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.


Real Estate Unplugged Inman

If you’re an Inman Select subscriber, you’ll get the privilege of seeing MetroTex Association of Realtors’ own Bill Head in the site’s latest “Real Estate Unplugged” episode.

Bill Head

Bill Head

Inman asks Head to shed light on what he thinks is in the future of real estate, and he provides some genuinely thoughtful answers.

Unfortunately, this is subscriber-only content, so unless you have a paid subscription to Inman Select (and for the record, you totally should because they do some really outstanding journalism and reporting), it’s unavailable to view. To give you an idea, Head says that distance learning, technology, and NAR’s Upstream initiative are sure to make waves in the coming year.

Upstream, which is scheduled to go beta in the second quarter of next year, will give Realtors and brokers one place to enter, store, and edit data for all listings. That frees up time to focus on customer experience rather than data entry, according to reports.





Twice a year, Champions School of Real Estate hosts career fairs for any and everyone interested in the industry. Whether you’re inspired to become a Realtor, appraiser, inspector … or one of the hundreds of other real estate-related careers, Champions School flings open its doors in Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio so you can see if it’s the right career for you.

Despite weather challenges, Champions School of Real Estate’s most recent career fair on Oct. 30 was a huge hit. According to public relations rep Karla Lárraga, 150 attendees braved the rain for the Dallas career fair and met with one of the 42 brokerages presenting.




French Hill

So the House passed bipartisian legislation Wednesday afternoon to to help keep the mortgage process moving despite the noise from the White House about a veto. The bipartisan vote was 303-121, which is significant.

The bill, called the Homebuyers Assistance Act, gives companies working in good faith, trying their best to comply with the onerous legislation, a four-month grace period to escape steep fines and hand slaps. Which could also delay closings. The TRID is about 1,888-pages of rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that went into effect Oct. 4.

Realtors, mortgage lenders and title companies have been spending months in preparation and millions of dollars to comply.

“I have talked to lenders who tell me they have spent millions on extra staff and new software,” said Brit Fair of Hexter-Fair Title Company.

Does he think those extra expenses will ultimately be passed onto the consumer?

Absolutely. (more…)

Northwest region and Beyond
Like dang, I’d better get dressed… hope to see you there!

Homes that are "For Sale By Owner" could help you generate a lead as the market is cooling off this fall. (Photo via:

Homes that are “For Sale By Owner” could help you generate a lead as the market is cooling off this fall. (Photo via:

Once summer wraps up and school’s back in session, the real estate market tends to slow down. Parents don’t want to uproot their children mid-school year, and they’re just not looking to buy or sell a home in the near future.

This can be a frustrating time for real estate agents and brokers. There just aren’t that many leads to tap, and sales and customers begin to decline.

Fortunately, though it may be a little harder to see success this time of year, it’s not impossible. You just have to get a little more creative. Want to keep your leads coming in, even when the market slows down in the fall?

Here are a few ways to do it:


Champions Mother DaughterHappy Mother’s Day to our readers!

It’s a little late, because we have been having our own celebrations, but we plan to focus on mothers and daughters all week here on CD. Namely, mothers and daughters in real estate. What a better way to start than with the dynamic mother-daughter duo who teach real estate skills to nearly every agent and broker in the state?

I’m talking about Rita Santamaria and her daughter,  Kimberly Dydalewicz. Champions School of Real Estate was founded in 1983 by Rita. Rita’s daughter, Kimberly Dydalewicz joined the family company as a career counselor straight out of college. She has worked diligently for the past 17 years to establish the Champions School of Real Estate name and brand throughout the state of Texas.

In 2014, more than 30 years after Champions School of Real Estate was founded, Kimberly was named the president of the company.

Now that Champions School of Real Estate has grown to dominate the Texas real estate education landscape, this mother-daughter duo have set their vision further: taking Champions School of Real Estate national.

We recently sat down with the dynamic duo together to hear, in their words, what has contributed most to their success, what advice they’d give others looking to succeed in a family-run business, and what their goals are for Champions School of Real Estate: (more…)