A thorough and diversified educator, Melanie J. McLane has decades of experience in all facets of real estate education: from course development to presentation.
In 2008, Melanie was inducted into the REBAC Hall of Fame as a trainer. In 2012, Melanie was recognized as RSPS of the Year.
Melanie is a certified appraiser, licensed associate broker, and seasoned real estate educator. A veteran of 34 years in the real estate industry, she has owned and operated a real estate brokerage, taught everything from pre-licensing through designation courses, and continues to practice as both an appraiser and an associate broker. She is a certified USPAP instructor.
Melanie’s hands on experience leads to classes with students who learn and come back for more.
Melanie’s sessions include most of the NAR and REBAC courses (including CRB!), plus her own courses.
“Your class was more than helpful with understanding the different avenues of buyers on the Internet. Thank you for taking time after class as well to help with my individual questions. I am in the process of using some of the information and answers you gave me with my market leads.” – Terry Burbank
Age in Place: Accessible Design, Smart Homes, & the Agent
Plan on working with Millennials, Boomers, or the generations in between? This course is for you. The aging Baby Boomer population and advancing technology, is changing both new construction and existing housing. Builders, agents, and others in the industry will be challenged to find housing designed for all of life’s stages, abilities, and sophistications. Smart Home amenities (such as “assistive domotics”) will help aging or disabled populations stay in their homes while also enticing Millennials and others with enhanced control and comfort (86% of millennials are willing to spend more money for already implemented smart home technology). Find out about these new consumer demands, accessible design features, trending technology, and the value cost benefit in the market so you’re ready for Any Generation.
- Learn how to Identify and explain–for the benefit of buyers and sellers–Accessible Design features in houses
- Be ready to work with a new set of demands from both an aging population and an increasingly sophisticated new group of home buyers.
- Find out what’s available and what’s trending in Smart Home Technology
- Be able to describe to clients how technology and design can work together or separately to monitor health, provide safety, and improve a home’s habitability.
- Compare and analyze various features of accessible design and smart houses from a cost/benefit basis MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE . . .
Basic Construction Refresher
Here’s a course designed for both appraisers AND real estate agents! Written by Melanie McLane, this AQB-approved session reviews fundamental construction methods, both old and new, in residential real estate. The 7 hour course covers construction from site preparation through completion. Major components of a house are identified including building materials and mechanical systems. Further, the course reveals ‘red flags’ that are discernible to agents and appraisers when inspecting a home for a listing, sale, or valuation. Finally, the course describes how physical and functional issues in houses affect value. This 7 hour course is offered in cooperation with Hondros Learning. PROMO VIDEO
“You shared a lot of important information in a fun way.” – Cathy Mackenzie
Anatomy of an Appraisal
Everyone who looks at an appraisal report, it seems, wants to find errors, fault or even fraud—or minimally, they just want to understand what is in the report. In this class, we examine the requirements of USPAP for preparing a report which has “credible results”. We will review what appraisers must do to abide with USPAP; what other layers of requirements are created by their clients, and how to review an appraisal report to determine whether the report is “credible” or not. We will cover typical red flags, such as missing data, overuse of boilerplate, inconsistency of data and unsubstantiated adjustments. 3 – 4 hours READ THE ARTICLE