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Renewing Your California Real Estate License Is Now Easier

  • ALISO VIEJO, CA, May 16, 2006 – Education is the key to establishing trust and respect in client relationships, since it offers its owner the privilege of the credibility that accompanies the expertise gained through such learning. A relevant and growing knowledge of sound real estate practices is a fundamental aspect of an agent’s continued success.

    In an increasingly litigious society, it is advantageous to all involved partied when real estate professionals use appropriate legal procedures to conduct their business. Agents who possess specialized knowledge and an intimate familiarity with the required standards of practice and relevant legal obligations will achieve a higher degree of professionalism and enjoy stronger consumer support and confidence.

    That’s the premise behind providing Realtors® the “The Real Estate Guide Series” now being offered by the RealtyU® Bookstore. The four-part courseware available as a Manual, a CD-ROM or as an e-Book, is dedicated to increasing the knowledge and competence of the California real estate licensee, particularly in relation to legal requirements and standards of practice. Agents complete the 12-hour course, which is broken down into four 3-hour sessions: 1) Agency, 2) Ethics, 3) Trust Funds, and 4) Fair Housing. Each guide contains a practical description of real estate issues that dispenses with “legalese” and instead opts for a more enjoyable “hands on” approach. The license dictates that agents complete the course prior to the end of their fourth year practicing real estate.

    The author of the course is TABS School Director Carmen Lostetter Multhauf, a practicing California real estate broker who specializes in real estate education and the publication of “The Real Estate Guide Series” manuals. She has earned designations as an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®), a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS®), and is a Senior Housing Specialist, as well as being a Graduate of the Realtor® Institute (GRI). She has also served on the NAR Buyer Broker Forum, and is the founding author of the Senior Housing Specialist Certification program, which qualifies as the education module for the SRES® designation.

    Initial reactions from California real estate licensees is overwhelmingly positive, noting specifically the course’s substantive information and comprehensive, easy-to-follow structure, pertinent case studies, and entertaining delivery. When surveyed, one participant responded, “Carmen’s courseware is laid out as an interesting read, and is much easier to comprehend over just reading the form.” Another wrote that, “This course gave me a different view of real estate and the tools and information I need to succeed.