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Home study program available for brokers to renew licenses.

In an effort to provide a more convenient and progressive means for completing the 221/2-hour continuing education program required by the state every two years in the renewal of sales licenses for real estate brokers and agents, the Academy for Continuing Education ("ACE") has developed a home study program on videotape, which will be available early next year, announces Esther Muller, president of the school.

Already approved by the New York State Department of Education, the program will allow real estate sales professionals to meet the biennial course requirements in the convenience of their own homes and offices, and mitigate the loss of valuable time that may be used for working. It is anticipated that this program will have an important impact on the real estate sales community.

"Our video program will revolutionize the way agents study and even conduct business," says Muller. "Over the years, we have found that, although our students welcome the educational benefits derived from continuing education courses, the time out of the field is often costly and anxiety producing.

"After all, these are people who work on commission bases and every moment away from their businesses can mean the loss of a sale or lease. Using our video program, within State guidelines, these professionals will be able to pace their studies and really concentrate on the valuable content of the curriculum, without having their work time compromised."

Much of the curriculum was developed and filmed at the ACE continuing education sessions. The courses will include one-on-one interviews with prominent members of the real estate community, such as Alan Rogers, chairman & CEO, Insignia/Douglas Elliman; Faith Hope Consolo, vice chairman, Garrick-Aug Worldwide; Barbara Corcoran, founder and chairman, The Cendant Corcoran Group; and Neil Binder, author and co-founder of Bellmarc Companies, as well as other distinguished speakers.

According to Muller, students will be allowed up to two years to complete the program. In addition, they will-be able to supplement the video experience by attending ACE courses during the renewal period, making it a fully interactive program.

"For a number of years, ACE has conducted one of the most successful continuing education programs in the city," adds Muller. "One reason is that, as educators and real estate professionals, we understand our students and respect them. We have assiduously avoided conventional classroom venues and taught our classes in such beautiful, inspiring settings as the Delmonico Hotel, the Empire Hotel and the former St. Moritz Hotel. Now, the Academy for Continuing Education is providing the brokerage community with yet another innovation and, through modern technology, we will present the entire 221/2-hour presentation in an accessible, convenient package that will benefit future students."
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Date:Jan 2, 2002
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