Realtor Association of the Fox Valley to provide agent training for all members with AgentEDU

December 21, 2017 CHICAGO – AgentEDU.com, a division of Agent Publishing, has signed an agreement to provide online training to the REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley (RAFV). The association, founded in 1921, has more than 1,300 members and is one of the top five largest local associations in all of Illinois.

AgentEDU will provide online video training courses from basic core skills, to advanced courses that include negotiation, lead generation, marketing, technology and beyond.

“We are extremely excited about the partnership with AgentEDU and how it will benefit our members,” said Mark Coleman, president of the REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley. “REALTORS® are so mobile that giving them an on-demand option for their educational needs will fit their lifestyle so much better than classroom options.  There are so many topics, right at their fingertips, that our agents can access from their computers or mobile devices at any time, day or night.”

“As an innovator in agent training, AgentEDU is well positioned to enhance the RAFV mission to support member growth,” said Anne Hartnett, AgentEDU’s managing partner. “Our company will provide the RAFV with the curriculum and training that will enhance every member’s career.”

 

About AgentEDU

AgentEDU is an online video training platform designed to help real estate agents at every level advance their skill set, expand their industry knowledge and become better agents. Each 10-minute course focuses on the best practices for every situation. From daily core skills to high-level negotiations and everything in between, AgentEDU helps agents become top producers with increased earnings and a plan for continued growth.

 

About Agent Publishing

With nearly 15 years in publication and covering Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Houston and Boston, Agent Publishing’s influence extends to every career stage and reaches agents across print, digital and events. Online and offline, Agent Publishing delivers quality content that residential real estate professionals trust. Learn more at www.AgentPublishing.com

 

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