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Friday, July 10, 2020 1:30 pm

Committee Report: A full schedule of commercial classes offered virtually


By Dan Sheeran, Jr., Chair, Commercial Education Committee

The Commercial Education Committee had some very exciting and challenging goals for the 2020 schedule. We had several classes set for Q1 and were anxious to finalize continuing education credit and conduct the classes.

Then we all realized how susceptible we are to a virus. We had to postpone and reschedule just about all the classes we had planned due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

We were however successful in launching our first webinar style meeting on Cost Segregation on April 2. The class was held in conjunction with OCREE and over 125 people logged on, attended, and received CE credit. This class set our path for more classes and new opportunities for the Commercial Education Committee.

In the immediate future, we have these classes scheduled to be attended using the GoToMeeting platform:

  • Commercial Civil Rights/Fair Housing on July 14, 2020.
  • Review of the new Commercial Purchase Contract on July 30, 2020.
  • Investment Theories and Basics in Buying Property on Aug. 5, 2020.
  • Commercial Core Law on Aug. 20, 2020.
  • Commercial Orientation and Ethics on Oct. 22, 2020.
  • Commercial Core Law on Nov. 11, 2020.

The Commercial Civil Rights/Fair Housing class will be a three-person panel discussing the legal and practical challenges in preparing and marketing commercial buildings to comply with ADA standards.  We will have an attorney to present the legal aspects, a contractor to discuss the practical aspects and a gentleman with special needs to discuss the “human” effect that are faced every day by citizens with a disability while attempting to visit local commercial buildings. Class held virtually on July 14.

Columbus REALTORS® will be introducing a NEW Commercial Purchase Contract in 2020 and we will be conducting two classes to make members’ familiar with the changes. First class to be held July 30 with a second class in Q4.

Mark Sullivan has prepared an excellent class to detail the preparations and calculations needed to consider purchasing investment properties. Max Fischer from Park Nations Bank will be helping present this material. Class to be held Aug. 5.

Jesse Shkolnik has prepared another outstanding Commercial Orientation which includes Ethics in the morning and an afternoon Catylist presentation as well as special presenters. Class to be held Oct. 22.

We have some amazing classes planned for later in 2020 which includes a presentation by One Columbus on the economic effects Covid 19 will leave for Columbus. We will introduce a Due Diligence Series of classes to be held later this year. Our friends at Northwest Title will help present a class on “Drop and Swaps” and we also hope to have a representative from Franklin County Auditor’s Office to review property valuations of commercial properties. Of course, we will also have another Commercial Civil Rights and Law class in Q3 and Q4.

The Commercial Education Committee continues to promote the Columbus Realtors® Commercial Internship Program. Full details can be found at the new Columbus REALTORS® website and look for link.

Our committee is very lucky to have Kelly Bright as our Liaison. Kelly continues to adapt and help us navigate these new dynamics we all have to come to accept as our new “normal”. John Geha, Columbus REALTORS® CEO, is very active with our committee and John has plans to really raise the standards of our presentations so that our classes will be looked at as some of the best offered in the country on real estate matters. Our thanks to both of them for their help in 2020.

Our Vice Chair, David Coe, continues to add his influence to our committee and I know he will take us even further in 2021.

We always welcome ideas from members for new class ideas. If you have an idea you would like to present, just let us know. Or better yet, attend one of our monthly meetings which are held the second Thursday at 9a. Our next meeting is set for Aug. 13. We use GoToMeeting and you can attend and observe or present an idea.


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