Nebraska Real Estate Professionals – It’s time to renew!

Brokers and Salespersons in Nebraska are required to complete 18 hours of continuing education each two-year licensing cycle.

If your license starts with an odd number your renewal is November 30, 2019.

 

The speedy housing market in Nebraska is thanks not only to fierce competition over a scarce selection of homes, but also the healthy economy and Nebraska’s “Nice” factor. Compared to East and West coast negotiations, which are like a sport, Nebraskans are nice, decisive and unwilling to take too much time or deal with the hassle of a long negotiation. Both Lincoln and Omaha are on the road to expanding their job market, inviting even more newcomers from larger more expensive cities causing homes to be bought even quicker. Nebraska home values are expected to remain stable. The job market in Nebraska is on the rise and the demand for housing is expected to increase. It is a great time to be a real estate agent in Nebraska!

Keeping up with your education is vital to your prosperity in Real Estate. Without completing the requirements, your license will be just another card tucked in a corner wallet pocket or the candy covered bottom of your purse.

Don't let your continuing education be the reason you miss out on all the commissions from the hours of hard work you put into listings, showings, contracts etc. We understand as an agent, your time is extremely valuable.  We know in the last few years "For Sale" signs have been flying off homes in Nebraska and thoughts of CE have been on the back burner.

In a recent interview Doug Dohse, president of the Omaha Area Board of Realtors, informed us that the market is about to change. He stated “There are just not enough homes for sale, that’s what’s driving [the fast market] more than anything else.” As the housing market begins to slow, now is the time to get your Real Estate CE courses complete. Currently, in both Omaha and Lincoln (more so than any other big metro area across the country) homes are spending on average only 32 days on the market before being snatched up. That doesn't give you much time to get your continuing education done but that's what makes our program so great! You can take your courses from anywhere, at any time and on any internet connected smart device, making it simple and time effective to complete your CE today!

 

We provide: Nebraska approved continuing education that meets all of your requirements. We will report your CE to the Nebraska Real Estate Commission after completion.
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Kansas’ Millennial Market

If you’re looking to buy a home in your 20’s, look no further than Kansas. According to recent market research, Wichita is one of the top 10 cities where 20-29-year old’s have been taking out mortgages. In 2018 29.4% of mortgages were issued to buyers in their 20’s. Kansas has become a favored watering hole for 20 somethings. You may be wondering what makes Kansas so desirable for young millennials? Wichita has a strong local economy with reasonable home prices and a spotlight on local night life. There are plenty of things to do for the younger generation, from the Midwest Beerfest to the Autumn and Art festival. Wichita is also the home to large employers such as KOCH Industries and Cessna. A growing economy combined with a seller’s market has raised home values 78%. In a nut shell...Wichita is so popular because home buyers get a lot of house for the same price compared to bigger cities-- and cost of living is low.

While Millennials have been the biggest chunk of U.S. home buyers for a few years now, we’re about to see the younger half hit the housing market en masse. This group will decide where the next “hot” markets are. As a real estate professional trends are crucial in marketing your business, knowing what’s coming is a big benefit so now is the time to take your continuing education courses and renew your license. While fulfilling your requirements brush up on your social media presence with our Social Media Marketing course. The opportunity to make considerable money is just around the corner, so jump on over to our Kansas Real Estate Continuing Education page and learn something new!


With a booming housing market, real estate agents are in high demand. Make sure you stay up to date with state requirements so you can remain licensed.

Do you need Kansas real estate continuing education?

Salespersons and Brokers in Kansas are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education every two years. Salespeople must include a 3-hour Required Salesperson and Broker Core course; the remaining nine hours can be elective topics approved by KREC. Brokers must also complete a 3-hour Required Broker Core course. The remaining six hours may be filled with KREC approved elective courses.

Complete 12-hours of Salesperson or Broker approved online continuing education in HD video and narrated courses with Real Estate Training Institute!


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Learn the ins and outs of social media marketing from experts that work in both social media and real estate.  Use these tools and tricks to upgrade your personal and professional profiles, drive leads, and increase business.

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Florida Real Estate License Fees Cut 50%

A little relief comes to FL Real Estate professionals beginning July 1, 2019. Gov. Ron DeSantis and DBPR joined FREC in announcing a fee change for 200,000 licensees in Florida.

The lower renewal cost begins with the next renewal cycle that ends on Sept. 30, 2019. The temporary fee reduction, which lowers license renewal fees by 50% for licenses of real estate brokers, real estate sales associates and real estate broker branch offices will continue through the renewal periods of licenses expiring March 31, 2020, Sept. 30, 2020, and March 31, 2021.

License renewal fees for real estate brokers will drop from $72.00 to $36.00 and from $64.00 to $32.00 for renewal as a real estate sales associate or broker branch office.

The upcoming license fee reduction is projected to result in an estimated savings of over $8.8 million dollars for eligible license holders in Florida. Pursuant to section 455.219, Florida Statutes, FREC is authorized to implement a waiver of license renewal fees for a period not to exceed two years when the profession's trust fund monies exceed the amount required to cover the necessary functions of FREC.


Don't let your license expire!

Here are the requirements needed to renew your Florida real estate license:

How do I renew my Florida real estate license?

Florida requires all real estate licensees to renew their license through their Online Service portal. If you have not already registered, you will need to do so before you may renew your license. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with a temporary password and then you will create your own unique, secure password. (Check your spam or junk mail folder if you don’t receive that email right away.) After you have successfully logged in you will be able to link your license to the online account you created.

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How much does it cost to renew my Florida real estate license?

$32 | Sales Associates
$36 | Brokers

CE Requirement 1st Renewal:

  • Sales Associate - 45 hours
  • Brokers - 60 hours

CE Requirement Subsequent Renewal: 14 Hours
Required Courses: 3-Hour Florida Core Law

Do you report my continuing education to the Florida Real Estate Commission?

Yes! We will report your course completion to the Florida Real Estate Commission. Rosters are submitted three times a week and can take 24-48 hours to be reflected in the FREC database.

Renewing Your Ohio Real Estate License

How do I renew my Ohio real estate license?

  1. Complete 30-Hours of approved continuing education
  2. Log in to the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Real Estate eLicense Center
  3. Enter your license information and pay the appropriate fee

What is the fee for renewing my Ohio real estate license?

  • Salespersons: $135
  • Brokers: $180

How do I tell which continuing education requirements I have completed?

The certification number includes a letter that serves as a course-type designator

  • D – Core Law
  • G – Civil Rights
  • C – Canon of Ethics
  • E – Elective*
  • F – Computer Specific Elective*
  • B – Computer Basic Elective*
    *A licensee may only take a maximum of 15 hours of computer electives

How can I find my Ohio real estate continuing education due date?

Visit www.com.ohio.gov/real to look up your license requirements

Do my 10-hour post-education courses count towards my 30 hours of continuing education?

No, the state of Ohio requires you to complete the 10-hour pre-licensure course and 30 hours of continuing education.

I have extra continuing education credits; can I use them for the next renewal cycle?

You may roll over 10 hours. These hours will count for elective courses, they will not count towards the 9 core course hours.

Where can I find Ohio real estate continuing education?

Visit www.realestatetraininginstitute.com and choose from the selection of state-approved courses.

Who Submits Completed Continued Education?

Ohio Division of Real Estate requires that both the course sponsor and the licensee submit certificates of completion. Real Estate Training Institute reports course completions to the Division within two business days of completion. A course completion certificate will be available to print immediately upon completion of the course. It is the licensee's responsibility to submit all completed continuing education certificates to the Division when renewing their license.

 


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Commercial Real Estate: An Attractive Victim for Hackers

Data breaches affect every kind of business and Internet user. And sophisticated hackers target commercial real estate in hopes of a big payday, according to Minnesota lawyer Nadeen Schwen, in an interview with Minnesota Lawyer.

Why do hackers target real estate business?

Hackers follow the money. Schwen says they have many chances to manipulate and profit off of real estate transactions and target everyone from attorneys, to buyers, to agents, to brokers online.

Once a hacker has compromised an email thread, they will send out bogus invoices, bank documents or receipts and pose as a major player in the real estate transaction. As soon as the target of the email authorizes any transaction, they kiss that money goodbye.

How do I keep my business safe?

  1. Change your passwords. This is the simplest defense and will be most effective when passwords have a mix of numerals, characters, letters and a mix of capital and lowercase. Change your log-in info often.
  2. Protect customer data. Any financial information or sensitive information should be considered valuable and protected with encryption software.
  3. Surf safely. Block and limit sites that you and your employees can view.
  4. Invest in anti-virus software. Get over the dread of paying a big price tag upfront. If a hack happens, it could spell catastrophe down the line.
  5. Keep your software up to date and use the latest versions of any apps or technology you employ at your business.
  6. Use secure devices. Do not do business on public computers or shared devices, that may unintentionally store log-in information and other data.
  7. Make a plan. Devise a cyber security policy and make sure your employees understand how it works. Figure out how your company will secure data, back up data, and create an emergency response plan in the event of an attack.

 


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Mississippi Real Estate Investors Jailed After Bid-Rigging Scheme

Nine real estate investors in southern Mississippi are facing jail time and hefty fines after violating federal antitrust laws, reports WLOX. On February 21, 2019, Christopher Vaughan and Jon Gregg Goodhart Jr. were ordered four months jail time for their part in a bid-rigging scheme.

WLOX reports that Vaughan and Goodhart Jr. conspired not to bid against each other on properties at real estate foreclosure auctions between 2009 and 2017. They predetermined a bid winner and exchanged payouts to their counterparts who did not compete against them in the bidding process.

Their illegal agreement prevented competition and drove property prices down. Vaughan was ordered to pay $20,000 in fines plus restitution. Ivan Spinner, Jason Boykin, Shannon Boykin, Kimberly Foster, Kevin Moore, Chad Nichols and Terry Tolar were also sentenced in a separate part of the same investigation.

They were sentenced to four months of jail plus fines between $20,000 to $48,000 and restitution to victims of their crimes. Bid rigging is market manipulation has been illegal since the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890. Experts say bid rigging hurts free market competition as well as taxpayers and consumers.

Bid rigging comes in many forms, according to Investopedia:

  • Rotating the bid winner
  • Intentionally selecting bidders to sit out of the auction process to let someone else win
  • Placing uncompetitive bids to let another bidder win
  • “Phantom bidders” that place fake bids to spur real bidders to go higher than normal

Bid rigging and other ethical and legal topics are covered in our comprehensive continuing education classes.

The classes are available online from any Wi-Fi connection on tablet, computer or cellphone.

 


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Real Housewives of New Jersey Star Hosting $10,000 Real Estate Seminar

Investor, developer and reality star Joe Gorga is offering his real estate tips in a special, one day class. While he promises a day with him will change your career, it will cost you. A lot. $10,610.38 to be exact. So, what, precisely, does that buy you? The pricey seminar comes with a front row seat at his March 23 seminar at the Westin Hotel, a signed copy of his book, and a full day in the life of Joe Gorga.

Joe and his wife Melissa Gorga have been stars on the Real Housewives of New Jersey since 2011. The show often features his real estate and construction ventures, plus plenty of footage of the couple’s 9,500 square foot mansion in Montville. Which, by the way, sold in 2018 for a little more than $3 million.

Joe Gorga has made his millions through his career in real estate, and you can too. These days, real estate education is accessible, and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Classes and continuing education are available online from any tablet, phone or computer. The resources are available 24/7. New Jersey’s real estate licenses require 12 hours of continuing education every two years, and needs to be done by April 30, 2019.

 


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Georgia Real Estate License Renewal

What are my Georgia real estate continuing education requirements?

Salespersons and Brokers in Georgia must complete 36 hours of continuing education each four-year license cycle. 3 of the 36 hours must be in Georgia License Law.

How often must I renew my Georgia real estate license?

Georgia real estate licenses must be renewed every four years.

When do I need to renew my Georgia real estate license?

Real estate professionals are required to renew their real estate license no later than midnight of the renewal due date to avoid lapsing and incurring a late fee. The renewal period is open to licensees 120 days prior to their renewal date.

How do I renew my Georgia real estate license?

You can renew your license 24 hours a day, seven days a week, up to 120 days prior to the renewal date. You must renew by midnight of your renewal due date to avoid lapsing and incurring a late fee. You will need a password to renew online. If you already have a password for the online transactions, use the same password. If you do not, click here for instructions on how to establish a password.

How much does it cost to renew my Georgia real estate license?

$125 | Salesperson, Associate Broker or Broker
There is a $25 discount for using the online renewal.

I missed the due date for my Georgia real estate license renewal, can I still renew?

If you missed the license renewal date, your license is considered lapsed and you will need to reinstate the license. You will be able to reinstate your license online; a late fee will be charged.

Prior to reinstating a license online, each licensee must submit a “secure and verifiable document” for identification purposes and a “notarized affidavit” as detailed in the Lawful Presence Verification form, if not already on file with GREC.

Please allow five business days from the submission of your information for GREC to notate your license record so that you will be able to reinstate online.

Your license will be reinstated to an active status only if:

  • It is less than 30 days past due
  • Your license was in an active status prior to the renewal date
  • All required CE credits have been completed and posted to your record

In all other situations, your license will be reinstated to an inactive status. If you are reinstated to an inactive status, all required CE credits must be completed and posted to your record before you can hold an active license. To change your license status from inactive to active, please submit a Change Application.

If your license has lapsed for more than one year, you will NOT be able to reinstate your license online. You will need to use a Reinstatement Application and a late fee will be charged. After the commission processes your application, a new wall license and pocket card will be mailed to you within two business days.

Do I have to complete any continuing education if my Georgia real estate license is inactive?

No. However, Georgia law requires that any licensee with a license on inactive status for more than two years complete six hours of education for every year the license was inactive prior to returning to active status. Courses must be taken no more than one year prior to the date of the reactivation of the license.

Are your courses approved by Georgia Real Estate Commission?

Yes! Our school code is 7848. Course approval numbers are listed in the course title.

Do you report my continuing education to Georgia Real Estate Commission?

Yes. We will report your continuing education to the Georgia Real Estate Commission within 3 days of course completion. It will take 24-48 hours for your course completion to be reflected in GREC’s database. We also provide you with a printable certificate of completion available immediately after you complete your course.

How long do I have to complete my courses after I purchase them?

Individual courses are available for six months from the date of purchase. The purchase of a package will give you access to the coursework for the full length of your licensing cycle (4 years).

Do I have to complete my Georgia real estate course at one time?

No! You do not have to complete each course in one sitting. Your courses are available to you from any internet enabled device, and our system will keep track of where you start and stop. Our courses are usually broken into 20-25 minutes intervals, which will make it easy for you to complete your course when it’s convenient for you!

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Listings and Technological Ethics for Florida Sales Agents and Brokers

Listings and Technological Ethics is the focus of a 3-hour course created by instructor Steve Carvelli.

The first part of the course, Listings, will outline types of listings; how to match type to a clients’ needs and expectations, and how to effectively price the commission and/or fee for the listing. This course will also look at marketing strategies that generate listings, how to measure their effectiveness relative to the overall market; and most importantly, how the conduct of our business in this technology-laden environment relates to listing generation and marketing.

The second chapter, Technology, and Ethics will discuss the conduct of brokers, agents, and all practitioners of real estate. We will look at changes in conduct caused by technology, and how the ethical considerations for such conduct have been affected, or perhaps not affected. We will look at the ethical issues that persist in our practice over time, the new ones that are evolving, and the new emerging issues that will populate our future.

After completing the course in its entirety, you will be able to:

  1. To provide real estate licensees the tools and resources to enhance their listing literacy and better apply and adapt the contractual types to client need and expectations.
  2. To review and strengthen the ethical framework that a licensee should utilize when soliciting and taking listings.
  3. To develop and even expand a licensee’s knowledge of the ethical considerations that arise with the growing use of technology in the real estate industry.

Florida Real Estate Sales Associates and Brokers, are required to complete 14 hours of continuing education every two years to renew their license including 3-hours of Florida Core Law and 3-hours of Ethics and Business Practices.  If you are a member of NAR, you are required to complete a Code of Ethics course before 12/31 in order to renew your membership.


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Colorado Real Estate Renewal FAQ

How do I renew my Colorado real estate license?

  1. Complete 24-hours of continuing education
  2. Colorado requires that brokers renew their license through their online system. You will need to register for an account if you do not already have one.
  3. Pay the $123 Renewal Fee

What are my Colorado real estate continuing education requirements?

Brokers in Colorado are required to complete 24 hours of continuing education each three-year licensing cycle. Half of those hours (12 hours) must be comprised of three different 4-hour Annual Commission Update Course. These courses are only available from January 1st through December 31st of their year and must be completed prior to December 31st. The remainder of the required hours (12) may be any combination of elective credit hours approved by DORA.

How much does it cost to renew my Colorado real estate license?

$123.00 | Broker Base Rate Renewal

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How often must I renew my Colorado real estate license?

Colorado Broker licenses must be renewed every three years.

When do I need to renew my Colorado real estate license?

Currently, all Colorado broker licenses expire on the anniversary date of the date of issuance. However, starting January 1, 2018, all licenses will move to a December 31stexpiration date. DORA is currently ironing out the details.

I missed the due date for my Colorado real estate license renewal, can I still renew?

Yes. Brokers in Colorado may renew their license up to two years past their expiration date.

Do I have to complete any continuing education if my Colorado real estate license is inactive?

No. If your license is inactive you do not need to complete any continuing education. Prior to the reactivation your license, you will be required to show proof of completion of the required continuing education or completion of the 24-hour Broker Reactivation course.

If your license has been inactive for longer than three years, you MUST complete either:

  • The State portion of the Colorado Broker’s Exam, or
    • 48 hours in Colorado Contracts & Regulations and 24 hours in Real Estate Closings (for a total of 72 hours)

Where do I find Colorado approved real estate broker continuing education?

Real Estate Training Institute provides online video courses that are approved by the Colorado Division of Real Estate & Available 24/7!

Are your courses approved by Colorado Division of Real Estate?

Yes! Our course approval numbers are included in the course title.

How long do I have to complete my courses after I purchase them?

Individual courses are available for six months from the date of purchase. The purchase of a package will give you access to the coursework for the full length of your licensing cycle (3 years).

A note about the Annual Commission Update course – per Colorado Department of Real Estate requirements, the Annual Commission Update course is only available during the calendar year that course pertains to, and it must be completed prior to December 31st of that year. For example, the current 24-hour complete package includes 2017, 2018, 2019 Annual Commission Update courses in addition to 12 elective hours. Only the 2017 Annual Commission Course has content that is available to be reviewed, and it must be completed prior to December 31, 2017. On January 1, 2018, the 2018 Annual Commission update will be made available to you, and the 2017 Annual Commission update will no longer be available.

Do I have to complete the course at one time?

No! You do not have to complete each course in one sitting. Your courses are available to you from any internet enabled device, and our system will keep track of where you start and stop. Our courses are usually broken into 20-25 minutes intervals, which will make it easy for you to complete your course when it’s convenient for you!


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