History of the American Home: Part I

History of the American Home: Part I


Course Credit Hrs.
History of the American Home: Part I 3.00

​3 Elective Hours
Geography, climate, and local resources have shaped the face of American housing.

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  • As you follow the text and illustrations in this course, we hope you will come away with more than just the ability to visually identify different housing styles and architectural features for your sellers and buyers. You’ll be encouraged to think about and appreciate how events have influenced the evolution of housing design in America, and in turn, how housing styles have helped to determine history’s tableau. This course covers housing styles in the U.S. through the late 1800s.

    3 Elective Hours

  • You will learn how to competently advise your buyer clients about how the evolution of American housing has affected architectural design and construction methods, and to use that historical knowledge when marketing homes for seller clients.

    Chapter 1 – First People
    Wigwam and Longhouse
    Teepee and Grass House
    Pueblos and Earth Lodge
    Northwest Plank House

    Chapter 2 – Colonial America
    Garrison House and Cape Cod
    Saltbox and New England Colonial
    Dutch Colonial Farmhouse and German Colonial
    Southern Colonial and Georgian Colonial

    Chapter 3 – Independent America
    Greek Revival and Gothic Revival

    Chapter 4 – New Territories – Spanish and French Influence
    Monterey, Spanish Mission, and Louisiana Territory
    Cajun Cottage, Louisiana Plantation House, and Creole Townhouse

    Chapter 5 – Settlers on the American Frontier
    Log Cabin and Sod
    The American Farm House and Conclusion
  • Subject Matter Expert:
    Hollis Willeford

    Hollis Willeford has merged his experience as a licensed real estate professional with research on historical American housing architecture and design to show how present-day home styles owe their heritage to the preferences of early immigrants, the challenges of the climates they settled in, and available building resources. Mr. Willeford uses the skills he has honed as a journalist and editor to give life and meaningful patterns to the diverse sources and evolution of American home design.

    Instructor: Jim Luger
    Jim Luger has been a broker and instructor for over 30 years. He is a member of the Real Estate Educators Association, and is certified as an online instructor by the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC). You can contact Jim at Jim@ContinuingEdExpress.com.


Continuing Education Requirements
Licensees are required to complete 20 hours of approved continuing education courses for each two-year license period (January 1 of odd-numbered years through December 31 of even-numbered years), also referred to as the licensing biennium.
Licensees intending to renew their license on an active status by the renewal deadline of November 30 (even-numbered years) must complete 20 hours of approved continuing education courses during the biennium. The required continuing education hours include the commission designated core courses, which are offered in a two-part format (Core A and Core B), and the remaining courses as elective credit hours. Visit the Hawaii Real Estate Commission website for more information about continuing education requirements.

Continuing Ed Express automatically submits course completion information to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Licensees will receive certificates marked “elective” for elective courses and “core” for core courses after they complete each course.
BEFORE you purchase a course, check your continuing education history on the Hawaii Online Real Estate Continuing Education website to make sure you can receive continuing education credit for each course. According to Hawaii Administrative Rules, S 16-99-95 Duplicate continuing education hours: “Except as provided by the commission or by this subchapter, a licensee shall not take a continuing education course for which the licensee has already received a certificate within two consecutive biennia.”

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