TC FAQ: How would a new TC best learn real estate contracts? And is that necessary?

Uncategorized Mar 11, 2024

TC FAQ: How would a new TC best learn real contracts? And is that necessary?

Learning about the various contracts involved in residential real estate transactions is crucial for a number of roles that exist within the real estate industry. That could include roles such as real estate agents, compliance managers, both licensed and non-licensed listing and transaction managers (coordinators) and more. Knowing these contracts (or forms) inside and out, "in your sleep", will help someone in these roles to navigate the intricacies of buying, selling, and leasing properties effectively. And in this blog we are going to share at lest 7 strategies to help someone familiarize themselves with these contracts. 

But before we continue, let me just say as clearly as I can that truly KNOWING these contracting inside and out is going to take both WORK and TIME!! So be prepared to put in the work, or perhaps choose another industry.


So let's address the COMPLEXITY of the Transaction Coordinators' Roles in Real Estate

The role of Transaction Coordinators (TCs) within the real estate industry is a subject of diverse interpretations and expectations.

The industry lacks a unanimous definition of a TC's role, leading to a spectrum of responsibilities that vary significantly from one interpretation to the next. This ambiguity brings us to the heart of the discussion—whether a deep understanding of real estate contracts is essential for TCs

Unpacking the Variability of the TC Role - Broken down into 3 Scenarios [...with the understanding that there could be many more scenarios for us to discuss]

Scenario 1: The "Compliance" Experts

In many settings, TCs are integral to ensuring transactions adhere to legal standards. They not only facilitate tasks but may also shoulder the responsibility of compliance within brokerages. This role demands a comprehensive understanding of real estate contracts to navigate the complexities of each transaction effectively.

Scenario 2: The "Administrative" Specialists

Conversely, there are TCs whose duties align more closely with administrative support. These professionals, including TC business owners, might view their role through a narrower lens, focusing on administrative tasks rather than the in-depth handling of contracts. However, even administrative tasks in real estate can benefit from a basic understanding of contractual obligations and terms.

Scenario 3: The "Regulatory" Gray Area

The ambiguity extends into legal and regulatory interpretations of a TC's scope of work, which can vary by state, city, county or brokerage. What is permissible (in both actions and words) in one jurisdiction may be scrutinized in another, often influenced by how actions are presented or communicated. This inconsistency underscores the importance of TCs understanding the legal framework within which they operate, to ensure their actions are both compliant and effectively communicated.

The Need for Contractual Knowledge

Given the diverse expectations placed upon TCs, it becomes clear that a foundational understanding of real estate contracts is beneficial, if not necessary, across the board. For those directly involved in compliance and transaction management, this knowledge is imperative. Even for TCs focused on administrative tasks, familiarity with contract terminology and implications can enhance efficiency, reduce errors, and improve service quality.

Ultimately, equipping TCs with the knowledge and understanding of real estate contracts empowers them to act with confidence, ensures adherence to legal standards, and fosters a more cohesive workflow (exp: being able to speak and understand their clients language and vocabulary) within the real estate transaction process.

As the real estate industry continues to evolve, the definition and expectations of a TC's role may become more clear. Until then, embracing a broad understanding of real estate contracts as a fundamental component of a TC's skill set can only enhance their effectiveness and contribute to the success of real estate transactions.

So with all of that said, let's dive into 7 strategies or approaches to learning real estate contracts

I'm a HUGE fan of someone "putting in the time" (2-3 years perhaps) of working with someone else before they choose to go "out-on-their-own" as a TC business owner.

This could be done by getting hired on by an experienced TC company, real estate team, agent or brokerage. The value that could be gained from this partnership could be INVALUABLE to both you and all those that you serve. And although this is what I would strongly encourage, I also know that there will be a small percentage of those that could and will succeed in this business without working for someone else before they decide to build out an independent transaction coordinator business. 

So whether you decide to "join forces" with someone that is qualified to mentor you in this industry or you go-it-alone I hope the following strategies will help you in your journey to be the BEST version of your professional self... Enjoy and don't forget to PUT IN THE WORK!!

1. Education and Licensing Courses [Never stop doing this and/or consider becoming an educator in these areas] - Never Stop Learning

Start with the basics. Most real estate licensing courses provide an overview of common contracts and legal documents used in real estate transactions. Pay close attention to these sections of your courses, as they lay the foundation for understanding more complex contract details later.

Take advantage of continuing education courses offered by real estate associations, online platforms, and local community colleges. Many of these courses are specifically designed to deepen your understanding of real estate contracts, updates in real estate law, and best practices for compliance.

A NOTE ON TC BASED COURSES: There are a lot of great TC based or focused courses out there, and none of them will replace these 7 strategies. Some may do a bitter job then others to supplement a TC's education and training to become a better transaction coordinator and project manager, but regardless of the value many of these courses provide none of them will replace these 7 suggested strategies.

2. Mentorship, Shadowing and Joining an Experienced Professional Team

Work with an experienced agent, team, mentor or broker within your real estate agency. This hands-on experience is invaluable, as it allows you to see how contracts are explained to clients and how negotiations are handled in real-life scenarios. As mentioned above, I believe that working with or "under the wing" of an experienced professional for 2-3 years before someone goes out on their own can be invaluable in ones learning process.

3. Study State-Specific Contracts [There can also be broker, city and county specific documents as well]

Real estate laws and contract forms can vary significantly from one state to another. Make sure to study the contracts and addenda that are specific to your state or the states where you intend to practice. State real estate commissions often provide resources and samples of standard contracts.

4. Practice and Role-Play - Get Into Community [Don't isolate]

Practice filling out contracts and explaining them to others. Role-playing exercises with fellow agents or during training sessions can help you become more comfortable with the language and clauses found in real estate contracts.

5. Utilize Resources from Real Estate Associations [Participate, learn and potentially teach]

National and local real estate associations (such as the National Association of Realtors in the United States) often provide resources, templates, and guides on understanding and using real estate contracts. Membership in these organizations can offer access to a wealth of information.

6. Stay Updated on Legal Changes [Remembering that this is YOUR INDUSTRY and you are a PROFESSIONAL]

Real estate laws and standard contracts can change. Stay informed about any updates or changes in legislation that affect real estate transactions in your area. Reading industry publications and attending seminars or webinars are good ways to keep up-to-date.

7. Review and Ask Questions

Don't hesitate to ask your broker or legal counsel to review contracts with you. If you encounter clauses or terms that are unclear, seek clarification. Understanding the nuances of each contract will help you serve your clients better and avoid legal pitfalls.


Becoming proficient in real estate contracts requires time, practice, and ongoing education. By leveraging educational resources, seeking training and mentorship, staying engaged with the real estate community and simply just spending A LOT OF REAL TIME with the contracts, anyone can develop a solid understanding of the contracts critical to residential real estate transactions.

Remember, being well-versed in these documents not only helps protect you and your clients but also builds your reputation as a knowledgeable and trustworthy real estate professional. And your goal is always going to be to DO the right, and that is going to take real knowledge, and work to both get and maintain accurate industry specific knowledge.

And I repeat... Enjoy and don't forget to PUT IN THE WORK!!


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