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It is a new year.. Up your game!

You can get certified to teach clockhours!  

Who can get certified?  If you want to teach real estate brokers about something real estate related that will improve their business!  This can include brokers, lenders, title, home inspectors, stagers, and people in marketing and sales.

What are the requirements?  You need to have 3+ years experience in a real estate related field. Then you must take the Instructor Development Workshop a 2 day class that is 15 total hours.  Natalie teaches it almost monthly.  There are three classes this winter. Tuition is $225.

What will I teach?  You must teach under an approved school.  I have one.. there are others in the state.  If you teach under my school, there are about 80 classes you can teach. Or, I can help you write your own signature class.

Who will come to classes?  You can teach one on one or a large audience.  Ever real estate agent needs a minimum of 30 clockhours every two years.  There is a need!  There are only a few people teaching.  You can fit it in your schedule… just like you fit the dental cleanings on your calendar.. only this is more fun!  People are sick of computer classes!  (but they like my online ones!)

Will I make money?  There is not very much money in education in our country!  Bu, there are opportunities depending on your business plan.  You can also sell your services as a coach, lender, or title rep.  You will also gain some recognition and credibility for teaching that will help build your business!   If you are a real estate broker, you can tell your prospects that you are qualified to teach the competition!

Instructor Development Workshops

February 6 and 7th in Federal Way 

February 7th and 8th in West Seattle

March 2nd and 3rd in Edmonds

Contact Natalie clockhours@gmail.com for more info and to register!

 

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RED HOT ISSUES (Updated!)

Here is Natalie’s brief on what is happening.  I did research into all the bills, documents, and links. Breeze through these topics to get up to date on the issues!  You can also take a 3 hour class with this name…. just click and Voila… there it is in pdf!  Red Hot Issues Class 15 Click to Download
Renewing your License

You are NO longer required to LIST your clockhours to renew your license.  But, there is a more aggressive auditing policy in place.  If you do not have your clockhours when you are audited, you could be taking an unplanned vacation!  So here is the form to renew if you can’t find yours!  You just fill it out, attest that you have taken the hours, and mail it in.  Or, you can renew online. The counter at the Dept of Licensing in Olympia will no longer be open to the public…  I suggest that you scan certificates and keep a file on your computer with the certificates. You do not have to keep a paper copy.

Rookies

A total of 6842 people took the Broker real estate exam in 2015. Last year in 2014 there were 5426 Exam Candidates so the numbers are substantially growing.

in 2015, there were 25,428 active Brokers in Washington and 8,051 active Managing Brokers. The number of total agents 33,479 is about 13% higher than in 2010 when the numbers of agents hit a low of 29,171.  Because so many taking the exam sneak in with a cell phone, the implementation of metal detectors will most likely happen soon. Helps avoid cheating. People are flooding into this profession.

Press hard

Every six years real estate agents must be fingerprinted in Washington State. This started in 2010 so the cycle is repeating itself this summer.   In 2013, 17% of fingerprints were rejected. This number was cut in half in 2014 as the Dept of Licensing sent out two fingerprint cards. The extra card was kept on file in case there was a problem with the first card. It eliminated over 750 people from having fingerprints retaken.

There is a vendor, MorphoTrust, that will now provide fingerprinting at THEIR locations. They are to have locations withing 50 miles of any agent.  It will be electronic and say they will have less than 3% rejection rate. Their ONLY location in Seattle is on 4th Ave South at the TWIC center which is only open 3 days a week by appointment.  There is a location in Everett, Renton and Bellevue but you have to go online to schedule.  You do not want to wait to the last minuteThis is the link to the locations. http://www.l1enrollment.com/locations/?st=wa

Get the money into the bank

There were 1278 office audits this past year but the number of violations has not significantly gone up.  Earnest money deposit issues (late deposits) was greater than last year. Get that money documented and in the bank!

An Apple for the Teacher

There only about 817 course approvals and 87 schools this past year and over 500 approved instructors in the state. Of course there isn’t available documentation as to how many live or online classes and many of the schools are national. Thanks for choosing clockhours.com and Natalie as an instructor for your continuing ed!

I feel the earth move under my feet

About 13% of Washington has hazardous slide areas.That could be your next listing or sale.  Make sure you refer clients to an expert in this area if selling a property that might be in this category.   Dept of Nat Resources link

Weed

There are many questions and few answers. From taking a listing that was a grow house to a commercial business unable to get financing to finalize lease. Make sure you make good decisions about disclosure, know that financing from federal bank is not often an option, let client research code and neighborhood issues if they plan to grow or sell weed.

Blooming FLOWRs

There are a variety of types of houseboats, floating homes and barges in Washington State. They used to be listed on the MLS until an attorney at the MLS decided some were actually “vessels” and needed a vessel license.  But, Linda and Kevin Bagley championed a bill (click to link) to amend the definitions in real estate license law to add floating homes and Floating on Water Residences  to real estate brokerage services. This bill soon to become law so that floating home will be back on the MLS!

Let them know

The property information disclosure form may be amended to add 4 specific issues relating to accessibility including stairway lifts, wheelchair lifts, elevators, and inclines.

If I had a Hammer

Since 2007 it has been law that a homeowner is required to register as a contractor if that person fixes up a house without occupying or using the structure for a year after the date of construction. This law also included a homeowner fixing up a house in excess of $500.  But, HB 1749 (click to link)  is got all Yea’s in Olympia will change definitions so that a homeowner who improves and offers to sell property without occupying it for more than a year is not required to register as a contractor if the owner contracts with a general contractor. Its hard to believe but there is a story that n L&I official followed a homeowner out of Home Depot to levy a fine? So a person flipping a house doesn’t need a contractors license if he/she hires a contractor.

Right to the Core

The Core Curriculum class required every two years was revised for 2016-2017. Natalie has worked with the Dept of Licensing to give input for every core that we have had to take! As a broker you never have to be concerned about what core to take.  Just take whatever is available during the two years you have to renew!

The CD that doesn’t make music

The CFPD regulations come into effect in October 2015.   Basically the HUD1 stmt will be called the CD or Closing Disclosure and the and good faith estimate will be LE or Loan Estimates. There will be delays if there are last minute changes, lenders have to be more accurate, and lenders have to provide disclosure three days before closing. Not everyone is singing the praises of the coming changes but time will tell.  Just keep making music….

Really, are you hiding who you work for? 

Real estate brokers have to hang their license with a designated broker.  Licensing law says that a broker must disclose the firm in a clear and conspicuous manner on all advertising.  The guidelines from the Dept of Licensing state that this disclosure must be within “one click” on any webpage. Brokers are making it difficult for a consumer and the dept of Licensing to find what firm they are licensed with.  One proposal that may be discussed is whether brokers should have to display their license number on all advertising as loan officers do.

Zillow is an advertising medium

The Changing Business Practices committee met with an attorney and public relations executive from Zillow this fall.  The discussion was open to questions from the attendees and committee members even on the conference call.  It was interesting to me because there was such a heated discussion it seemed about Zillow at a previous meeting yet there really was nothing to say when they were clear they are an advertising medium like an online classified newspaper ad and have no intention of selling real estate.  The two hottest issues seem to be the “Coming Soon” listings on Zillow that are violations of our NWMLS and that Real Estate agents are letting lenders pay for their advertising on Zillow.

Are you standing in water?

Flood insurance is a hot issue in that the rates are going up 18% to 25% which could affect home ownership.  Real estate agents according to FEMA are required to let buyers know about the availability of flood insurance. Our Dept of Licensing does not regulate that.

Get your Managing Brokers License!

January 12, 2017

If you have been in the business for the past 3 years, maybe this is the year to get a Managing Brokers license.  You will need 90 clockhours. If you are interested, I can email you the classes... or you can download them here later this week.

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The Future is here!

March 16, 2015

The Future: Predicting, Possibility and Preparing for Changes in the New Year! When I was a kid, one of my favorite cartoons on TV was the Jetsons.  I used to dream about the future and how our homes would have machines and robots.  We'd drive around in aero cars and...

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Three ways to make Lists on Facebook and WHY!

March 9, 2015

What is one way to make Facebook more effective for you as an agent?  Make LISTS! There are pictures of cats, lots of click bait, and crazy comments on the world.... BUT!  Facebook is connecting millions of people every day.  Your friends on Facebook include past clients, current connections and...

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D.O.L discusses Future Core Class

January 29, 2015

There will be a new core class starting in January 2016 and we are discussing it already in education meetings for the Dept of Licensing.  I try to attend every meeting I can at the state level. I went via conference call to Dept of Licensing real estate education...

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Ten Ideas to Boost your Business

January 27, 2015

Sometimes we just sit at our desk or in a coffee shop and hope that the phone will ring or an email will arrive from a prospective client that wants to list a property with you!  But, it just doesn't happen that often... even in a rising market.  We...

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Look UP! Seattle Architectural Walking Tour is clockhours!

October 29, 2014

  How often do you really "Look UP" in Seattle?  We are always trying to make sure we are going the right way on a one way street, looking for parking, and avoiding pedestrians!  Here is your chance to take a walking tour of the city and learn about the...

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What is Twitter and Why

July 14, 2014

Its a funny word... "Twitter"... and it seems a little strange to send a "tweet" but is it one of the most powerful social media sites on the internet.  It has changed the world and communication as we knew it. Imagine yourself standing near the water in NYC next to...

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Disclosure must be… One Click Away

June 23, 2014

Can a consumer find the name of your firm and your own licensed name?  There are so many times that real estate agents, in their attempt to market themselves, forget to include the firm name.  Or, a quick search of many real estate agents websites a consumer will find...

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Lender is Wearing Orange Jumpsuit

May 29, 2014

Shawn Portmann was sentenced last year to 10 years in Federal prison and 5 years probation. This is news to real estate agents throughout the Puget Sound area because his name was familiar as the top loan officer in the region... and probably the country.  He pleaded guilty in...

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Embrace Social Media in 5 Steps

April 11, 2014

There are so many excuses for not being active on social media websites.  But, there is ONE reason that every real estate agent needs to embrace social media. That one reason is to build business!  One third of an agents time must be spent marketing.  The most powerful tool...

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