Real estate class helps students get their license upon graduation

Real estate class helps students get their license upon graduation


COOL MORNING LOWS IN 2-SHANNON: IT’S A TREND WE’RE SEEING AT MANY CENTRAL TEXAS HIGH SCHOOLS. STUDENTS ARE GRADUATING WITH THE SKILLS NEEDED TO LAUNCH A CAREER. 2-ROBERT: THIS YEAR — DRIPPING SPRINGS HIGH IS TRYING SOMETHING NEW. SENIORS WHO TAKE A YEAR-LONG CLASS WILL GRADUATE READY TO SELL REAL ESTATE. 2-SHANNON: KXAN’S LAUREN LANMON STOPPED BY CLASS TODAY — TO SEE WHAT THEY’RE LEARNING. “RESIDENTIAL SALES AGENT REQUIRED TO HAVE A LICENSE? YES, THAT ONE SHOULD BE SUPER OBVIOUS.”THEY HAVEN’T EVEN MOVED OUT OF THEIR CHILDHOOD HOME AND THESE STUDENTS ARE ALREADY THINKING ABOUT SELLING THEIR FIRST HOME. CAL LOCKHART, REAL ESTATE STUDENT: “IT’S SOMETHING YOU CAN TAKE THROUGH YOUR ENTIRE LIFE AND JUST MAKE MONEY OFF OF IT AND IT KIND OF BE THERE AS A BACKUP PLAN,” AFTER A FULL YEAR OF LEARNING REAL ESTATE, ONCE HANDED THEIR DIPLOMA THEY CAN TAKE THE TEST AND GET THEIR LICENSE. FOR TEACHER MICHAEL LEMONDS, IT’S AN IDEA HE’S BEEN WORKING TO MAKE HAPPEN FOR YEARS. MICHAEL LEMONDS, DSISD REAL ESTATE TEACHER: “I THINK HAVING A NEW GENERATION OF YOUNG REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS COMING THROUGH IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN THAT LEVEL OF ACTIVITY AND PROFESSIONALISM FOR THE PROPERTIES THAT ARE TURNING,”LAUREN LANMON, KXAN NEWS: “AND AFTER HIGH SCHOOL, STUDENTS ARE ALREADY IN THE PERFECT PLACE TO START A CAREER…I MEAN, LOOK AT THE GROWTH.”MICHAEL LEMONDS, DSISD REAL ESTATE TEACHER: “THE REAL ESTATE MARKET IN THE CENTRAL TEXAS AREA CONTINUES TO BE SUPER STRONG, MORE SO THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE STATE OF TEXAS,”MANY OF THE STUDENTS SAY IT’S A SKILL THEY CAN PERFECT WHILE THEY ATTEND COLLEGE AND HOPEFULLY MAKE SOME EXTRA MONEY. CAL LOCKHART, REAL ESTATE STUDENT: “IF I DON’T TAKE THIS AS A FULL CAREER I CAN STILL DO THIS ON THE SIDE AND DEAL WITH COLLEGE PAYMENTS AND STUFF LIKE THAT,”THAT’S THE FORWARD THINKING THE DISTRICT SAYS MAKES PROGRAMS LIKE THESE SO SUCCESSFUL. LAUREN LANMON, KXAN NEWS. ROBERT: WHY HIRE A TEENAGER TO BUY OR SELL YOUR HOME? THEY MAY BE YOUNG – BUT THEIR TEACHER TELLS US MANY HAVE GROWN UP IN DRIPPING SPRINGS SO THEY KNOW THE AREA WELL – MAYBE EVEN BETTER THAN EXPERIENCED – BUT OUT-OF-TOWN AGENT. ROBERT: AND THIS MAY HELP ADD SOME PERSPECTIVE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF DRIPPING SPRINGS. WE JUST GOT THIS FROM THE CITY TODAY. EVERYTHING YOU SEE IN GREEN HAS ALREADY BEEN APPROVED FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE CITY. ALL THE OTHER COLORS YOU SEE – THOSE ARE IN VARIOUS STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT OR POSSIBLE DEVELOPMENT. SHANNON: THOSE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE SAVING A LOT OF MONEY. THE REAL ESTATE LICENSING PROGRAM AT AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE COSTS JUST OVER A THOUSAND DOLLARS IN TUITION AND FEES — AND THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE

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