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It’s Missouri Real Estate Continuing Education Time!

We’re already well into 2011 and those people with a Missouri State real estate salesperson or broker license know the time is coming when they’ll need to submit proof of the completion of their Missouri real estate continuing education coursework. Missouri Real estate broker licenses are set to expire on June 30, 2012 and Missouri salesperson licenses on September 30 of 2012.  The 12 hours of required courses are due in even years as per Missouri guidelines.

The 12 hours of continuing education that are required to maintain an active real estate license include three hours of core courses along with 9 hours of elective classes in various real estate related subjects. The core class will cover options for representation in Missouri. Elective courses available to choose from cover a number of different areas.

Most of the Missouri real estate CE courses are three hours, so you can choose three classes from timely topics such as residential finance and short sales to using the web to improve customer service. Environmental issues, working with seniors, anti-trust laws, brokerage, fair housing and risk management are all choices available in three hour courses. There is a six-hour course available that covers Missouri laws and contracts. Should you choose this course you will only need one additional elective course to meet the nine hour elective requirement.

As a licensed real estate agent or broker, you know that often the biggest challenge to completing the requisite classes needed every other year to keep your real estate license active is finding the time in your busy schedule to fit in 12 hours of continuing education. Fortunately there are online classes to choose from that can be completed at whatever time and at whatever pace best suits your lifestyle. The freedom and flexibility that comes with being able to take the required classes from anywhere that you have an internet connection has made the process of maintaining a valid real estate license easier than ever.

The schedule of a successful real estate agent or broker is unpredictable and overwhelming. You have to be ready when your clients are ready, and that can make scheduling traditional classes difficult. Finding the time to sign up for the class is only the first hurdle, it is being able to complete all of the classes as scheduled that can make just 12 short hours feel like a monumental time frame. Online Missouri real estate continuing education courses can be completed any time of the day or night seven days a week offering the ultimate in convenience at a minimal cost.

Once the continuing education courses have been completed it is up to you to submit the proof of completion along with the appropriate forms prior to the date the license is due to expire. If you misplace the proof of completion, you will need to contact the school for additional proof as the Commission does not track your continuing education.

Do not let your real estate license expiration date sneak up on you when completing your continuing education requirements is now so simple.

Want to find out if you have what it takes to be a Real Estate Agent or Broker? About The Author: Tom Davidson is the acting Director of Sales & Operations for Colibri Real Estate, LLC. Since 1996 the companies under this banner have offered online real estate licensing and insurance licensing courses as well as online real estate exam prep and insurance exam prep.