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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:

Tax Planning Program Specifically for Real Estate Agents
Join us for a Lunch and Learn with special guests from Greenlight Tax Group. They’ve designed a tax planning program specifically for REALTORS®. They will share strategies to help you minimize your tax liability and keep more of what you make year after year. Please register in advance, as seats are limited.
November 2nd
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Republic Title Park Cities

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.
November 3rd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Park Cities

TREC Legal Update
Material mandated by TREC
Legal Update II covers a host of topics that TREC has deemed critical for all licensees to be familiar with, including fiduciary and ethical duties of the agent, guidance on dealing with water and mineral rights, and important updates to tax laws and rules.
November 8th
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Republic Title Uptown

Instagram Reels for Real Estate Agents
If you’re looking to connect with more buyers and sellers while growing your brand, then Instagram Reels could be for you. Reels is a powerful way to cast a larger net to grow your followers and to showcase your listings to a wider audience. In this course you will learn the quick and easy steps to create a reel and given examples of content ideas so you can get started today.
November 15th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Tax Planning Program Specifically For Real Estate Agents
Join us for a Lunch and Learn with special guests from Greenlight Tax Group. They’ve designed a tax planning program specifically for REALTORS®. They will share strategies to help you minimize your tax liability and keep more of what you make year after year. Please register in advance, as seats are limited.
November 15th
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Republic Title Uptown

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.
November 17th
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. APPROVED TREC CONTRACT COURSE
November 30th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

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October Class Calendar

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

The Real Deal – Bring It All Together: Title & Resources
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.
October 4th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Title Commitment 101
This class focuses on understanding the groundwork done in creating the Title Commitment, what agents should look for and what questions to ask.  We will provide licensees with a basic understanding of crucial documents and the role they play enabling them to detect potential problems.
October 5th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

**SOLD OUT**   Tax Planning Program Specifically For Real Estate Agents
Join us for a Lunch and Learn with special guests from Greenlight Tax Group.  They’ve designed a tax planning program specifically for REALTORS. They will share strategies to help you minimize your tax liability and keep more of what you make year after year.  Please register in advance, as seats are limited.
October 5th
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Republic Title Park Cities

Up and Away with Cloud CMA
Join us for a condensed view of the products within Cloud CMA in the NTREIS Matrix MLS System including generating personalized buyer/seller reports.
October 6th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

TREC Legal Update
Material mandated by TREC
Legal Update I covers various topics related to changes in regulations, forms, and standards of practice in the real estate industry including: TREC statute and rule updates, an overview of changes to and best practices for promulgated contract and addenda forms, and updated information on fair housing and property management laws and regulations.
October 11th
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Republic Title Uptown

Escape Hatches for Buyers
APPROVED TREC CONTRACT COURSE
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.
October 12th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Matrix MLS-Advanced
Agents will be shown advanced features available in the NTREIS Matrix MLS System including reverse prospecting, custom displays, market reports, speed bar, mapping/layers, statistics, exports, etc.
October 18th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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.
October 19th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Park Cities

Capture More Clients
Agents will be shown the various tools and landing pages available in the NTREIS MLS system that could be used to attract more business and help generate leads from buyers and sellers.
October 20th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Prosper

**SOLD OUT**   Tax Planning Program Specifically For Real Estate Agents
Join us for a Lunch and Learn with special guests from Greenlight Tax Group.  They’ve designed a tax planning program specifically for REALTORS. They will share strategies to help you minimize your tax liability and keep more of what you make year after year.  Please register in advance, as seats are limited.
October 21st
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Republic Title Park Cities

Virtual Listing Presentations Using Cloud CMA
Cloud CMA LIVE is designed to give REALTORS® a digital edge during their listing presentation, whether in person or virtually.  Present and explain your knowledge of the real estate market clearly with a truly interactive experience and WIN your next listing.
October 27th
11:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Southlake

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

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Attorney Helplines

Republic Title works diligently to offer consistent, responsive, knowledgeable service when closing your transactions. In addition to our experienced Branch Managers and Escrow Officers, we have a dynamic team of Attorneys and Underwriters available to answer your questions and be a resource for you in working towards a smooth closing.

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Steve Holley

Senior Vice President /
Senior Residential Counsel
(214) 890-2129
Email
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Matt Visinsky

Senior Vice President /
Senior Residential Counsel
(972) 578-8611
Email
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Jay Turner

Senior Vice President /
Residential Counsel
(214) 556-0407
Email
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Sarah Mann

Senior Vice President /
Residential Counsel
(817) 873-7904
Email
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Scott Rooker

Vice President /
Residential Counsel
(214) 505-9624
Email
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Wade Bogdon

Assistant Vice President / Residential Counsel
(214) 556-0330
Email
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Peter Graf

Executive Vice President
and General Counsel
(214) 855-8836
Email
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Jon Hooper

Senior Vice President /
Senior Underwriting Counsel
(214) 855-8884
Email
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Mark Roden

Senior Vice President /
Assistant General Counsel
(214) 855-8840
Email

For more information like this and other helpful resources, please visit out Resource Section Residential Resources | Republic Title of Texas

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September Class Calendar

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

The Real Deal – Mastering the TREC One to Four Family Residential 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.
September 6th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom (This class is offered for informational purposes only, TREC CE is not available.)

Back-up, Contingent and 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-RELATED COURSE
September 8th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

The Real Deal – Getting to Know Lender Products
September 13th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom (This class is offered for informational purposes only, TREC CE is not available.)

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.
September 14th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Park Cities

Is This Homestead and Why Do Title Companies Care?
Homestead rights can be very confusing! This class will help licensees understand how the State of Texas views homesteads and what factors influence the title company’s underwriting decisions.
September 15th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

The Real Deal – Mastering 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.
September 20th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom (This class is offered for informational purposes only, TREC CE is not available.)

Attract New Clients using MLS Tools

Join us and discover a number of ways to use the tools provided by the MLS to help with consumer interest which can likely turn into sales and full-fledged customers.

In person only. NOTE: This class will be taught hands-on. If you would like to follow along during class, please bring your own laptop* (*smart phones and iPads will not work).
September 22nd
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Republic Title Southlake

Taxation and the Real Estate Agent
This class will cover issues to help REALTORS® with their personal taxes, with removing Federal Tax Liens when closing sales, and with IRS problem they or their client may have. Some of the topics discussed in this one-hour class include: Tips on Keeping Records & Recommended Forms to File, Tax Deductions You Should be Taking, How to Make Estimated Taxes Work with your Cash Flow, Tax Areas of Special Interest to REALTORS®, and How to Use the Home Office Deduction.
September 22nd
Lunch – 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Class – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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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, licensees 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.
September 23rd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom 

Appraisals 201 – Perfecting the CMA Process – Presented by Supreme Lending
Take the guesswork out of the CMA process by learning how to make adjustments from an appraiser’s point of view. This one hour class will be presented by Sean Bone of Supreme Lending.
September 27th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Southlake

The Real Deal – zipForm and 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.
September 27th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom (This class is offered for informational purposes only, TREC CE is not available.)

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

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August Class Calendar

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

Cyber Security Basics for Brokers and Agents
This class will help licensees understand the importance of being ‘cyber- vigilant’ in addition to learning steps to take in order to protect themselves and their clients from cyber-attacks.
August 3rd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Matrix MLS – Auto Emails, Contacts, Client Portals
Join us for an in-depth overview of setting up automatic emails based on your client’s custom search, manage emails/contacts as well as client portals in the Matrix MLS System.
August 4th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Zoom

Advanced Signing Options Using DocuSign
Join us for this ADVANCED class where students will learn the progressive features of DocuSign®, such as using many of the advanced fields, correcting transactions, and creating time-saving templates. In addition, students will learn how to send the Seller’s Disclosure to their client to complete online.
August 10th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
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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.
August 10th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
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.
August 16th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Southlake

Online Contracts via zipForm
Join us to learn the basics of using Lone Wolf Transactions, zipForm® Edition (formerly zipForm® Plus). zipForm® enables 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.
August 23rd
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Zoom

Death, Divorce & Real Estate
Join us to learn important laws surrounding death and divorce such as separation, homestead issues, community property and probate.
August 24th
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Caddo Office Reimagined Lakewood

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. 

For more information, go to Blog for videos like this and other helpful information. Blog | REPUBLIC TITLE

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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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The Real Deal Part 4: Winning More and More Deals

We are excited to introduce our new series for new real estate agents called The Real Deal. You are not going to want to miss this information-packed series. This class will be taught by Janet Allen and Shaun Neidigh and will cover lead generation, winning listing appointments, prospect and client follow-up and more.

The Real Deal New Agent Class Series is a special group of classes specifically designed for agents who have been licensed less than one year, who are just starting out and building their businesses from the ground up. We will dive into five of the most important areas that new agents need to know about to help you establish your business and be a better REALTOR® to your clients.

To register for The Real Deal series visit our website: We are excited to introduce our new series for new real estate agents called The Real Deal. You are not going to want to miss this information-packed series. This class will be taught by Janet Allen and Shaun Neidigh and will cover lead generation, winning listing appointments, prospect and client follow-up and more. The Real Deal New Agent Class Series is a special group of classes specifically designed for agents who have been licensed less than one year, who are just starting out and building their businesses from the ground up. We will dive into five of the most important areas that new agents need to know about to help you establish your business and be a better REALTOR® to your clients.

To register for The Real Deal series visit our website: https://www.republictitle.com/residential-education/

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The Real Deal Part 3: Writing the Deal – Contracts

We are excited to introduce our new series for new real estate agents called The Real Deal. You are not going to want to miss this information-packed series. The 3rd class in this series is Writing the Deal – Contracts. Scott Rooker, Residential Counsel with Republic Title, will be teaching this class and will be covering the Contracts and Addenda you’ll need to submit each time you write an offer . You are not going to want to miss this!

The Real Deal New Agent Class Series is a special group of classes specifically designed for agents who have been licensed less than one year, who are just starting out and building their businesses from the ground up. We will dive into five of the most important areas that new agents need to know about to help you establish your business and be a better REALTOR® to your clients.

To register for The Real Deal series visit our website: https://www.republictitle.com/residential-education/