Get on Board – Trends in Real Estate – Tucson, AZ – Thursday, December 1, 2016

Real Estate CE 3 Hrs General by Course Creators 520-360-0280

Eye on the Present and the Future of Real Estate  Real estate is changing at lightning speed.  Those who dominate will be those who are on top of all the current trends in real estate.  Do you know how your customer’s mobility is going to affect your business?  Have you learned the secrets behind QR codes and MobiTags?  How are customers finding you and what do we all need to know about the future of our profession?

Get On Board – Trends in Real Estate

Held At: Tucson Association of REALTORS®

Location:  2445 N. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM –  Thursday, December 1, 2016

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DREC Overview – Tucker, GA – Friday, February 12, 2016

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Designated Real Estate Consultant Special Presentation

Held At: Dekalb Association of Realtors, 1414 Montreal Road, Tucker, GA

10:00am to 11:30pm – Friday, February 12, 2016

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When The Buyer Can Buy! Mesa, AZ – Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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Real Estate 3 hrs Contract Law – Course Creators – 520-360-0280

When the Buyer Can Buy

Your buyer wants to buy!  So, don’t let today’s lending requirements stop the transaction in its tracks!  This class will give you the inside scoop on how to understand the contract provisions that will help you help your buyer buy their house!

3 Hours Contract Law

Location: Homesmart – 1745 S Alma School Rd. Suite 115, Mesa, AZ

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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When The Buyer Can Buy! Sierra Vista, AZ – Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Real Estate CE 3 Hours Contract Law – Course Creators 520.360.0280

“Get The Inside Scoop on Buyer Financing!”

Grasp Contract Law issues surrounding loan approval as outlined in Section 2 of the Residential Resale Purchase Contract in order to protect and promote your clients best interests.

When The Buyer Can Buy!

Held At: Southeast Arizona Association of REALTORS®

Location: 125 S. Second St.  Sierra Vista, AZ

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Thursday, October 16, 2014

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SEAZ Members Register via Email: or 520-458-7802    Everyone Welcome!


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RESPA Roundtable – Rio Rico, AZ – Tuesday, September 30, 3014

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Real Estate CE 3 hours Real Estate Legal Issues Course Creators 520-360-0280

Learn How To Build Your Business Without RESPA Violations

Every real estate agent and settlement service provider need to know how to market their services and build relationships with other entities in the industry without jeopardizing their business.  This “Real World” RESPA “Case Studies” class will help you build your business in a way and manner that avoids violations of the Federal Real Estate Settlement & Procedures Act.

RESPA Roundtable – 3 hrs Real Estate Legal Issues

Sponsored by: Santa Cruz County Board of REALTORS®

Location: 1103 Circulo Mercado #B, Rio Rico, AZ

9:00AM – 12:00PM – Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SCCBR Members Register Here – Everyone Welcome!

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Best Agent Practices – Being Professional – Tucson, AZ – Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Real Estate CE 3 Hrs. Commissioner Standards Course Creators 520-360-0280

Through a panel of experts, this class raises the level of professionalism one agent at a time, therefore raising the level of professionalism in the industry.  Are you in?

Best Agent Practices – Being Professional

Sponsored by Keller Williams Southern Arizona

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Held at: 2445 N. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM   Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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My InstaTekkie Management Plan

Now that you have completed the InstaTekkie Two Day Technology Certification, Course Creators wants your plan for success to be clear. With everything we have showed you over the last two days, you will leave here with a Plan for SuCCess and know exactly where to go and what to do. The page references are to your 200 page InstaTekkie Playbook. Get IT! Use IT! Become More Successful Because of IT!


1. Complete Profile & Account Information for the Following Sites:

  • Google Plus (Page 13)
  • YouTube (Pages 17-20)
  • Facebook (Pages 73 & 60-64) Business Profile (Page 86-87)
  • Linkedin (Pages 120 – 122)
  • Zillow (Pages 140 & 141)
  • Trulia (Page 155)

2. Connect with the Following Sites to Stay Informed, Ask Questions & Connect with Other InstaTekkie Students:

3. Create a YouTube Video Using Windows MovieMaker

We suggest you start with a promo or intro video about you and your business using the information and “How To” Click Instructions in your Playbook (Pages 37-42)

4. Set Google Alerts using your Google Account (Page 192)

  • Your Name
  • Your Business

5. Build Out Items of Value on your Facebook Wall (Page 81)

6. Go to Zillow & Trulia & Claim Your Listings (Pages 146 and 156)


1. Facebook ____ Times A Week

  • Check Your Inbox (Page 83)
  • Manage Friend Requests (Page 77)
  • Respond to All Wall Comments (Pages 80 & 81)
  • Add 1 Item of Value to Your Wall (Page 81)
  • Add _____ New Friends (Page 75)
  • Comment on ______ News Feeds From Friends (Page 84)

2. Linkedin Once a Week

  • Check Your InBox
  • Update Your Status (Page 126)
  • Add ____ New Connections (Page 123)
  • Comment on ____ News Feeds (Page 126)
  • Join a Couple of Groups (Page 127)
  • Write / Get 1 Recommendation (Page 125)

3. On Zillow & Trulia

  • Check Your Listings (Pages 146 and 156)
  • Add /Respond to Dialogues or Posts (Page 148 and 161)
  • Blog On Trulia & Zillow  ____ Times A Week (Page 180 & 181)


  • Add Zillow to Listing & Buyer Rep Presentation (Page 142 & 143)
  • Use Local Info from Zillow & Trulia in Listing & Buyer Rep Presentations (Page 149 & 160)
  • Blog Away (Pages 169 – 182)
  • Create Your Own Website / Blog (Page 183)
  • Research & Distribute Information (Page 188)
  • Link to Maps (Page 195)
  • Use Google Images (Page 197)
  • Incorporate QR Codes (Page 198)
  • Use RSS Feeds (Page 201)

Thank Your Lucky Stars We Live In a World With This Much Opportunity

for Business Growth & Development.

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RESPA & The Issue of Joint Advertising

Questions often arise under the Real Estate Settlement & Procedures Act (RESPA) concerning the issue of joint advertising by and between settlement service providers. Common questions that arise include:

1. Can a title company create flyers for a real estate agent that promote the agent and/or the property and include the title company logo?
2. Can a mortgage lender offer open house flyers which display property details and financing options and include the agent’s picture and contact information on the flyer?
3. Can a title or mortgage company provide postcards to a real estate agent that promote the agent and include the mortgage company or title company logo.

Let’s start with a couple of basic principles of RESPA. First of all the federal statutes prohibit the exchange of “items of value” between settlement service providers and HUD has issued numerous rulings that define marketing or advertising as an item of value. Therefore it is relatively clear for example that a settlement service provider shouldn’t be providing marketing, advertising or promotional material to another settlement service provider free of cost. Common violations include paying for an agent’s business cards or paying for an agent’s print advertising.

However RESPA allows for the existence of joint advertising by settlement service providers where there is a pro-rata sharing of the costs involved in the marketing. Pro-rata means that the costs and proportionate space have been equitably divided between the parties. For example a 30 second TV commercial that costs $1,500 where the title company uses 15 seconds of the commercial and the real estate professional 15 seconds should have them sharing the cost on a 50/50 basis since they have used equal amounts of the space. The same rule applies to flyers, brochures and other promotional material. There is no guidance in the RESPA statutes as to what can be included in the pro-rata sharing of costs. If one party pays for the flyers, the other party may contribute their pro rata share of the costs by distributing the flyers or if one party pays for the design and creation of the flyers, the other party may pay for the printing costs. There are lots of ways of sharing costs and expenses. Each business will ultimately decide on its own whether it can appropriately and reasonably justify the pro rata sharing of costs and expenses.

Regardless of how any particular business decides to try and allocate or justify the pro-rata sharing of marketing or advertising expenses all settlement service providers should know that any alleged violation may require them to justify what they have contributed to the marketing effort in conjunction with how much proportionate space they occupy in the joint advertising. Different situations may require different allocations of cost so that there is compliance with RESPA’s mandatory pro-rata sharing rule.

Len Elder, DREI, JD. is a national real estate educator and has been teaching courses related to RESPA and its compliance issues for the past 20 years.

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PRESS RELEASE – The National Real Estate Educators Association Chooses New Executive Director

Congratulations to Kris Inman, the new Executive Director of the national Real Estate Educators Association (REEA). The Association has been in existence for 30 years and is the home to instructors, school owners and educational professionals in the real estate industry. Engaged in elevating the level of real estate education across the country the national organization has hundreds of members dedicated to real estate instruction.

The Executive Board of Directors recently made a decision to move to self management of the Association. By unanimous vote of the Executive Board, Kris Inman of Tucson, Arizona was chosen to help lead the organization into this new era of education. National President, Julie Garton-Good, and the Board of Directors is excited about having Kris at the helm of the Association.

For the past three years, Kris has worked diligently in real estate education for Tucson based, Course Creators, a national education company, started by Len Elder and Theresa Barnabei. In conjunction with her new role as Executive Director of the Association Kris will continue working with Course Creators. Both Theresa and Len applaud Kris efforts, dedication and look forward to watching her grow even more in a new prominent national role.

Congratulations Kris & Welcome Aboard!

REEA serves the real estate education industry with information, training, webinars and national conferences. It’s members are located across all 50 states. You can find out more about REEA by clicking here or visiting REEA.Org. You can also check in on what the Association is currently doing in the area of education by connecting with them on the REEA Facebook Page.

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Truth In Lending – Tucson, Arizona – Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Real Estate CE 3 Hrs. RE Legal Issues

What is going on in today’s financial world? There are several open cases of loan fraud pending in our jurisdiction. Do you have policies and procedures to keep you and your company from becoming a statistic? Know what activities and actions are getting your colleagues in hot water and know what you can do to avoid it.

Truth In Lending

Sponsored By: The Tucson Association of REALTORS®

Held At: 2445 N. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, Arizona

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM – Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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