Workshops for Real Estate Professionals

Lake Champlain Sea Grant offers several workshops for real estate professionals.

Courses are offered regularly and are eligible for continuing education credits. 

Workshops include:

Septic Systems in Vermont

Demystifying FEMA and Floodplain Maps

Vermont's Use Value Appraisal Program (Current Use Program)

Vermont's Shoreland Protection Act

Vermont Wetlands and Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Web-based Mapping for Real Estate Professionals

 

 

See below for course descriptions. Visit our events page or contact Linda Patterson for session calendar or to request a scheduling. 


Septic Systems in Vermont

Discover how septic systems work and the various kinds of systems installed in Vermont. Understand the regulatory framework for on-site wastewater systems and potable water supplies. Learn how to address the permit and approval issues that might occur when buying and selling property. Discuss potential septic issues at the time of sale. Learn how to access online resources for answers to site specific question and permit applications, and to contact regional managers.

Image credit Northeastern University

For more information contact Linda Patterson at lspatter@uvm.edu or 802-656-7668


Demystifying FEMA and Floodplain Maps

Learn from a Vermont rivers expert how to access and interpret FEMA and state flood hazard and river corridor maps to determine if a property is at risk for flooding. Become informed about FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program requirements and benefits while familiarizing yourself with municipal and state regulations on existing properties within floodplains and river corridors. Develop an understanding of the natural behavior of rivers and how that influences flood hazard identification. Gain valuable information relevant to purchase, sale and development of properties to share with your clients.

Eligible for 2 Vermont Real Estate License CE Credits

  

Photo Credit: VT ANR

For more information contact Linda Patterson at lspatter@uvm.edu or 802-656-7668

 


 

Vermont's Use Value Appraisal Program  (Current Use Program)

Learn about how the Current Use Program supports land use for agriculture, forestry and conservation through an alternative taxation rate.  Become informed about landowner obligations and responsibilities, eligibility requirements, and the enrollment/transfer/removal process. Gain an understanding of the many benefits of Current Use enrollment for buyers and sellers alike.

Eligible for 2 Vermont Real Estate License CE Credits

    

Photo Credit: NYC Watershed Model Forest Program and Sojourn VT

For more information contact Linda Patterson at lspatter@uvm.edu or 802-656-7668

 

"[These were some] of the most talked about classes we have had in a long time.  Both instructors know their stuff and were great at their presentation.  I really look forward to future classes".

"Excellent instructors. Refreshing sense of humor".

 


Vermont's Shoreland Protection Act

Learn about Vermont’s Shoreland Protection guidelines from a Vermont lakes expert: landowner requirements, implications for real estate development and redevelopment along lake shores, common sources of confusion, and the “grandfather” clause. Understand the connection between healthy shorelines, water quality, and habitat.  Hear about property value preservation, erosion risk reduction and water quality improvement as the result of shoreland protection. Gain resources to advise property owners on transactions and development in land adjacent to lakes. Obtain contacts for permit specialists for answers to site-specific questions.

 

Eligible for 2 VT Real Estate License CE Credits

For more information, contact Linda Patterson at lspatter@uvm.edu or 802-656-7668

 

Web-based Mapping for Real Estate Professionals

VT Natural Resources Atlas Practicum

Learn to use the powerful VT Natural Resources Atlas - an online mapping tool. Become adept at accurately locating and identifying properties, lot lines, underground storage tanks, FEMA lines, mapped wetlands, invasive species locations, waterways, wildlife habitat areas and much more. Gain skills to modify maps, adding your own data points, drawing features, adjusting lot lines, and measuring distance and area to create personalized map documents for your clients. Be prepared to present this information to your clients at the first meeting - educating buyers and sellers alike.

Eligible for 2 VT Real Estate License CE Credits

For more information contact Linda Patterson at lspatter@uvm.edu or 802-656-7668

 

"If a picture is worth a thousand words, a map is worth a thousand pictures."

- Christel Binnie

 


Vermont Wetlands and Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Protecting Water Quality and Real Estate

Understand the value of wetlands in our natural environment in terms of water quality and flood protection. Learn to identify wetland characteristics, classifications, and conditions for development restrictions. Become familiar with permit requirements for site-specific conditions. Learn how green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) uses vegetation and soil to filter and reduce stormwater runoff, protect water quality, and increase property resilience to extreme weather events. Understand GSI principles and designs and study site-specific applications. Develop skills in using the DEC Stormwater Program website to access current stormwater regulations and permit information. 

Continuing education credits pending; awaiting OPR approval. 

For more information contact Linda Patterson at lspatter@uvm.edu or 802-656-7668