Course Catalog

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The Association offers a variety of continuing education opportunities to maximize your time and money.

Take advantage of relevant and exciting continuing education opportunities. Due to COVID-19, not all classes are currently available.

Attention 

Continuing education courses must be attended in their entirety in order to receive credit for the number of approved hours (MN Statute 45.30 Subd.4a).  Students are required to sign-in prior to class start to receive continuing education credits.

Students must provide a cancellation request within 24 hours to the class to receive a refund for the class.  Students who cancel after, do not show up, or who arrive late for class will not receive a refund.

Continuing Education Credit Courses

Upcoming classes can be found on the SPAAR Events Calendar.

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Agency & Fair Housing

2.0 Hours CE

$20 for members

This course covers Agency Law and Fair Housing. It is designed to give real estate salespersons and brokers the basic understanding of the following:

  • Agency Law in Minnesota. This includes the historic evolution in Minnesota, agency terms, fiduciary duties, relationships in Minnesota, and contracts in Minnesota Agency.
  • Fair Housing Laws. This last section addresses the legal history, protected classes, and prohibited actions. Attendees will examine a Code of Ethics case study and complete an exercise that looks at the Fair Housing implications of two consumers’ real estate experiences.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Beyond the Basics in NorthstarMLS

3.0 Hours CE

FREE for members

Instructor: Tricia Hase

Beyond the Basics in NorthstarMLS is designed to help REALTORS® with features that NorthstarMLS has to make them more knowledgeable and have information available to them immediately when their clients need it. Allows them to learn these features with hands-on experience, live class to do things as the instructor is and be able to understand the quality and uses for each of these services available to them.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 3.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Comparative Market Analysis in NorthstarMLS

2.0 Hours CE

FREE for members

Instructor: Tricia Hase

CMA in NorthstarMLS is designed to help REALTORS® get started with using the CMA tool in NorthstarMLS for listings. REALTORS® will gain a better understanding how the steps involved in the process can provide them the ability to make an outstanding presentation to their clients and customers. This class is a hands-on experience; each student should have their own computer and MLS access.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Instanet / Authentisign

2.0 Hours CE

FREE for members

Instructor: Tricia Hase

Instanet/Authentisign is designed to provide REALTORS® with all the online forms in the MLS that are available to provide their customers with a paperless environment. Students will learn how to start a transaction online and send to clients for a complete paperless transaction. Students will understand how to use Instanet and Authentisign and to create a “cost effective and paperless” environment for their clients. This is a hands-on experience; each student is encouraged to have their own computer and login.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Instanet / Authentisign 102

2.0 Hours CE

FREE for members

Instructor: Tricia Hase

Instanet/Authentisign 102 is designed to provide REALTORS® with tools, hidden features & advanced setting to enable them to be more systematic and ensure a successful closing for their clients and customers. Students will use features to create a hassle free, paperless environment for their clients with the ease of knowing all features Instanet has to offer. Students will learn how to use Instanet and Authentisign and be able to create a “cost effective and paperless” environment for their clients. This is a hands-on experience; each student is encouraged to have their own computer and login.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Intro to NorthstarMLS.com

3.0 Hours CE

FREE for members

Instructor: Tricia Hase

Intro to NorthstarMLS.com is designed as an introduction to the most frequently used NorthstarMLS Matrix functions. This class covers the basic features every Matrix user should know to use this software proficiently. It is not only intended for those new to Matrix but also for seasoned REALTORS® who would like to increase their knowledge. This class is a hands-on experience; each student would have their own computer.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 3.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Islamic Funding in the USA

2.25 Hours CE Course# 1026992

$10 for members

Instructor: Shoeb Sharieff

REALTORS® will gain a better understanding of Muslim Financing to better help their clients and customers. This course is designed to understand the theory and practice of alternative financing methods that satisfy the needs of the Muslim Home Buyers.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

NAR Code of Ethics for Existing Members

2.5 Hours CE

$10 for members

Instructor: Lynn Leegard

This class will educate existing licensees about the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics and how it promotes professional ethics in real estate. A detailed explanation of the Ethics Complaint process and potential discipline if found in violation of the Code of Ethics will be given. We will review some of the Code’s Key Articles, discuss how they apply in common scenarios faced by real estate professionals and explore the legal and ethical duties REALTORS® have when these situations arise. Suggestions for corrective action and communication will be discussed as a standard of practice.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.5 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

NAR New Member Code of Ethics

2.5 Hours CE

FREE for members

Instructor: Lynn Leegard

This class will educate new licensees about the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics and how it promotes professional ethics in real estate. We will review some of the Code’s Key Articles, discuss how they apply in common scenarios faced by real estate professionals and explore the legal and ethical duties REALTORS® have when these situations arise. A detailed explanation of the Ethics Complaint process and potential discipline if found in violation of the Code of Ethics will be given. Suggestions for corrective action and communication will be discussed as a standard of practice.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.5 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Professional Courtesies in a Tight Market

1.0 Hours CE

FREE for members

While the NAR Code of Ethics establishes objective, enforceable ethical standards that govern the professional conduct of REALTORS®, it does not address issues of courtesy or etiquette. This one-hour course looks at Professional Courtesies REALTORS® are encouraged to follow to show respect for the consumers (the public), property and peers. We’ll focus especially on those areas where dealing with historic low inventory adds a variety of pressure – and sometimes bad behavior – to the business of residential real estate and offer recommended practices that attendees can immediately implement to enhance their professionalism and protect consumers and property.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 1.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Real Estate Safety Matters

1.0 Hours CE

FREE for members

Instructor: Joe McKinley

This one-hour course will instill safety awareness and habits in real estate professionals. They will learn methods for averting or responding to dangerous situations they—and the consumer clients and customers they serve—may encounter when practicing their profession. Attendees will learn safe practices for showing properties, conducting open houses, meeting with prospective clients, using social media and smart phone technologies and protecting personal data. They will also learn how to quickly assess a potentially dangerous situation and take appropriate action. Lastly, the class will also identify safety tools and resources real estate professionals can use to implement their own safety best practices.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 1.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Realist Tax Intro

2.0 Hours CE

FREE for members

Instructor: Tricia Hase

Realist Tax Intro is designed to introduce REALTORS® to the tax database in NorthstarMLS. This class covers the basic features every Realist user should know to use this software proficiently. REALTORS® will gain a better understanding on how to use the Realist Tax Database to provide a level of service and knowledge to their clients and customers. This class is a hands-on experience; each student is encouraged to have their own computer.

This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 2.0 hours of credit toward Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

2020/2021 Required Module – MN Disclosure Laws

3.75 CE Hours

$40.00 for members

Instructor: Lynn Leegard

This course will provide in depth details on numerous real estate licensee disclosure requirement issues, including proper disclosures required by sellers selling property “as is” and the liability sellers can incur for non-compliance.

Attendees will navigate to their class through SPAAR Community Campus online and are required to Join the Live Zoom Classroom prior to the class start time to receive continuing education credits. Please allow yourself plenty of time.

Continuing education courses must be attended in their entirety in order to receive credit for the number of approved hours. (MN Statute 45.30 Subd 4a). Per DOC guidelines: “when a student is deemed inactive or not fully participating in the course by the course monitor of failure to enter appropriate polling question response or verification codes, continuing education (CE) credit is denied.” Video screenshots, chat history, and polling responses will be captured for reporting attendance and CE credits per DOC guidelines.

Videos must be on during classes. All attendees are expected to attend an online event/class provided by SPAAR in the same professional manner they would in-person. At no time should an attendee be driving a car, walking the dog, or laying in their bed. These are all distractions to other attendees and are not exhibiting the same professional behavior demonstrated in-person.

Note:

  • Students must pass an examination at the end of the course to receive credits for completion of the module.
  • Completion of this 2020-2021 General Module WILL also satisfy the 1-hour broker-module training requirement as required in 82.61(i) for 2020-2021.
  • This educational offering is recognized by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce as satisfying 3.75 hours of Continuing Real Estate Education requirements.

Continuing Education Non-Credit Courses

Upcoming classes can be found on the SPAAR Events Calendar.

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Age Boldly

1.0 Hours; NO CE

FREE for members

Instructor: Tim Overweg, Lyngblomsten

Stories are one of the greatest gifts of life. They make us laugh and cry, they ground us, and they inspire us. The story of Lyngblomsten’s commitment to helping older adults age well in the community is worth telling and worth hearing. This presentation aims to tell the story of our 2nd half with Lyngblomsten life enrichment centers. What you need to know to avoid disastrous deals. Attend this FREE informative session to learn the basics and common traps of Mortgage Financing. This session covers various program overviews and down payment assistance programs, 203K renovation loans, red flags underwriters look for, waiting times for short sales, foreclosures, and bankruptcy, the difference between condo & townhome financing, and understanding credit scores.

Breakfast for the Brain: Mortgage Gotcha’s That’ll Get Ya!

1.5 Hours; NO CE

FREE for members

Instructor: Cindy Allen, Bay Equity Home Loans

What you need to know to avoid disastrous deals. Attend this FREE informative session to learn the basics and common traps of Mortgage Financing. This session covers various program overviews and down payment assistance programs, 203K renovation loans, red flags underwriters look for, waiting times for short sales, foreclosures, and bankruptcy, the difference between condo & townhome financing, and understanding credit scores.

Tax-Reduction Strategies – Live

2.5 Hours; NO CE

FREE for members

Instructor: Kelly Clark, Bradford and Company

Walk away with thousands of dollars in new deductions!

Additional Education Resources

SPAAR Squad is free for Member offices. Our staff is available to attend your meeting (currently virtual) and speak on relevant topics. Additionally, SPAAR brings bagels/pizza for the 15-30 min meeting sessions.

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SPAAR CE-to-GO! Our staff is available to attend your meeting (currently virtual) and speak on relevant topics. Additionally, SPAAR brings bagels/pizza for the 15-30 min meeting sessions.

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