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First Time Buyer Specialist UPDATE

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Course Description:

This First Time Buyer Specialist Update and Renewal shares updated information and laws, recent surveys, and best practices that are relevant to agents serving first time buyers in today’s market.   After attendees complete the FTBS Update, they notify C.A.R. Education at [email protected] and the team will update the Certification status.



Online Anytime:  To purchase this course in our new interactive online platform available 24/7,  visit store.car.org.

Certification:   This course counts toward earning the First-Time Buyer Specialist Certification (FTBS).  For more information about these certifications, please visit the Certifications/Designation Page




The following courses are included:

  • FTBS 1:  Master the Market
  • FTBS 2:  Be the Go-To Agent

Who Should Take the Two-Hour Course?
If you have taken the two FTBS courses and received your certification in 2018 and prior years (i.e. 2017, 2016, etc.), you are encouraged (but not required) to take the renewal course. Since information within the real estate industry is constantly being updated and changing it is highly recommended you take this one hour course to better serve your buyers. If you have completed your certification courses in 2019 and beyond (i.e. 2020, 2021, etc.), you will be required by C.A.R. Education to take a renewal course every two years to maintain your certification. This course is perfect for licensees and non-licensees.

This is a self-guided online course that you take at your own pace. This course is available 24/7.

Course Description: First time buyers need a great deal of education to guide time into their first home. This course continues to educate you with essential information for the home buying process. Learn the new laws, recent surveys and best practices that are important when working with first time buyers in today's market.

Course Length: 1 hour (No CE Credit)

How you will benefit from this course:

  • Learn what new laws you need to be aware of
  • Review the recent surveys to best guide your buyers
  • Understand all aspects of the first time home buying process in today's market

Starting January 1 2021, this Update will be converted to a renewal course and completion will be required of the Certified individual to continue to retain their certified status.


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