NC Continuing Education Course descriptions

New elective: Everything I Know, About Real Estate I Learned from the Movies (and TV)



Land and real estate brokers are often motifs and characters in television and movies. I’ve often kidded my students that every great book and movie has real estate at its core, citing of course Gone with the Wind, but also The Good Earth, Citizen Kane, and many more. 

This course reviews a variety  of critical concepts in real property theory and NC license law/rules by examining clips from cinema and television.

(NC Elective 3522)

"I've been meaning to email you that your class on Monday was the most  interesting and inventive CE ever. ... I  loved your movie theme approach.  Imagine, a fun CE that actually  counts! " Kathy McGrath, David Weekley Homes

The Contract Maze



This real estate elective course developed by RE Commissioner George Bell,  is designed to navigate the intricate details of contracts. 

One critical question of “When does an offer become a contract?”  Though the answer to this “basic” question may appear obvious, there have been instances where real estate agents

learned almost too late the legalities of this question.  For example, the N.C. agent who “sold” one house to three different buyers in one day! And all because he did not understand the potential power of initials on a contract.

(NC Elective 2430)

For Your Own Good: The Realtor Code of Ethics



This course meets the NAR membership requirement that must be met by December 31, 2020 as well as providing elective credit.  In addition to discussing the Realtor Code, we also discuss various strategies for improving ethical decision making and work with a variety of case studies. 

"[I am} writing to thank you for a wonderful  continuing ed. course on ethics a couple of weeks ago….inspiring,  packed-full of useful info., incredibly well designed and executed!   Clearly you have passion, interest, depth of knowledge and talent for  the field and this line of work.  The real estate field is luck to have  you as an instructor and role model." --Sari Teplin 

(NC Elective 2420)

Investment Fundamentals



This course starts with basic information about investment characteristics but ends with students being able to perform a investment analysis for their clients.  

It's a fast-paced challenging course that answer the question, "How will my real estate investment perform over the coming years?"  

An Excel spreadsheet is included in the course. 

(NC Elective #2498)

Toxic Transactions and How to Handle Them


 The real estate profession presents many challenges. Experienced agents complain about the long hours, the lack of respect for the industry, and the many failures and rejections they encounter in their daily practice. But the greatest challenge brokers may face are toxic transactions—that is, those dealings that –in addition to the complexity of the transaction itself—include participants who are extremely difficult.  The purpose of this course to help real estate licensee identify the elements of various transactions (including the participants) which could become difficult and risky and techniques necessary to deal with them effectively.  

 (Elective 3459)

Regarding the course on drones and privacy:  " I thought I would let you know just how relevant this topic is to my business just over the last month.   After taking your class and really discussing these topics in depth, it is  really astounding how many situations I have been in with a heightened sense of appreciation for the things we discussed." Krista Beattie,  Broker 

(Elective 3410)


From Heaven to Hell: Air, Surface, and Subsurface Rights

 Recipient of the 2014 Real Estate Education Program of the Year. This is a timely course that deals with the issues related to oil/mineral rights, including fracking, contract issues and  title and homeowners insurance problems. The teacher will include a review of air and water rights as well. (NC Elective #3223)

From Dr. Michael Dykstra, NC State professor and real estate licensee:  " I have to hand it to you.  Yesterday's elective course was by far the best elective real estate course I have ever attended.  As you pointed out, the level of class participation (interest) was amazing.  I was already familiar with fracking issues and riparian rights issues, but the material you collected to underline the serious real estate quandaries when confronting these issues was extremely interesting.  It was truly the first course that I left wanting to get online and dig into some of your resources.   Thanks again for the excellent course."

"Let me say that Heaven to Hell is one of the best courses you will ever take. It explains fracking (and why you are checking No rep, No, No on the forms), its long term effects, how it can happen in your neighborhood even if you don't want it - a lot of valuable information that you really need to know for yourself as well as your clients. I can't say it enough - this course is excellent! " Dora Wallace, Broker, CRS, SRES, E-Pro, GREEN 

"Last week I attended a CE class taught by Bill G. and the elective was  your course “You’ve Been Served”. I wanted to write to you and tell you  how much I enjoyed it. Certainly Bill presents any class well , but in  this case it was easy because  of how well written the course is. Believe it or not I am reading every  word of the course and enjoying it immensely. Anyway thanks for the  great course and my very best to you. "--Tom Mahlum, Instructor(NC Elective 3293)

General Update (GENUP) for PBs and Brokers for 2019-2020


 This course is required of all NC real estate licensees who wish to get or remain active.  There is no online version of this course available. 

Regarding the 2013 course:  "Thank you so much for the excellent BIC update class.  As much as we may moan and groan about having to take this every year; I do find that I always walk away with some great information. This year was no exception.  You managed to 'wow' us with your knowledge and expertise once again.  I loved the creative ideas you presented for owner financing.... I look forward to finding a time to take a few more of the wonderful classes that you teach.  It is always such a pleasure." --Jessica Bryan, Broker/EcoBroker, Green Consultant. House to Home Realty Services  

Broker-in-Charge Update (BICUP for 2019-2020


 This course is required of all NC BICs and BIC-Eligibles.  

There is no online version of this course available.