By Kevin Scanlan • 2019 President

REALTORS deal with complex situations, deals and clients on a regular basis. It’s just part of the job. The best way to handle unforeseen situations and manage challenging clients is to be as prepared as possible. How do you do that? Three words: education, education, education.

The better educated you are, the bigger your competitive edge. You’ll be more knowledgeable than your peers and better prepared to handle all clients and unforeseen situations. This is why the Austin Board of REALTORS offers the ABoR Academy, one of the largest REALTOR professional development programs in the state.

From contract to close, the ABoR Academy helps agents sharpen skills that make them strong negotiators and even stronger closers. We offer hundreds of courses every year on a multitude of topics, from mandatory renewal education to deep dives into niche topics such as property management, social media marketing and global.

And unlike other education providers, we’re able to offer our courses multiple times per year at three Austin-area locations —plus your brokerage, if you want. Through our ABoR Academy Outreach Program, our trainers will come and teach any ABoR Academy course at your office at no additional cost. All you have to do is email academy@abor.com to schedule a training.

Whether you’re a new agent looking to fulfill your Salesperson Apprentice Education (SAE) credits or an experienced REALTOR looking for your next designation, I highly encourage you to sign up for a course or designation through the ABoR Academy. And if you’re not yet sold, here’s two more ways you can use the ABoR Academy to build your business:

  1. Get the inside scoop from our instructors: Many of our award-winning instructors are active REALTORS and brokers who frequently share helpful stories, facts and insights beyond what’s offered in the curriculum.
  2. Find Your Next Mentor: The ABoR Academy is careful to balance our class sizes to offer valuable experience for attendees. Don’t just sit down and listen — network with fellow attendees and look around the room to identify possible mentors who have been where you want to be.

We recognize professional development needs to be both affordable and accessible, which is why we believe in meeting the needs of our members no matter where they are, at a lower cost for ABoR members. From hands-on classes, live-streamed programs, and our new speaker series (ABoR.com/SpeakerSeries), ABoR wants all members to have all the necessary tools to excel.

Too busy to make a class in person? You can easily renew your license and earn TREC-approved CE credits on the go with our online education provider, AceableAgent, anytime, anywhere, from any device. Learn more at ABoR.com/AceableAgent.

Let ABoR Academy take your business to the next level and be sure to check out our upcoming classes to help you become a powerful negotiator. For more information, go to ABoR.com/Academy. Register for upcoming courses by visiting our events calendar at ABoR.com/Calendar. RL

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