Chicago Title Class List

At Chicago Title we offer courses to help you grow your business. We strive to stay up to date on all the latest technology and communicate it in ways you can understand.

TREC Legal – 4 Legal CE Credits

This is the new, four hour TREC Legal 1 course as required for all agents to renew their license. Even new agents in their first two years are now required the take this course along with all other sales agents and brokers with an active license. Topics included in this course include TREC Rules update, property management issues, legislative changes, promulgated forms revisions, and the unauthorized practice of law.

TREC Legal II – 4 Legal CE Credits

This is the new, four hour TREC Legal Update 2 course as required for all agents to renew their license. Even new agents in their first two years are now required the take this course along with all other sales agents and brokers with an active license. Topics included in this course include ethics, fair housing, agency, deceptive trade practices, the CFPB, legislative changes, the Transfer on Death Act, property taxes, and more.

TREC Broker Responsibility CE - 6 CE Credits

The Broker Responsibility Course is new as of September 2012, and mandatory for: (1) licensees who serve as broker of record for an office; (2) licensees who serve as designated brokers for any corporate entity (corporation, LLC, partnership. etc.); (3) licensees—broker or agent—who supervise other licensees; and (4) any licensees designated by their brokers or managers to take the course. But beyond that, it is also an excellent elective CE course for any licensee. The six-hour class covers critical definitions in the Real Estate License Act; required competency standards; agency law; structure and formation of corporate entities; new policies required by TREC; advertising rules; document storage and retention; federal laws that govern brokerage firms; and the anatomy of a TREC disciplinary proceeding, from complaint to final resolution. And as always, we promise to make it fun and non-boring.

Introduction to Outlook: 3 Non-Legal MCE Credits

Learn the basics of using Microsoft Outlook. Use Outlook email features to send receive, reply to and forward email messages. Find out how to format, track messages and create auto-signatures. Learn to attach files to messages and open and save attached files. Discover how to use the calendar feature, manage contacts, create and send appointments and schedule meetings.

Excel – Working with Lists and Tax Records: 2 Non-Legal CE Credits

Learn to export identified areas from Real List Tax Records and import into Excel. From there, use Word to generate personalized labels, emails or letters!

Social Media in Real Estate – 2 Non-Legal CE Credits

Using Facebook for your business is as essential these days as having a website. Learn how to set up your Business Page and start utilizing it to full capacity to grow and promote your business and database. A lot has changed with Facebook since its inception. We’ll cover how to transition from your profile to business use, Facebook features and tools and how to incorporate Facebook into your existing marketing and advertising plan.

Using Instagram to Improve Your Real Estate Business – 2 Non-Legal CE Credits

With the Instagram snap a photo, apply creative filter effects, and then share it with millions of Instagram users—and on Facebook and Twitter, too. This course details the ins and outs of the Instagram app and sharing service. The course contains tips on shooting photos using the Instagram app and also describes how to edit and enhance photos taken with Instagram or imported from another app. Agents will learn the process of posting photos to Instagram and adding descriptive tags, captions, and location information. The final section offers insights on building a community of followers and on enhancing your Instagram experience with additional apps and services.

Create Your Listing Presentation in MS PowerPoint – 3 Non-Legal CE Credits

Learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint to create exciting slide presentations that include SmartArt, multimedia, animation, sound, charts, clip art, and hyperlinks. Create a professional-quality Listing Presentations that grab and hold your Seller’s attention from start to finish.

iPad – A Real Estate Tool – 2 Non-Legal CE Credits

Provides expert tips for getting the most out of the Apple iPad including gesturing, typing, and adding content, as well as troubleshooting common device issues. The course explains how to download and manage the most important Real Estate apps, configure email accounts, create presentations, and set up videoconferences. The course also demonstrates both built-in and Realtor solutions for opening and editing files, streaming video and audio wirelessly, and troubleshooting common device issues.

Introduction to DocuSign – 2 Non-Legal CE Credits

This course is designed to provide Realtors with knowledge of how to use Zipform® and Docusign® their real estate business. This course will provide Realtors with a basic knowledge and understanding of how create contracts in Zipform® and send them to Docusign® for electronic signatures. Additionally this course will provide Realtors with a hands on workshop to learn all the facets of both Zipform® and Docusign® on your PC.

Advanced Docusign – 2 Non-Legal CE Credits

Advanced Docusign is designed to assist Real Estate Agents in using the advanced features of an electronic signature process with real estate forms to automate the document signing process and finalizing contracts. The scope of the course covers creating an envelope directly from an email, importing documents will incorporating a collaborative process with other agents and their clients, interfacing with Zip Forms using Document Recognition tools and having clients sign and markup forms.

Expert DocuSign – 2 Non-Legal CE Credits

Expert Docusign is designed to take Real Estate Agents to the next level using the expert features of the electronic signature process automating the document signing process and collaboration on contracts. The scope of the course covers creating data fields, custom fields within envelopes, through accessing and creating DocuSign templates to save time and create consistency in their Electronic Signatures system.

DocuSign and Zipforms on the iPad – 2 Non-Legal CE Credits

DocuSign and Zipforms for the iPad is a 2 hour, instructor lead course. It is designed to assist Real Estate Agents in using an electronic signature process with real estate forms to automate the document signing process and finalizing contracts on their iPad. The scope of the course covers registering a Docusign and Zipform Mobile account, creating an envelope and importing documents with signature tabs, interfacing with ZipForms and having clients sign the forms. Once the forms are returned, the course will also cover how to manage all signed forms within Docusign

Building Your Business Through Technology – 2 Non-Legal CE Credits

Tech Tips for Real Estate Agents is designed to assist Real Estate Agents in using Technology for more than just searching the Internet. It’s computers, smart phones, prospect/contact management software, intranets, global positioning systems, online mapping and more. Realtors will learn how to, use and apply them to grow and improve their business.

Advanced Matrix – 2 Non Legal CE Credits

Advanced Matrix is designed to assist Real Estate Agents with experience in Matrix in searching and notifying clients of properties listed in the Austin Board of Realtor’s newest MLS system, Matrix. The scope of the 2 hour instructor lead course covers adding and editing a listing, using the Document Manager for Listings, Concierge Notifications on Client Portals, and creating Custom Displays and CMA’s. With the dynamics of real estate changing, agents must be able to keep up with the accelerated pace of technology in order to achieve success. Searching for properties in the ABOR’s Matrix MLS system is a critical component needed to productively manage the information available on listed properties in today’s marketplace. Advanced Matrix enhances an agents knowledge of the ABOR’s MLS system while learning to work smarter and more efficiently as they embrace this new web-based technology.

PC – Mac – Making the Switch – 2 Non-Legal CE Credits

PC to Mac – Making the Switch is designed to assist Real Estate Agents in determining what is the best technology to use for their particular needs. The scope of the 3-hour instructor lead course covers the basic’s using an Apple (Mac) computer. Since so many agents are using Window’s based computers, PC to Mac – Making the Switch translates the functionality from a PC to a MAC. The course is not to “sell” the Agents on one type of computer or the other. It is to inform them in a language they understand as to the benefits of both types of computers and how it can optimize their business. PC to Mac – Making the Switch enhances an agents knowledge of the technology they are currently using and the ability to make a wise decision when it’s time to upgrade!

Google U for Realtors – 2 Non-Legal CE Credits

Google U for REALTORS® is a 2 hour, instructor lead course giving real estate agents an understanding of the tools and apps Google offers to streamline, enhance, improve time management and revenue generation in each REALTORS® business. The scope of the course covers briefly the current Google offerings of tools, apps, and cloud computing. Based on the need, questions, and usefulness tools and apps will be explored in greater detail so attendees will leave the class with enough understanding to implement right away.

Mobile U- Non CE- 12 CE Credits

2 hour session for 6 weeks
Mobile U – Going Mobile in Real is designed to assist Real Estate Agents in determining what is the best technology to use in a mobile computing environment. The scope of the twelve-hour instructor lead course covers the basic’s using and configuring all they’re electronic computing devices. The twelve-hour course will be delivered in six two-hour sessions. Each two-hour session will be held once a week for six weeks. Since so many agents are using computers, tablets and smart phones Mobile U – Going Mobile in Real Estate teaches the functionality from a PC to Tablet to Smart Phone. Agents will learn how to complete an entire transaction on the go. The course is not to “sell” the Agents on one type of computer, tablet or smart phone. It is to inform them in a language they understand as to the benefits of going mobile and how they can optimize their business. Mobile U – Going Mobile in Real Estate enhances an agent’s knowledge of the technology they are currently using and the ability to make a wise decision when it’s time to go mobile!

Reading and Using Surveys – 1 Non-Legal ME Credit

This course will help familiarize new and experienced agents with the purposes and uses of surveys in real estate transactions, with discussion of:

  1. Types of surveys and elements of an acceptable survey
  2. How to read the physical survey document;
  3. How title companies determine insurability;
  4. Significance and use of the T-47 Affidavit;
  5. Various endorsements used by title insurance companies; and
  6. Tips for dealing with survey issues while negotiating contracts.

Title – All Your Questions Answered - 1 Non-Legal CE Credit

This course will help agents to understand the entire closing process, from the receipt of an executed contract to the final closing, with attention to:

  1. Key provisions of the contract;
  2. The escrow process;
  3. The title search and resulting commitment;
  4. Curative work and other functions handled by the title company prior to closing;
  5. The mortgage financing aspects of the transaction; and
  6. The role of the escrow officer in facilitating a smooth and successful closing.

20. How to Mess Up Your Deal Without Really Trying – 2 Non Legal CE Credits

This course covers some of the more common, but avoidable, problems that can make it difficult to get from contract to the closing table.

  1. Due diligence issues—not ascertaining status of title in cases of death or divorce, not asking about status of the seller’s mortgage, or not staying abreast of buyer’s financing in light of new GFE/HUD rules.
  2. Contract problems—effect of failure to explain termination option to a seller who insists on selling “as is;” not using title objections properly, dealing with buyer’s failure to close.
  3. Negotiating yourself out of the deal entirely, dealing with appraisal issues, and much more.
  4. This course also allows for discussion of any new or novel issues that may arise in the market as a result of current conditions, e.g., multiple offers, use of the backup contract, etc.)

Engaging Home Staging – 2 Non-Legal CE Credits

Engaging Home Staging is designed to help Realtors elevate their level of service in regards to improving the appearance and perceived value of their listings. This course equips them with the latest trends in home staging as well as statistical evidence that support their home staging endeavors. Realtors will leave with practical tips, factual information and increased confidence that allows them to speak with authority on the subject of home staging.

Understanding the Wonderful New CFPB Closing Forms and Guidelines – 1 Non Legal CE Credit

This course provides an overview of CFPB, the new federal agency created by the Dodd-Frank Bil which now regulates all aspects of our financial services industry. Topics covered are 1) the proposed new rules governing the title industry and settlement process; 2) How these rules will require greater cooperation between lenders and title companies; 3) Impact of these changes on our industry.