Texas agents are investing in the real estate profession with a state-wide roll out of Texas Realtors University. According to PR Newswire, the new model is designed to boost agent preparedness and industry professionalism.
The association plans to "bridge the agent education gap" in preparation for what they believe will be a market resurgence that will happen in the coming year.
"According to a survey of Texas Realtor brokers in 2010, 70 percent said that current pre-licensing education did not adequately prepare new agents," said Joe Stewart, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. "We have introduced the Texas Realtors University to take responsibility for pre-license education in our industry and provide future Texas Realtors the opportunity to be the best in their profession."
"Texas real estate transactions are often more complicated than they appear, and without proper education new agents can make costly mistakes that affect their livelihood or the consumer's best interest," Stewart continued. "Many who enter the industry fail because they are not prepared to make it in the competitive world of real estate."
The program will provide students with a classroom setting in which they can fulfill the Texas Real Estate Commission's education requirements. The program boasts real world guidance from industry professionals.
The Texas Association of Realtors has expanded its pre-licensure classes to 12 cities across the state so far in 2012, including Austin, Abilene, Arlington, Fort Hood, Harlingen, Houston-Sugar Land, Laredo, Lubbock, New Braunfels, Round Rock, San Angelo and Waco. More cities are expected to be announced in the coming months.