Continuing Education Classes

In an effort to assist members with maintaining continuing education credits and achieving certifications, LVAR offers continuing education courses at the Association office at 10 S. Commerce Way, Bethlehem, PA.

Note: LVAR has partnered with Career Webschool to offer ONLINE Continuing Education courses.

Real Estate Agent and Broker Liability
Date(s): 10/8/2014
Class Time(s): Wednesday, 9 to 11 a.m.
Location: 10 S. Commerce Way, Bethlehem
Instructor: Richard Somach, Esq.
Real Estate Agent and Broker Liability will address statutory, contractual and common law theories of liability against sellers of real estate and their real estate agents. There will be specific emphasis on determining what constitutes a material defect subject to disclosure as that term is defined by the Residential Real Estate Transfers Law. The Pennsylvania appellate courts' handling of the issue of what constitutes a Material Defect will be examined. The program will include analysis of the PAR Standard Agreements for the Sale of Real Estate and PAR Seller's Property Disclosure Statement. If time permits, there may be discussion of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of Realtors®.

Course Materials: All handouts are included. There is no required text.

Registration is required. Breakfast will be included.
Pricing:
Member: $10.00
Non-Member: $0
LVAR Members Register Here
Non-Members Registration Here (You may need to create an account)

Real Estate Finance II
1 Broker Credits | 15 CE Credits
Date(s): 10/14/2014, 10/21/2014, 10/28/2014
Class Time(s): Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: 10 S. Commerce Way, Bethlehem
Instructor: Dan Thierry
Real Estate Finance is one of eight courses developed by the PA Real Estate Commission to fulfill the 6 credit elective requirement to qualify for a Broker’s license. It also fulfills 15 hours of continuing education requirements.
 
The course is designed to provide students with practical knowledge of the mortgage loan process for homebuyers and internally for lenders. The different types of lenders will be discussed along with interest rates, loan pricing and rate locks. Details of credit, income, employment, assets and more will be covered to provide a thorough understanding of how mortgage applications get approved. Different property and occupancy types, and their impact on lending, will be explained. Solutions of common challenges will be discussed by showing that every prospective buyer has a road map to homeownership.
 
Upon completion, students will have a greater understanding of the prequalification process and what it takes to obtain a loan for closing. Also, they will learn some solutions to common approval challenges and which loan programs are the best choice for certain situations.
 
Course Materials: All handouts are included. There is no required text.
Pricing:
Member: $149.00
Non-Member: $159.00
LVAR Members Register Here
Non-Members Registration Here (You may need to create an account)

Residential & Commercial Valuation of Solar
1 Broker Credits | 15 CE Credits
Date(s): 10/30/2014 and 10/31/2014
Class Time(s): Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: 10 S. Commerce Way, Bethlehem
Instructor: Sandra Adomatis, SRA, LEED Green Associate
1 Broker Credit
15 Hours CE Credit
14 Hours Appraisal CE by the Appraisal Institute
15 GBCI CE Hours by USGBC

As the U.S. continues to search for energy alternatives, properties improved with solar PV (photovoltaic) are becoming more common, creating demand for appraisers trained in properly valuing solar PV.

Encountering a solar photovoltaic (PV) system could present a valuation problem that you may not be prepared to solve. As an appraiser appraising green properties, it is inevitable that you will encounter solar PV. Even for those who don’t specialize in green properties, the likelihood that you will encounter solar PV in your practice is increasing.

This hands-on course introduces you to solar terminology, and through real-life examples and case studies, on both residential and commercial properties, shows you how to solve solar-related valuation problems. This course will focus on solar PV most commonly encountered in commercial and residential appraisal/consulting assignments. It will not focus on utility-scale solar (solar farms), solar thermal, or other forms of on-site renewable energy generation.

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:
  • Comprehend the solar PV language.
  • Identify and understand the documents and data necessary to value PV solar systems.
  • Describe, understand, and analyze solar PV components and their relevance to market valuation.
  • Develop a credible value opinion using tools, worksheets, and resources provided in the course.
  • Recognize potential valuation problems, including USPAP and lender underwriter concerns.
Course Materials: All handouts are included. There is no required text.
Pricing:
Member: $375.00
Non-Member: $400.00
LVAR Members Register Here
Non-Members Registration Here (You may need to create an account)

Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABRĀ®)
1 Broker Credits | 15 CE Credits
Date(s): 11/3/2014 and 11/4/2014
Class Time(s): Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: 10 S. Commerce Way, Bethlehem
Instructor: Melanie McLane
The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation represents a benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. It is designed to provide real estate professionals with practical skills, training and resources to build their business and the expertise they need for an edge in serving today’s home buyers.

In this course, students will learn to:
  • Better represent the interests of buyers and avert potential risks and liabilities
  • Effectively negotiate and represent their client’s best interests
  • Demonstrate and communicate their value package to buyer clients
  • Gain methods, tools, and techniques to provide the support and services that buyers want
  • Understand and apply the Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and comply with state license laws when representing buyers
Course Materials: All handouts are included. There is no required text.
Pricing:
Member: $249.00
Non-Member: $259.00
LVAR Members Register Here
Non-Members Registration Here (You may need to create an account)