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*NEW* – Agent Toolbox
Agent Toolbox | 1 HR CE | CE #39936 We know how important it is for Realtors to have access to industry tools.  In this course we will discuss the various tools and resources Independence Title provides to make your business successful. We will show you how to provide potential buyers with an estimated zoning report, request property restrictions, order vesting ownership documents and much more. You can look forward to learning the ins and outs of our website and how to use all of our mobile applications.
*NEW* – Contract Comparisons
Contract Comparisons | 1 CE HR | CE #40136 **TREC Approved Contract Related Class** Know the 1-4 Family Contract like the back of your hand, but get nervous when a condo, vacant lot, or acreage deal comes up? In this course we will use the 1-4 Family Contract as a reference point for comparison to the Condo Contract, Unimproved Property Contract and the Farm and Ranch Contract. This course is designed to identify each of the different paragraphs and explain what the differences mean. By the end of this course you will know which forms to use for each transaction type and how each of the forms is different from the 1-4 Family Contract.
*NEW* – Form Fundamentals
Form Fundamentals | 1 CE HR | CE #40187 **TREC Approved Contract Related Class** Forms, forms, so many forms! “Is that a TREC promulgated form? Is it a Texas Realtors form? Wait! Is that property a condo or a 1-4 family residence?” If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions this is your chance to get it straight in your head once and for all. In this course you will familiarize yourself with the forms available for use by license holders. After attending this course, you will be better prepared to select and utilized the correct forms in your transactions.
*NEW* – Form Updates
Form Updates | 1 CE HR | CE #40186 **TREC Approved Contract Related Class** Keeping up with new and updated TREC forms can be a full-time job. But have no fear, we're here to help! In this course we will cover the most recent updates to your contracts and addenda. The current update includes revised forms adopted at the November 10th, 2020, TREC commissioners’ meeting, which will be made effective for required use in Spring of 2021.
*NEW* – The Ins and Outs of Independence Title Agent One
The Ins and Outs of Independence Title Agent One | 1 HR CE | Course #40081 Looking to bring additional value to your customers? Come learn our updated app. Learn to generate Buyer Quick Estimates, run Seller’s Net Sheets, access Rent vs. Buy and Net-to-Sell Calculators, and more . . . from your smartphone, tablet, or desktop!
Boosting Your Business with New Home Sales
Boosting Your Business with New Home Sales | 1 HR CE | CE#39937
Do new home sales make you nervous?  Many agents miss out on builder business due to a lack of knowledge. This course will address what agents need to know in order to offer their buyers the best possible representation throughout the new construction process. From helping clients make important decisions to tips on following up post-closing, Boosting your Business with New Home Sales will make you a new home sales natural!
Branding for Real Estate: Finding the Voice of Your Brand
Branding for Real Estate: Finding the Voice of Your Brand | 1 HR CE | CE #37839 Realtors make branding decisions every day, even when they’re not aware of them. In the midst of showing homes, writing offers, and listening to presentations, it’s difficult to stop and analyze what your brand says about you. By developing your voice and sharing your story, you can create your own brand on which to build your business. Learn to use cohesive multichannel marketing, attract new business, and grow your brand.
Broker Responsibility
Broker Responsibility | 6 HRS CE | Course #39962 Req. 10 People The purpose of this course is to address the regulatory aspects of the management, operation, and supervision of a real estate brokerage firm in Texas.
Cross Generational Selling: Stages and Changes
Cross Generational Selling: Stages and Changes | 2 HR CE | Course#37554 Real estate is not a one-size-fits-all! In this class, you’ll learn how to better target, engage, communicate, and close deals with customers from different generations using cross-generational techniques. You’ll gain an understanding of what motivates your customers, which will help you tailor your sales message in a way that will increase trust, loyalty, and sales. You’ll experience an interactive class and walk away with a plan of action that provides relevant resources for each real estate scenario you encounter.
Customer Experiences that Win Clients for Life
Customer Experiences that Win Clients for Life | 1 HR CE | Course#36900 In recent studies, customer experience is overtaking price and quality as a key brand differentiator. This means that creating powerful, positive, and meaningful customer experiences long before, during, and after the transaction is becoming a critical step in growing your real estate business.  In this class, you’ll learn specifically what today’s consumer wants and expects as well as creative ways to meet those expectations to win more business and referrals.
Deep in the Heart of Taxes
Deep in the Heart of Taxes | 1 HR CE | CE #38200 In this course you will learn how property taxes pertain to real estate transactions. You will gain a better understanding of how the property tax cycle effects closings, how to use the tax cycle for marketing, and how to identify property tax prorations on closing statements.
DocuSign and Beyond
DocuSign and Beyond | 2 HR CE | Course#37551 Can you imagine a real estate world without eSigning? DocuSign revolutionizes how Agents do business. This course is designed for existing users who want to take their knowledge to the next level by increasing an agent’s proficiency beyond the basic tasks of signing a form.  You will learn to streamline the transaction process from signing a listing agreement to negotiating the deal to executing the contract all electronically. This comprehensive class will cover saving all the files involved in a transaction in one place, eSigning a Seller’s Disclosure, creating templates plus much, much more!  Bring your laptop for this hands-on learning experience! - 2 hour “advanced” class *Students must know their zipForm Plus and DocuSign login if they want to participate in class.
Facebook Fundamentals for Growing your Business
Facebook Fundamentals for Growing your Business | 1 HR CE | Course#37548 In this class, you’ll learn how to fully utilize the power of Facebook. We’ll cover everything from building strong profiles (personal and business), writing engaging content, creating compelling images and video all with the specific purpose of growing your real estate business.
Focused Farming: Establish Your Roots and Grow Your Sphere
Focused Farming | 1 CE HR | CE# 39671 This class will help you learn how to focus your marketing efforts on specific geographic areas, help you expand your database, and, most importantly, grow your business. You will also discover the factors of farming that determine area viability, how to effectively use real estate farming tools, and discuss how to build a marketing plan.
Getting the Most Out of RPR
Getting the Most Out of RPR | 1 HR CE | Course #37163 Are you looking for data to meet the demands of your clients? Have you heard of RPR? Learn how to use Realtors Property Resource (RPR) in your everyday business to access compelling property analytics, create captivating reports for your clients, perform both local and national property searches, utilize RPR’s unparalleled CMA tool, and much, much more!
Getting the Plus Out of zipForm Plus
Getting the PLUS out of zipForm Plus! | 2 HR CE | Course#37553 Create more time for lead generation and client nurturing by becoming proficient in zipForm Plus! This course is designed to increase your productivity by streamlining your transaction management. In this class, you will receive in-depth experience in creating templates including how to send some of the key forms as a fillable document to your client and utilizing the clause manager. This comprehensive class will teach you how to add assigned text and checkboxes to documents and how to edit a sent signature packet. Bring your laptop for this hands-on learning experience! - 2 hour “advanced” class *Students must know their zipForm Plus login if they want to participate in class. They will need to know their RPR login if they would like to use the features RPR offers.
Hacking Happens: Cyber Security 101
Hacking Happens: Cyber Security 101| 1 HR CE | CE#40238 Did you know that 60% of small businesses go out of business within six months of being victimized by cybercrime?  Hacking happens to all of us, whether we know it or not. Do not wait to be a victim!  In this class, you'll learn how to protect your business and personal network usage. Also, discover how to educate your clients on the best methods of communication and wire transfers.
Instagram Insights for Growing Your Business
Instagram Insights for Growing Your Business | 1 HR CE | CE #38651 As the fastest growing social media platform, Instagram is a powerful place to grow your real estate business. In this class, you’ll learn proven content strategies, ideas and techniques to engage with your past and potential clients. Discover how to master the art and science of Instagram Stories, Hashtags, Polls and so much more.
Jump Start! New Agent Training
Real Estate and Title: There’s so much you didn’t learn in Real Estate School!  Learn the basics of the One to Family Contract, best practices that make transaction go smoother and finally, what you need to know about Title Insurance. zipForm and DocuSign: Preparing forms and sending them for electronic signature is something every new agent needs to learn.  Get started with the foundations of zipForm and DocuSign, best practices for organizing documents, and the tips & tricks that will set you up for success throughout your career. Austin MLS: A beginner’s look at the Austin MLS!  Learn how to convert more leads into closings by searching proficiently, understanding client portals, creating auto-emails and optimizing listings. Marketing & More: You can’t start a career in real estate without a basic marketing plan!  Learn the foundations of real estate marketing, the power of a GREAT bio for online marketing, creating social media platforms and finally, what you need to know about creating a CRM and using a referral-based system to generate business. *Jump Start is prescheduled for the year.  Contact your Independence Title Rep for more details.
Legal Update I
Legal Update I | 4 HRS CE | Course #37796 This mandatory TREC certified course covers the legal aspects of conducting real estate business. Get your renewal out of the way!
Legal Update II
Legal Update II | 4 HRS CE | Course #37797 This mandatory TREC certified course covers the legal aspects of conducting real estate business. Get your renewal out of the way!
Lights, Camera, Action! Video Basics for Real Estate
Lights, Camera, Action! Video Basics for Real Estate | 1 HR CE | CE #40401 With video marketing on the rise, there’s no doubt that video and YouTube are becoming more popular in the real estate community.  Have you ever considered making a video for your business? If you have but aren't sure how to get started, this class is perfect for you!   In this class, learn how to create and customize your personal YouTube channel, upload and edit videos, and make the best use of mobile apps for on-the-go access.  You'll also learn why online video is so crucial to your business, as well as the different types of videos you have the ability to create.  By the end of the presentation, you’ll feel prepared to use video to its fullest potential.
LinkedIn Basics for Real Estate
LinkedIn Basics for Real Estate | 1 HR CE | Course#37395 It's no secret that LinkedIn is the most popular professional networking site, but are you making the most out of it for your business? Join us for this one-hour course to gain the knowledge to create your personal and business profiles, the difference between your profile and business profiles, ways to optimize your business page and, most importantly, ways to generate leads.
Listing Language: Selling Through Words
Listing Language: Selling Through Words | 1 HR CE | CE#38199 Listing descriptions of the past were short, to-the-point, and meant only for the eyes of Realtors.  Today’s listing descriptions are syndicated to countless internet sites and often converted to magazine/television scripting seen and heard by the public.  Writing a listing description that gets a home sold requires an understanding of words as tools to persuade and motivate an audience.  Learn the formula, the keywords, and the location of resources to generate interest, increase SEO, and produce listing language that sells!
Make Your Vision a Reality
Make Your Vision a Reality | 2 HR CE | CE#37729 Looking for a Business Plan for 2020? A vision maps out the Goals, Plans and Strategies (GPS) that will drive you to success.  In this class, you will gain the tools to create a single-page depiction of your vision.  These tools include; determining financial goals, developing a plan for your success and using the power of personal goal setting to grow your business.  You will learn to focus on your most vital activities.  Your goals will keep you on track and ultimately make your vision a reality in 2020!!
MLS: Top 25 Things You Need To Know
MLS: Top 25 Things You Need To Know | 1 CE HR | CE #40178 Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Join us as we highlight the top 25 tips and tricks you need to know to get the most out of the MLS.
Navigating the One-to-Four Family Contract
Navigating the One-to-Four Family Contract | 1 HR CE | Course #40798 Think about this…..When you are filling out the One to Four Family Contract you are essentially drawing a road map for the transaction.  In this class we will focus on the certain parts of the contract and discuss ways to address any potential hazards or speed bumps that might get in the way of a successful closing.
Negotiation: Deliberate Dialogues for Real Estate
Negotiation: Deliberate Dialogues for Real Estate | 1 HR CE | CE #37841 Communication and negotiation go hand-in-hand. In this class, you will gain a better understanding of basic communication styles and how they apply to negotiating. You will also learn the characteristics a good negotiator, the importance of strong negotiating skills, how to handle objections and overall techniques to create negotiating scenarios that help create harmony in your transactions.
Perfecting Your Online Presence
Perfecting Your Online Presence | 1 HR CE  | Course#37324 Have you ever Googled your business? Are you utilizing your Realtor.com account? Do you feel overwhelmed by the complexities of online real estate profiles? Have no fear— we found the answers for you! In this class, you'll learn how to complete important details across a variety of platforms that can increase views and profile traffic. This class will also provide a detailed overview on profile syndication, a feature that allows for data sharing across platforms to get the most out of your profiles.
Post It! What, Why & When to Post on Social Media
Post It! What, Why & When to Post on Social Media | 1 HR CE | CE #40386 In this class, we’ll discuss the three W’s of posting content to your social media channels:  What, Why & When.  We’ll discuss different strategies of what to post to reach your target audience and how to leverage your personal page as well as your business page.  You’ll learn how to build content that creates interest as well as how to read and understand your analytics.  You'll leave this class with a simple social media strategy to achieve your goals on your social media platforms.
Real Estate Graphic Design with Canva
Real Estate Graphic Design with Canva | 1 HR CE | Course# 38997  Have you heard of Canva.com? It’s a free web-based graphic design platform that Realtors can use to create flyers, postcards, newsletters, and even social media graphics. This class will help you get started with the platform. Before you know it, you'll be creating amazing DIY real estate marketing material!
Smart Homes for Smart Agents
Smart Homes for Smart Agents | 1 HR CE | Course #36699 We live in a world where you can do almost anything from your phone: lock your front door, adjust your thermostat, turn off the lights, etc. Smart home technology is reshaping the way homes operate and is influencing the real estate industry. These devices are changing the way Realtors stage homes, hold open houses, set sales prices, and so much more. In this class, you'll learn about smart home products so you can communicate with your clients about unique features they have to offer, whether they’re buying or selling a home.
Stats in a Flash
Stats in a Flash | 1 HR CE | Course#38016 Does the word "statistics" intimidate you? This class will take the fear out of statistics and will have you creating your own Stats in a Flash! We’ll define common terminology, show you where to locate statistics, teach you how to create your own, and demonstrate when to use statistics in your business. If you want to take your marketing to the next level, or if you just need data to support your negotiations, this class is for you!
Surveys at a Glance
Surveys at a Glance| 1 HR CE | Course # 36993 Reviewing a survey can be an intimidating task. What survey types are available and what are differences between them? This class will equip you with the knowledge about key items regarding surveys provide a checklist to use as a tool for listing appointments and contract negotiations.
Texas Ranch and Rural Land Forecast
Texas Ranch and Rural Land Forecast | 1 HR CE | Course#36991 This course provides a comprehensive overview and current state of the market for Texas ranches and rural land sales. It begins with a bird’s eye view of the national, state, and local economies to create a framework for understanding the conditions affecting the rural land market in Texas. From there, the course highlights each major region of the Texas land market and delves into sales history, current conditions, and future projections.
The CMA Class
The CMA Class | 2 HRS CE | CE #38661 This course takes the comparative market analysis (CMA) beyond the typical sold data and into a more complex pricing strategy.  You will learn how to exam optimal market entry price, estimate the value of unique features, make proper price adjustments, and properly evaluate the active competition. In the second half of this comprehensive CMA course, you will perfect your presentation techniques so you will be able to clearly illustrate the pricing objectives in your detailed CMA.
The Extended Cut: Creating and Promoting Videos
The Extended Cut: Creating and Promoting Videos | 2 HRS CE | Course #37550 Let’s face it, no one likes doing videos! We don’t like how we sound; we don’t know what to say and overall just don’t know where to start. We will discuss methods that will help you get over your fears and hesitations about creating videos so that you can create compelling real estate videos that attract more clients. We’ll cover how to create a YouTube channel and how to promote your videos to attract viewers/subscribers to your channel. By the end of this class, you’ll finally feel prepared to use video to its fullest potential. One Hour Version: Lights, Camera, Action! Video Basics for Real Estate | 1 HR | CE #35758
The Journey of a File
The Journey of a File | 1 HR CE | Course #36813 Have you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes at a title company? Let us take you on a Journey…. a Journey of a File that is! We will start from receipting the contract and take you all the way to closing and funding.  This class will cover topics like title examination, how the title company works with everyone to ensure they make it to the closing table, and what goes into preparing documents for closing.  Whether you’re a seasoned real estate agent or just getting started in the business, this is a journey you can’t miss!
The Modern Open House
The Modern Open House | 1 CE HR | CE# 39768  You can’t just stick a few directional signs in the neighborhood and cross your fingers.  To host a successful open house it takes planning, promoting, and the proper follow up.  In this course, you will learn best practices for before, during, and after your open house.  The Modern Open House also focuses on new and different techniques that will help bring your open houses to the 21st century.  Get your listing sold, generate more buyer leads, and overall increase your bottom line.
Title Commitment A to D
Title Commitment A to D | 1 HR CE | Course #39152 A title commitment is the heart of a file. Walk with us through each schedule of this important document to learn what to watch for when you receive the commitment on your next transaction.
What the FIRPTA?
What the FIRPTA? | 1 HR CE | CE#40239 How familiar are you with Paragraph 20 (Federal Tax Requirements) of the TREC One to Four Family Contract? Is it clear as mud? Have you heard the acronym FIRPTA but could use more information? This section of the contract is becoming very popular as foreign investors become more and more common. In this class, we'll break down what exactly FIRPTA stands for and what you need to know about it.
Why Buy Greater Austin
Why Buy Greater Austin | 1 HR CE | Course # 38585 Learn about current trends in the housing market and how to use this data to assist customers and their decisions to buy/sell real estate. This presentation provides global, regional, state, and local economic data/analytics.