Online Or Classroom Real Estate Continuing Education – Which is Best For Me?

Over the last few years, much has been discussed, analyzed and predicted when it comes to the housing market and certainly, real estate professionals have had to deal with their share of challenges within this industry. However, a positive forecast is ahead and this means that the real estate market professional will need to be at the top of his/her professional game and ready for anything.

For many in the industry though, keeping abreast of all the changes and ensuring that they consistently fulfill strident licensing requirements, in their home states, is an ongoing concern. Fortunately, over the course of the last decade, real estate continuing education has grown substantially and this is good news for the industry professionals as they now have, in many cases, the option of completing their real estate education either online or in a classroom. A word of caution – before you embark on any type of education, make sure that you check out the school you are considering. Do your research and ask questions, particularly when it comes to their accreditation’s within the industry.

Choosing the best option for you is not always obvious. When considering the pros and cons of online continuing education versus classroom courses, a few key questions should be asked.

What am I looking for in a school? What are my time constraints? Can I find the classes I need close to home? And do they fit into my schedule? Do I like to work alone or in a group? Do I do my best work in the middle of the night? Or am I a morning person with lots of free time on my hands? How much can I afford? Where is the closest school located? Do I have transportation? Do I have the computer equipment?

These are all very legitimate and important questions. When choosing between online or classroom real estate education, remember that you must be as realistic as possible, incorporating your current situation and anticipating what your immediate future will look like. If you are currently at home with more time on your hands, then you may want to think about attending classroom classes, especially if you enjoy meeting new people who share your passion for real estate. If you have young children and find yourself stretched to the limit, then you may want to think about online courses – especially since these will offer you the flexibility of doing the classes and homework on your time schedule.

Cost is another consideration; if money is tight for you, you may want to think about doing a course online – you will be saving money on transportation and gas. However, if your computer is slow and unpredictable, this may be a serious barrier to doing online courses.

Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to choosing between classroom or online real estate continuing education. Your best bet is to do as much research as you can on the classes and methods offered and make your decision based on the results of your findings.

Looking For Real Estate Sales Training That Puts Your Business on Steroids?

Real Estate sales training is just like it used to be. I will never forget when I decided to go into real estate sales. A friend of mine was a successful broker and she was ecstatic when I told her I was interested. She hovered over me like a mother hen while I finished the required study of state law then took my state test to be licensed. The next phase of real estate sales training was about mindset. She focused on the wealthy mindset. She stressed to me that I had the potential to earn a very large income and with that, comes problems. Not only the obvious problems, i.e., taxes, distribution of income, etc. But, quite possibly, the loss of friends from changing my financial status and that I may experience jealousy from family members. Hmmmm, I certainly had not considered that but, I obediently took the course she recommended. Next, came the real work of real estate sales training, or so I thought..

I learned how to:

  • Present my self and use sales skills, tactics & strategies
  • how to farm a neighborhood
  • I joined networking groups & the Chamber of Commerce
  • I created a newsletter & found post cards
  • I learned how to put a sales package together

Except for the newsletter and postcards, none of the above brought the starving crowd to me from my target niche and I was busy all the time building my business through attending this meeting and that meeting. Sound familiar?

Before I wrote this article, I researched real estate sales training online and I found out that nothing has changed. It’s still being done the same way and you are still left essentially on your own to find the business – the people, the customers, the referrals, the coveted real estate listings.

Real estate sales training is still the same old song and dance. . .

Wow, I was surprised. I’ve enjoyed and profited from the world of internet marketing for the past nine years and I couldn’t fathom that real estate sales trainers aren’t on the internet marketing playing field!

Let me take you by the hand and hover for a moment just like my broker did a few years ago. I will introduce you to a five year old Internet Marketing School that will show you how to:

  • Target your market niche
  • Develop new market niches’
  • Get new referrals that contact you
  • Get listings that contact you
  • Target specific demographic and geographic locations
  • Build a relationship business online that will have your target niche eating out of your hands.
  • Build a real estate business on steroids

All of this is possible using your brain and the technology known as computer and internet, from the comfort of your home, office, wherever you do business for less than a cup of coffee per day. The good news is, you can put a lot of your business on automatic and just let your phone ring off the hook! Wouldn’t you rather spend time selling to prospects than chasing them? I know I sure appreciate business done just like that!

Toronto Real Estate Board – Function and Purpose

The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) was founded in 1920 by a small group of real estate practitioners. TREB is now Canada’s largest real estate board. There are more than 23,000 Members of TREB.

As stated in their policy manual, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) is committed to advancing the interests of real estate sales people and brokers who comprise of TREB’s membership. Members of TREB are also members of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) as well as the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).

The Toronto Real Estate Board is the main real estate board in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) that is the home board for real estate agents in the GTA and surrounding areas. These agents belong to and use TREB on a daily basis to promote the mls listings of their clients. Members also utilize the mls data in the area. TREB is one of the largest organized real estate boards in all of North America.

TREB is also responsible for membership, ethics and arbitration decisions and mandates much of the direction of the membership with regards to the public and the government.

REALTORS® who are members of TREB are licensed professionals who must abide by a strict code of ethics and meet continuing education requirements to maintain their status.

The Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) should not be confused with any information advertised on any site or the multiple listing service site operated by CREA. The Multiple Listing Service is a tool accessed only by REALTOR® members with extensive depth and functionality.

Toronto Real Estate Board Members utilize various fundraising events to raise money to make significant contributions to local and national charities such as the Hospital for Sick Children and Habitat for Humanity Toronto. These fundraising activities have also resulted in the construction of a Habitat home for a family in need.

The Toronto Real Estate Board issues news releases twice a month. This includes a full statistical update on local real estate market conditions at the beginning of each month. The publication is called Market Watch and is available from any member realtor

ConclusionThe Toronto Real Estate Board is a very large real estate board that runs the MLS system for listings in the area. TREB helps many agents in the greater Toronto area supply timely and relevant information purchasers and to promote vendor client listings across the GTA and the Southern Ontario region.