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Top 10 Agent Pitfalls

This new program is designed to educate real estate agents on the issues that real estate attorneys most commonly see in their practices. We polled Fund Members across the state to provide insight, so the program reflects a broad geographic perspective. It addresses issues from properly calculating key dates and deadlines to choosing the proper contract addendum. Take advantage of this new 30 to 45-minute program to help the agents you work with be more successful.

The Good, the Bad & The Ugly: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing

PACE financing agreements are used to make energy efficiency and hurricane hardening improvements to commercial and residential properties. PACE loans are complicated, frighteningly easy to obtain but difficult to payoff leading to closing delays and failed contracts. This 1-hour program explains the nuances of this new financing product, how they impact sellers, buyers and the real estate agents who work with them.

Hot Spots & Cool Tips

This 50-minute program offers a review and comparison of the traditional and “AS-IS” Florida Realtors®/Florida Bar (FRBAR) Residential Contracts. A 2-hour FREC-accredited version is also available.

1031 Exchanges & FIRPTA

This 2-hour FREC-accredited presentation provides both an in-depth discussion of Tax Deferred Exchanges under §1031 of the Internal Revenue Service Code and how to comply with the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) when there is a foreign seller in a real estate transaction.

Insuring Against Mortgage Payoff Fraud, Business Email Compromise Fraud & Other Social Engineering Frauds

Cyber-crimes are increasing exponentially and courts are grappling with whom to blame, including real estate agents, when closing funds are misappropriated. This 50-minute program offers tips for shopping for this evolving form of insurance.

Probate Pointers

This 50-minute program is specifically designed for real estate agents and offers a review of basic probate processes and how they impact the purchase and sale of real estate.

Avoiding the Wrath of RESPA: What Real Estate Agents Need to Know About the Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act

This 50-minute program covers the history, details and applications of RESPA and how real estate professionals can avoid running afoul of these federal rules prohibiting kickbacks and other unlawful incentives for the referral of business.

Stopping Cyber Fraud

$3 Billion has been lost since 2015 due to Business Email Compromise. This 45-minute program highlights cyber criminals’ growing focus on the real estate settlement industry and why attorneys, real estate agents, buyers and sellers are so vulnerable. You will learn the latest techniques hackers use to try to gain access to your systems and best practices for preventing them from succeeding.

Understanding and Using the FR/BAR Residential Contract

This 3-hour FREC-accredited program provides a comprehensive review of the contract at the heart of what licensees do every day. We will explain the implications of various clauses and how to properly complete the form.

The Originator: Private and Seller Financing After Dodd-Frank

This 1-hour program specifically addresses the CFPB’s new Loan Originator rule and its impact on seller and third-party financing in real estate transactions.

Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA)

This 1-hour program explains what real estate agents need to know when working with foreign sellers and buyers to avoid liability and running afoul of the IRS.

What is Title Insurance and How Does it Protect Your Client

This 1-hour program explains the details of title insurance so real estate agents can be prepared to fully explain it to their clients. We discuss how to read the title commitment, as well as what title insurance covers and does not cover.

Residential Inspections & Repairs: Procedures & Pitfalls

Inspections and repairs in residential real estate transactions can be a major source of disputes between buyers and sellers. Many of these disputes arise simply because the parties do not understand or follow the inspection and repair procedures under the standard residential contract. This 1-hour program authored by Fund Member, Jeffrey A. Grebe, Esq., is paper-based so no audio visual equipment or PowerPoint experience is required.

Red Flags: How to Identify and Resolve Obstacles to Closing Early

This 45-minute program teaches real estate agents how to recognize issues that may adversely affect the parties’ ability to close on time. We provide attendees with tools they can incorporate into their process to ensure their deals close on time.