Champions School of Real Estate team members from the Austin and Online campuses posed for a snap ahead of the Grand Opening Event on April 5.

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The new Austin Champions School of Real Estate campus was bursting with activity on Friday, April 5, when more than 300 guests joined the Austin and online teams in celebrating the grand opening of the new Austin campus.

Bright blooms and a beautiful balloon arch welcomed guests, who walked in to tour the new campus, enjoy delicious treats and live music, and network with both Champions School of Real Estate teams and fellow real estate professionals. Many guests queued in line for the opportunity to have a meet and greet with Champions School of Real Estate founder Rita Santamaria, who signed autographs in the promotion of the national release of her new book series, Successful Tendencies of Real Estate Champions.

For more photos from the Champions School of Real Estate Austin Campus grand opening, jump:

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Rita Santamaria, founder of Champtions School of Real Estate, celebrates 35 years of success this December.

The typical gift for a 35th anniversary is jade, but Champions School of Real Estate founder Rita Santamaria is getting two brand new campues for the company she created in December of 1983. Though the journey from a single-classroom office off of Pebblebend Drive to the nine-campus network of today wasn’t always smooth, it’s definitely something to celebrate.

Champions School of Real Estate had humble beginnings with a single-classroom office.

Thousands of students have begun or continued their real estate careers after walking through the doors of a Champions School of Real Estate campus, and the growth of the company has been calculated and strategic, lending the kind of longevity that other brands dream of.

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Champions School of Real Estate will host the largest real estate career fair in the state on Thursday, May 4. (Courtesy Photos)

Been working on getting your real estate license? Or did you just pass the licensing exam? Then it’s time to make one of the most difficult decisions of your career — finding the right brokerage! That’s why it’s a great idea to head to any one of the Champions School of Real Estate locations in Texas for their career fair on May 4. 

Each year, Champions School of Real Estate connects with Real Estate businesses all over the state of Texas to host one of the largest Career Fairs in the state! Reserve your spot today and seize this opportunity to speak with valuable contacts in your area who are seeking new agents and possibly even set up interviews! Don’t miss out on one of the best opportunities to kick off your new career!

Career fairs are held at the Dallas and Fort Worth campuses, as well as the Austin/Round Rock campus, the Houston North campuses, and San Antonio, too!

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“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.
 

Join Champions School of Real Estate CEO Rita Santamaria, on Tuesday, June 20, at 9:30 a.m. for “Spouses Selling Houses.” Watch live via ChampionsLive®  as Santamaria interviews two rockstar selling couples: Ryan and Royale Jockers of Gary Greene Better Homes and Gardens alongside Ruben and Nancy Villarreal, broker and owners of REMAX Integrity.

For couples working to build joint careers in real estate, this free broadcast promises to be a great preview of what that future could look like, for new and seasoned Realtors. The Villareals have been in the business for over 20 years, while the Jockers are only in their second year in real estate. Both couples work in the Houston area.

Beyond giving great tips on how to get started in the business, the interviews will focus on several other  hot topics such as: how to stay focused on sales while being independent; tips for working with family in business;  and time management, business planning and the virtues of brick-and-mortar offices versus virtual offices.

Don’t miss out! Register here for free.

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The digital age is with us. Real estate students and Realtors now have the option to skip the in-person classroom experience and learn via live instruction broadcast online.

The Champions School of Real Estate is rolling out this newest offering, ChampionsLive!, to offer people more options when it comes to classroom instruction.

“Part of what makes ChampionsLive! so exciting is the state of the art tech we use to deliver these courses directly to our students,” said curriculum development division manager Henry Britt. “Each ChampionsLive! studio is a fully realized shooting studio, with the very best in lighting and production equipment, including 4k cameras to give our students the best possible video quality…the product we offer is unmatched in both real estate education and other industries nationwide.”

The classes are streamed from two studios in Houston and taught by Champions School of Real Estate instructors. Students can attend class from anywhere in the world so long as they have access to a laptop, webcam, and mic.

“The first time I learned of ChampionsLive!, I was a bit apprehensive, because I prefer to learn in person,” said student Joshua Hussong. “After taking the courses, I realized it’s actually a really good delivery method in that it gives you the opportunity to speak with an instructor who is not there with you. ChampionsLive! gave me the ability to take these courses that I otherwise would not have been able to take. I, for one, am now a big supporter of this delivery method”

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EZ Stow Signs

Conventional real estate signs are a necessary and familiar accessory for real estate agents. But they’re also kind of a pain. They’re big and bulky and don’t easily fit in most car trunks. The stakes can damage a car’s interior upholstery and seating. They’re dirty and muddy, and many agents have to pay someone to install and remove them.

Longtime North Texas Realtor Patricia Manos wanted an easier way to market her properties. She came up with the idea of EZ Stow Signs. They solve many of these common complaints agents have about lawn signs.

“I’ve put up with conventional signs for 37 years and I never found a good solution— my car is a vital asset to support my success, but it seems that every time I wanted to buy a new car, one of the issues I had to consider is the transporting of the signs,” Manos said. “So I, along with the help of my family and some great engineers in Ohio, came up with the solution, and that is when EZ Stow Signs was born.”

This Dallas-based, family-run company is aiming not only to make their products popular in DFW, but also to take their signs national.

“We have created relationships with Keller Williams, Fathom Realty, and ReMax, and I’m sponsoring prep courses at the Champions School of Real Estate,” said Robert Spragins, sales manager for EZ Stow Signs and Manos’ son who has taken his mom’s idea and launched a business. “We’re also attending the National Association of Realtors convention in Orlando in November — we’re renting a booth there to get national exposure, and we’re also attending area trade shows and will be adding more sizes to our product line.”

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“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.

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