Reuben and Tessa teach FREE continuing education classes to real estate agents at their offices and currently have five different courses that have been approved by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Click this link to see upcoming classes
To schedule a class at your real estate office, please email [email protected], or call our office at 952-915-6466.
This class covers some of the most common home inspection defects and clarifies whether these are a big deal or a small deal.
- Negotiations after the inspection
- Bedrooms, legal definitions, myths
- What’s the big deal about a cracked heat exchanger?
- Furnace certification/safety check/service call…what’s the difference?
- What’s the concern with the double tapped circuit breakers, really?
- Federal Pacific Electric panels
- Aluminum wiring
- How to spot a buried fuel oil tank
- Ice dam myths
- Top deck defects
- Stone veneer siding, the new stucco?
This course has been approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce for 4 hours of Real Estate continuing education, course #1024918
This course is focused on the most common home inspection defects that come up during inspections of old houses, with a focus on old Minneapolis and Saint Paul homes. Topics include:
- General differences between old and new homes
- Chimneys, chimney inspections, stucco-covered chimneys
- Gravity furnaces
- Miscellaneous old-houses features (aka “doo-hickeys”)
- Plumbing: drum traps, floor drains, S-traps, steel drains, steel water lines, lead water supplies, cross-connections
- Electrical – overhead wires, fuse panels, knob and tube wiring, ungrounded outlets and fixtures
This course has been approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce for 3 hours of Real Estate continuing education, course #1024919
This class will cover residential design problems that lead to water intrusion. The most common failure locations will be covered, which includes:
- Roofs, problematic roof designs
- Groundwater management problems
- Chimney problems (both masonry and wood)
- Siding failures
- Melted vinyl siding
- Window failures
This class will teach attendees how to quickly identify problematic roof designs, as well as problematic landscaping. This class will teach where these failures most often occur, how they occur, and what warning signs to look for.
This course has been approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce for 1 hour of Real Estate continuing education, course #1024920
This class will cover the most common issues found during home inspections on new construction homes. Major components covered will include attics, roofs, siding, decks, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC.
- Objections to new construction inspections, manufacturer’s requirements, and code rule discussion
- Attic defects: insulation, air leakage, and framing
- Roof defects: nailing, venting, and flashing
- Exterior defects: decks and siding
- Basement and structural defects
- HVAC defects: furnaces, ductwork, and clearance requirements for various exhaust and inlet terminals
- Plumbing defects: water heaters, leaks, and access panels.
This class with teach participants about the importance of new construction inspections, showing hundreds of photos of new construction defects that are repeated on a daily basis. Participants will have a far greater understanding of the most common new construction defects, and why many occur.
This course has been approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce for 1 hour of Real Estate continuing education, course #1025100
This class will cover the most common home inspection ‘hiccups’ that occur with real estate transactions and will discuss what can be done to help prevent problems. Topics will include:
- Home inspection basics
- A discussion of who should and shouldn’t attend the inspection
- How sellers should prepare
- Which types of inspections may be needed in addition to a basic home inspection.
- Purchase agreement amendments
- Negotiations after the inspection
- Big defects to look out for before the inspection.
Outcome: Participants will have a much great understanding of the scope of a home inspection, will be better trained to spot major defects before the inspection, and will understand what types of problems can cause home inspection delays. Participants will also be given specific advice on how to produce a well-written purchase agreement amendment.
This course has been approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce for 2 hours of Real Estate continuing education, course #1026124
In accordance with Minnesota Statute Chapter 45.30, Subd. 7 (Courses open to all), all real estate agents are welcome to attend any of these classes, regardless of location or agency. Access may be restricted to these classes based on class size only.
Disclaimer: these CE class offerings are intended to be normal promotional and educational activities that are NOT conditioned on the referral of business and do NOT involve the defraying of expenses that might be incurred by persons in a position to refer settlement services or business.