Application Deadline: December 6, 2021.

Four awards are designed to recognize innovative  education programs that meet member needs and increase the quality of professionalism in the real estate field.

Individual programs may be entered in any or all of the following categories:

  • Legal: Includes courses covering a broad range of topics such as contracts, breach of contract, financial obligations, broker responsibility, agency relationships, client obligations, disclosure, misrepresentation, laws, offer presentation and negotiation, MLS rules, fair housing rules, or other such topics.
  • Marketing: Includes courses designed to help agents list, price, promote, advertise, and sell properties. Also includes strategies to gain seller and buyer clients, how to market to those clients or marketing retention strategies, building repeat business or a referral network, or entering new market segments; may also discuss particular strategies such as farming, print, online, incorporating technology, etc.
  • Series or Shorts: Includes a short class devoted to a hot topic or an issue that members are struggling with, a series of classes focusing on different aspects of an issue or further in-depth exploration of the same problem. It could be your most popular class that is always requested or an education staple. It can serve to give clients an overview of a new issue or market change or provide weekly or monthly tips to REALTORS®. Examples for a series might include: staging, open house tips, and providing feedback to clients; or preliminary lender information and requirements, money needed for an offer, including down payment amount, and funds needed at closing, including tax escrows, etc.
  • Innovative: Includes any course not in the above categories that helps agents achieve, excel, motivate, prosper, and ultimately better serve homebuyers and sellers. Did your association create a course based on member feedback, to respond to a specific need in the industry, or to help agents diversify their business? Do you have a new twist on an old trick, a new approach to a well-known problem, or a new delivery method or concept? Enter it here.

Nomination Criteria

A maximum of 100 total points may be earned by adding the scores from each of the criteria. 

  • Member Impact (50%)
    • How has the program increased REALTORS® ability to effectively represent clients, grow their businesses, and improve the overall REALTOR® experience? 
  • Contribution to professionalism (25%)
    • How has this program increased REALTORS® commitment to professionalism, the NAR Code of Ethics, and their own education? 
  • Innovation (25%)
    • How has this program improved upon existing education offerings, changed the landscape of education, or created new avenues for REALTOR® education? 

Further information about the evaluation process can be found here

Instructions

  • Individual programs may be nominated in multiple categories. Submit one nomination form per program, per category. If you are nominating one program in three categories, submit three nomination forms. 
  • Nominators are encouraged to submit supporting documentation for their nomination (advertisements, course materials, etc.) Please note any documents submitted to Texas REALTORS® cannot be returned.

Eligibility

All Texas REALTORS® and associations may submit programs (seminars, workshops, training programs, orientations, etc.) for consideration. To be considered, a program must have been offered in the current year. Programs that have previously received this award are not eligible. 

Questions? Contact Shiloh Modisett

View previous winners

Previous Winners

Legal Category
Year Recipient(s) Program(s)
2020 MetroTex Association of REALTORS® The Broker Series
2019 Dianne McCoy Contracts and Addenda – Negotiating from Offer to Closing Workshop
2018 Bill Evans Service, Therapy, or Emotional Support
2017 MetroTex Association of REALTORS® Contract Feud
2016 Houston Association of REALTORS® Contracts and Compliance
2015 Austin Board of REALTORS® Professional Standards for REALTORS
2014 MetroTex Association of REALTORS® Contract Proficiency
2013 None
2012 None
2011 Houston Association of REALTORS® Legally Speaking
2010 Austin Board of REALTORS® Real Estate Reality: Leasing; Property Management; Beyond the Basics
2009 MetroTex Association of REALTORS® Back-up, Contingent, and Multiple Offers
Marketing Category
Year Recipient(s) Program(s)
2020 Houston Association of REALTORS® Virtual Engage Conference
2019 Houston Association of REALTORS® Bringing the World of Real Estate Home
2018 Houston Association of REALTORS® Member Focus Monday – Facebook Live
2017 Austin Board of REALTORS® Social Media; Branding and Lead Generation
2016 Houston Association of REALTORS® REALTOR® Launch
2015 San Antonio Board of REALTORS® Rookie to Pro
2014 MetroTex Association of REALTORS® DFW New Home Specialist Certification
2013 MetroTex Association of REALTORS® Building a Successful Real Estate Business
2012 Houston Association of REALTORS® HAR Member Outreach: Bringing HAR Tools to You
2011 MetroTex Association of REALTORS® Technology: Analysis or Paralysis
2010 MetroTex Association of REALTORS® Prospecting 101, 102, and 103
2009 San Antonio Board of REALTORS® Embracing Online Networking; Learning how Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are impacting your business
Series or Shorts Category
Year Recipient(s) Program(s)
2020 MetroTex Association of REALTORS® The Broker Series
2019 Austin Board of REALTORS® Global Lunch & Learn Series
2018
Houston Association of REALTORS®
Surviving Disruption
2017
Houston Association of REALTORS®
Certified Strategic Marketing Specialist (CSMS)
2016
MetroTex Association of REALTORS®
Collin County Association of REALTORS®
A Professional Series
A Professional Series
2015 Greater Fort Worth Association of REALTORS® YPN Speaker Series
2014 Houston Association of REALTORS® Meeting and Exceeding Consumer Expectations
2013 Houston Association of REALTORS® HAR International
2012 MetroTex Association of REALTORS® MetroTechies-Social Media Training
2011 Austin Board of REALTORS® Technology 101, 102, and 103
2010 Greater Fort Worth Association of REALTORS® Starbucks Sessions
2009 Houston Association of REALTORS® Social Media Pro
Innovative Category
Year Recipient(s) Program(s)
2020
Houston Association of REALTORS®
COVID-19 Series 
2019
Greater McAllen Association of REALTORS®
GMAR University
2018
San Antonio Board of REALTORS®
Historic Home Specialist Certification
2017
Houston Association of REALTORS®
Moving to Matrix
2016
MetroTex Association of REALTORS®
Austin Board of REALTORS® and Bill Evans
San Antonio Board of REALTORS®
Leadership Bootcamp
Agent and Consumer Advocacy
Hands on zipForm
2015 Williamson County Association of REALTORS® Selling Real Estate in Williamson County
2014 Greater Denton Wise County Association of REALTORS® Red Hot Real Estate: Should I Sell or Should I Wait?
2013 San Antonio Board of REALTORS® Heroes Welcome Home
2012 MetroTex Association of REALTORS® Texas Certified Leasing Specialist & Texas Certified Leasing and Property Manager
2011 San Antonio Board of REALTORS® Safety (REALTOR® Assault)
2010 Houston Association of REALTORS® H-town Day
2009 Austin Board of REALTORS® Online Learning Communities