CSRE President Kimberly Dydalewicz; Employee of the Year, Top Sales Producer and Houston Galleria Career Counselor Jacquie Ward; CSRE Founder/CEO Rita Santamaria

From Staff Reports

Champions School of Real Estate held its 15th annual statewide company retreat on Aug. 4 – 5 at the Hotel Granduca in Houston. Among the recognitions and acknowledgements, there are a few standouts: 


“Look at this Cover Girl! Thank you Real Estate and You! Magazine for surprising Champions School of Real Estate and my beautiful mom as your cover feature!!!!!,” writes Champions president Kimberly Vitale Dydalewicz.


It was a packed house for the Sept. 16 Champions School of Real Estate inaugural ChampionsLive! Superstar Top Producer Panel says Kimberly Dydalewicz, the school’s president.

“I’m proud to say that it was an absolute success!” Dydalewicz added. “Nearly 180 attendees came together at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano and the feedback regarding the ChampionsLive! CE course, the delicious brunch, and the panel has been overwhelmingly positive.”



“Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran shares her rags to riches story with more than 1,200 attendees at the Champions School of Real Estate Keynote 2016.

Full disclosure: I am not a morning person. The fact that I obligated myself to head out to the Plano Centre at 8:30 a.m. to see legendary real estate broker and reality TV star Barbara Corcoran is on par with a visit from the Pope for us here at CandysDirt.com, so of course I put myself together for the early morning event.

And people, it did not disappoint.

The event, put on by Champions School of Real Estate, brought in Corcoran for their signature event, drawing a crowd of more than 1,200 real estate professionals from around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. But it didn’t just highlight Corcoran’s inspiring story and wicked sense of humor, it also showed how far Champions School of Real Estate has become a powerhouse in the industry.



Realtors face this every day. The RESA Staging to Sell class can help you solve these problems.

What is the going rate for a staging consultation? What does it cost to stage a vacant property? What updates will bring a seller the best return on investment? Should a Realtor stage their own properties?

Realtors, investors, and builders can learn a lot from the Staging to Sell: What Every Agent Should Know class offered by The Real Estate Staging Association through MetroTex Association of Realtors. It’s a three-hour, three-MCE-credit course that provides an enormous amount of information for $25. Talk about bang for your buck.


The Real Estate Staging Association has an online directory of stagers in every state and Canada.

The course is taught at various MetroTex locations by one of only three accredited RESA-PRO teachers in the Metroplex — Amy Fedosky, Karen Otto, and Karen Eubank. Yep, that’s me. So here’s the inside skinny on why this is going to be one of the best classes you can ever take.


Update: this event has been postponed until, April, as we need more space! See you in April and no fools!
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Champions School of Real Estate will host an open house at their new Fort Worth campus on Feb. 12.

The real estate market in Cowtown is growing by leaps and bounds, so of course it makes sense that Champions School of Real Estate, the premier resource for training future real estate professionals in Texas, would expand its Fort Worth campus. In fact, Champions School is opening a brand new facility with more than 6,000 square feet of instructional space.

“When we first began to outgrow our original location, we knew that it wouldn’t take long before we would have to plan for a larger campus,” said Kimberly Dydalewicz, president of Champions School of Real Estate. “We are especially pleased to offer Fort Worth Champions a new campus, because this expansion is creating greater opportunities for us to fill the needs of the Fort Worth real estate community.”​

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Assistant manager Betsey Peterson (far left) and DFW Regional Manager (far right) stand beside the mother-daughter executive team of Champions School of Real Estate — president Kimberly Dydalewicz and CEO Rita Santamaria — as they opened a new campus in Fort Worth last week.

Jump to see the fresh interiors, huge classrooms, and cutting-edge technology inside the new Champions School of Real Estate in Fort Worth!


The Big Short Pop UP Real Estate

Now this is an interesting concept! The first thing I think of is those misguided comedy club defensive driving programs. Trust me, there is nothing laughable about seeing how many people out there don’t understand a four-way stop (hint: it’s everyone except me).

This, though, will fare much better I think. Organized by David Maez of Vivo Realty Group, the Pop-Up Real Estate Workshop gives agents (and agents only!) an opportunity to learn more about industry issues and network with other agents.