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With a national recovery in the U.S housing market on the horizon, people who are thinking about going into the real estate business can prepare themselves by signing up for a pre-licensing real estate course at Richmond Community College that begins Sept. 9.


Association Executive of the Richmond County Board Of Realtors Sandra Barnhardt said real estate can be a rewarding career for people who are self motivated and have an entrepreneurial spirit.


“The real estate business offers a lot of flexibility because you set your own hours, but your success in this business depends on how much you put into it because it is commission based,” said Barnhardt, who has 20 years of experience in real estate. “It is a full-time job and you have to apply yourself for it to be the rewarding and lucrative career that it can be.”


Real estate market experts confirm the recovery, noting that nationwide, the housing market shows an upward trend. All 30 U.S. metro areas recently surveyed indicate signs of appreciation, and analysts are confident that the data does not reflect a market bubble.


Because it is a small rural community, Richmond County will be slower to realize the economic upswing in the housing market, but Barnhardt said there is a need for more Realtors in the area as current Realtors age out of the business.


The North Carolina Real Estate Pre-Licensing course that begins Sept. 9 at RCC will prepare students to take the state licensing exam, which is required of everyone who enters the real estate business. This preparatory level real estate course will introduce students to real estate principles and common practices, with an emphasis on real estate brokerage law and practice. Basic real property law, property taxation, land use controls, brokerage relationships, real estate contracts, and other industry-specific topics will be covered in the course.


The 75-hour course will be offered Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 9 through Dec. 4 in room 103 of the Lindsey-Petris Building on RCC’s main campus in Hamlet. Tuition for the course is $180, plus a required textbook.


RCC will also begin offering continuing education courses for established Realtors and brokers to secure their annual continuing education required by the N.C. Real Estate Commission. On Dec. 10, the College will offer N.C. Real Estate Mandatory Update, a four-hour course required by the N.C. Real Estate Commission. The course will be offered at the Honeycutt Center in Laurinburg from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


In addition, the Broker in Charge Annual Review (BICAR) will also be offered on Dec. 10 in Laurinburg from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The BICAR course satisfies the annual review required by the N.C. Real Estate Commission for all brokers-in-charge.


Individuals enrolling in either the Mandatory Update or BICAR course must bring their N.C. real estate license number and pocket card to the class.


For registration and enrollment in the real estate pre-licensing course or the continuing education courses, contact Holly Russell at 910-410-1704 or hjrussell@richmondcc.edu.

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