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RISMEDIA, June 3, 2009-Real Estate Business Services® (REBS®) announced the launch of Face2Face, C.A.R. Education’s new video conferencing program. Face2Face will deliver dynamic, interactive training to Realtors® at up to four local associations in California simultaneously. The live presentation will be sent via a video feed to the local association in real-time, enabling every member to see and hear the same thing at the same time, for the ultimate learning experience. Students can instantly respond and interact with the instructor through this approach.

“The California Association of Realtors® (C.A.R.) is one of the first state associations to be licensed to provide National Association of Realtors® (NAR) designations via video conferencing,” said Marc Gould, executive director of the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) of National Association of Realtors®. “In these difficult times, C.A.R. has taken the initiative to offer more innovative ways to deliver real estate education courses to its members.”

A wide array of course topics will be offered, including NAR designations such as the Green designation, Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®), and the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation, along with C.A.R. Education courses such as Distressed Properties and its Technology training series.

“Face2Face offers courses that Realtors need to be able to succeed in this market,” said John Young, president of the California Desert Association of Realtors. “Face2Face is professional, exciting and makes economic sense in this market as a great augmentation, furthering our goal of excellence through education.”

This new delivery method will facilitate reduced costs for C.A.R. members and allows many associations to increase their course offerings for members by reducing the minimum class size requirement. The California Dept. of Real Estate (DRE) has approved this program, and any course currently approved for live lecture will qualify for DRE credit when delivered through Face2Face.

“This is a great opportunity for smaller associations to be able to participate in courses and designations that they might not otherwise be able to offer to their members,” George Oakes Sr., president of the Solano Association of Realtors.

“C.A.R. is dedicated to making education accessible to every Realtor throughout the state of California. This great new resource is just one example of C.A.R.’s continued efforts to meet evolving member needs,” said Mark Powell, chair of the C.A.R. Educational Services Advisory Committee. “C.A.R. Education is at the forefront of educational trends by utilizing the most current technology in the delivery of real estate education.”

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