This weekend I took advantage of the cancelled Komen Race for the Cure and finished the requirements in order to obtain the newly offed ACP Designation. It is a training program designed to help residential agents transition into the commercial world of real estate. The instructor Dan Andrews is a commercial practitioner in Michigan that has some eight years as a professor at University of Michigan. He does an excellent job in presenting the material. I watched the videos through RE/MAX University. There were five modules with ten question tests following each. Pretty cool the way it all works. I used ROKU to watch the videos on my TV and took the tests online.
I found the program well designed. I must admit it is indeed a challenge to cover all of the terms and methods used in commercial real estate. Dan put the material in good order. The ACP program is an overview from which one can better choose an area of expertise and direction.
I took the course because I recently decided to practice commercial real estate to help expedite the process of getting a commercial division going within our company. The first phase which was to start property management company is doing quite well and growing thanks to Scott Vermilya, our managing partner. It is hugely helpful to be able to provide management services to our residential clients and to assist our agents in developing deeper relationships with their clients. This relationship is creating all kinds of new opportunities for us.
So in a way I guess that this designation signifies the actual start of our commercial division. Now, in addition to providing commercial services we will look to add additional practitioners and grow our commercial division. So stay tuned for upcoming developments.