Education, Property

New property course unveiled

Mentor Education Group has launched a real estate course following a growing number of calls for such a service from accountants, financial planners and brokers as more professional advisory practices position themselves as one-stop-shop service providers.

In addition, real estate has “become a beacon for many individuals seeking a career change and opportunity” or looking to establish a business, Mentor managing director Mark Sinclair said.

The Real Estate Agent’s Representative Course (Victoria), developed in partnership with MAB5 Property Network principal Mario Bertone, provides this insight and a career entry point.

The course leaders, including Bertone, are industry-experienced experts in their respective fields, with students to also benefit from their coaching and mentoring support.

The course and study program will be supplemented with workshops, career nights, networking opportunities and short courses led by industry professionals.

Sinclair said almost every personal and business financial services-related activity is influenced by property.

“Whether it be a young couple aspiring to achieve their dream of owning the family home, SMSFs seeking to invest or divest property holdings, to seniors seeking to downsize or activate the value in the home to improve their financial position in retirement,” he noted.

“The importance and influence of property to create wealth or support lifestyle ambitions is immense.

“Hence the call by advice practitioners to enhance their knowledge in this field to better understand and incorporate their clients’ property investments into holistic plans and asset allocation strategies.”

He said while the property market is currently undergoing a correction, in the long term it will continue to expand as population growth and links to Asia propel the Australian economy to the upper end of developed nations globally.

“This is fuelling the incentive for the next generation of agent representatives, auctioneers and property service employees to enter the industry,” he noted.

Bertone underscored that in reality the property sector is highly regulated and practitioners must be qualified professionals in order to deal with property-related matters.

The course will teach students the essentials of property management and finances, property development, legislation and managing risks, as well as marketing and client-base management.

On successful completion of the course, graduates will meet the educational requirements to apply for accreditation as a real estate agents representative in Victoria.

Enrolments for the October intake are now open.

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