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What Exactly Does an Inspector Do?

The better understanding that Real Estate Agents and Home Inspectors have of each other’s role in the home buying/selling transaction, the smoother the process will be for the mutual client. To a listing agent, one of the most tense times of a contract is the Buyer’s Home Inspection. Understanding inspection parameters can help the agent assist the seller in getting the home ready to sell. For a Buyer’s agent, helping your buyer understand what an inspection is about, What can and can not be expected of the inspector, will help your buyer not have false expectations.

Melanie has gained certification with both Tennessee and Georgia as a State Continuing Education Instructor.

A variety of classes are available. Classes can be given in any venue, including your real estate office. There is never a charge for the classes but we do require a minimum of 10 participants for each class. (All classes will have open registration. Any licensed real estate agent that wishes to attend a class, even from another office, must be free to attend.) Once a Realtor registers, we will handle all details of presenting the class and submit the earned hours to the states. Courses that offer CE in both GA and TN, when taking the GA course, will earn TN CE also for dual-licensed agents. Agents need only to attend, learn and enjoy!

To schedule a CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE with Melanie, please click on the Schedule Course button below the course that you are interested in and we will contact you to finalize a date and time. If you have any questions, please contact Melanie at: 423-664-3860 or email melanie@fdpi.net (Again, A class must have no less than 10 participants to be presented. All licensed agents wishing to attend, no matter the venue, must be allowed per state.)

Courses Available:

 

Avoiding the Aggravations of Home Inspections

Course Description:

The home inspection is one of the most crucial parts of the home buying process. Offers are finalized or revoked as a result of a home inspector’s report. A home inspection can be a source of anxiety for buyers, sellers, and real estate agents. However, real estate agents can ease some of their clients’ anxieties by helping them to be better educated and prepared for the home inspection process. Many aggravations can be avoided if the real estate agent prepares the buyer and seller before the inspection takes place.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Set expectations for the buyer
  • Explain common components of an inspection agreement
  • Avoid aggravations by preparing the seller
  • Avoid aggravations by preparing the buyer

Course Credit:

Real Estate Continuing Education – 2.00 Credits  (Tennessee)

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Going Green: For Real Estate Agents

Course Description:

A home’s energy efficiency has a direct impact on the owner’s wallet. Real estate agents are often asked by client’s questions regarding a home’s energy efficiency, including questions about the home’s heating and cooling system, construction, and appliances. In addition, many people are becoming more aware of how their lifestyle decisions directly affect the environment. This course is designed for real estate agents who want to better advocate for clients that are concerned with a home’s energy efficiency and environmental impact.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between ‘green’ and ‘green-washed’ products and services
  • Describe the characteristics and benefits of green appliances
  • Describe the benefits of green systems that can be installed within a home
  • Identify characteristics of green construction

Course Credit:

Real Estate Continuing Education – 3.00 Credits  (Georgia)

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Home Energy Options and Audits

Course Description:

Buying a home is one of the most important decisions in a person’s life. A buyer should have all the information about a home before making the decision to purchase. Information provided by a home energy audit can answer a buyer’s questions regarding the efficiency of the home’s heating system and what can be done to improve a home’s energy efficiency. Real estate agents with a general understanding of home energy efficiency can serve as a better resource for their clients during the home buying process.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

•       Identify the types of energy systems available in homes

•       Describe types of heating systems

•       Identify common sources of energy inefficiency in homes

•       Create strategies to improve energy efficiency in homes

Course Credit:

Real Estate Continuing Education – 3.00 Credits  (Georgia)

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Lead Safety: For Real Estate Agents

Course Description:

Any structure built before 1978 is at risk for containing lead paint. The prevalence of lead paint may impact a buyer’s decision on whether or not to purchase a property. Sellers may have more realistic expectations regarding the sale of their property if they are aware of the implications of lead based paint that may be present on their property. Real estate agents can help to communicate the implications of lead based paint to their clients if they are better educated on the subject.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define lead abatement and explain why lead based paint is prevalent in buildings prior to 1978.
  • Identify and explain the health implications of lead based paint poisoning.
  • Describe risks of performing renovations on areas afflicted with lead based paint.
  • Explain government regulations that address lead based paint.
  • Describe tests available to determine if lead based paint is prevalent in a building.
  • Communicate implications of lead based paint to clients.

Course Credit:

Real Estate Continuing Education – 2.00 Credits  (Tennessee)
Real Estate Continuing Education – 3.00 Credits  (Georgia)

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Managing the Home Inspection

Course Description:

The home inspection is one of the most crucial parts of the home buying process. Offers are finalized or revoked as a result of a home inspector’s report. A home inspection can be a source of anxiety for buyers, sellers, and real estate agents. However, real estate agents can ease some of their clients’ anxieties by helping them to be better educated and prepared for the home inspection process. A good home inspection should be thorough so that all parties have confidence when completing the home buying process.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Direct their clients to the best inspectors
  • Better equip the buyer for the home inspection
  • Advise and prepare the seller
  • Anticipate frequently asked home inspector questions

Course Credit:

Real Estate Continuing Education – 3.00 Credits  (Georgia)
Real Estate Continuing Education – 2.00 Credits  (Tennessee)

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Mold: What you Need to Know About Mold and How to Read Air Sampling Reports

Course Description:

The presence of mold can derail the home buying process. Participants of this course will learn common causes of mold and how they can be addressed in order to diminish the impact of mold when buying and selling a property.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

•       Define mold and explain its common causes

•       Describe health effects of mold

•       Provide answers to buyers’ commonly asked questions regarding mold

•       Describe the impact of mold on the real estate transaction

Course Credit:

Real Estate Continuing Education – 1.00 Credits  (Tennessee)
Real Estate Continuing Education – 3.00 Credits  (Georgia)

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Radon and Real Estate Transactions

Course Description:

Any home, regardless of when it was built, its location, or the materials used to build the home, can expose its residents to radon. Many states require that a home’s radon history be disclosed to potential buyers. As a result, radon testing may play an important role in the real estate transaction process. Real estate agents that are better informed on the potential hazards associated with radon as well as mitigation techniques will be able to better guide their clients through the real estate transaction process.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify risks associated with long-term radon exposure.
  • Describe ways that radon can infiltrate a house.
  • Explain testing measures that can be used to identify the presence of radon in a home.
  • Describe the benefits of radon mitigation systems.
  • Guide their clients through the real estate transaction process with particular sensitivity to radon.

Course Credit:

Real Estate Continuing Education – 3.00 Credits  (Georgia)
Real Estate Continuing Education – 1.00 Credits (Tennessee)

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Residential Structural Inspections

Course Description:

The overall structure of a home is essentially the backbone that holds everything in place. For many, the structural integrity of a home is often viewed as the most crucial part of the home-buying process. By being able to observe and report on these critical matters during the structural portion of a home inspection, real estate agents are in a unique position to offer expertise and peace of mind to all parties involved in the home-buying process.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define terms commonly used during the structural portion of the home inspection process.
  • Understand common causes of structural damage.
  • Understand risks associated with inspecting structural components during a home inspection.
  • Define what to consider during structural portion of the home inspection, including attics, basements, crawlspaces, floors, ceilings, windows, and doors.
  • Define common concerns related to the inspection of the exterior structure and related components, including property lots, decks, porches and foundations.
  • List examples of limitations that should be noted in a report of the structural inspection.

Course Credit:

Real Estate Continuing Education – 2.00 Credits  (Tennessee)

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The 10 Most Common Home Defects: For Real Estate Agents

Course Description:

The home inspection is one of the most crucial parts of the home buying process. Many issues identified during the home inspection, if left untreated, can lead to significant costly repairs later, or even unsafe and hazardous living conditions. Offers are finalized or revoked as a result of a home inspector’s report. A home inspection can be a source of anxiety for buyers, sellers, and real estate agents. However, real estate agents can ease some of their clients’ anxieties by helping them to be better educated and prepared for the home inspection process. This course will identify the most common problem areas in a home inspection and provide real estate agents with tools and strategies they can use to allay their clients’ concerns.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Better equip the buyer for the home inspection
  • Advise and prepare the seller
  • Assist their clients in understanding issues of concern raised by the home inspector
  • Anticipate frequently asked questions regarding the home inspection process

Course Credit:

Real Estate Continuing Education – 2.00 Credits  (Tennessee)

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The Basics of Heating Systems: For Real Estate Agents

Course Description:

 

One of the house’s most integral operating systems is the heating system. As a result, potential buyers may have questions or concerns about the condition of a home’s heating system. Real estate agents will be able to serve as advocates for their clients during the home buying process as a result of participating in this course.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the steps a home inspector takes when inspecting a heating system as well as the appropriate recommendations an inspector is qualified to make regarding a heating system.
  • Identify and describe the fundamental components and characteristics of heating systems.
  • Describe characteristics and risks associated with gas furnaces.
  • Locate furnace maintenance recommendations.

Course Credit:

Real Estate Continuing Education – 3.00 Credits  (Georgia)
Real Estate Continuing Education – 2.00 Credits  (Tennessee)

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Understanding Residential Electrical Inspections

Course Description:

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical problems are the largest cause of property damage in home structure fires across the United States. Since electrical inspections are important for the safety of one’s home, they often cause anxiety to those purchasing or selling a home. By understanding the process of performing residential electrical inspections, real estate agents can help give peace of mind to all parties involved in the home-buying process.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

•       Understand the importance of safety when evaluating electrical systems in the home

•       Define basic safety rules to use when inspecting live electrical components

•       Define and identify components of Service Entrance equipment

•       Identify common failures that can lead to unsafe conditions around the home

•       Understand safety issues related to inspection of panels and enclosures

•       Understand connections and defects inside the service panel

•       Define current standards for outlets in and around the home

Course Credit:

Real Estate Continuing Education – 3.00 Credits  (Georgia)
Real Estate Continuing Education – 3.00 Credits (Tennessee)

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