks
C.  Exposure Pathways
D.  Clearance Standards

Chapter 2.  Regulation

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Describe the regulatory requirements that affect renovation work.  2)  Identify EPA and HUD rules.

1.  The RRP Rule

A.  Firm Certification
B.  Individual Certification
C.  Standards

2.  HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule

A.  Safe Practices
B.  Testing
C.  Training

Chapter 3.  Before Beginning Work

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Educate residents according to the Pre-Renovation Education Rules. 2)  Describe how widespread lead-based paint use was in housing. 3)  Determine if lead-based paint is present.  4) Use EPA-recognized test kits to check for lead-based paint. 5)  Use decision logic charts to decide which rules apply.

1.  Educate Owners and Residents:

A.  Renovate Right Pamphlets
B.  Residential
C.  Child-Occupied Facilities
D.  Common Areas

2.  Determining Lead Paint Presence

A.  Test Kits
B.  Other tests
C.  Decision Logic Charts

Chapter 4.  Containing Dust 

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Establish containment systems that will keep dust inside of the work area to allow you to clean more efficiently at the end of the day and at completion of the job.   2)  Identify containment requirements for interior renovations.  3)   Identify containment requirements for exterior renovations.

1.  What is Containment?

2.  Interior Containment

A.  Access/Signs
B.  Coverings
C.  Doors/Windows
D.  Entry to work area

3.  Exterior Containment

A.  Work Area
B.  Doors/Windows

Chapter 5.  During the Work

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Describe work practices prohibited under the RRP Rule because they create dangerous amounts of dust and paint chips.  2)  Identify practices to use to control dust, debris or paint chips. 3)   List tools you will need during the work.  4)  Identify personal protection equipment and procedures.

1.  Prohibited Practices

2.  Specialized Tools

A.  HEPA vacuums

3.  Personal Protection Equipment

4.  Controlling the Dust

A.  Vacuuming the dust
B.  Disposal

Chapter 6.  Cleaning and Checking Your Work

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Know how to conduct an effective cleaning.   2)  Identify tools needed to conduct cleaning.  3)   State effective techniques to clean up after interior and exterior jobs.   4)  Describe safe disposal practices.  5)  Indicate how to check your work.

1.  Effective Cleanup

A.  Top to Bottom
B.  All Surfaces
C.  Checking your work

2.  Interior Requirements

A. Visual Inspection
B.  Cleaning Verification
C.  Dust Clearance Exam

3.  Exterior Requirements

A.  Sheeting
B.  Disposal

Chapter 7.  Recordkeeping

*Learning Objectives:  1)  Identify how to keep required records for a job.  2)  Determine what records Certified Renovators and Certified Firm Managers must retain for each job

1.  On-the-job Records

A.  Documents
B.  Individuals
C.  Common Areas
D.  Child Occupied Facilities

2.  Non-Certified Worker Training

A. Documentation

3.  Sample Reporting

Appendices

1.  EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Final Rule

2.  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Requirements
3.  Renovate Right:  Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers and Schools

4.  Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right

5.  Steps to LEAD SAFE Renovation, Repair and Painting

6.  Hands-on Exercises

7.  State and Local Regulations

8 .  Regulatory Status of Waste Generated by Contractors and Residents from Lead-based Paint Activities Conducted in Households

9.  For More Information


Michigan Real Estate Course #7: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Building

Course Description

Wind and solar energy generation systems are about to reach the level of  affordability that will allow them to be considered equal to conventional power generation systems like fossil fuel plants and hydro-electric dams. This course will explain what products are on the market, and what rebates and incentives are available for those who want to take advantage of energy efficient resources and components.  The course will also bring attention to methods of green building that allow homes to have less impact on the environment, while providing a greater economic benefit to the homeowner.  Students successfully completing this course will gain confidence in their ability to provide valuable information to their customers regarding renewable and energy efficient options.


Wind Power I

*Learning Objectives:  1) Be able to describe the history of harnessing the wind’s energy. 2) Identify the difference between wind energy and conventional energy production. 3) Appreciate some of the “Pro vs. Con” debates regarding Green Renewable Wind generated energy.

1.  History
2.  Products and Components
3.  Sources of Energy Production
4.  Offshore Production:  Pros and Cons
5.  Onshore Production:  Pros and Cons


Wind Power II

*Learning Objectives:  1) Understand what “distributed” wind power really means to home owners, communities and industry. 2) Appreciate some of the solutions addressing concerns over the harvesting of wind energy. 3) Recognize the concerns of the home owner or small business owner when deciding on whether or not to pursue wind energy.

1.  Distributed wind power
2.  Automation and Safety Factors
3.  Grants and Incentives
4.  Residential and Small Business Wind Generation


Solar Energy Use I

*Learning Objectives:  1) Understand the difference between “passive” and “active” solar energy use. 2) Know what PV stands for, and how PV solar energy collection varies from traditional solar heat collection. 3) Gain an awareness of the benefits of solar energy: for residential and commercial use as well as how solar energy benefits the environment.

1.  Solar Energy:  Passive/Active
2.  Solar Photo Voltaic
3.  Industry Acronyms and Terms
4.  Residential and Small Business Solar Use
5.  Rebates and Incentives


Solar Energy Use II

*Learning Objectives:  1) Understand some small business or home owner advantages.  2) Realize there is a price to pay for clean, green energy. 3) Recognize pros and cons when considering solar.

1.  Small Business Systems
2.  Residential Use
3.  Solar Pros and Cons
4.  Structural Considerations
5.  Installation and Mounting Considerations


Solar Energy Use III

*Learning Objectives:  1) Be aware of the history of man harnessing the sun’s energy. 2) Know the amount of solar energy versus conventional fuel produced energy in the United States. 3) Learn some new terms and gain an appreciation for what “green energy” really means.

1.  Solar Harvesting
2.  Solar Power Plants
3.  Industry Acronyms and Terms


Energy Efficient Building

Lesson One

Learning Objectives.  1) Realize how much energy is consumed by building construction and building use. 2)  Be aware of the amount of time people spend indoors…and how unhealthy a lack of natural lighting can be. 3)  Recognize the value of “building green”; from both the perspective of the builder and the building owner.

A.  Environmental and Economic Imperatives
B.  Green Building Practices
C.  Cost and Initial Investment

Lesson Two

Learning Objectives.  1) Understand the importance of building placement on the lot.  2) Be aware of various “Brownfield” site clean-up methods.  3) Realize the need for soil erosion control and basic methods. 4) Understand common efficiency and recycling methods for water use and recycling.

A.  Evaluating the Jobsite
B.  Brownfield Remediation Strategies
C.  Natural Ecosystems
D.  Managing Erosion
E.  Water Pollution

Lesson Three

Learning Objectives.  1)  Understand thermal-mass properties and the advantages of using high-thermal-mass materials.  2)  Be aware of available strategies to reduce heating and cooling costs. 3)  Understand the advantages of “Green Power” generation and the difference between wind farms, photovoltaic, geothermal and biomass power plants and potential advantages or disadvantages for both.

A.  Solar Heating and Cooling
B.  Renewable Energy Sources
C.  Geothermal Power

Lesson Four

Learning objectives 1)  Understand financial advantages for solar energy generation.  2)  Be aware of building materials using recycled content.  3)  Understand the importance of construction-site air quality as well as building interior air-quality.  4)  Understand the advantages and process for LEED certification.

A.  Photovoltaic Systems
B.  Recycled Materials
C.  Indoor Air Quality
D.  LEED Rating


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