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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.

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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.

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It’s been only six months since Roxie Glenn took over professional development at MetroTex Association of Realtors, and her department has already pulled down a significant award for its work during the Texas Association of Realtors winter meetings in Austin. MetroTex was recognized alongside the San Antonio Board of Realtors and Houston Association of Realtors with the Education Program of the Year award.

“This event commemorates two years of record growth for the Texas housing market and honors the Texas Realtors and local Realtor organizations that have been true trailblazers for our association and our industry,” said Dan Hatfield, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors.

Roxie GlennGlenn is thrilled that TAR recognized MetroTex’s course that gives business-building tools to recent licensees during the Feb. 10 ceremony. “This is very exciting for our department,” Glenn said. “It shows Realtors that we have quality courses and education here at MetroTex.”

The course — “Building a Successful Real Estate Business” —  is a series of six four-hour classes that covers topics such as lead identification, pricing a property, and marketing tips. It’s a collaborative effort with independent educators who are experts in building successful real estate businesses. The program, which runs once a month, usually has 30 or more Realtors in the classroom, making it a popular choice.

“Basically, it teaches new Realtors how to set up their business,” Glenn said. “After Realtors get their license, they don’t know what or where to go, or what to do next. Something that Realtors aren’t always so good at is setting up a new business, and we teach them how to do that successfully.”

The program isn’t all lectures, either, Glenn added. “They get to role play and try things out on people.”

Of course, the award is a testament to the hard work Glenn and her fellow education department staff has put in to make sure that Dallas/Fort Worth-area Realtors have all the tools they need to be successful.

“It’s not just getting your [continuing education] credits,” Glenn said. “It’s real-world education that can also help you build your business.”

Find out more about the continuing education programs MetroTex offers, as well as the outstanding staff supporting the organization, on their website.