Don’t Miss Your Chance to Lead in 2013…

Texas REALTORS Leadership Program
Application Deadline is March 15

Due to its overwhelming success, the Houston Association of REALTORS® will once again offer the TRLP (Texas REALTORS Leadership Program).  This eight month program has been created specifically for those who wish to further themselves as a leader both personally and professionally.

Participants will learn about their communication skills, how to lead a team and work within a team, understand multi-cultures, and how to grow their real estate business while learning about their community, government, and business partners.

The Leadership Program offers participants the opportunity to meet other motivated leaders and to share intensive learning experience that focuses on community issues and leadership skills. The purpose of the leadership program is to prepare the next generation of Realtors® to meet future challenges. The program provides participants with lectures, seminars, guest speakers, group discussions and leadership exercises that address vital issues affecting Realtors®.

To graduate from the Leadership Program, REALTORS® are expected to attend ALL full-day sessions. (Dates are tentative and will be confirmed before program begins.)

Session 1 – April 10-12, 2013
Learning to Lead (Overnight Retreat)

Session 2 – May 2, 2013
Understanding Your Style of Leadership

Session 3 – June 13, 2013
Time Management, Balance and Renewal

Session 4 – July 11, 2013
Leading Across Differences

Session 5 – August 1, 2013
Key Lessons in Leadership & Business Planning

Session 6 – August 29, 2013 
Spokes Person Training

Session 7 – September 19, 2013
Law, Legislature and Leadership (One Day Austin Bus Trip)

Session 8 – October 17, 2013
H-Town Day

Session 9 – November 1, 2013
Graduation, Evaluation & Feedback

Are you interested in being part of the Leadership Program offered at the Houston Association of REALTORS®?

The cost of the program is $549 and participation is limited. You must fill out an application which is available by contacting the HAR Professional Development Department at (713) 629-1900 ext. 263. Applications must be received by Friday, March 15, 2013. All applications will be reviewed by the Leadership Selection Task Force for approval.  Applications are available by request or online at and then selecting the Leadership Program Details tab.

Questions? Please call Rita Klein Blevins at (713) 629-1900 ext. 263 or you may e-mail her at .


The GRI designation is the most widely recognized of the National Real Estate Designations. Consisting of three course, each taught by experts in their respective fields.   These topics include: Finance, Marketing and Brokerage.  This is a great program for new members seeking SAE credit.

GRI 3:  Brokerage
HAR Bay Area
Dates:  March 7-8 and 11-12

GRI 1:  Finance
  HAR Fort Bend
Dates:  April 18-19 & 22-23

Investment for each GRI Segment:  $295 for HAR Members and $325 for Non-Members

* Each GRI is approved for 9 hours of MCE or 30 hours of SAE

Earn Your Social Media Pro Designation with this Intense
Two-Day  SMP Boot Camp!

This two day program will take you through all of the most popular and widely used social networking platforms while explaining how to use them in your business.  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogging, smart phones,tablets, vide, and advanced use of these tools will be covered throughout the session.  A voluntary follow-up webinar is included in this program.

Location: HAR Central
Dates:  March 19-20

Location:HAR Montgomery County
Dates:  April 4-5

Each day will run 9:00am until 4:00pm and is approved for 12 hours of MCE. The cost for this program is $149. (TREC# 12-00-014-23958, Provider Number 0002)

Become an Affordable Housing Specialist

The Texas Affordable Housing Specialist certification equips Texas REALTORS with the knowledge to help increase sustainable homeownership.  It aims to educate you about state programs available to assist buyers and to provide information to help at-risk homeowners manage their current situation.  The more you know about affordable housing programs, the better you can assist your clients in making home ownership a reality.

Participation in both the TAHS elective day and the four-hour United Texas course is required to earn the designation.

United Texas:  Texas Affordable Housing Specialist (approved for 4 hours of MCE, provider #0001)

HAR Central and Video Conference to HAR Montgomery County
April 2, 2013

TAHS Elective Day (approved for 8 hours of MCE, provider #0001)

HAR Central and Video Conference to HAR Montgomery County
April 8, 2013




Bring the World to YOUR Real Estate Market

International real estate opportunities are everywhere. New people move to the U.S. from other countries every day and foreign-born individuals residing in the U.S. move to new markets. Americans in your current market invest in property overseas. No matter which international audience you cater to, the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Designation will provide you with the knowledge, research, network and tools to globalize your business.

Location:  HAR Central

July 22-26, 2013 (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

 * Breakfast and Lunch are included in each day

Early bird rate(until March 22nd):  $699 for HAR Members, $749 for Non-HAR Members

After March 22, 2013:  $749 for HAR Members

$799 for Non-HAR Members

            The CIPS Institute is a five day session consisting of five classes:

  • The Local Markets – This course is an analysis of the international real estate business environment, including capital flow, currencies, government regulations, and cultures. The practical aspects of international brokerage, networking, marketing and selling are discussed.
  •  Europe and International Real Estate – Covers the logistics of how to conduct real estate transactions with clients from the European Countries.
  • The Americas and International Real Estate – Practical information for professionals who work with Caribbean, North, Central and South American investors. Historical and cultural influences, regional relationship and investment opportunities are covered along with a special focus on Mexico.
  •  Asia/Pacific and International Real Estate – Covers the real estate practices for Asia and the Pacific. Emphasis is placed on culture influences, economic trends and assessing investment opportunities. A special chapter on working with the Japanese is included.
  • Transaction Tools – Provides the tools needed to present investment information to international clients – in their currency and area. You will learn how to measure investment performance, prepare financial projections, and understand the effects of taxes and exchange rates on investments. 


Completer Your Master Certified Negotiation Expert Designation

The MCNE designation is the premier negotiation designation in real estate!  Earning your MCNE designation demonstrates that you have invested considerable effort to bring your negotiation skills to the highest professional level in real estate.  And your clients want that!

The MCNE® designation is awarded to students who successfully complete all of the following courses:

  • Certified Negotiation Expert (2 days)
  • Mastering Email Negotiations in Real Estate (1 day)
  • Advanced Negotiation Techniques for Buyer’s Agents (1 day)
  • Advanced Negotiation Techniques for Listing Agents (1 day)
  • Negotiating Across Generations in Real Estate (3 hours)
  • Cultural Factors in Real Estate Negotiations (3 hours)

The MCNE designation will be clear evidence to your clients that you are the best-trained agent to help meet their needs. The results you achieve on behalf of your clients will be far above average, which will translate to more clients through referrals and direct advertising.

Advanced Negotiations for Buyers

April 3 at HAR Central
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. approved for six hours of MCE, TREC #06-00-043-22700

Mastering email Negotiations in Real Estate
April 4 at HAR Central
9 a.m. – 4 p.m approved for 6 hours of MCE, TREC #06-00-094-24691

Advanced Negotiations for Sellers
May15 at HAR Central
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., approved for 6 hours of MCE, TREC #06-00-043-22701

Negotiations:  Generational & Cultural Factors
May 16 at HAR Central
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. approved for 6 h ours of MCE, TREC #22517 & 22518

This cost for each full day program is $99

Leasing 101 – Understanding the Basics of Leasing

Today’s market has shown a significant increase in the number of leases.  Take advantage of this opportunity by learning the basics of leases and gaining insight into all the new rules and obligations for you and your clients.

Date & Location:

  • March 26 at HAR Bay Area
  • April 24at HAR Central

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Approved for six hours of MCE, TREC # 06-00-033-22891. The cost for this program is $39.

Evictions – What Every REALTOR Needs to Know!

Evictions will always be a part of property management. If you own or manage just one residential rental or hundreds of residential rentals, you will need to know the steps to follow in order to have a successful eviction suit. In this course you will learn the eviction steps to take when a tenant does not pay rent, when a tenant is holding over after a lease term, and how to file eviction suits for persons of foreclosed properties.  You will also have the information needed to prepare a script for trial as an aid to properly present statements and information at an eviction hearing.  The material also provides information concerning evicting tenants who are in military service, tenants who file pauper’s affidavits, and tenants and former owners residing in foreclosed properties.

Location:      HAR Central
Date:  April 29, 9am-12pm (Approved for 3 hours of MCE, Provider #0001) The cost for this program is $35.

Attention Brokers and Office Managers: 

The mandatory Broker Responsibility Course is now
being offered at HAR!

The cost for this six hour program is only $50 and will satisfy the TREC broker responsibility course requirement.


Sign up for classes TODAY!

Questions?  Contact the HAR Professional Department at

(713) 629-1900 ext. 370