Want to Be A Michigan Real Estate Broker?

In the state of Michigan, a real estate Salesperson can apply for a Broker’s license after practicing for 3 or more years under a licensed Real Estate Broker. There are three main steps in getting your Broker’s license and the Real Estate Training Institute laid them out for you:

STEP #1:  Complete a 90-HR Michigan Real Estate Broker course. This course must be approved by the state of Michigan for the Broker Prelicensure requirement. Real Estate Training Institute offers this course along with a Salesperson/Broker exam prep course. This is an online program made up of 3 separate 30 hour courses. Within each course there are several lessons, each with their own video presentation, course material, and quiz. The 90-HR course is taught by Gwyn Besner, a respected and well known educator in the Real Estate Industry.

STEP #2:  Register with Psychological Services Incorporated (PSI) for the Michigan Real Estate Broker Exam. The exam is:

  • $76.00 to register
  • Timed (180 minutes) to complete
  • Located in Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Holt, Marquette, and Southfield.

Once the exam is completed, you will be notified immediately if you have passed or not. PSI will then import your exam data into your iCOLA record within 48 hours once you have passed.

STEP #3: After you have successfully completed your MI 90-HR Real Estate Broker Course and State Licensing Exam you will need to submit an application to the Michigan Department of Regulatory Affairs.

How to Apply:

If you are applying as an Individual Broker your license will be sent to your business address.

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This Week’s Course Spotlight: Drones in Construction

As a contractor, showcasing your work is one of the better ways to set yourself a part from the competition. Drones, can capture a vision of your work, that before would have been impossible to see. Greg MacMaster from Eagle Eye Drone Service in Traverse City, MI, is our featured instructor in our new course that focuses on Drones in Construction. This course covers everything from the different types of UAV/Drones to the benefits of using drones at the job site.

How Can I Use Drones in Construction?

This course will answer the questions “Which drone is right for me?” and “What is it that I want my drone to do?” Greg MacMaster does an excellent job of covering important topics in this 4-hour introductory course. The following topics will be addressed:

  • Surveying
  • Mapping
  • Site Selection
  • Inspections/pre-inspections
  • Project progress
  • Aerial photo documentation on the job completion
  • And much more!

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Real Life Example of Drone Use in Construction:

Let’s say a customer owns a three story hotel, and wants the roof inspected. You find out, there is no roof access, and it has a 12/12 pitch. You have two options, hire another company to come in with their equipment, which could take days to complete a full roof inspection costing extra time and money. Or take twenty minutes out of your day to fly a drone, equipped with a camera, up near the roof and complete a full inspection. Having the ability to inspect the roof by drone will not only save time and money, but it will also keep you and your crew safe from the dangers that come with steep pitch roof systems.

greg_macmaster_head_shotAbout the Instructor

Greg MacMaster spent 22 years as a Meteorologist for WPBN/WTOM (NBC) Traverse City, Michigan. During that time, he also taught as an Adjunct Instructor in Aviation Meteorology at Northwestern Michigan College. After retiring as a Meteorologist Greg served as a State Representative and represented the 105th District, from 2011 to 2014. Today Greg is the co-owner of Eagle-Eye Drone Service and preforms aerial imaging services for many industries, and teaches as a Certified FAA Instructor – Wings Program. He has accumulated over 2000 flights and 400 hours of flight operations in real estate construction industry

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Drone Signals Are Being Jammed for Safety Purposes

On July 13th, 2016 Utah approved a legislation that will allow authorities to disable drones that fly too close to firefighting operations. Recently drones have become a hindrance to firefighters while fighting forest and wild fires in the state of Utah. Five drone flights forced a firefighting aircraft to ground because they interfered with the airspace. Drones flying over industrial area

“Sen. Evan Vickers, of Cedar City, said that while the bill does allow firefighters or law enforcement to shoot and disable a drone, he doubts they’d do so because the unmanned aircraft fly so high and it would be difficult to do. Instead, fire officials or law enforcement officers are expected to use technology that jams signals to crash drones.” (abcNEWS.com)

On June 22nd, 2016 the FAA released that they will now incorporate small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), otherwise known as ‘drones’ for commercial use. The FAA will now require people to pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test as an FAA approved testing facility.

It is still unclear if the person(s) manning the drone in Utah was flying for commercial or personal use. Even if you are not looking to fly your drone commercially it is still important to know airspace regulations. The extra knowledge could keep you out of trouble and keep the skies safe for others. You’ll need to understand different types of airspace classifications and how to operate in them -there is a difference. Weather also plays a major factor in how and where you can operate safely. Federal Aviation Regulations that govern the airspace must be adhered to as well. It’s common sense blended with an understanding of Controlled Airspace, Weather, Regulations and best practices. It’s not as simple as plug and fly.

Certified Training Institute offers 6 courses on the Command Certification exam prep:

greg_macmaster_head_shotEach of our courses are taught by instructor Greg MacMaster, who is a Certified Drone/UAV Pilot.

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Festive Holiday Tips for Realtors

As a Real Estate agent why not make the holidays a fun time for you, your staff, and clients. Traditionally winter is a slower time of year for Realtors, this makes for a perfect time to get involved with your community and let your clients (future and current) know you are here.

Everything Merry and Bright

Create and offer holiday themed coloring sheets with your logo incorporated on them. Have a neighborhood gingerbread decorating party or a holiday wreath contest. Hire someone or dress up yourself as Santa (or Mrs. Clause and Elves) and offer free Holiday photos at your office.

Personalized Finishing Touches

This year send out personalized greeting cards or e-cards with a thoughtful greeting in it, and thanking them for their loyalty and business. By taking the time and sending out these personalized greetings you are showing your clients that you are a real person instead of just a business.

Santa’s Local Helpers

To spread the warmth of Holiday cheer, host a local food and toy drive. This will not only bring people through your doors but also show that as a business you care about your community. Send out flyers or broadcast on the radio about your drive, location of your office, and where the donations will be going.

Festive Local Gatherings

The Holidays are a great time to throw parties and other festivities. This year throw a Client Appreciation party and host it at your office or at your local community center. Invite all those who you have recently closed deals with, those who you are currently working with, and those who you hope to work with in the future. By hosting a party, it will be a great way for you to network, showcase your successes, and continue to improve relationships with previous clients that could lead to referrals down the road.

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Louisiana Contractor License Renewal Deadline

Contractors are required to complete six hours of approved continued education per year by December 31st to renew their Louisiana Contractor License. The requirement increased in January, 2012 from four hours to six hours each year. As of February 2012, continuing education is not required for contractors who hold Commercial licenses in the following classifications:

  • Commercial Building Construction,
  • Highway, Street and Bridge Construction, or
  • Municipal and Public Works Construction

Builders License Training Institute offers several online continued education courses. Each course is 6-hours and 3-hours so contractors can mix and match to create a package to suit their learning preferences.

Top 3 Continued Education Courses:

  • Drones in Construction: This state approved 3-hour course will teach you the basics of UAV/Drone Technology, Rules and Regulations, Cost of Drones, and how you can use them in the construction industry.
  • Manage Your Way to Big Profits: This 6-hour course will help prepare the learner for the scope of responsibilities that a professional construction project manager must be prepared to perform.
  • Estimating and Bidding for Success: This 6-hour course is excellent for builders and estimators entering the field, as well as architects, engineers, and contractors learning new tricks of the trade. AIA Approved and fulfills Builders License Continuing Education in several states.

Upon successful completion of each course students will have access to a downloadable certificate of completion. Contractors are required to mail a copy of their certificate of completion to the State Licensing Board for Contractors.

State Licensing Board for Contractors

2525 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA  70808.

Note: You DO NOT need to send the Continued Education Form because we have all of the necessary information printed on your certificate.

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California Real Estate License Renewal Requirements

Continued Education Requirements

Real estate salespersons renewing an original license for the first time, must complete 45 clock hours of CalBRE-approved continuing education consisting of:

  • Five separate three-hour courses in the following subjects: Ethics, Agency, Trust Fund Handling, Fair Housing, and Risk Management; and
  • A minimum of 18 clock hours of consumer protection courses; and
  • The remaining clock hours required to complete the 45 hours of continuing education may be related to either consumer service or consumer protection courses.

Real estate brokers renewing an original license for the first time with an expiration date on or after 1/1/2016 or who are renewing on a late basis on or after 1/1/2016 must complete 45 clock hours of CalBRE-approved continuing education consisting of:

  • Six separate three-hour courses in the following subjects: Ethics, Agency, Trust Fund Handling, Fair Housing, Risk Management, and Management and Supervision; and
  • A minimum of 18 clock hours of consumer protection courses; and
  • The remaining clock hours required to complete the 45 hours of continuing education may be related to either consumer service or consumer protection courses.

For subsequent renewals, all real estate brokers and salespersons with an expiration date on or after 1/1/2016 or who are renewing on a late basis on or after 1/1/2016 must complete 45 clock hours of CalBRE-approved continuing education consisting of:

  • One eight-hour survey course covering the six mandatory subjects (Ethics, Agency, Fair Housing, Trust Fund Handling, Risk Management, and Management and Supervision) OR licensees can choose to take each of the mandatory subjects separately; and
  • A minimum of 18 clock hours of consumer protection courses; and
  • The remaining clock hours required to complete the 45 hours of continuing education may be related to either consumer service or consumer protection courses.

Who submits my completed California continuing education?

Real Estate Training Institute is required to submit a report within 1-2 business days of all completed courses. At the end of each course completion Real Estate Training Institute offers downloadable certificates of completion. We suggest students print a copy for their records.

Real Estate Training Institute is expanding their online education to more than just Michigan. We have been working hard to offer top-of-the-line continued education across the United States. Real Estate Training Institute is now offering California Online Real Estate Continuing Education courses.

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Is a Michigan Builder’s License On Your List for Santa?

Being your own boss is part of the American dream. It’s not an easy task to achieve but the Builders License Training Institute has created the best online program for someone wanting to get their Michigan Builders License.

The Michigan Residential Builders 60-hour Pre-licenseure program is one of the best Christmas gifts you could give. The winter months are a perfect time to complete the 60-hour course and pass the state examin time for the spring and summer building rush.

Michigan Residential Builders 60-Hour Pre-Licensure Online Course

The Michigan 60-hour prelicense course consist of eight separate sections:

  1. Business of Building walks you through setting up your business, the rules that apply and prepares you for the Business/Law portion of the State exam.
  2. Marketing for Contractorsteaches you how to bring in new customers year round.
  3. Project Managementteaches you how to complete your projects on time and on budget.
  4. Contracts and Risk Managementmakes sure you understand the importance of contracts and insurance.
  5. Construction Safetyreviews the OSHA Standards of the industry.
    (6 hours Construction safety standards promulgated under the Michigan occupational safety and health act, 1974 PA 154, MCL 408.1001 to 408.1094; 1 hour Electives)
  6. Overview of Building Tradesfocuses on what you need to know to pass the Trades portion of the State exam.
  7. Building Greenshows you how to save your customer’s money and boost your profit at the same time.
  8. Residential Code Reviewwalks you through the code book so you can use it as a tool.

Builders License Training Institute offers this course online along with two free exam prep courses designed to help students specifically on passing their state exam.

Michigan Builders 60-hour Course and Book Package #1

  • Course – 60 Hour Prelicensure Online Program
  • Book – Michigan Residential Code Book, 2015 Edition
    • REQUIRED for the program and the State of Michigan requires all prelicensure builders to own the book prior to taking the state exam.
  • Book – Carpentry and Building Construction, 2010 Edition
    • This book is highly recommended to accompany our 60-hour program

Did you know that as a contractor, you are required to own a copy of the most recent Residential Code book? So, don’t wait, save money by getting yours today! Buy it in a course package and save this Christmas Season.

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Get $35.00 off on our Michigan Builders 60-hour Prelicensure Course Package #1 by using the code above.

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Colorado Real Estate License Renewal Requirements

Real Estate Brokers in the state of Colorado are required to complete 24 hours of continuing education every three years. 12 of the 24 hours must consist of 3 different versions of the four-hour Annual Commission Update course. The remaining 12-hours can be any combination of elective credit hours approved by the Commission.

All active real estate brokers are required to attend the four-hour Annual Commission Update course each year and pass the exam. The course has important information about current statutes and rules promulgated by the Commission. Brokers are strongly encouraged to attend the course early in the calendar year. If four (4) versions of the update course during the license cycle, the fourth class may be counted toward the elective credit requirement. It may not be used for credit in the next/upcoming license cycle

Colorado Brokers renew their license triennially on the anniversary of their original license date. Brokers can renew their license by logging on to their DORA account, filling out the renewal form and paying the $186.00 renewal fee.

Brokers are required by the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to retain all records of their completed continuing education. Real Estate Training Institute offers downloadable certificates of completion for each completed online course.

Inactive License Continuing Education Requirements

If your license has been inactive for longer than three (3) years/36 months, 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).

Real Estate Training Institute is now offering Colorado Online Real Estate Continuing Education courses.

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Alaska Contractor License Renewal Deadline

Alaska state law requires all General contractors to be licensed. Contractors have a biennial license renewal of December 31st of even numbered years. 16 hours of continued education are required each renewal cycle. An applicant for renewal of a residential contractor endorsement for the first time will need to document 8 hours of acceptable continued education. Renewal of Endorsement will coincide with the renewal of the General Contractor registration.

Builders License Training Institute offers several online continuing education courses. Each course is 8-hours so contractors can mix and match to create a package to suit their learning preferences.

Top 3 Continuing Education Courses:

  • Drones in Construction and Successful Site Design: This eight-hour course combines Drone Technology with Successful Site Design.  Learn the proper and practical use of Drone Technology as well as the basics of aerial survey and mapping. You will also learn to develop a building program, including site selection, utilization, and way finding.
  • Manage Your Way to Big Profits: This eight-hour course will help prepare the learner for the scope of responsibilities that a professional construction project manager must be prepared to perform.
  • Contracts, Liabilities & Risk Management: This eight-hour video course explains the principles of contract law and the important elements of a home building and remodeling contract.

What happens next?

After successfully completing 16-hours of required continuing education contractors must notify the state of Alaska. Builders License Training Institute gives students access to a downloadable certificate after the completion of each course. Contractors can send a copy of their certificate of completion along with their renewal notice to the state.

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Wisconsin Contractor License Renewal Requirements

Dwelling Contractors in the state of Wisconsin are required to complete 12 hours of approved education every two years to keep their certification. Contractors are not required to take all 12 hours in one course. Builders License Training Institute offers several online course options for contractors to choose from.

Wisconsin Contractor Approved Online Courses

  • 280 Question Online Course: This course guides you through the UBC Codes and how to use them. Each Question directs you to a specific code number for the answer to that question. There are also three brief chapters on Lead Paint Safety, Right to Cure Laws and Asbestos Abatement.
  • 120 Question Online Course: This course covers four topics:  Project Management for Contractors, Construction Contracts, Site Erosion and Storm Water Management.

Who notifies me when my Wisconsin contractor’s license needs to be renewed?

Wisconsin sends a renewal notice 4-6 weeks before your renewal date (which is 3 months prior to your expiration date.)

  • Cards are sent to those who have already completed their CE.
  • Paper renewals are sent to those who still need to complete the required CE.

When all requirements are met, all renewals are mailed a license number and a new license expiration date.

On-Time Renewal Fees

  • Dwelling Contractors (Business) $25 for 1 year
  • Dwelling Contractor Qualifier (Individual) with CE completed $30 for 2 years.

Late Renewals

  • Dwelling Contractor Qualifier with CE completed renewing during 90 days preceding expiration $30 renewal + $25 late fee = $55
  • Other fees apply for later renewals.
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