AUSTIN, Texas, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Texas Association of Realtors is proud to announce the statewide rollout of its pre-licensing school, Texas Realtors University. Utilizing decades of Realtor education experience, the association aims to bridge the new agent education gap in preparation for anticipated housing market resurgence in the coming year.
"According to a survey of Texas Realtor brokers in 2010, 70 percent said that current pre-licensing education did not adequately prepare new agents," said Joe Stewart, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. "We have introduced the Texas Realtors University to take responsibility for pre-license education in our industry and provide future Texas Realtors the opportunity to be the best in their profession.
"Texas real estate transactions are often more complicated than they appear, and without proper education new agents can make costly mistakes that affect their livelihood or the consumer's best interest," Stewart continued. "Many who enter the industry fail because they are not prepared to make it in the competitive world of real estate."
Texas Realtors University's new model is designed to boost agent preparedness and industry professionalism. Offered through local Realtor associations, the program provides a classroom setting where students can satisfy the Texas Real Estate Commission's education requirements in an environment that allows for real-world practical guidance from industry experts and is free from agent recruiting.
Following a beta program in Austin and Plano in 2011, the Texas Association of Realtors has expanded its pre-licensure classes to 12 cities across the state so far in 2012, including Austin, Abilene, Arlington, Fort Hood, Harlingen, Houston-Sugar Land, Laredo, Lubbock, New Braunfels, Round Rock, San Angelo and Waco. More cities are expected to be announced in the coming months.
About the Texas Association of REALTORS® With approximately 80,000 members, the Texas Association of Realtors is a professional membership organization that represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. We advocate on behalf of Texas Realtors and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable, protect private-property rights and promote public policies that benefit homeowners. Visit TexasRealEstate.com to learn more.