Students studying for an agent’s license in Ontario may now have an easier time of assimilating all that information, with one course provider introducing an audio version of its textbook.
"I really enjoyed (creating) it, and hope that our students get value out of it," said Joe White, president of the Real Estate and Mortgage Institute of Canada and now author/narrator for its new audio-textbook. "I thought it would be a nice touch having it read by the author.”
The new format for a textbook now in its seventh edition is likely the first of its kind for the industry and should, according to REMIC, help students, grappling with full-time jobs and course work, better manage their time.
The audiobook, in fact, springs from student requests.
The more-accessible format may help to encourage greater numbers of busy professionals to enter the industry at a time when agent numbers in Ontario have fallen by as much as 15 per cent. Brokers are pointing to a dearth of new entrants queuing up to replace them.
Defections from the big banks have also slowed as road reps cling to the security of those big names.
Still, at least one broker is concerned the industry may make it too easy for would-be brokers in its push to increase numbers.
"We've got to be careful, because we don't want to lower the bar," The Toronto veteran told MortgageBrokerNews.ca.