By Steve Crorey • 2018 President

For the Austin Board of REALTORS®, 2017 was a great year! Not only did ABoR launch three new MLS services, advocate for REALTORS at the state capitol, but last year included the completion of our beautiful new South location!

With a new year comes a fresh start and I can’t wait to see all the great accomplishments 2018 has in store for ABoR and its talented members! I am thrilled to serve as the Association’s 2018 president and look forward to working closely with the board of directors, ABoR staff, as well as volunteers to bring change to the ABoR, the real estate industry, and our community.

Prepare for a new career

Start the New Year off right by taking the next step in your career. The Texas Real Estate Licensing Prep Course, provided by the ABoR Academy is a great option for those looking to become a broker. During this two-day course, you’ll get top instruction from industry experts, while learning proven test-taking methods — it truly is the ultimate package! Participants also have the option to retake classes, for free, up to one year. The ABoR Academy is taking registrations for the following dates: Feb. 16–17 at ABoR HQ, March 23–24 at ABoR South, and May 18–19 at ABoR HQ. Don’t wait on making this year’s New Year’s resolution a reality! Contact the ABoR Education Department at education@abor.com with any questions.

While on the topic of education, be sure to head over to ABoR.com/Calendar to see the variety of courses the ABoR Academy is offering this winter. If you haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions yet, take it upon yourself to learn a new skill. The ABoR Academy is the perfect place to learn more about our expanding industry. From business planning for real estate agents, MLS courses, to safety in your business, the ABoR Academy has courses for new to veteran real estate agents. In 2018, make it a point to get back into the classroom and learn something new — you never know where a new skill could lead you in your career.

ABoR Foundation scholarships are available

The ABoR Foundation is proud to support the Central Texas community through its annual scholarship awards. Austin-area graduating high school seniors who plan to attend a Texas college, university or accredited technical or trade school in 2018 can apply for an ABoR Foundation scholarship! If you know someone in this position, please spread the word and remind him or her that applications are available now at ABoR.com/Scholarships and are due no later than Friday, March 2. ABoR is proud to help talented local students achieve their academic goals and you too can help us give back by donating to the ABoR Foundation. Your donation will not only help students achieve their goals but go towards local causes close to the REALTOR heart.

You can follow or chat with me on Facebook, @2018ABoRPresident, for current insight on what’s happening this year and my take on issues facing our industry. My email, president@abor.com, is also open to all.

Happy New Year!  RL