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A Broker Education Quartet

Thursday, May 15, 2014  
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Participants of ORRA's very first Advanced Brokerage Management class, held March 21

Sing the song of success with these four ORRA classes designed just for brokers. Each class will be held during the month of June in the ORRA Conference Center, and there's a wide variety of prices and available continuing education credit.

June 3, 1 pm  - 5 pm ($79, 4 CE)
Brokerage Management

Being in charge of your office is more complex in today's market and with the addition of agents and other staff members, you have assumed more responsibility and risk. Therefore, we hope you will consider attending. Topics to be covered include:
  • Review of the Broker Manual;
  • Creating a business plan;
  • Considerations when opening an office: location, size, forms, equipment, marketing, and records;
  • Staffing concerns: recruiting, IC vs. employee, full-time vs. part-time, job descriptions, and more;
  • Working with salespeople: policy and procedure manual, contracts and forms, training, staff meetings, key security, sexual harassment, etc.
  • Expanding company services such as appraisals, intra-company referrals, and mortgage brokerage services; and
  • DBPR and Department of Revenue regulations; Regulations  DBPR, Department of Revenue, escrow account requirements; and the Landlord/Tenant Act.
June 10, 9 am - 12 pm ($30, 3 CE)
The FREC Man Cometh to ORRA

Are you prepared for a visit from FREC? Are you in compliance? Are you accounts in order? Do you have a burning question you've always wanted answered about compliance with Florida's real estate regulations? Here is your chance! In addition to a lengthy Q and A session, topics to be covered include:
  • Paper trails and file documentation;
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  • Escrow accounts and reconciliation;
  • Rental accounts;
  • Routine office audits;
  • Escrow deposit disputes; and
  • Complaints and the process.
June 20, 12 pm - 2 pm (free)
Using Employee Insurance to Protect
Your Business and Your Assets from Liability

Could you or your business withstand a major loss due to liability or injury? This class will go over different types of insurance and how to combine them to protect you and your assets. Topics to include:

Workers' Compensation Insurance
  • Why you need workers' compensation and health;
  • Florida's requirements about employer programs;
  • An employee vs. an independent contractor;
  • The year-end auditing process; and
  • Possible officer exemptions.
Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI)
  • Why have EPLI and the claims it insures against
  • Retaliation vs. wrongful termination
  • EEOC guidelines for sexual harassment claims
  • How to avoid having a suit filed against you
June 24, 9 am - 4 pm ($129, 6 CE)
Advanced Brokerage Management for New and Existing Brokers

You're a broker, now what? Learn from an industry expert the right way to set up your brokerage structure. Discover how to avoid FREC violations, increase agent productivity, hire and fire strategically, market effectively, select the proper insurance coverage, protect files, and more! Topics to include:
  • Setting up different types of operations: residential, commercial, property management, or a combo;
  • Escrow requirements based on brokerage structure;
  • Strategic hiring/firing;
  • Selecting qualified agents;
  • Why training is key to staying within FREC confines;
  • Risk management and the security of files;
  • Benefits of iCloud, Dropbox, off-site storage, etc.;
  • Pros & cons of paper vs. paperless;
  • File system checklist for agents;
  • Using Form Simplicity to track agent progress; and
  • Brokerage vs. agent marketing and websites;
  • Critical insurance needs (E & O, CG&L, and more);
  • Consequences of not keeping licenses, REALTOR® dues, and MLS fees up to date.

ORRA Partners
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