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In-Depth Online Training for Landlords and Real Estate Investors

Learn on your schedule—you choose the topic and the time. No classroom required.

The RPOA offers online training courses for landlords and real estate investors that you can purchase and watch at your convenience from the comfort of your home. Our online courses cover a range of topics from investment analysis and accounting to evictions and buying rental property.

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Learn effective and proven ways to fill your apartments using different marketing tactics. And, learn how to effectively screen for good paying tenants that will take care of your rentals and stay out of trouble with the law. This course covers the essentials needed to find and attract the best possible tenants and help you increase your rental profits.

Course length: approx. 1 hr 48 min

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This course is geared towards rental housing professionals who are seeking an introduction to fair housing laws and best practice information. Topics covered during this comprehensive session include Federal, State, and local fair housing laws, the variety of locally protected classes, applications of the law, fair housing best practices, and services provided by the Fair Housing Center. This training includes an emphasis on trending topics in fair housing, including occupancy standards and reasonable accommodations and modifications.

Course length: approx. 2 hrs

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Getting into real estate investing can be easy…keeping the financial records necessary to manage expenses, cash flow, rent collection and tax preparation can be challenging. In this course you’ll learn how to put accounting systems in place, the fundamentals of financial record keeping, cash vs. accrual, determining basis, how to manage assets and income under an LLC, and more.

Course length: approx. 1 hr 50 min

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Learn about the primary aspects of land contract financing from a seller’s perspective. The class will include a discussion of key terms in land contracts, relevant regulations, alternatives to land contract financing, primary risks, and how address purchaser defaults.

Course length: approx. 1 hr 45 min

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It’s a fact: you don’t know what you don’t know. Most buy and hold investors (even experienced ones) are shocked to find out all of the laws, ordinances, rules and guidelines regulating the residential rental industry. This course will cover the most relevant Federal, State and Local regulations that every landlord/buy and hold investor needs to know. Not knowing them can lead to huge fines, penalties-and even jail time. An update on possible changes in state law regarding lead and other laws will also be covered.

Course length: approx. 2 hrs 4 min

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Thinking of writing your own lease? Confused about the terminology used on leases? How about basic contract law? Do you know what a security deposit and an inventory checklist are? This course will provide a foundation of the requirements for leases in the State of Michigan. Learn about what can and can’t be in a lease, how tenants can walk away from a lease, clause requirements within a lease, and more.

Course length: approx. 1 hr 38 min

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Now that you have a money judgment, how can you collect the cash that is owed to you? Garnishments and collections aren’t as difficult as one thinks—once you know the ropes.

Course length: approx. 1 hr 18 min

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Learn how the professionals determine property value. Knowing how a property is valued is important for buying and selling. Learning the process will make you a smarter buyer and seller.

Course length: approx. 1 hr 59 min

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Are you ready to move beyond the basics of real estate investment analysis? Do you want to invest in something more than single family rentals? If yes, this class is for you.

Whether you are a beginning or experienced real estate investor, landlord, or a broker looking to get the best value for your client, you need to understand and know how to run your numbers. While this is true for smaller deals, the numbers are even more important for large capital investments in commercial multifamily properties. A lot of people believe MATH is a four-letter word. But there’s no getting around the truth that in real estate MATH = MONEY!

Course length: approx. 2 hrs 33 min

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It’s never too early or too late to think about how you’re going to build wealth, plan for retirement and leave a legacy of which you can be proud.

In this course you’ll learn proven strategies to turn your real estate investments into a reliable stream of income that will last a lifetime and avoid the cataclysmic results of being unprepared.

Course length: approx. 2 hrs 10 min

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Learn how to deal with the number one problem facing landlords: how to evict a non-paying or otherwise problematic tenant. Knowing how to do an eviction before you ever have to do one is critical to understanding when and how to begin one and why you should. There are several steps necessary to carry out an eviction and, if skipped, can result in lost money and time.

Course length: approx. 2 hr 4 min

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Buying and selling residential rental and investment real estate can be very profitable–if done correctly. However, there are many pitfalls and problems that can arise in real estate transactions. Learn the correct way to handle real estate deals in Michigan and how to avoid complications and difficulties while saving money in the process and improving your return on investment. This course is also great for real estate professionals that are not as familiar with investment property transactions.

Course length: approx. 1 hr 35 min

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***Please note: this course was taught online using Zoom.

This course provides a complete overview of the entire rental property business-from buying a rental property to management and selling. If you’re a beginner, this course is a MUST!

Even if you’re not new to the rental property business, there’s still plenty to learn, including updates on local and state laws. It never hurts to take a refresher course as good insurance against future mishaps. Presented by Clay Powell, RPOA Director and licensed real estate salesperson.

Course length: approx. 1 hr 57 min

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***Please note: this course was taught online using Zoom.

Frustrated with rental property inspections? Not sure what is required of you? Need to know how to appeal a housing code violation you believe is wrong? Topics will include state laws regarding rental property maintenance, local housing codes affecting rental properties, the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) – most locals use this code, local rental inspection programs & how they work and more.

Course length: approx. 1 hr 46 min



“Great resource! This organization has helped make Grand Rapids great by educating and protecting landlords, thus creating a better experience for the citizens of West Michigan. I wound’t be able to have and keep such great tenants without your classes and professional network of people involved in real estate.”—Jake W.

“An absolute must if you own rental property.”—Ryan H.

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