Educators Terry Farr, Julia Iden Receive 2013 Conference Awards

Real estate instructors, school officials and publisher representatives attended the 2013 Real Estate Educators Conference in Raleigh March 4 and 5 at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown. The Real Estate Commission-sponsored meeting drew 198 participants from across the state,

Carmel Streater, DREI and specialist in real estate research and education from Baton Rouge opened the conference with the keynote address, A Common Sense Approach to Teaching Adults. Streater emphasized the importance of goal setting, intense preparation, and ruthless self-evaluation to improving instructor performance.

Following the keynote presentation, Larry Outlaw, Director of Education and Licensing, discussed Commission activities and initiatives during the past year.

During the first day’s luncheon, the North Carolina Real Estate Educators Association (NCREEA) held its spring meeting, officiated by President Kim Stotesbury.

Commission Chairperson Benjamin Cone, III, presented the Commission’s Billie J. Mercer Excellence in Education Award  to Terry E. Farr. This award is presented annually in memory of former Commission member and chairperson, Billie J. Mercer, who was especially dedicated to the cause of real estate education. The names of all award winners are engraved on the Mercer Award cup on display in the Commission’s lobby.

Commission members Laura Bromhal, Cindy Chandler, Everett “Vic” Knight, and S. R. “Buddy” Rudd were in attendance for the award presentation.

NCREEA Immediate Past President Dana Rhodes  presented  the association’s “Program of the Year” award to Julia Iden for her continuing education elective course, The Art of the Short Sale, and its “Educator of the Year” award to Terry Farr.

Commission Education and Examination Officer Anita Burt opened the afternoon session with a discussion of Perspectives on Performance, which examined  license examination performance statistics and included a visual demonstration of the impact of separate scoring resulting from the two-part real estate license examination.

A panel of real estate educators composed of Oscar Agurs, Terry Farr, Corean Hamlin and Terry Wilson shared teaching tips for successfully mastering some of the license examination’s more difficult topics.

The first day’s program concluded with a presentation by Commission Education and Licensing Officer Bruce Moyer on the various smartphone applications currently used by real estate practitioners.

On day two of the conference, Continuing Education Officer Pamela Rorie gave a brief Continuing Education Update, discussing new procedures for course reporting and other information for sponsors and instructors. Legal Education Officer Patricia Moylan summarized revised Commission Rules and proposed topics for the 2013-14 Update  and BICAR courses.

Phyllis Atkins-Kinard, Account Executive with Strategic Connections, a Certified Education Consultant for SMART Technologies, demonstrated the use and capabilities of the SMART Board™ interactive whiteboard.

The conference concluded with the  Legal Issues, Hot Topics, and Open Forum featuring Commission Regulatory Affairs Director Janet Thoren and Assistant Director Charlene Moody, who discussed various real estate topics and answered conference participants’ questions.

The Commission thanks North Carolina’s real estate educators for their continued interest and support, and congratulates Terry E. Farr and Julia Iden for their achievements.

This article came from the May 2013-Vol44-1 edition of the bulletin.