The Real Estate Institute
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the Real Estate Education we offer!
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Welcome to the Education Department at the
Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
Our mission is: “To consistently meet the needs of our members by offering strategic, quality education opportunities that aim to strengthen their business and real estate knowledge.” Accordingly, we have planned a number of continuing education, designation, and other courses to help you advance your career and to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to be the best agent possible.
Massachusetts Real Estate Brokers and Salespeople are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education. The education must be completed within the twenty-four month period preceding their scheduled renewal date in order to renew their license and practice real estate.
If your have any questions or if there are any other classes you would like to see offered, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-957-4300.
Continuing Education Course begin at 8:30AM. Check-in begins at 8:00AM. You must check-in before every course. Latecomers (10 minutes or more) are welcome to stay but will not receive credit. You must attend the entire class to receive credit. A certificate will be issued at the end of the course.
Please Note: The Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS®, Inc. Real Estate Institute does not keep record of educational credits taken at alternative real estate institutes.
CEO Update: Your License is Your Business - November 8th, 2012
Henry J. DiGiacomo, ABR, CAE, CIPS, GREEN, RCE, RSPS, TRC
Chief Executive Officer
Whether you are a Broker Owner / Designated REALTOR® or an Agent working for a real estate firm, your real estate brokers or salespersons license gives you the legal right and option to list and sell real estate. If your real estate license lapses due to not complying with the relatively easy license renewal process defined by Massachusetts statute, or if your real estate license is suspended or terminated by an action taken by the Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons, your ability to list and sell real estate may be temporarily or permanently estopped.
When the Honorable Governor Deval Patrick appointed me to serve as a real estate licensee on the five member Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons last fall, I was astounded how many licensees fail to comply with basic requirements to maintain their license. The following paragraphs are helpful business suggestions that you may consider to help you protect your real estate license and your ability to list and sell real estate.
Protecting Your License
One easy way to protect your ability to list and sell real estate is to renew your license on schedule. Your license needs to be renewed every two years on your birthday. You renew your license by paying the renewal fee to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts AND by affirming that you have satisfied the required twelve hours of continuing education training.
Know the precise year and date (your birthday) when your license expires and create a folder to retain all of your continuing education certificates. File your certificates in two-year files. For example, if your birthday is July 1 and your license expires on July 1, 2012 you would have a file for July 1 2012 – July 1 2014; July 1 2014 – July 1 2016; etc.
When a licensee renews their license they must sign under the pains and penalties of perjury that they have in fact satisfied the twelve required hours of continuing education. No licensee should ever sign that they have complied with this license requirement unless they have the certificates in their file and possession to prove their satisfactory completion of their continuing education requirement.
Your Obligations as a Licensee
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts protects consumers by hiring investigators who randomly audit all licensees to ensure compliance with Massachusetts’s license requirements. In the case of real estate, approximately 20% of all licensees’ may be subject to this random audit. If you are contacted by a Massachusetts investigator, you must respond to the request for documentation and you will likely be required to produce copies of your continuing education certificates which will affirm that you have taken your required twelve hours of training within your most recent two-year license period.
Failing to respond to the written request of the Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons and failing to provide the Board of Registration investigator with the required documentation may result in a hearing and possible suspension of your license.
Protecting Your Business
When you are aware of your license expiration date, complete the required twelve hours of continuing education and take the initiative to maintain files of your continuing education. You will be able to respond to a random audit quickly with confidence and you will be able to avoid any possible suspension of your license.
As a real estate professional, you are an independent contractor and YOU ARE your own business. Please consider taking advantage of these helpful ideas to ensure your ability to maintain your active real estate brokers or salespersons license. In addition, please take advantage of your CC&IMLS and CC&IAOR benefits and expand your real estate knowledge by taking your twelve hours of free continuing education at your Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS®, Inc. as a benefit of being a participant or subscriber in the Cape Cod & Islands Multiple Listing Service, Inc.