The 9 Hardest Parts of Being a Real Estate Agent
It is no secret that working in real estate has its challenges. There are obstacles that real estate agents and brokers overcome that are unlike challenges found in other careers.
It takes a lot of work to build a client list and become established in the industry. But the best part about the real estate industry is that you take away as much as you put into your career. Working hard upfront in the real estate industry means you will receive a greater reward in the long run.
Ebook: The Complete Guide to Starting a Successful Career in Real Estate
Starting any new career is an exciting and challenging opportunity. Transitioning to a career in real estate is an especially exciting choice. With endless earning potential, a self-built schedule, multiple career paths, and abundant opportunities, you may wonder why you did not decide to start your real estate career sooner.
Our eBook, The Complete Guide to Starting a Successful Career in Real Estate, answers many questions that will help you have a successful real estate career.
Top 5 Real Estate Photography Trends in 2021
Real estate photography trends are one of the most essential topics to understand when working as an agent or broker in the real estate industry.
Today, with digital photography and editing tools, the visual representation of a property is a constantly evolving element of the industry.
New York Real Estate Exam - Practice Questions, Tips, & Test Locations
This post provides all the information needed to better understand the New York Real Estate Salesperson Exam. This article contains our most frequently asked questions including how to register for the exam, where to take the test, what to expect on the exam, and additional practice questions to prepare for your test.
Missouri Real Estate Exam - Study Guide, Practice Questions, & Locations
The journey to acquiring your Missouri real estate license is both exciting and challenging. We understand that preparing for the Missouri Real Estate Exam can be incredibly stressful. This guide covers wverything you need to know before you take the Missouri real estate salesperson exam
Florida Real Estate Exam - Practice Test, Locations, & Pass Rates
This post provides all the information needed to better understand the Florida Real Estate Salesperson Exam. This article contains our most frequently asked questions including how to register for the exam, where to take the test, what to expect on the exam, and additional practice questions to prepare for your test.
7 Reasons to Hire a REALTOR® When Building a Custom Home
While the idea of building a custom home can feel overwhelming, assembling a team of seasoned professionals can help you make your dream house a reality. Where to start? Hire a realtor!
The Most Expensive Homes in Texas on the Market in 2021
This list of the most expensive homes in Texas shows that some people move to Texas to seek luxury. From English countryside cottage-style mansions to modern marvels, these mansions show the lavish and diverse Texas mansions available in today’s market.
Everything is bigger in Texas – including these gorgeous mansions. Here is our list of the most expensive homes on the market in Texas in 2021.
5 Best Real Estate TikTok Accounts to Follow in 2021
Are you interested in using TikTok to reach more people and boost your real estate marketing efforts? Here is our list of the top 5 real estate TikTok accounts to follow in 2021 for inspiration, tips, and success stories to help you use this social media platform.
8 Jobs in Real Estate After Getting Your License
Having a real estate license does not lead you down a specific path. There are many real estate career paths that match the different skills and interests of those with a license. Learn more about unique career opportunities after get your license.
Augmented Reality in Real Estate - How AR Is Changing the Industry
In this post, you will learn about real estate augmented reality and how new AR technology is changing the real estate industry for agents, brokers, buyers, and sellers.
Texas Real Estate Exam - Practice Questions, Locations, & Pass Rates
This post provides all the information needed to better understand the Texas Real Estate Salesperson Exam. This article contains our most frequently asked questions including how to register for the exam, where to take the test, what to expect on the exam, and additional practice questions to prepare for your test
Real Estate Continuing Education Requirements for All 50 States
After you get a real estate license, you must maintain your active license by taking Continuing Education, also known as CE. In this guide, we break down the real estate continuing education requirements needed to keep an active license as listed by each state’s Real Estate Commission.
New Nebraska Course: Real Estate Investment and Management
The Nebraska REALTORS® Association GRI program announces a new online course - GRI 105: Real Estate Investment and Management.
Real Estate Agent & Real Estate Broker Salary in All 50 States
The real estate industry is abundant with job opportunities that are a perfect match for almost anyone interested in following a new career path. A real estate agent and a real estate broker are the two most sought-after careers within the industry. And for good reason! Both careers as an agent and a broker have great potential for growth and have a competitive average salary.
5 Tips to Get Your House Ready to Sell in 2021
Now is a better time than ever to sell as market prices are high for sellers and there are plenty of buyers who are looking for a new home. There is a low amount of inventory available, meaning homes are selling quicker and buyers are ready to choose before a home is sold. You can make your home sell even faster by taking the necessary steps to ensure that your house is market-ready.
5 New Year’s Resolutions for Real Estate Agents in 2021
Looking for real estate resolutions to kick your year off?
Those working in the real estate industry are presented with challenging choices and new information every day. The industry is constantly evolving, so we must do the same! Here are 5 great 2021 resolutions for the ambitious real estate agent.
How Long Is Real Estate School?
Have you ever wondered how long does real estate school take or how long does it take to get a real estate license? On average, it takes anywhere from 2-5 months to get a real estate license depending on your state's licensing requirements and whether you choose online real estate courses or traditional classroom courses.
Real Estate Land Descriptions Explained
In order to buy and sell real estate, there must be in place a method whereby the property being sold can be accurately identified. There are three (3) major types of legal land descriptions used throughout the United States.
Colorado Real Estate Exam - Practice Questions, Locations, & Pass Rates
In this post, you will find all the information you need to know about the Colorado Real Estate License Exam including testing locations, what to expect on the exam, and school pass rates from the top online schools.
Real Estate Agent vs. Real Estate Broker - What’s the Difference?
The terms “real estate agent” and “real estate broker” are often used interchangeably. It is easy to confuse the two terms when both an agent and a broker are licensed to sell property. The basis of both roles is the same. However, an agent and a broker in the real estate industry hold two completely different jobs.
Plumbing Problems to Repair Before Selling Your Home
There are things at home that almost always require repairs or replacing, and they are often put off until later. However, when you are planning to sell a home, you can’t shirk off these repairs on the new buyer without facing potential legal consequences (should you fail to disclose the problems) or heavy deductions from your sale price. In the end, it’s cheaper and more ethical to have these problems addressed before you attempt to sell your home. Here are some of the basics to keep an eye out for in regard to your home plumbing system.
4 Things Real Estate Agents Should Know About Property Management
When it comes to enhancing your income as a real estate agent, you may consider new marketing tactics. You may even try to work in a team with other agents. However, one of the best ways to increase your income is to become a property manager for your clients.
How to Become a REALTOR® In 2021
Whether you are interested in advancing in your career, making more money, or fulfilling your lifelong dream, becoming a REALTOR® is a great choice. REALTORS® stand out in the real estate industry by having a higher code of ethics and standard of conduct and benefit from expanding their sphere of influence and network.
How to Choose the Best Online Real Estate School
Do you want to get a real estate license, but are still struggling to decide which real estate school you should choose? Here are the 7 features to look for that make for the best online real estate school.
Why REALTORS® Should Consider Using Smart Lockbox Key Storage
If you are using combo lockboxes or requiring agents to pick up keys at the office, it's time to enter the 21st century. There are many better options than this archaic activity that keeps your listings accessible and the keys protected.
11 Best Real Estate Youtube Channels to Follow in 2021
Follow these 11 real estate youtube channels for expert real estate knowledge, industry insights, tips on investment, and ways to make more money.
What Do You Learn in Real Estate School?
What do you learn in real estate school? Discover the general education requirements to become a real estate agent and what is included in a pre-licensing course.
How Much Does It Cost to Get a Real Estate License in Each State
Have you been interested in starting a new career in real estate? Here are the fees and costs to get a real estate license listed for all 50 states.
8 Reasons to Become a Real Estate Agent in 2021
Have you been thinking about starting a new career, making more money, and having the time, freedom, and flexibility at your job? Here are some of the advantages of starting a new career and becoming a real estate agent.
What Are the Best Cities to Be a Real Estate Agent in Texas?
Are you interested in getting your real estate license in Texas and starting a new career? Here is our list of the 7 best cities to become a real estate agent in Texas in 2020.
Real Estate Math Formulas, Practice Questions, & Examples
Improve your understanding of real estate math with with these formulas, practice questions, and examples to help you pass the real estate exam and have more success throughout your career.
Tips to Help You Pass the Texas Real Estate Exam
Use these tips from experienced professionals to help you pass the Texas real estate exam. Including tips on what to do at the testing center, how to answer questions, and more.
The Most Expensive Homes in Colorado on the Market in 2021
Colorado is home to some of the most beautiful and luxurious real estate properties in the world. Tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, celebrities, entrepreneurs, and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies own world-class homes and ranches that make for the perfect place to vacation or reside year-round. Check out some of the most expensive homes in Colorado on the market in 2021.
How to Start a Real Estate Blog in 12 Easy Steps
A great real estate blog will help position you and your team at the top of mind of consumers when it comes to buying or selling a home. Blog posts and high-quality content will help build your brand, demonstrate your expertise, and organize your knowledge base to serve the niche you represent in your real estate market.
Real Estate Brokerage Relationships in Colorado Explained
In this video, Vann Hilty, founder of VanEd - Real Estate School explains Brokerage Relationships in Colorado and the differences between agents, brokers, and transaction brokers.
3 Reasons to Get a GRI Designation in Real Estate
Interested in making more money as a real estate agent, advancing your career, and standing out amongst the competition? The Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) Designation is an excellent option to help you gain more knowledge, impress consumers, and build more confidence in your real estate skills.
10 Best Wordpress Plugins for Real Estate Agents in 2020
Increase your understanding of online real estate marketing! Here is our list of the top Wordpress plugins for real estate website to make your site stand out and generate more leads.
3 Best Photo Editing Apps for Real Estate Agents in 2020
Learn about the best photo editing apps for real estate agents. With these mobile apps you can improve your real estate photos and social media posts to help you connect with more buyers and sellers and improve the quality of your listings.
How to Make a 360° (3D) Virtual Real Estate Tour with iPhone/Android
In this step-by-step guide, learn how to create a 360° Virtual Real Estate Tour with Google Tour Creator and Zillow 3D Home Tour to show to buyers and sellers.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Resources for Real Estate Agents
With the recent impact of COVID-19, real estate services are limited. In an effort to help students find the resources they need, we have put together a list of links to help clarify what upcoming timelines look like for various real estate industry services impacted by the coronavirus, where available.
How to Heat & Cool Your Home to Save Money & Energy
Energy efficiency comes in all sizes and shapes. The choices you make for your home or business can have a big impact on your budget & the environment.
Online vs. Classroom Real Estate Courses - Which Is Better?
Is it better to take real estate classes online or in person? This visual comparison shows the pros and cons of online and classroom real estate courses including convenience, price, & instructor support.
Local SEO for Real Estate Agents: Ultimate Guide to Rank on Google
In our Comprehensive Guide to Local SEO for Real Estate Agents, we answer the qusetions, 'What Is Local SEO', 'What Are Local Business Citations, and how can you optimize your Google My Business profile to reach more people online.
Real Estate Listing Exclusions Explained
In this post, we discuss what real estate agents should do if the seller asks for a real estate listing exclusion. The answer may surprise you!
What Real Estate Agents Should Know About Moving Company Scams
Naturally, one of the most important ways that real estate agents can help their clients is by guiding them toward a trustworthy moing company. In order to do this effectively, though, real estate agents must themselves be educated on some of the most common moving company scams, and how to verify that they’re working with a responsible company.
5 Instagram Marketing Tips for Real Estate Agents
Are you using Instagram to market your real estate business? Follow these 5 tips for real estate agents to attract more buyers and sellers and reach a larger targeted audience.
Real Estate Tips - First Things a New Real Estate Agent Should Do
Your first week in real estate will be very busy and may seem overwhelming. Use these tips to help you succeed during your first week as a new real estate agent.
How to Show a House to a Buyer as a REALTOR®
As a new real estate agent or REALTOR®, it may be difficult to know how to show a property to buyers. Use these essential tips to help show a house to a buyer and show buyers what they are looking for in a property and what they need.
2020-2021 Texas Legal Update 1 & Legal Update 2 Now Available Online!
The new 2020-2021 non-elective Legal Update I & Legal Update II courses (4 hours each) became effective January 1, 2020. Complete these courses online today!
Get Familiar with 2020 Real Estate Contracts and Forms
Learn about all of the updates coming to Colorado real estate contracts and forms in 2020.
The 16 Best Marketing Channels for Real Estate Agents
From social media to traditional advertising, these are the 16 of the best marketing channels to help promote and advertise your real estate business in 2019.
Top 5 Podcasts for Real Estate Agents & Brokers on the Go
Here are the top 5 real estate podcasts for agents and brokers who are on the go. Featuring Kevin Ward's YES Talk, the GaryVee Audio Experience, and more. These recommendations are sure to make your next commute more productive.
13 Tips to Help Entrepreneurs Manage Their Own Time and Schedules
Entrepreneurs and real estate agents should use these helpful tips to help manage time, tasks, and energy throughout the workday and workweek.
10 Features of a Successful Real Estate Website
It is not enough to simply have a website. In order to be effective, and contribute to an easier and quicker home-buying process for the buyer, your website must be thoughtfully designed, intuitive, updated frequently, and user friendly.
Tips for Property Managers in Colorado on Marijuana (Cannabis) Laws
With marijuana regulations continuing to develop and expand in numerous states around the country, landlords need to remain in-the-know so that they can make the most-informed decision possible if tenant disputes or fair housing implications arise. Although there are no simple and easy answers, stepping in to handle a situation as soon as possible may be the best course of action for avoiding unwanted legal action.
10 Common Reasons Your House Won't Sell
What is keeping this house from selling?
Objectivity is the key. Whether you are the listing agent or the Seller, it is critical to analyze what will keep or is keeping the house from selling. Once the problem is identified, objectivity is again important when determining the solution.
Here are the 10 most common reasons your house isn't selling.
The 6 Mobile Apps Every Real Estate Agent Should Have
Become a better real estate agent with these 6 mobile apps that will improve organization, communication, and will help you get things done faster and easier!
How To Be A Successful Real Estate Agent in 2020
The real estate industry touches virtually every aspect of life in the United States and most of the free world. Where we choose to live and work is one of the most fundamental choices we make and people make these decisions every day. There are more than 5 million property sales in the United States every year, and VanEd can teach you how to be a successful real estate agent.
The 5 Best Real Estate Fonts for Successful Branding in 2021
One of the most important steps a real estate professional can take for having a successful, lasting real estate career is establishing and maintaining their brand and image. A brand consists of three elements that help make a lasting impression on current and potential customers.
Tips for Passing the Colorado Real Estate Exam
In this post, we aim to provide you with the skills and information to pass the state (Colorado) portion of the real estate exam on your first try.
3 Tips for Taking Better Real Estate Listing Photos
First impressions are everything, and in the digital age that we live in, you only have a few seconds to capture a viewer’s attention. In this How-To, we'll teach you a few fundamental principles to help you start taking better real estate listing photos.
Important Community Association Manager (CAM) Update
The CAM licensing program will end at the Division of Real Estate (Division) on June 30, 2019, and the Division will no longer have any jurisdiction over community association managers and related management companies.
VanEd will offer the CAM courses through the month of June for those who are interested. Read more about the veto and the executive order the Governor issued which creates a stakeholder workgroup who is charged with making future licensing recommendations.
Colorado Division of Real Estate Advisory: New Forms
On May 10, 2019, the Colorado Real Estate Commission (Commission) adopted a change to the Contract to Buy and Sell Real Estate (CBS) forms, and also adopted a new Closing Instructions form. These forms are effective immediately. VanEd will be including this information into our coursework in the coming few weeks.
Colorado Community Association Manager Program Legislation
Colorado’s community association manager licensure program update, HB 1212, has been passed by the Legislature, and the Governor has 30 days to sign or veto the bill before it becomes law. This bill revives prior licensure legislation until September 1, 2020, and creates a stakeholder process to gather information from owners and managers and make recommendations to the director regarding community management, such as the complaint process and credentialing.
Of note for currently licensed CAMs is the continuiation of licensing which will require the completion of continuing education and renewal with the Division of Real Estate.
TREC Hosting a Live Overview of Online Tools for Licensees
Join online Live April 25th as TREC talks about all the recently launched tools which have launched on the TREC website. These tools and resources are now available, making life a little easier for Texas license holders and applicants.
Oklahoma Real Estate License Background Check Process
If you are an Oklahoma Real Estate License student and have not already submitted your fingerprints to the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission, please be advised, beginning April 5, 2019, all original applicants must utilize the IdentoGO electronic fingerprinting services by Idemia.
3 Keys to Success for Real Estate Agents in 2021
For real estate agents in 2021, the three keys to maintaining long-term success are developing a robust online presence, having an organized, daily routine, and growing throughout your professional career.
Licensee Buy-Out Addendum Reinstated
The following important Real Estate Broker Advisory was issued by the Colorado Division of Real Estate after the February 4th meeting of the Colorado Real Estate Commission:
Licensee Buy-Out Addendum to Contract to Buy & Sell Real Estate Form reinstated and effective February 5, 2019.
More information and the notice is available in this post.
Colorado Real Estate Commission Position on Consumer Data Privacy
At the Colorado Real Estate Commission meeting on December 4, 2018, the Commission revised and adopted a new Commission Position on Office Policy Manuals in response to the passage of HB18-1128 (Protections for Consumer Data Privacy).
We have included the links to both the revised CP-21 and the House Bill in the aricle. Please review these new recommendations for consideration and revisions to your Office Policy Manuals.
New Colorado Employing Broker Refresher Course
VanEd launches the online Colorado Employing Broker Refresher Course for brokers upgrading to the Colorado employing broker license level.
Colorado Division of Real Estate Hosts HOA Forum
Join the Division of Real Estate for this upcoming HOA forum to discuss dispute resolution in any HOA community.
Instructors: REfresh Expo Taking Speaker Applications
The REfresh Expo features lively industry conversations, an interactive expo and unmatched opportunities to engage with other industry professionals.
Community Association Manager Program Sunset Update
Here are answers to some questions that CAM licensees may have regarding the sunset of this program in Colorado.
New Colorado Real Estate Exam Prep Classroom Course
You asked for it; you got it! Learn more about VanEd's new live Exam Prep Crash Course and Register today!
CFPB Finalizes Amendment to Mortgage Disclosure Rule - TRID
Update is Designed to Provide More Clarity Regarding Closing Cost Increases
IRS IR-2018-94, Inflation Adjustments published for 2018 Tax Year
The Internal Revenue Service has updated the tax year 2018 annual inflation adjustments to reflect changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).
Fannie Mae Permits Lenders to Contribute to Closing Costs
On April 3rd Fannie Mae announced that it will allow lenders to contribute gifts to borrowers' closing costs, but not part of the down payment.
TREC Hosting 2nd Annual Residential Realty Summit in Austin
Event will be held Monday, April 2 in Austin from 10 AM to 3 PM.
AQB Updates the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria
A summary of the recent changes made by the Appraiser Qualifications Board of the Appraisal Foundation, which are effective May 1, 2018, can be found here.
New Texas Contracts & Form Changes Are Now Available for Voluntary Use
Mandatory Use Begins May 15, 2018 For All License Holders, Make Sure You Are Ready
Colorado Division of Real Estate to Host Safety Day
Register to attend the Colorado Division of Real Estate Safety Day!
Do I Need Errors & Omissions Insurance 'Tail Coverage'?
What is Errors & Omissions Insurance "Tail Coverage", how does it work in Real Estate, and why you might need it.
CREC Approves new Commercial Seller's Property Disclosure Form
The new form which is mandatory as of February 2018 includes modifications made by the Commission at their recent meeting.
Colorado DRE issues Advisory: License Expiration Date Transition
Wondering about the Real Estate Broker License Expiration Date Transition and how it will affect your license?
VanEd’s Classroom Option, Fusion Learning for Real Estate Licensing
Fusion, or blended, learning combines traditional classroom instruction with online instruction for real estate license education.
Get the Latest Information on the TREC Real Estate Advertising Rules
In case you missed it, TREC adopted new real estate advertising rules at their November 2017 meeting.
Community Association Manager CE Audits Set to Begin
Beginning in February, CAM license holders in Colorado are subject to random CE audits. Only those CAM's who are notified by the Division need respond.
New Requirements for Employing Broker License in Colorado
Real Estate Commission increases requirements for those seeking to become employing brokers, including a new point system for those applying after 1/1/18.
Colorado Real Estate Commission Rule Review
Colorado Division of Real Estate opens required rule review for comment period from the public.
Texas Licensees: TREC Recently Adopted Updated Advertising Rules
The effective date of the new rules is May 15, 2018, and TREC wants to make sure everyone is thoroughly prepared for the changes.
Get Ready for Taxes: What to Do Before the Tax Year Ends Dec. 31
This is the sixth in a series of reminders to help taxpayers prepare for the upcoming tax filing season.
Colorado Real Estate Broker License Expiration Date Transition
Changes coming for licensees during the Transition Period For License Renewals
Get Ready for Taxes: Plan Ahead for 2018 Filing Season to Avoid Refund
This is the first in a series of reminders from the IRS designed to help taxpayers get ready for the upcoming tax filing season.
Thank You to our Veterans and Active Duty Personnel
We appreciate all you do and we honor all Veterans this weekend. Thank You!
Don’t Get Blamed When a Buyer Does Not Get Loan Approval
Tips from TREC on how to avoid having a complaint filed against your real estate license when acting as a buyers broker or agent.
Important Update from TREC to Current Texas License Holders
TREC Announces Extension For All License Holders Affected By Hurricane Harvey
CFPB launches new Mortgage Performance Trends Tool
Newly Available Data Shows Lowest Mortgage Delinquency Rate Since the Financial Crisis
New Team Regulations Take Effect November 1st in Oklahoma
OREC has posted the following FAQ to help licensees and Brokers comply with the New Team Regulations which will become effective November 1st, 2017.
Colorado Investigator Insights: Real estate transaction paperwork
Three ways you may be at risk and not even realize it when working as a real estate professional.
Recent Disasters create opportunity for Price Gouging: Our View
A recent alert from CalBRE reminds all licensees and REALTORS® about our Ethical duties to clients and customers. Read our take and the notice here.
Changes Coming to Colorado Commission Approved Contracts & Forms
VanEd's Contract and Forms Review course will be updated in November to help Brokers prepare for the new forms.
Oklahoma Rule Changes Approved, Effective November 1st
OREC's proposed rules dealing with associates' trust accounts and the Education Recovery Fund have been approved with an effective date of November 1st.
TREC Extending All Application and Renewal Deadlines
Expiration dates for August and September have been extended for Texas licensees.
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Extended
Previously set to expire September 30th, the National Flood Insurance Program was granted a 3-month extension in light of recent (and ongoing) hurricanes.
Oklahoma Real Estate Broker License Requirements
If you are planning on obtaining a Broker Manager License or Broker Associate License in Oklahoma after November 1, 2017, then this information is for you!
IRS Urges everyone to Prepare for Hurricanes, Floods & Other Disasters
As a part of Safety Month, we are including this information on preparedness from the Internal Revenue Service.
SBA Seeks Appraisers to Aid Harvey Recovery Efforts
The Small Business Administration is in need of appraisers to help process disaster loan applications. Read the article for information on applying.
New Texas Advertising Rules in effect as of September 1st
SB 2212 makes changes to the regulations governing advertising for real estate brokers and sales agents.
Happy Labor Day from all of us at VanEd!
Our offices will be closed Labor Day, September 4th, to allow our staff and instructors the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.
FEMA: How to help Disaster Survivors in Texas
Please follow a few important guidelines below to ensure your support can be the most helpful for Tropical Storm Harvey disaster survivors.
TREC Extending All Application and Renewal Deadlines
Extensions for all license types have been granted.
TREC Urgent Notice Regarding Testing Centers
Testing Provider Closing Testing Centers Due To Hurricane
CFPB makes temporary changes to HMDA final reporting rules
Final Rule Also Clarifies Certain Requirements to Help Companies Comply
The Eclipse as Presented by NASA
We've embedded the NASA YouTube feed here for easy Eclipse Viewing!
Teams in Nebraska Real Estate - New Real Estate CE Course
This New CE Course for Nebraska REALTORS® and Licensees who work in a team, are a team leader, or who supervise teams is available online.
Have an Oklahoma Broker's License? New Rules May Affect You!
After November 1st the rules for maintaining, activating, and upgrading a broker's license in Oklahoma change. See how they affect you here.
Fannie Mae Increase Debt-to-Income Ratio fo Borrowers
Desktop Underwriter update helps lenders better serve creditworthy borrowers.
CREC Reminder: Seller financing in real estate Increases Risk
Stay in your lane - A reminder from the Colorado Division of Real Estate Real Estate Investigative Team
New Brokerage Advertising Rules on the Horizon in Texas
SB 2212 makes changes to the regulations governing advertising for real estate brokers and sales agents.
NAR announces agreement on Flood Insurance Legislation
NAR Says significant improvements to the “21st Century Flood Reform Act” have cleared the way for endorsement of the bill.
Colorado Division of Real Estate Director's Update
Governor Hickenlooper signed SB17-215 Sunset Licensed Real Estate Brokers and Subdivision Developers into law. Learn more from the Division Director.
IRS: Home Office Deduction Often Overlooked
The Home Office Deduction is often overlooked by small business owners, including Real Estate Professionals.
CFPB Finalizes Updates to Mortgage Disclosure Rule
Changes to the "Know Before You Owe" Mortgage Disclosure Rule Will Provide More Clarity, Preserve Protections for Consumers
Saving Money on a Mortgage, From Start to Finish
For many consumers, their mortgage is their biggest expense. Here are FDIC tips for borrowers as well as current homeowners on ways to save money.
Credit Score, Mortgage Underwriting changes coming this month
These two major changes could help more borrowers qualify for loans, but there are additional risks to the system.
IRS Launches 2017 Summertime Tax Tip Program
Taxpayers can sign up to receive IRS Tax Tips automatically for free on www.irs.gov.
State of the Nation’s Housing - 2017
Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies has released its annual State of the Nation’s Housing Report for 2017.
National Association of REALTORS® Names New CEO
NAR Senior Executive Bob Goldberg will head the nation’s largest trade association.
Nebraska Real Estate Property Management Course Is Now Available
Real Estate Licensees in Nebraska practicing Property Management need a minimum of 3 hours of PM designated coursework every two years.
IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Involving Bogus Certified Letters
Reminds People to Remain Vigilant Against Scams, Schemes this Summer
6 Real Estate Insurance Policies Every Agent Should Know About
Real Estate professionals need to be able to explain many types of insurance policies to help guide clients though the real estate transaction process.
Colorado's Examination Standards for Mortgage Loan Originators (MLOs)
Changes to rules make it easier for MLO applicants by reducing examination requirements.
Colorado CAM License Renewal Ends June, 30 2017
License Renewal Period Opened May 1st and extends through 5pm MST, June 30th 2017.
HUD and Census Bureau report on New Residential Sales in April
Sales of new single-family houses down from previous month but increased year over year.
NAR 360 at the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo
Watch NAR 360 in it's entirety for this important annual update.
REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo opens this week
VanEd will be at the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings ~ May 15-20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. and you can follow along with Legislative Live!
Colorado DRE Announces CAM Program Audit Review
Non-compliant Management Agreements, along with some recurring issues that are not in compliance with statute and rule have been found.
Home Staging 101 ~ Under Pressure to Sell? Try these tips!
Home Staging expert Karen Conrad shares tips for staging homes so that they sell more quickly and for a higher price.
Which Laws Protect Borrowers from Credit Discrimination?
Which Laws Protect Borrowers from Credit Discrimination? A look at two key Fair Lending Laws that all real estate professionals need to be aware of.
Real Estate Careers - Opportunities After Getting a Real Estate License
Getting a real estate license does not require you to only sell residential real estate. Here are career opportunities in real estate after getting your license.
What Is the Federal Reserve System?
The employees of the Federal Reserve want you to know what the Federal Reserve System or Fed is and what it does, so they presented a video just for you!
IRS Offers Last-Minute Filing Tips
Remember ~ April 15th is a Saturday, and D.C. celebrates Emancipation Day on the 17th ~ so April 18th is this years Tax Filing Deadline.
What is the Federal Open Market Committee?
The Federal Open Market Committee is responsible for open market operations, but what does that mean?
Appraiser Licensee Advisory
Unlicensed Persons Signing the Fannie Mae Appraisal Report Form Certification
CFPB Fines Experian $3 Million for Deceiving Consumers
Credit Reporting Company Misstated How Credit Scores It Sold Were Used.
Who Said Tax Talk Can't Be Amusing?
While these opinions are not endorsed by the IRS, these amusing quotes about taxes might help ease the pain of tax season being upon you.
Changes to 12 million credit scores coming in July
Equifax, Experian and TransUnion will remove the tax-lien and civil-judgment data starting around July 1.
IRS, States and Tax Industry Warn of Last-Minute Email Scams
Beware of email phishing scams that request deposit changes or account updates.
Web Seminar: Four Ways for an IRA to Participate in Real Estate
Learn about all the different ways you or your clients can invest in real estate in this informative web seminar.
IRS Issues Reminder to Protect Your Personal and Financial Information
IRS Tax Time Guide: Protect Personal, Financial, Tax Information and Computers - Tips from the IRS
Federal Reserve to include fan charts in minutes of future meetings
Federal Reserve releases examples of new charts that illustrate uncertainty around monetary policymakers' macroeconomic and interest rate projections.
Tax Time Guide: IRS Publication 17 Helps with 2016 Taxes
Taxpayers can get the most out of various tax benefits and get useful tips on preparing their 2016 federal income tax returns with this IRS publication.
Cybercriminals targeting appraisers with email phishing scams
Phishing scams target appraisers by requesting a response to a complaint from the regulator or appraisal board.
New Course: Real Estate Brokerage in Texas (SAE)
Real Estate Brokerage - No. 751 is approved by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) to meet the SAE requirements for Texas real estate licensees.
Record Retention Requirements for Real Estate Brokers in Colorado
The Division reminds real estate brokers that BOTH the individual licensee as well as their employing broker are EACH responsible for transaction files.
NAR Data shows Existing-Home sales went up in January
Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, expanded 3.3 percent.
IRS Summarizes "Dirty Dozen" List of Tax Scams for 2017
The annual list highlights various schemes that taxpayers may encounter throughout the year, many of which peak during tax-filing season.
2016 EcoBroker Sustainability and Community Service Awards
These EcoBroker award winners have shown dedication to service and sustainability advocacy in real estate.
Cancellation of FHA Insurance Premium Cut Impacts Market
NAR and the Mortgage Bankers Association stats show 13 percent drop in FHA applications, more than 30,000 could have qualified who now may not.
Continuing Education for Colorado Community Association Managers
CAM license holders in Colorado have until June 30th to complete 8-hours of Continuing Education courses.
IRS Answers Common Early Tax Season Refund Questions
The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers about some basic tips to keep in mind about their refunds.
Who Will Prepare Your Tax Return?
This is from the IRS series of reminders to help taxpayers prepare for the upcoming tax filing season.
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
"Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction."
Reminder: New Maximum Conforming Loan Limits for 2017
In December Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced new loan limits for 2017.
Appriasers: The Third exposure draft of USPAP 2018-19 was Released
Comments are due this month for those who seek to have input on the upcoming USPAP.
Happy New Year from all of us at VanEd!
Thank you for your support and we look forward to a wonderful 2017! For information on hours and contacting us, please read further.
We hope you are having a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!
Our offices will be closed today, December 26th in observance of the holidays. We will re-open on Tuesday, December 27th for regular business hours.
2017 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving
The IRS has issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for various purposes.
Tax Preparedness Series: Remember Donations May Cut Tax Bills
The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that donations made before the end of the year may be deductible on your 2016 taxes.
Time Complete REALTOR® Code of Ethics Training?
VanEd courses meet the REALTOR® Code of Ethics Training Requirements. Read more and check with your local board or association for details.
CFPB Releases Consumer Credit Trends Tool to help forecast risks
Web-based Tool Will Deliver Regular Updates on Consumer Lending Markets
Your Best Interest
What you need to know about refinancing your home
What Are the New FHA Owner-Occupancy Requirements for Condominiums?
FHA will reduce owner-occupancy requirements for certain condominium projects. Learn more about changes to the law.
IRS Tax Preparedness Series: How to Avoid a Refund Delay; Plan Ahead
Note: This is part of a series of reminders from the IRS to help taxpayers prepare for the upcoming tax filing season.
Colorado Division of Real Estate Programs Under Sunset Review
Learn more and provide input on the Division programs that are under sunset review. New Legislation will be proposed in 2017.
FHFA Announces 2017 Maximum Conforming Loan Limits
An Increase in the Maximum Conforming Loan Limits announced by the FHFA for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac takes effect in 2017
VanEd wishes you and yours a wonderful and safe Holiday weekend.
Webinar Today! UBIT - It's a Good Thing! 4pm MT
VanEd partner New Direction IRA, Inc. trains real estate professionals on using IRAs in real estate. This webinar covers strategies for lowering UBIT.
Veteran's Day - Thank You Veterans & Active Duty Personnel
We offer thanks to the outstanding men and women who have protected this nation throughout history and those who proudly do so today.
2016 National Association of REALTORS® Conference Information
Conference Live offers information and continuing coverage of the NAR Annual Conference in Orlando
Apply by December 5th to take part in the 2017 CAR Leadership Academy
CAR Leadership Academy is an exclusive four-month training and development program designed to nurture future association leaders.
Agencies Request Comment on Proposed Private Flood Insurance Rule
The proposed rule includes provisions to assist lending institutions in identifying private flood insurance policies they would be required to accept.
Boulder Valley Real Estate Conference Scheduled for November 15th
Join BizWest for the annual Boulder Valley Real Estate Conference, covering the real estate landscape in the Boulder Valley. CE is available through VanEd.
USDOJ Brief on use of Criminal Background Checks by Housing Providers
DOJ brief argues that the Fair Housing Act requires landlords who consider criminal records in evaluating tenants may not use overly broad generalizations.
IRS Proposes Rules on Estate, Gift, Generation-skipping Transfer Taxes
The IRS issued the proposed rule which would impact estate and gift tax transfers where there are liquidations of some partial interests.
Colorado Division of Real Estate Issues timely Consumer Advisory
Can a homeowner in an HOA place political signs in their yard or at their condominium in Colorado? Read on for the answer.
IRS Gives Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Matthew
Many Extension Filers in North Carolina Now Affected; Relief for Other States Expected Soon
Why Do Interest Rates Matter - Federal Reserve?
In this short Federal Reserve FAQ video the Division Director of Research and Statistics for the Federal Reserve discusses Why interest rates matter.
South Dakota GRI Designation Now Available Online
The Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation indicates your commitment to provide a high level of professional service to your clients.
NAR Reports on proposed changes to FHA Condo Rule
In September the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced a proposed rule concerning single-family condominium project approval. These include:
2016 Colorado Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo this week!
If you are attending the CAR Conference and Expo this week stop by the VanEd booth, say hello, and drop a card for a chance to win a prize!
ARELLO 2016 Annual Conference is This Week
This years conference includes an important panel discussion that will Examine Core Competencies of the Real Estate Professional.
CAR Webcast: Brokerage Economics in the Years Ahead
The Colorado Association of REALTORS® invites you to join Steve Murray of REAL Trends Tuesday, September 13th at 10:00 AM MDT for this webcast.
Real Estate, Safety, and You
Real Estate Professionals are encouraged to share this information with clients, and we encourage you to implement these important safety protocols.
Five Ways to Help Protect Your Identity
Identity theft affects millions of people each year. You can learn how to make protecting yourself from identity thieves part of your daily routine.
Colorado Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo ~ Sept. 21 - 24
This years Conference and Expo is set to be held at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield. We hope to see you there!
Attending the Florida REALTORS® Convention in Orlando?
Stop by and say Hello to VanEd in the Expo Hall as we present the GRI, Graduate REALTOR® Institute Program along with other available programs!
Mortgage Fraud - What Real Estate Agents Should Watch Out For
In this post we outline some of the items that should be viewed as red flags. These discrepancies help you see what might require closer examination.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Expands Foreclosure Protections
Updated Servicing Rule Provides Surviving Family Members and Other Homeowners with Same Protections as Original Borrowers
Clean Energy Initiatives include support for Financing Options
White House announces executive actions taken to scale up solar, reduce energy bills, includes support of PACE Financing programs.
IRS issues warnings of increase in Scams
IRS Warns Taxpayers of Summer Surge in Automated Phone Scam Calls; Requests for Fake Tax Payments Using iTunes Gift Cards
Colorado Real Estate Commission (CREC) Rules in Sign Crossing Cases
The Colorado Real Estate Commission heard the cases in June. The outcome was announced in the Summer Division of Real Estate Newsletter.
Existing Home Sales Climb to Strongest Rate since 2007
National Association of Realtors says sales rose 1.1% in June to an annual rate of 5.57 million - Average Interest rate on 30-year mortgage below 3.6%
Nebraska Real Estate Commission Prevails in Unlicensed Practice Appeal
Decision against California broker who placed ads for FSBOs in the MLS without holding a Nebraska License has been upheld on Appeal.
Continuing Education for CAM license holders in Colorado
Community Association Manager continuing education is now available online. Learn more about VanEd's discounted package!
From all of us at VanEd, Have a Happy and Safe Independence Day!
To honor America our offices are closed for the Holiday. Want to learn more about Independence Day?
Div. of Insurance issues Title Insurance Consumer Advisory
Two Colorado title companies have been ordered to stop accepting new Title Insurance business. Read more to find out which companies are involved.
CAR Mid-Year Update is Tuesday June 28th at 10:00am MT
Join CAR Leadership for a panel discussion focusing on the CAR Spring Conference, NAR Legislative Meetings and an update on pending Legislation in Colorado
IRS issues Tips to Protect Your Personal Information While Online
Treat your personal information like cash – don’t hand it out to just anyone. Learn more from the IRS here.
Oklahoma Instructor Development Workshop Scheduled Next Week
IDW will be followed by a General Membership meeting of the OREEA. Find out more.
FAU report shows Housing Market in Buy Territory
The latest national index indicates the U.S. housing market is moving deeper into buy territory, suggesting residential housing markets are sound.
Nebraska Real Estate Commission hosts 2016 IDW in June
Register by June 17, 2016 for this Instructor Development Workshop sponsored by the NREC.
Colorado CAM Licensees are NOT required to complete CE until July
Division of Real Estate says you have met CE requirements for this license year, no matter when you got your license. New CE start date is July 1st, 2016.
AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon Coming to Carolinas, Colorado
Annual event engages communities and volunteers in weeklong blitz builds
FHFA Revises Caps to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Multifamily Lending
FHFA also modified some qualifications on the non-capped side of the business to broaden the scope of qualifying property, could lend up to $100 billion
CREC issues article on Coming Soon Signs and Riders
The Division of Real Estate continues to receive questions from brokerage community about the practice. The following was emailed to interested parties.
Update from the Colorado HOA Information Office and Resource Center
On Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at 10:00am CAR will host a Livestream broadcast hosted by Gary Kujawski from the HOA Resource Center
Colorado streamlines exam standards for mortgage loan originators
In the 2016 Spring - Division News, Notes & Updates - the Division of Real Estate announced the following changes to the MLO Licensing Examination
CREC Adopts new updates to Rules F-1 and F-2
Read our early synopsis on the changes adopted this month for Colorado Real Estate Brokers when using standard forms and contracts.
Upcoming Live Class - EcoBroker®: Current Trends in Sustainability
Join Instructor John Beldock as he presents recent updates to Sustainable and Green features in real estate, including Solar, Water and Financing Options.
We're at the Western Slope REALTOR® Rally today in Grand Junction!
Stop by and visit the VanEd team in our booth at the Western Slope REALTOR® Rally today! Doors open 8am - 6pm @ the Two Rivers Convention Center.
3D Map Shows How Much You Must Earn to Buy a Home in U.S. Metros
Based on the data of 27 metro areas, this is a breakdown of the top 5 metros that require the highest salaries as well as those requiring the lowest.
HUD issues Fair Housing assessment tools
On March 23, 2016, HUD issued the AFFH Assessment Tool for Public Housing Agencies for a 60-day public comment period under the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Instructors: AREEA Spring Meeting and Instructor Training Coming Soon!
The Alabama Real Estate Educators Association (AREEA) is holding their Spring meetings and offering Instructor Training March 31-April 1
Webcast Rewind: 2016 Update from the Colorado Division of Real Estate
Marcia Waters, Director, CO Division of Real Estate, will provide an update on what specific issues the Division will be focused on in 2016.
Leader's Choice - The Number One Training Program in Real Estate
Learn more about how the staggered training, mixed with applied action, is a formula for extraordinary results ~ Available Online!
U.S. Treasury Announces Additional Investment in Hardest Hit Fund
The HHF (a TARP program) gets a Fifth Round of Funding Will Provide $2 Billion in Additional Assistance to Struggling Homeowners and Communities
Colorado DRE Updates Colorado CAM CE Requirements for 2016
The Colorado Division of Real Estate just announced that Community Association Managers (
Don’t be Bilked by the Timeshare Scammers - Protect your Investment!
The Division of Real Estate recommends timeshare owners contacted by a timeshare resale company verify the company and its business license. Read More...
Information about the new TREC IABS and Consumer Protection Notice
TREC created a fact sheet about the updated Information about Brokerage Services (IABS) form that is designed to answer licensee questions on the form.
The TREC and TALCB Strategic Planning Listening Tour Dates Announced
Texas License holders and the public are invited to participate in the agency’s preparation of its 2017-2021 Strategic Plan at one of these forums.
New paper addresses the Effect of Relisting on House Selling Price
Should a seller relist a property when they near the listing expiration date? And should they relist with the same Real Estate Professional? And ... When?
Affordable Care Act: Tax Facts for Individuals and Families
This year marks the first time that certain taxpayers will receive new health-care related information forms that they can be to complete their tax return.
CFPB publishes correction to the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule
Typo is corrected in addendum that is now published in the Federal Register changing what is subject to certain tolerances.
NREC adds License numbers to searches to meet TRID Compliance Rules
February- 2016 - TRID the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule "TRID" and License Number Disclosure - NREC UPDATE
Webcast: Brokerage Economics in the Years Ahead
Presented by the Colorado Association of REALTORS®, Steve Murray of RealTrends will dicuss future economic issues facing brokerages. Live 2/3 9am MT
Fact Sheet: Unlocking Access to Energy Data
Local Government, private sector & utility actions spur access to energy data & accelerate energy efficiency investment & innovation in buildings & homes
Licensed Real Estate Agents - Real Estate Tax Tips from the IRS
These tips are for real estate professionals who operate their business as a sole proprietorship.
CAR presentation on Marketing Service Agreements
The discussion will cover recent developments and the current regulatory environment under the CFPB with regards to MSAs.
Happy Martin Luther King Day!
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically..Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education."
Identity Theft Video Series Available - IRS Wants you to stay safe!
Learn more about the IRS Special Series designed to Help Taxpayers Avoid Pitfalls and Stay Safe Online
Oklahoma Real Estate Continuing Education for Out-of-State Licensees
The required course package for Oklahoma real estate licensees who are non-residents (out of state) is available online! Learn more here.
Required Personal Financial Management for Bankruptcy Filers is online
The Personal Financial Management: Debtor Education course meets the required education for anyone involved in a personal bankruptcy. Learn more here.
2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving Announced
Real Estate Professionals use standard mileage rates for business purposes. The 2016 rates can be found here.
Colorado 2016 CREC Approved Contract to Buy & Sell (CBS1) is modified
2016 Commission Approved Contract to Buy and Sell (CBS1) modification; Seller/Buyer Closing Statement Form Clarification
Review E&O Policies ~ What Questions should real estate licensees ask?
When considering changing Errors & Omissions Insurance carriers, sometimes Price is not the only thing licensees should consider.
The REALTOR® Fusion Event is this Thursday!
Inspiration, Networking & Business Development. Join us on December 3rd for an exceptional keynote speaker, lunch and expo.
2016 Max Conforming Loan Limits Established for Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac
National Baseline Loan Limit Remains Unchanged; Limits Rise for 39 High-Cost Areas
Oklahoma Real Estate Commission Addresses Questions on New Contracts
OREC issued this special Commission Comment to address questions regarding the new Oklahoma Real Estate Commission Contracts released November 1st, 2015.
TREC Continuing Education Rules Changes take effect January 1st, 2016
A recent Texas Real Estate Commission real estate license renewal notice answers questions about the new rules and requirements. Learn more here.
Investment and Management ~ A New GRI Course in Colorado
VanEd is proud to be home to the Colorado GRI: Graduate REALTOR® Insistute Program! Learn more about this new GRI Designation course here!
Colorado 2016 Contracts and Forms Review Course Available Now
This course presents changes and updates made to the Contracts to Buy and Sell as well as the most common addenda in Colorado. Learn more & register here.
Colorado Mortgage Loan Originator/Mortgage Company Renewals open 11/1
Beginning November 1st all Colorado MLO's and Mortgage Companies may begin the license renewal process. Read more here.
Key Housing Indicators to Present to Clients
What information can you present to clients that will help them in making a decision or moving forward? Let's look at some ideas in today's post.
New Real Estate Course - Colorado Real Estate Listing Contracts
This six credit hour course goes in-depth into the Listing Contracts used in Colorado. Review and discover best practices for completion of these forms.
New Proposals May Change Texas Real Estate License Education Rules
According to TREC, a number of new or proposed rule changes in Texas will affect real estate license holders. Learn about these changes in this handy grid.
What is the biggest issue facing housing right now?
In this CNBC interview, Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital CEO, weighs in on the biggest issue facing housing - Labor (Video)
CFPB Releases new Tools as part of the Know Before You Owe Initiative
The tools provide additional shopping help for consumers as the new TRID mortgage disclosures take effect.
Updates to the 2016 Colorado Real Estate Contracts and Forms
The 2016 Contracts to Buy and Sell Real Estate are approved and there has been a lot of tweaking. The theme is simplification and clarity
Free Webinar: FHA Policy: Appraiser and Property Requirements
For appraisers on the FHA Appraiser Roster - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Colorado Board of Mortgage Loan Originators Updates Rules due to TRID
By complying with the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, licensees will be in compliance with the written disclosure Colorado requirements.
Freddie Mac Survey shows average fixed rates below 4 percent
Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates largely unchanged
Broker Disclosure of Adverse Material Facts Now Defined in Colorado
The Colorado Real Estate Commission approved CP-46 Commission Position on Broker Disclosure of Adverse Material Facts may help clarify certain situations.
FHA Announces new Lender Performance Measure to expand credit access
New metric will provide more nuanced comparison among lenders, allow for expanded credit to more eligible borrowers.
CFPB Provides Guidance about Private Mortgage Insurance Cancellation
The Bureau issues a bulletin regarding the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) and explains how servicers can comply with the law.
Oklahoma Post-Licensing Course Now Available Online
Real Estate Provisional Sales Associates in Oklahoma are required to complete a 45-hour Post-Licensing course during their first renewal period.
CFPB Finalizes New TRID Effective Date - October 3rd, 2015
The new Integrated Mortgage Disclosure Rule will require the use of the new Loan Estimate and new Closing Disclosure beginning October 3rd, 2015.
Live Class this month! CRB ~ Understanding and Leveraging TEAMS
The 2-day class hosted by the Colorado CRB chapter will be held at the Denver Board of REALTORS®. VanEd is providing CE credit.
Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA
The Department of Justice has published a new 9-page ADA technical assistance document, Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA.
Become aware of Asbestos issues in older properties
Asbestos containing materials are now banned in the U.S. but many older buildings still contain these products. Be aware of when they become hazardous.
Superfund Enforcement and CERCLA Explained
Who is responsible for determining liability & cleanup enforcement under CRECLA, the Comprehensive Environment Response, Compensation and Liability Act?
Community Association Manager Licensing Effective July 1, 2015
Anyone who engages in certain defined activities of a “Community Association Manager” relating to the management of a CIC is required to be licensed.
GRI 103: Ethics & Legal Issues ~ Available Online ~ On Sale!
Check it out! The GRI 103: Ethics & Legal Issues course is on sale through August 21st!
Disparate Impact upheld by Supreme Court
Court upholds key tool to combat housing discrimination. But what is "Disparate Impact"?
TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule now slated for 10/3 Start Date
The CFPB announced today that they would extend the delay on TRID Rule implementation until Saturday, October 3rd. Learn why here.
Administrative Error! CFPB proposes delay of TRID Rule until October
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a proposal to delay the effective date of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule until October 1st.
Planning on Submitting a CAM Application? Here's what you need to know
For those trying to meet Colorado's July 1st deadline, applications should be submitted immediately (if not sooner). Find out the steps here.
Colorado Division of Real Estate moves to new eLicensing system
The Colorado Division of Real Estate will be moving all licensees to a new eLicensing platform on June 29th, 2015. Learn more about the system here.
Am I Required to Get a Colorado CAM License?
With updates to state law coming very late in the process, the list of those required to be Licensed as a CAM in Colorado has changed. Are you covered?
Discharge of Underwater Second Mortgage in Chapter 7 now Disallowed
Supreme Court sides with banks, says underwater mortgages can not be "stripped-off" through a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy filing.
Instructor Development Workshop July 30-31 hosted by NREC
Every two years the Nebraska Real Estate Commission sponsors an Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) for Pre-licensing & Continuing Education instructors.
VanEd Presents: TREC Approved Broker Responsibility Course - Texas
For Broker License holders in Texas this course will meet the TREC requirements for completion of the 6 hour Broker Responsibility course.
New License Rules for Community Association Managers signed into law
On May 20th HB15-1343 was signed by the Governor streamlining Colorado's Community Association Manager (CAM) licensing laws. Will you still be covered?
New Texas SAE Course - Residential Inspection for Real Estate Agents
VanEd is proud to offer our newest course: Residential Inspection for Real Estate Agents - No. 1021 - for SAE credit in Texas Salespersons completing SAE.
Live Community Association Manager Licensing Classes in Vail
For those required to take the Colorado Community Association Manager courses, VanEd Presents live classes in Vail May 3rd & 4th
Land Conservation Part 2 - Conservation Tools & Efforts
In Part 2 of this post we will discuss the basic tools used to maximize land conservation efforts around the country.
Land Conservation Part 1 - Incentives, Acquisitions & Easements
This post looks at the purpose and issues associated with land conservation efforts & why it is essential for real estate and appraisers to be involved.
Texas State Real Estate Exam Prep Course Is Now Available Online
Pass the Texas real estate licensing exam the first time! Includes key topic review, multiple topic and summary exams designed just like the state exam.
Changes in Mortgage Interest Deductions introduced in Congress. Again.
For the second time in two sessions of Congress, a bill has been introduced that would alter the tax credit on interest paid on mortgages.
Real Estate Commission issues reminder of CP-44: Coming Soon Listings
The Division of Real Estate in Colorado has received inquiries and complaints regarding "coming soon" listings. CP-44 covers this issue.
Live CAM Classes this week in Pueblo ~ Community Manager Exam Prep
CAM Live! The Community Association Manager course & exam prep to be held in Pueblo April 2nd - 3rd. Click the title above to learn more.
New State Background Check Requirements adopted by the AQB
In 2011 the Appraisal Qualifications Board adopted background check requirements. Before those even went into effect, changes have now been made.
Nebraska Real Estate Commission offers consumer information online
Did you know that licensees can get valuable consumer information directly from the Nebraska Real Estate Commission? Learn more.
Colorado Division of Real Estate Adopts Final CAM Rules
Today the Colorado Division of Real Estate announced that they have adopted the Final rules and fees for Community Association Managers in Colorado.
Washington State 30-Hour Real Estate Continuing Education Course Program
VanEd offers a 30-Hour Washington Real Estate Continuing Education Course Program to help licensees renew their WA real estate license.
Colorado Community Association Manager (CAM) Exam Prep now available
For those preparing to take the Colorado Community Association Manager, or CAM, exam, VanEd presents Exam Prep both online and live.
Identity Crisis: Protect Yourself against Identity Theft - Part 1
Learn ways real estate professionals can protect the confidential information for themselves and their clients.
New 3-Hour Nebraska Real Estate License Law & Agency Course
The new required three hour Nebraska Real Estate License Law & Agency Relationships course is available for those seeking licensure in Nebraska.
From the IRS: The "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams for 2015
The IRS Has Completed The "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams list for 2015 and we present those to you here.
TREC Lists Top Complaints Made Against Real Estate Licensees
Each year the Texas Real Estate Commission updates the public on the top complaints made against real estate licensees. This is the 2014 list.
VanEd Offers the Florida Graduate REALTOR® Institute Program
VanEd is proud to announce the Florida GRI - Graduate REALTOR® Institute program is now available online!
FHA Announces Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure Alternative for Spouses
Guidance allows lenders to assign loan to HUD and keep non-borrowing spouse in the home after death of borrower.
New Course: GRI International Real Estate
As International clients move into secure U.S. real estate more real estate professionals are learning how to manage these complex transactions. Register Today!
FHA Annual Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) Rates Decline
FHA MIP Rates for loans with case numbers after Jnauary 26th will see a reduction in 2015.
Permanent Rule-Making Hearing for CAM Licensing set for March 4th
The Colorado Division of Real Estate has set the agenda for the first permanent rulemaking hearing for Community Association Manager Licensing in Colorado
Martin Luther King Day Message
I am struck by the fact that many folks may not appreciate the significance of this particular holiday - a message from Curtis L. Coy
CFPB "Owning a Home" Toolkit Helps Consumers Shopping for a Mortgage
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report finds nearly half of consumers son't shop for a mortgage.
Texas Broker Responsibility Course Online, ARELLO and TREC Approved
Broker Responsibility - Vaneds newest online MCE course for Texas real estate brokers. Approved by the Texas Real Estate Commission for 6 credit hours.
Reminders from the IRS for Year-End Gifts to Charity
The IRS has issued tips to help those with their year-end charitable giving.
Colorado Community Association Manager Licensing Now Available
VanEd has the 24 hours of mandatory education you need to qualify for the Colorado CAM licensing exam.
Do I need a Colorado Community Association Manager (CAM) License?
Persons involved in management activities for a Colorado common interest community association (HOA, COA) may be required to obtain a Colorado CAM license.
New international measurement standard for Commercial Property
A new international standard for measuring commercial property has just been announced.
Finance Friday: CFPB Proposes Expanded Foreclosure Protections
Proposal Would Provide Surviving Family Members and Other Homeowners with Same Protections as Original Borrower
Thank You Veterans, Active Duty Personel & Families of those who serve
On this Veterans Day we honor those who have served our Country, those on Active Duty and the Families who have and continue to support them. Thank You!
VanEd Presents: Real Estate Marketing - TREC Approved SAE Course
We are proud to announce the launch of our most recent Texas 30-hour SAE course, Real Estate Marketing.
Spooky Week in Finance as Federal Agencies issue Rules and Regs
On October 30th five Agencies published proposed Flood Insurance Regs, while one day earlier the new QRM rules were also published.
VanEd Presents: Updated Oklahoma Broker In Charge (BIC) Course
The most recent updates to the Codes, Rules, and new forms available for use for Oklahoma licensees, are covered in the Broker in Charge (BIC) course.
Fair Housing Case Study: Can an HOA restrict access to common areas?
Residents and a Fair Housing watchdog group allege that an apartment complex was violating fair housing laws. We learn why in todays post.
Successful Negotiation tips: A simple system and approach (video)
Finding Words that Work in negotiation is a simple way to help you and your clients find the win in any opportunity. Learn more in this post.
Do I Have to Complete a 1031 Exchange Before Filing Taxes?
A student asked if their personal 1031 exchange had to be completed before filing a tax return. See how we answered in today's post.
Join VanEd at the CAR Convention next week - October 19th - 21st
VanEd will be attending this years Colorado Association of Realtors convention and expo. Stop by and say hello!
Make REALTOR® Safety a top priority
VanEd wants to remind all of us that personal safety should always be "top of mind"
Safety Month Continues-How to Teach Your Kids about Safety & Strangers
Life Lessons: How to Teach Your Kids about Safety and Strangers gives you quick tips you can use with children
REALTOR® Safety Month Continues: Cyber Safety & Social Media
Being safe online and when using social media is a critical issue for today's real estate professional
REALTOR® Safety Month continues, today covering Safety with Clients
September is REALTOR® safety month and today's topic is job safety
REALTOR® safety month continues with Safety at the Office
Your own safety is paramount and being safe at the office can take many forms. Let's learn about those in this post.
REALTOR® safety month continues by discussing Safety at Home
September is REALTOR® safety month and in this installment we discuss safety at home
September Is REALTOR® Safety Month
When if comes to personal safety remember that you are your own best defense!
Top Stories from August include FHA Guidelines, Rate Hikes & Memoriams
Here are just a few of our team's must read stories from the past month, along with our memoriam for three industry leaders who passed away this past month
Responsibilities of a Commercial Real Estate Broker - Part 2
Part 1 discussed the types of services performed by commercial real estate professionals. In Part 2 we will look at specific tasks that will be performed.
Becoming a Commercial Real Estate Broker - Part 1
What does it take to become a Commercial real estate broker and what do they do all day?
What Does First Substantive Contact Mean in Real Estate?
When does a real estate professional have to disclose their agency relationship status and agency options to consumers?
Principle Reduction Alternative Under HAMP
To encourage participation in HAMP the government offers various incentives.
(In Memoriam) Understanding Designated Brokerage: Notes from the Field
In honor of his unassailable contribution to the real estate industry we are re-posting one of Rick Madden's posts written during his time with us.
OREC Rule changes governing real estate CE to take effect in September
OK continuing education rule changes include mandatory CE hours in 6 required topics and rule changes for out-of-state licensees.
CFPB offers online tool that spotlights mortgage trends
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announces a tool that provides easy online access to public mortgage information.
Misrepresentation of Cash Offers a concern for Regulators
Brokers must not misrepresent a buyer's offer as a cash offer when the buyer requires a loan in order to close the transaction.
VA posts Interim rule on Qualified Mortgages
Department of Veteran Affairs has published an interim final rule defining qualified mortgage as 'any loan guaranteed, insured, or made by VA'.
CFPB Issues Advisory about Managing Mortgage Debt in Retirement
CFPB Report provides data, highlights mortgage debt challenges for older Americans, and offers advice on managing debt for those nearing or in retirement.
IRS Provides Tips for Those Who Are Filing Taxes Last Minute
The IRS remindes taxpayers to review their tax returns for common errors that could delay processing.
Fed Joint Press Release: Proposed Rule on Minimum Requirements for AMC
A new proposed federal rule would create mininum requirements for the registration an regulation of appraisal management companies.
IRS Bars Appraisers from valuing Facade Easements for Fed Tax Purposes for Five Years
A grooup of appriasers has settled with the IRS concerning the overvaluation of facade easements for charitable donations.
Comparing E&O Insurance Policies Is Not as Easy as It Seems
We suggest all license review multiple E&O policies against all the business services they provide before deciding which policy is the best fit.
IRS Releases Tax Scams 2014; Identity Theft, Phone Scams Lead List
The top dozen tax scams for 2014 as compiling by the IRS - identity theft and callers pretending to be the IRS lead the list.
VanEd Presents: The Ethics of Technology Course
New online CE course from VanEd - The Ethics of Technology: Etiquette for the Age of Engage. Designed to meed the NAR ethics requirement.
Leader's Choice training for Real Estate Professionals now online!
Mark Leader and the Leader's Choice real estate sales training program is now available completely online in nine interactive sessions.
End of Year Tax-Tips from the IRS
Video - End of Year Tax Tips from the IRS
IRS issues 2014 Standard Mileage Rates for Business and Moving
2014 IRS mileage rates are available for deducting the cost of driving associated with business activities.
ARELLO/IDEC Certified Texas Real Estate Licensing Courses
All online Texas licensing and SAE courses must be ARELLO-certified. VanEd's recently updated courses already meet the 2018-2019 requirements.
VanEd Presents Oklahoma Post-Licensing Sales Associates Course
The Oklahoma mandatory 45-hour Post-License course is now available online. Authored by Anne Woody, former executive director of OREC.
Appraisal Foundation publishes summary from recent ASB meeting
October 2013 ASB Meeting Summary: updates on USPAP, Definitions, and the Record Keeping Rule.
Oklahoma CE Including the BIC and BRA Courses are now available online
New Oklahoma online CE courses: 15-hour Broker in Charge (BID) course and the Oklahoma Brokerage Relationships Act (BRA) course
Texas Broker Responsibility Course Online - ARELLO & TREC-Approved
VanEd now offers our 2021 Texas Broker Responsibility Course! This 6 credit-hour course is reequired for Texas brokers, designated brokers, and salespersons with supervision of other licensees.
New Course - Missouri GRI 401: Working with Buyers
Missouri GRI courses are available online through a partnership between VanEd and the Missouri Association of REALTORS®.
Personal Financial Management - debtor education - course for Bankruptcy filers is available online
VanEd's online personal finance and debtor education course meets the required education for anyone involved in a personal bankruptcy.
New Appraisal Licensing Requirements may affect those upgrading credential levels
Changes to appraiser qualifications take affect 2015. A bachelor's degree will be required for the Certified Residential Appraiser license level.
What Does a Commercial Real Estate Agent Do?
Now is a great time to consider a career in commercial real estate. Bring valuable real estate knowledge to a wide range of business applications and learn more about what commercial real estate agents do.
FHA to begin collecting new maximum MIP for loans on or after June 3rd, 2013
Rule changes include higher MIP and a requirement that mortgage insurance to be paid for the life of some FHA home loans.
Appraisal Foundation releases pamphlet: A Lender's Guide to USPAP
A Lender's Guide to USPAP provides an overview of the appraisal process for people in the loan underwriting business.
When Must Your Disclose Real Estate Agency Relationships to a Consumer?
Brokerage services and agency relationships must be disclosed at the earliest practicable opportunity with a consumer.
Need a Mortgage? Be Prepared!
Mortgage underwriting guidelines have become much stricter - learn how to improve your odds of securing a home loan.
Sustained Use of Loans Raises Consumer Protection Concerns
The CFPB has issued a new report on the use of payday and deposit advance loans and how those who use these products risk serious debt.
Upcoming Changes to the Real Property Appraiser Qualifications
Certified Residential Appraisers will be required to hold a bachelor's degree and there will be new supervisory appraiser education.
IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2013
The top dozen IRS scams for 2013 include identity theft, phishing, preparer fraud, offshore income and scams involving social security.
Identity Crisis: How to Protect Yourself against Identity Theft - Part 2
Part 2 of a series, describes how best to protect yourself from identity theft.
Updated Colorado Inspection Objection - Inspection Resolution Forms
After reviewing more information and discussions with lenders, brokers, and committee members, VanEd is updating our Inspection Process Discussion for our real estate students and affiliates. Here you can find an update on the new Colorado Inspection Notices discussion that began when the Colorado Real Estate Commission (CREC) updated the new forms. We will continue to monitor the discussion and update our members when appropriate.
Identity Crisis: How to Protect Yourself against Identity Theft - Part 1
Part 1 of a two part series describes the common scams and approaches used by identity theft criminals.
How to Teach Your Kids about Safety and Strangers, by Andrew Wooten
Safety advisor Andrew Wooten best practices for teaching children about safety around strangers.
Upcoming changes to Real Property Appraiser Qualifications
New AQB appraiser qualification rules take affect January 1, 2015 and require a college degree for the Certified Residential license level and beyond.
2013 Colorado Annual Commission Update (ACU) Course available online
Find teh 2013 CREC annual update course online with VanEd. This course is required of all CO real estate brokers each calendar year.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - New Access Rule
Mortgage lenders are now required to provide free copies of all appraisals and all home-value estimates.
Real Estate Background Checks Take Up to 17 Weeks in Colorado
Persons applying for a Colorado real estate license must complete a background check. These checks are currently experiencing long delays.
The Oklahoma Broker License Education Program is now available online
VanEd and OAR have all 90 hours of required education for a Oklahoma real estate broker license.
What is E&O Insurance 'Tail Coverage' and How Does It Work in Real Estate?
Learn what Errors & Omissions (E&O) Insurance or "Tail Coverage" is and why it is essential to have while you are a licensed real estate agent.
Money Back Pass Guarantee on Real Estate License Courses
VanEd, a highly rated online real estate school, is offering a money back pass guarantee for all online real estate license courses.
Legal Authority for Regulating Land Use
For people planning on developing real estate or real property it is imperative to become familiar with the process of land use authority and regulation.