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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Barbara Corcoran

There are a lot of great stories in the real estate industry, but none are quite as compelling as “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran‘s. The New York real estate mogul came from humble beginnings, building up her empire with just a $1,000 loan and an incredible amount of hustle.

And we could not be more thrilled about seeing Corcoran at the Champions School of Real Estate Keynote 2016. The May 10 event will host an inspiring address from Corcoran at the Plano Centre, gathering more than 1,200 real estate professionals and influencers all in one space.

After Corcoran’s presentation, Champions School of Real Estate CEO and founder Rita Santamaria will host a lively Q&A with this titan of our industry. It’s truly a can’t miss event!

 

“We are thrilled to present Barbara Corcoran as our featured speaker for this year’s keynote event,” said Kimberly Dydalewicz, president of Champions School of Real Estate. “As part of our commitment to providing the real estate community with educational opportunities of the highest caliber, we know that bringing Barbara Corcoran to share her personal and professional journey from ‘Rags to Riches,’ will educate, inspire resonate with our Dallas-Fort Worth real estate communities.”

Tickets are available at a rate of $65 per person or $480 for a group of 8. To register or learn more about Champions School of Real Estate’s Keynote 2016 visit http://www.championsschool.com/keynote/dallas.php.

kelly-rushMaybe you went to Yale or SMU for your undergrad degree, but if you have a real estate license and you got it in Dallas, chances are you went to Champions School of Real Estate on Mapleshade in Plano. That’s where I went, that’s where Kari Schlegel Kloewer went, that’s where everyone goes to get a license. Even Eleanor Mowery Sheets was there last June. I don’t know about you, but my favorite teacher was Kelly Logsdon Rush. (The guy who taught real estate law was number two.) Kelly was fun, vivacious, and boy did she know her stuff. I actually kept my iphone in my purse during her class — she was more interesting than email!

A whole lot of students at Champions agree: Kelly was selected from more than 80 statewide instructors for her “contribution to Excellence in Teaching. You are a true subject matter expert in real estate courses and your expertise in investment courses, client representation, are excellent.”

The letter went on to say that the evaluations came from season agents as well as the newbies.

“The real estate agents know you have correct information and your presentation style has their well-being at heart. Your use of enthusiasm mixed with technology and lecture equals a dynamic learning experience.”

Congratulations, Kelly. Kelly is an Ebby Halliday agent at Ebby’s Little White House. I’ve asked her to begin contributing to CandysDirt.com not because I was teacher’s pet or anything, but because I think we may need to hear from The Teacher once in awhile. And it would be a blast to re-live class right here on this blog!