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July Class Calendar

Republic Title is pleased to offer a variety of continuing education classes for our customers. Join us in July for classes including:

TREC Legal Update I
Material mandated by TREC – Statutory Changes/Rules/Forms Updates.
July 6th
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Stonebridge Country Club

Property Data on the Go with RPR Mobile
Meeting the demands of today’s well-informed consumer is a top priority for REALTORS® and by using valuable tools like RPR® (Realtors Property Resource®) to help increase your productivity, you can do just that! RPR Mobile™ app offers on-the-go access so you can answer all your clients questions no matter where you are. This class will teach you how to effectively use RPR Mobile™ application in the field to quickly pull up properties for sale from the MLS, look up off market properties, and efficiently find property information such as school information, valuations, past sales and more.
July 12th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

TREC Legal Update II
Material mandated by TREC – Ethics/Fair Housing/Anti-Discrimination/Hot Topics/Court Cases.
July 13th
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Stonebridge Country Club

Market Yourself like a Pro using RPR
Join us to learn how to use RPR®’s (Realtors Property Resource®) marketing resources to streamline your outreach and share regular market updates on social media channels, as well as, create mailings without missing a beat.
July 19th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Caddo Office Suites McKinney

Traps and Pitfalls for Licensees
This class draws attention to the issues most likely to cause problems for licensees in a real estate transaction including real estate fraud, missing effective date in the contract, ‘practicing law’ and more.
July 19th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Escape Hatches for Buyers
In this class licensees will become familiar with specific conditions & contingencies within the contract and related addenda that, if not adhered to, could result in a Buyer’s valid termination of the contract.
July 27th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

To see a current list of available classes and to register, please visit www.republictitle.com/residential-education.

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What Is A Title Policy

A title insurance policy is an insurance policy that insures you against liens or other claims against your property.  Unlike other types of insurance, you pay the premium one time and the policy generally insures you for as long as you own the property.  In Texas, Title Insurance rates are regulated by the Texas Department of Insurance and the rate is based on the amount of coverage provided by the policy. There are two basic types of title insurance, an owner’s title policy and a loan title policy.  Most financial lenders require a loan title policy as security for their investment in your property just as they require homeowners insurance or other types of coverage for their protection.  Owner’s title insurance lets the new homeowner feel safe and confident there are no other claims as to the ownership of the insured property.  Among other matters, it ensures access to the property, gives the homeowner the right to occupy the property, and provides indefeasible title. 

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June Class Calendar

Republic Title is pleased to offer a variety of continuing education classes for our customers. Join us in June for classes including:

Create Gorgeous Visual Content Using FREE Tools!
Join Annette Carvalho-Jordan, VP/Real Estate Technology Trainer as she gets you started creating beautiful designs for your real estate business and your social media profiles using Canva.com and more!
June 3rd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Documents & What They Do
Licensees must be familiar with a multitude of documents in the practice of real estate. Join us for this class which focuses on various real estate documents including Deeds, Deeds of Trust, Assignments and more describing the purpose and applicability of each.
June 8th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Death, Divorce & Real Estate
Join us to learn important laws surrounding death and divorce such as separation, homestead issues, community property and probate.
June 14th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Prosper

Social Media Content Planning 101
All good social media begins with a plan. Join us to learn how effective content planning and execution will keep you top of mind with your sphere and help you win more business. In this class, you will learn tips for social media content planning, where to find great content resources, and planning tools to help you organize your social media content calendar.
June 15th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Boost Your Business With Remine
Join us for an overview of Remine; a powerful map-based search tool accessible through the NTREIS portal. This class will demonstrate Remine’s intuitive platform that reimagines the MLS and helps to solve and analyze some of the biggest challenges real estate agents face today.
June 16th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Caddo Office Reimagined

Death, Divorce & Real Estate
Join us to learn important laws surrounding death and divorce such as separation, homestead issues, community property and probate.
June 16th
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Zoom

Backup, Contingent & Multiple Offers
This class will prepare licensees to handle the unique aspects of backup, contingent and multiple offer transactions by reviewing pertinent TREC addenda along with critical dates and deadlines.
**APPROVED TREC CONTRACT COURSE**
June 21st
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

To see a current list of available classes and to register, please visit www.republictitle.com/residential-education.

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May Class Calendar

Republic Title is pleased to offer a variety of continuing education classes for our customers. Join us in May for classes including:

LIVE Listing Presentations using Cloud CMA
With Cloud CMA Live you can command the room (whether it’s in person or on the computer) with confidence by creating virtual listing presentations your clients will love! This class will show you how Cloud CMA Live will help you make a great impression with your clients, easily establish yourself as the neighborhood expert, and win more listings (virtually)!
May 3rd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Home Surveillance – Legal Issues
Join us for this class which focuses on the specifics of home surveillance and potential legal issues that arise from unlawful recordings of video or audio or both when an agent is showing a house or listing a house.
May 4th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

TREC Legal Update II
Material mandated by TREC – Ethics/Fair Housing/Anti-Discrimination/Hot Topics/Court Cases.
May 10th
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Republic Title Uptown

Digital Delivery with Docusign®
DocuSign® makes it easy to streamline your business and go paperless. This hands-on class covers the basics of DocuSign®, showing you how to easily sign and send documents from anywhere.
May 11th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Zoom

Target Professionals using LinkedIn
With nearly 700 million members across the world, LinkedIn has changed the way professionals connect with their colleagues and network for business. With one in three professionals active on LinkedIn, you are sure to engage in meaningful business connections and generate leads when you use LinkedIn. Join us to learn how to become a proficient user, how to grow your connections and how to leverage LinkedIn in your real estate business.
May 17th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Republic Title Southlake

The Ins and Outs of the Residence Homestead Tax Exemption
The objective of this course is to provide a complete understanding of the homestead tax exemption. The class will cover: how the homestead exemption impacts the value of property for the calculation of property taxes; how and when to apply for the homestead exemption; the impactions of the over-65/disabled persons exemption on property taxes; how to transfer the over-65/disabled persons exemption when moving homesteads; and how the homestead exemption is used when located with agricultural property.
May 17th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Prosper

Top Ten Contract Addenda
Join us to review 10 of the most commonly utilized TREC contract addenda including Third Party Financing Addendum, Addendum for Backup Contract and more.
May 24th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Triple Your Repeat & Referral Business
The goal of this course, provided bay Darian Rausch, is to provide real estate professionals with the information needed to build their repeat and referral business by building trust in customers, clients, and fellow agents. Agents will learn how to work leads to generate more leads, transition from passively accepting occasional referrals to a pro-active referral mind set, and make the connection between their “brand” and referral success.
May 24th
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Zoom

To see a current list of available classes and to register, please visit www.republictitle.com/residential-education.

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February Class Calendar

Republic Title is pleased to offer a variety of continuing education classes for our customers. Join us in February for classes including:

Create Gorgeous Visual Content Using FREE Tools!
Join Annette Carvalho-Jordan, VP/Real Estate Technology Trainer as she gets you started creating beautiful designs for your real estate business and your social media profiles using Canva.com and more!
February 2nd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

TREC Legal Update II
*** PLEASE NOTE: This class has been changed to a zoom meeting due to impending inclement weather ***

Material mandated by TREC – Ethics/Fair Housing/Anti-Discrimination/Hot Topics/Court Cases.
February 3rd
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Zoom

The Real Deal – Your Best Year Ever: Bring It All Together – Resources & Marketing Tools
In this class, you’ll discover the tools and resources that will make you a valuable resource to your clients. Learn about some of the best marketing resources available to real estate agents for marketing your personal brand and your business.
February 8th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Survey Issues
Join us for this class intended to help licensees understand surveys and the applicable paragraphs in the TREC 1-4 Family Residential Contract and prepare them for any potential survey issues that may arise.
February 9th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Boost Your  Business Using Remine
Join us for an overview of Remine; a powerful map-based search tool accessible through the NTREIS portal. This class will demonstrate Remine’s intuitive platform that reimagines the MLS and helps to solve and analyze some of the biggest challenges real estate agents face today.
February 17th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Mapping Tools in Matrix
One of the strongest tools available to NTREIS MLS Subscribers is the mapping tool in Matrix, but are you using it to its fullest ability? In this class, Annette Carvalho-Jordan, VP/Real Estate Technology Training, will explore all the map tool functions in Matrix so you can create powerful searches for your clients who want to live in specific neighborhoods, near points of interest or certain distances to where they work.
February 22nd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Top Ten Contract Addenda
Join us to review 10 of the most commonly utilized TREC contract addenda including Third Party Financing Addendum, Addendum for Backup Contract and more.
February 24th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

To see a current list of available classes and to register, please visit www.republictitle.com/residential-education.

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NTREIS Phasing Out Areas and Subareas

Over the next few months NTREIS users will be experiencing the phasing out of areas and subareas. NTREIS is rebuilding the Matrix system to be in compliance with the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) data dictionary. Through this process, the area/subarea fields will not be included. The decision was made over two years ago to remove areas and subareas. The reasons for doing so are many:

  • Area boundaries are subjective; some are school boundaries which change, others are neighborhood or street boundaries.
  • Area identifiers are not useful to consumers.
  • The vendor that updated the geo boundaries for our area maps is no longer available for that service.
  • Subjective area boundaries can be likened to the “redlining” maps of old and any suggestion of discriminatory steering has no place in the future of this industry.

NTREIS has been encouraging the use of the digital mapping layers and custom shapes for searches—consumers have become comfortable with digital mapping and agents should use the same tools their customers use. However, many of NTREIS statistics were based on area identifiers and they are embedded in several tools, so it has been a long processes to get to the point where they can be phased out.

The steps to be taken over the next 60-90 days are:

  • Texas A&M has been using other geo identifier in working with statistics for the Texas REALTORS® Data Relevance Project.
  • The area breakdowns will be removed from the NTREIS statistical reporting.
  • NTREIS Trends will be removing the Area criteria option for creating reports.
  • Area/Subarea fields are being removed from IDX data feeds and we are working with those vendors for Broker tools.
  • Any remaining NTREIS products that use Areas in search criteria are in the process of removing those.
  • Notifications to users will be sent out notifying them that they need to remove that search criteria from saved searches.
  • Area/Subarea will be removed from the Realist auto-pop.
  • Area/Subarea will be removed from the input screen and displays.

Make sure to join Annette Carvalho-Jordan, VP/Real Estate Technology Trainer, for our Mapping Tools in Matrix class on January 12th. In this class, we will explore all the map tool functions in Matrix so you can create powerful searches for your clients who want to live in specific neighborhoods, near points of interest or certain distances to where they work.

Courtesy of MetroTex Association of Realtors

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The Real Deal: Your Best Year Ever Class Series

Our popular The Real Deal New Agent Class Series is back for 2022, and this time the theme is “Your Best Year Ever”. This series is a special group of classes specifically designed for agents who have been licensed less than one year, and are just starting out and building their businesses from the ground up. We will discuss five areas that new agents need to know in order to plan a successful year and move you forward to be a better REALTOR® to your clients.

The Real Deal – Your Best Year Ever: Planning for Success
In this first class of our newest Real Deal series, Janet Allen & Shaun Neidigh will discuss promoting yourself, creating your vendor team, and laying out your business plan for the year. Learn how to make your plans actionable so you can hit the ground running into your best year ever.

The Real Deal – Your Best Year Ever: Mastering the Deal with Your MLS Dashboard
In this class we’ll explore the NTREIS MLS Dashboard and you’ll learn about all the vital tools that can help grow your business and some basic tips on how to get started.

The Real Deal – Your Best Year Ever: Mastering the Contract
This class will cover the basics of the Contracts and Addenda you’ll need to submit each time you write an offer. We will walk through the TREC 1-4 Family Contract and learn about the parts that can make or break your offer so that you can be prepared to write the strongest contracts possible for your clients.

The Real Deal – Your Best Year Ever: zipForm® & Digital Signatures
In this class we’ll take a look at the technology tools that enable real estate agents to quickly and efficiently create digital transaction files, complete and fill in contract details, attach documents and even get them electronically signed by buyers, sellers and other parties involved in a real estate transaction.

The Real Deal – Your Best Year Ever: Bring It All Together – Resources & Marketing Tools
In this class, you’ll discover the tools and resources that will make you a valuable resource to your clients. Learn about some of the best marketing resources available to real estate agents for marketing your personal brand and your business.

To see a current list of available classes and to register, please visit www.republictitle.com/residential-education.

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December Class Calendar

Republic Title is pleased to offer a variety of continuing education classes for our customers. Join us in December for classes including:

Mapping Tools in Matrix
One of the strongest tools available to NTREIS MLS Subscribers is the mapping tool in Matrix, but are you using it to its fullest ability? In this class, Annette Carvalho-Jordan, VP/Real Estate Technology Training, will explore all the map tool functions in Matrix so you can create powerful searches for your clients who want to live in specific neighborhoods, near points of interest or certain distances to where they work.
December 7th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Escape Hatches for Buyers
This class with Scott Rooker, VP/Residential Counsel, will familiarize licensees with specific conditions & contingencies within the contract and related addenda that, if not adhered to, could result in a Buyer’s valid termination of the contract. (TREC Approved Contracts Course)
December 15th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Zoom – Property Data on the Go with RPR Mobile™
Meeting the demands of today’s well-informed consumer is a top priority for REALTORS® and by using valuable tools like RPR® (REALTORS® Property Resource) to help increase your productivity, you can do just that! RPR Mobile™ app offers on-the-go access so you can answer all your clients questions no matter where you are. This class will teach you how to effectively use RPR Mobile™ application in the field to quickly pull up properties for sale from the MLS, look up off market properties, and efficiently find property information such as school information, valuations, past sales and more.
December 16th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Selling Out of an Estate
Join Charles Kramer, Outside Counsel for Republic Title, as he explains the requirements for selling real estate if title is held by an estate or there has been a death of a seller.
December 28th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

To see a current list of available classes and to register, please visit www.republictitle.com/residential-education

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How to Create Instagram Posts for Your Real Estate Business with Canva

Republic Title’s Real Estate Technology Trainer Annette Carvalho-Jordan is always staying up to date on new ways to educate real estate agents on how they can build their business. Annette is extremely knowledgeable in both Realtors Property Resource® and Canva and has found a great resource using both platforms to help agents increase their online reputation through social media.

Ready to start sharing engaging real estate content with your network, but not sure where to start? If you want to share neighborhood market stats, new listings, open houses and client testimonials… this article will get you going.

What is Canva?

Canva is a simple to use, online design and publishing tool. With it, you can easily create designs without having professional design skills. All you need is an understanding of your brand colors and fonts, along with a clear idea of what you want to share.

With a free account, you’ll be able to use the templates shown in this article. But it will take a Canva pro account, or pay per download, to export the designs as graphics you can share on Instagram. If you’re just kicking the tires, try signing up for the Canva Pro 30-day trial. That will allow you to have all of the features, free for a month.

Benefits of Canva Templates

With premade templates, you’re not starting from scratch. You’ll simply find designs that you like and then modify the overall look and feel as needed with your brand colors, fonts, and imagery.

Simple Tips to Edit Your Canva Design

Agents active on social media platforms such as Instagram often share market stats for their geographic farm area. So for this article, we’re going to break down the how-to and provide a few specific templates to make the job easier.

Change Colors

  1. Click Neighborhood Market Update to access one of RPR’s Canva Templates.
  2. Select “Use Template.”
    1. If you have a Canva account, you’ll be prompted to log in. If you do not have an account, you can create a free account using your email address.
  3. Click to select the element that you want to edit. Then click on one of the color tiles that appears on the toolbar above the editor.
  1. Then from the color editor panel, click the color that you want to apply. To choose a different color, click “New color” or the rainbow tile from the editor side panel to use the color picker.

Add or Change Image

  1. With the template design open, look to the far left side panel.
  2. Click the “Photos” tab. If it’s not showing, click the “More” button to locate it.
  3. Look for images by typing keywords into the search bar.
  4. Once you’ve found or uploaded an image, add it to your design by simply clicking on it.
  5. Any image you’ve added can be adjusted from the top toolbar. Make sure you’ve clicked on the image and then choose: Effects, Filter, Adjust, Crop or Flip.

Social Media Friendly Market Update with RPR and Canva

Now that you understand the basics of editing a Canva template, let’s focus on customizing a Market Stats template using data from RPR.

First, click this link and then select “Use Template.” The design shown below will open.

Next, we need to get the data from RPR to update our graphic. You’ll need to visit RPR and search for the area you’ll be covering. If the area is a neighborhood, try using the RPR Neighborhood search tool, or create a Market Activity report for any geographic area. For this example, I’ll generate a Market Activity report for a neighborhood and we can use the data from there.

  1. Within RPR, select “Research” from the main navigation and then choose “Map Search.”
    (Note: If the map is open to the correct area, simply pan or zoom the map as needed to get centered on your area. If it’s not, use the search bar to enter your area.)
  2. From the top of the RPR map, select the “Show Geographies” pull-down.
  3. Select “Intermediate Neighborhoods,” and neighborhood outlines will display on the map wherever available.
  4. Locate the neighborhood you’ll be covering. In my case, it’s called “Lake Forest neighborhood in Lake Oswego, OR.”
  5. Select the area, and it will turn an orange color, and a map balloon will display.
  6. Click “Create Market Activity” report.

Once the Market Activity report has been generated, open it and navigate to page #2. We’ll use the Median Estimated Home Value and 12-Month Price Change for this template.

Next, navigate back to Canva with the Market Update template open. Double click on the blue median estimated home value text. It will become highlighted. Now type the correct number from your Market Activity Report. In this case, it was $690K, so type that amount in.

Then repeat this for the “Change Over the Last 12 Months”. In this case, that was 26.11%, so type that now.

See how easy that was? Now update the colors and image as needed using the directions from the start of the article.

Downloading Your New and Finalized Sharable Design

Once you’ve updated your colors, imagery, and market stats, it’s time to export your design.

  1. With the design open, tap the “Download” (or down arrow) icon at the top right corner of your screen.
  2. A menu will open, then choose a file type for your download.
  3. Wait for the export progress gradient to complete.
  4. The design will immediately save to your computer or camera roll.

Download 6 Free Canva Templates for your Real Estate Business

RPR has created a few real estate-themed Canva templates that are free for your use. You’ll need to add your own colors and images, where appropriate, but these designs mean you’ll spend less in design mode and more time sharing content in your feed.

Real Estate Market Trends Template

Review Template

New Listing Template

Did You Know Template

Open House Template

Market Update Template

 

Courtesy of:  Realtors Property Resource®

RPR Resource Center – Realtors Property Resource (RPR) (narrpr.com)

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November Class Calendar

Republic Title is pleased to offer a variety of continuing education classes for our customers. Join us in November for classes including:

Market Yourself Like A Pro Using RPR
Join Annette Carvalho-Jordan, VP/Real Estate Technology Trainer to learn how to use RPR’s marketing resources to streamline your outreach and share regular market updates on social media channels, as well as, create mailings without missing a beat.
November 4th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Stats in a Snap
Join Annette Carvalho-Jordan, VP/Real Estate Technology Trainer as she leads students through the various ways to generate MLS statistics using tools available in the NTREIS Matrix MLS system. This class will also cover sites with available statewide and nationwide data.
November 9th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

It’s All Foreign to Me
This class with Jay Turner, Senior VP/Residential Counsel, will cover many areas of a transaction involving a non-US citizen including Foreign Investors Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA), Foreign Wills, Mexican Matricula Consular and Foreign Acknowledgments.
November 10th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

The Time Is Now: The Airbnb Phenomenon, Part II
Part II: The Short Term Rental Strategy
In Part II, our guest instructor, Nancy Wallace-Laabs, Best Selling Author and National Speaker, as well as a Member of Forbes Real Estate Council, is back to further discuss:
> Maximizing Profit/Minimizing Risk
> Creating a ‘stand out’ short term listing
> Value add amenities that make a difference
This class is for informational purposes only, no CE credit.
November 17th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Backup, Contingent & Multiple Offers
APPROVED TREC CONTRACT-RELATED COURSE
Join us as Matt Visinsky, Senior VP/Residential Counsel as he prepares licensees to handle the unique aspects of backup, contingent and multiple offer transactions by reviewing pertinent TREC addenda along with critical dates and deadlines..
November 30th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

To see a current list of available classes and to register, please visit www.republictitle.com/residential-education