Region specific training for real estate agents hosted by Ambassador Timaru

Harcourt Timaru's Julian Blanchard, left, met with REINZ education manager Chris Campbell at Timaru on Friday.

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Harcourt Timaru’s Julian Blanchard, left, met with REINZ education manager Chris Campbell at Timaru on Friday.

Region-specific training for estate agents by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) was welcomed by the organization’s Ambassador Timaru.

REINZ Ambassador Julian Blanchard said the training provided to new and existing real estate agents over the past two years has become more practical and relevant to the agent’s location.

“It’s a great option to have, and because of the different ways the training is delivered, officers have the flexibility to make it region-specific and specific to their interests,” Blanchard said.

“Giving agents region-specific training and rural-specific training is something I have been asking for.

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“Some things are different from what an agent does in Auckland and what an agent does in Timaru.”

Blanchard said training is constantly evolving and the way training is delivered has changed since the pandemic began.

“Training has moved to a more virtual space, but REINZ is working to bring back in-person training starting next year.”

Blanchard met with REINZ education manager Chris Campbell in Timaru on Friday to discuss in-person training starting next year and the focus on region-specific training.

REINZ education manager Chris Campbell, left, said Covid-19 was restricting training and in-person events across the country.

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REINZ education manager Chris Campbell, left, said Covid-19 was restricting training and in-person events across the country.

Campbell said Covid-19 restricted in-person training and events nationwide in the second half of 2021.

“Now that the restrictions have been lifted, REINZ is excited to be back on the pitch, hosting events and training in different areas of Aotearoa,” Campbell said.

“The real estate landscape is constantly changing and REINZ is updating training and learning modules accordingly – especially legal and compliance changes. We also offer training on corporate structure orientation, marketing and other CPD training.

“To ensure that our training is relevant for all learners, we focus on diversifying the course material. And by locating our verifiable face-to-face training, working with real estate professionals and other organizations.

Campbell said market sentiment has changed over the past few months, but people are still buying and selling homes and making life decisions.

“Real estate professionals are essential in helping buyers and sellers understand market dynamics to ensure they make the best decision for themselves.

“The real estate profession is dynamic and flexible and remains an attractive career option for people at all stages of life.”

Julian Blanchard, left, said training is constantly evolving and the way training is delivered has changed over the past two years.

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Julian Blanchard, left, said training is constantly evolving and the way training is delivered has changed over the past two years.

He said that according to the Real Estate Authority, in the Canterbury/West Coast areas the number of active real estate licenses as of May 31, 2022 was 1,839.

“The Canterbury market has performed very well throughout the Covid-19 restrictions and market headwinds we have experienced since.

“Many areas of Canterbury are growing which has offered diversity in residential property, and more people are moving to the area due to its affordability and increased job opportunities.”

Campbell said it creates more opportunities for property professionals across Canterbury – and those looking to enter the profession.

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