Michigan 18 Hour Real Estate Continuing Education Course Package
This package contains the following courses:
Course #1 — Property Management
Michigan Real Estate Course #1: Property Management
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.
Learning Objective: Understand rules and processes involeved in real estate property management.
1. Leasehold Estates
Michigan Real Estate Course #2: Auction Law in Michigan
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.
Michigan Real Estate Course #3: Legal Descriptions
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
a. Metes and Bounds
2. Metes and Bounds
2. Survey System
a. Principal Meridians
3. Michigan Survey History
3. Bonus Splits
Michigan Real Estate Course #4: Environmental Issues
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.
1. Industrial Revolution
Substances and Environmental Risk
a. Farm Products
Brownfield Remediation TC
Federal and State Laws
Michigan Real Estate Course #5: Water Rights
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.
Rights of Property Owners Along a Road
1. Dedicated access
Inland Lakes and Streams
1. Public Road Ends
Great Lakes, Oceans and Seas
1. Keyhole or Funneling
Ground Water and Septage
1. Lake Levels
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
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
2. HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule
A. Safe Practices
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
2. Determining Lead Paint Presence
A. Test Kits
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
3. Exterior Containment
A. Work Area
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
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
2. Interior Requirements
A. Visual Inspection
3. Exterior Requirements
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
2. Non-Certified Worker Training
3. Sample Reporting
1. EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Final Rule
2. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Requirements
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Energy Efficient Building
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
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
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
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
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