Monday, March 26, 2012

It Was A Fine Day In Baltimore For Learning About Real Estate!

It Was A Fine Day In Baltimore For Learning About Real Estate!

Today a 3 hour CE course was taught by Michelle Fine with Mid-Atlantic Settlement. When the invitation came via email announcing this class, I signed up right away.  Michelle and I met over 20 years ago just before my first settlement and I  asked if she would do a  mock closing for me.   Did not want to be clueless on my first sale. She was wonderful, set up the HUD 1 and we had a pretend settlement with me asking a gazillion questions. Never forgot that special day.


Well today was again special. The class was scheduled this morning from 10-1 but that was filled and another filled class took place from 1:30- 4:30 and yes both were taught by Michelle. Guess I am not the only one who knows about this excellent instructor.


The class was Real Property Rights & Public Records and the price was right. Three elective continuing education credits for MD and DC agents. Michelle was fluid with her information. Using a Power Point, a hand out and the internet she proceeded to share the wealth of information and online resources including  SDAT Real Property...all the things we need to know when listing or selling properties in Maryland.

These included tax information, ground rent, principal residence status, and special tax assessments like agricultural or historical preservation. She talked about MD out of state withholding tax and checking the plat for proper recordation, legal description, restrictions, viewing the deed and so much more.

This is the information we, as a Broker and Realtor®,  need to go on listing appointments and to prepare contracts of sale. Too many people feel this is the job of the title company and that is true. But to be prepared prior to settlement is a must. The more we know about our clients, the more we know about our properties, the more success we have in this wonderful career of Real Estate. If you have the opportunity to meet Michelle, please say hi and see when her next class is being taught.

It Was a Fine Day In Baltimore For Learning about Real Estate!

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