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Property course resonates with practitioners

Mentor Education Group has revealed it has had early success and positive feedback for its inaugural Real Estate Agents Representative Course (Victoria), reaffirming its expectation property will continue to attract professional financial advisory practitioners for the future beyond the banking royal commission and the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) changes.

The course was launched and commenced taking enrolments in October, and was developed in partnership with industry stalwart and MAB5 Property Network principal Mario Bertone.

“The growth of Australia’s property market in major capital cities has provided an incentive for many individuals to consider a career change into real estate or to establish a business in this sector one day,” Bertone said today.

“This was reflected in the diversity of reasons and backgrounds of the students that undertook Mentor’s property learning program, that is, some were already employed in the real estate sector and were upskilling, others were looking to advance their careers, whilst others were seeking a new profession to enhance their knowledge, and the list goes on.”

Interestingly, the diversity factors also included age, sex, professions, aspirations and multicultural background, he added.

“For financial planners, accountants and brokers, the course provides two unique benefits; one, as an opportunity to improve personal knowledge and appreciation of the inner workings of the property sector.

“And two, the enhanced knowledge and literacy provides essential conversation starters to assist clients to identify needs, issues and aspirations.”

Enrolments for Mentor’s November course are well underway and Bertone said he is confident student numbers will surpass the first program.

Mentor founder and managing director Mark Sinclair confirmed plans were well advanced to launch the Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) Victoria in 2019 for those graduates seeking to upgrade their skills and become fully licensed agents or principal licensees.

“Quite simply, the importance and influence of property to create wealth or support lifestyle ambitions is immense,” Sinclair said.

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