Social Networks

Which Network Do You Use?

Which Network Do You Use?

Social Networks seem to be a main topic of discussion anywhere two or more real estate agents are gathered. Almost everyone uses Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or one of the many networks in an attempt to find prospective clients. Can you really find clients on Social Networks? If so, which ones are best served for finding people that want to buy or sell real estate? [Read more…]

A Day In Court Rated AAA+ by Realtors

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New CE Requirements

All licensees must complete Risk Management Avoiding Violations and either Risk Management for Salespersons or Risk Management for Brokers. All brokers must complete Risk Management Avoiding Violations and Risk Management for Brokers.

Since most people want to complete all their CE requirements at the same time, we have made that possible by offering all required courses on the same day.

We are very excited about the one-of-kind elective course “A Day In Court.” It promises to be fun, exciting, educational and one that will form memories for a lifetime.

Day One A Day In Court 9am-4pm 6 Hrs. CE Credits $60  
Day Two Risk Management…. Avoiding Violations 8am11pm 3 Hrs. CE Credits $30  
Day Two Risk Management for Salesperson 11am-3pm 3 Hrs. CE Credits $30  
Day Two Risk Management for Brokers 3pm-6pm 3 Hrs. CE Credits $30  

10 Minute Break Each Hour and One Hour Lunch Break Both Days

Special Note: Salespeople taking Risk Management for Brokers will help a salesperson realize the legal liabilities that are placed on the qualifying broker. Additionally, by taking three different Risk Management classes, the salesperson should be well prepared to limit their liabilities while protecting their clients best financial interests.

Class Dates

July 9-10 July 23-24 Aug. 6-7 Aug. 20-21 Sept. 3-4  Sept. 17-18

To register for these classes send an email to Jame@AlabamaRealEstateInstitute.com and give the name, date your cell phone number. You can pay and register the day of class.

NOTE: Make sure you bring your real estate license number to class because I can’t issue your CE credits without it.

 

Location: Class will be held at the Orange Beach Community Center, 27235 Canal Rd. 36561

For additional information call James Anderson (251) 979-2530. I look forward to seeing you in class.

Alabama Real Estate Institute–PO Box 2115, 416 E. Laruel Ave., Foley, Al. 36535

 

 

Pros & Cons of Seller Disclosures

Which Way Are You Leaning?

Buying a new house is probably the largest investment most people make during their lifetime. Naturally they want to make sure they do everything correctly to ensure a quality and profitable, financial investment. Questions begin dancing around in their head.  How can I do that? Who can I trust to help me? I can contact a Realtor® but how can they help me? What do they know about this house? I’ve got it. I need to talk to the owner because he knows more about this property than anyone. Hum mm, I wonder if the owner will tell me the truth or will they lie to me? If the shoe was on my foot, would I be totally honest and tell a prospective buyer every little thing that’s wrong with my house? I’m a good person and I’m honest but I want to sell this house and if I tell them every little bad thing I know, they might not buy it. Common sense tells me that I need to get some advice from someone who has the proper training; who has been educated in handling such matters. I need a professional I need to call a Realtor®.

Realtors Are Best Qualified To Represent You

That is a very smart buyer, isn’t it? Real estate agents have to go to school to learn their trade. It is required by state law. They must learn state and federal laws governing the sale of real estate nationally. They also learn state and federal laws protecting consumer rights, environmental issues, prohibition of Americans with disabilities, and discrimination of all peoples rights. They have been schooled in establishing market values, material and labor cost, insurance related issues, obtaining financing from lenders, as well as learning basic knowledge in all fields of the real estate industry. After they have completed the required levels of education, they are tested and licensed by the state in which they live and work. [Read more…]

The Process for Listing your Home for Sale

Cluttered -vs- Appealing

Selling your home is a very simple process isn’t? You simple contact a real estate agent, tell them what you want for your home and they list it. Correct? No it’s not quite that simple even though you won’t have any trouble finding a Realtor® to list it for you. Buying and selling real estate is one of the largest financial decisions most people make during their life-time. Both are very legalistic processes.  Every action we take is based on own personal decision that we make which have consequences. Those consequences can be either good or bad. Since selling a home could affect you financially for years to come, we need to make sure all our decisions provide favorable consequences.  A few weeks ago I wrote about the process of buying real estate so today I want to address the process of selling a home.

 Selecting a Realtor

First and foremost select a Realtor® who has a good reputation, is honest, trustworthy, and has integrity. Another important character you should look for is someone who doesn’t tell you what you want to hear, but instead, tells you what you need to hear. After interviewing several Realtors®, select one that you feel you can openly communicate with and hire them to represent your best financial interests. This is generally done by entering into as agency agreement for that agent/broker/agency to represent you. If you don’t thoroughly understand the relationship, ask them to explain it until you do understand. [Read more…]

Caveat Emptor….An Actual Case

Caveat Emptor–Respect and Embrace it

I have spent a great deal of time teaching and lecturing regarding Alabama being a Caveat Emptor state. Buying real estate in Alabama is different from most all other states. It is not a law that should be feared but respected. Caveat Emptor should be embraced because it gives advance notice to buyers what they must do to provide future legal recourse. Not everyone is aware of the law until they learn of its affects; sadly too late to take precautionary measures. Below is a reprinted copy of an email that was directed to me for which I sought and received permission to share with my followers. The names have been omitted as requested by the consumer.

Consumer’s situation stated

 Mr.Anderson:

My name is Could BE Anybody and I write to you from Huntsville. I work at a law firm as a civil litigation paralegal (doing primarily municipal defense work) but this message is personal and has nothing to do with my job. I’m using this account to avoid a spam filter.

My husband and I had a crisis of sorts over the weekend which led me to your articles and I just wanted to say thank you not only for writing them but for writing them to be of dual benefit to realtors and buyers.  The short version is that we were interested in a house in Any City, Al. (Any County), [Read more…]

“CAUTION”—Realtors ® pay attention

Caution--Realtors pay attention

When In Doubt Disclose

I am writing to all Realtors® because I see constant violations of laws, rules, regulations, and ethics of both State of Alabama and the federal government. To use one of my favorite phrases, “if you’re driving down a highway and look in the rear view mirror to see a blue light flashing; it’s too late to be concerned about how fast you were driving. The damage has already been done.” So it is in the practice of real estate. Once you receive a citation for a violation, you will have to suffer the consequences. You can’t simply say, “I’m sorry, I didn’t know I was violating a law.”  Realtors® are professional members of the largest industry in the world. We are supposed to know the laws that govern us and abide by them.

The things I consistently see real estate agents violate in disclosure laws [Read more…]

Alabama Reciprocal Real Estate License

Alabama Reciprocates Real Estate Licenses with Most Other States

States nearest Alabama

States Most Commonly Reciprocated With Alabama

I get calls every week from out-of-state Realtors® looking for a 6-hour Alabama License Law class so they can get Alabama Real Estate License.
Let me explain Alabama’s Reciprocal License process. First of all the Alabama Real Estate Commission Requirements are 6 hours of class time that focuses on Alabama License Law. There are individual courses directed at both the salesperson and brokers. The schools that offer these courses design a special course to meet the Commission’s requirements for each position.

Special Reciprocal Class Requirements

Alabama Real Estate Institute offers a Reciprocal Salesperson class and a Reciprocal Broker’s class. [Read more…]

Danger Lurks for Realtors

For years now, in my training classes, I have been warning real estate agents to take particular caution when meeting new

Alert Real

Fablous Invention

prospective buyers to view property. This holds true for agents holding open houses as well. In my “Qualified Brokers Management” classes I have strongly encouraged Brokers to make certain showing policies mandatory. In recent years policies dealing with new prospective buyers have changed drastically. Back in the early 70’s we didn’t have this problem. We always had new prospective buyers come to our office for the first meeting. This allowed us to meet in a public place whereby we qualified the buyers, and gathered a thorough understand of exactly what the buyer wanted in a property. Today a prospect may be in front of a property [Read more…]