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

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

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.

 
 
   
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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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Jordon Wheeler
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Hi Margaret,

Sounds like an excellent class for those of us in the real estate profession.  I remember my first closing and attending it without really understand the settlement statement.  Talk about awkward.  Thank you for this post.  I need to see if we have a similar class (with a great instructor) here in Georgia.  Best of success to you this year!

Mar 26, 2012 02:00 PM #1
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Roger D. Mucci
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Excellent............I like the idea of a mock closing too Margaret.................best way to learn.

Mar 26, 2012 06:48 PM #2
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Anne M. Costello
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Margaret: IMHO, we cannot get enough education in this wonderful career of real estate. Knowledge gives us the confidence to serve our clients well.

Mar 26, 2012 08:21 PM #3
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Jordon, Hope you can find a class in your area. Ask your favorite title company to sponsor one.

Roger, It is a good way to learn. And it is relevant to you.

Anne, You are so right that knowledge gives us the confidence to serve our clients.

Mar 27, 2012 02:27 AM #4
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Sharon Alters
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Margaret, classes like enrich our value proposition to our clients and I just wish they were offered more often.

Sharon

Mar 27, 2012 12:24 PM #5
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Kathy Clulow
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Margaret - the more we learn the more we realize how little we know  ..... ps - I saw the photo and was going to point your post out to my webguy hubby (realtax) but he is really into property assessment and taxation details .  

Mar 27, 2012 01:36 PM #6
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Frank and Sharon, There are so many good classes both in person and on line. It is making the time to join in.

Kathy, Has hubby written anything for us on property assessments?

Mar 27, 2012 07:56 PM #7
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OOps, that was me sending you a comment.  Do you use Scan Snap now?  I am a one agent office, but owned one scan snap scanner and after 4 years, it wore out, so last year, I bought TWO more!

Mar 28, 2012 02:45 AM #8
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Bruce, I do use the Scan Snap and look forward to your tutorial.

Mar 28, 2012 09:53 AM #9
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I received the following email from Michelle this morning:

''Had to say thanks again.  Your post was such a hit here that it was printed out and is up on our brag board, and the head of the company just stopped by my desk to congratulate me and say he is posting it to the company facebook page.  I really do appreciate your kindness Margaret.  It means a lot!''

 

 

 

Michelle M. Fine
Title Review/Settlement Officer
Mid-Atlantic Settlement Services, LLC
10 North Park Drive  Suite 100
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
Direct Line 443-541-1170
Fax 443-541-0227

 

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