FAQ

For information on the qualifications for attaining membership in, and maintaining membership in,
The Society of Accredited Senior Agents, click HERE

General FAQs

    • What’s the difference between the ASA & the American program, SRES?
      This is in the top-3 most common questions we get. The responses in the chart below are based on the personal experiences of the author, having taken the course in 1998, 2005, and 2011.
An impartial comparison of the 100% Canadian ASA Seniors Real Estate program to the US SRES program
    • How much is the discount for SRES members who wish to take the ASA course?
      Send an email and we will send you complete details on the special program we have for you.
    • What credit cards do you accept?
      We accept Visa & Master Card only. We can also accept certified cheques or money orders made payable to SMART-ER, however, we must receive the certified cheque or money order at least 10 days before start of class.
    • Why should I earn the Accredited Senior Agent designation?
    • In simple terms, niche marketing. Given that the mature and senior market is going to dominate Canadian real estate for the next three decades, it makes sense to have a good understanding of this booming market, to be able to get your share of the listing and buying activity and most importantly – to learn how to drive business to come to you!There are many other additional benefits, such as teleseminars to help your business, discounts, bonus programs and the fact that our promotional support across Canada is focussed on our members – we are constantly working to educate the public to seek out Accredited Senior Agents. Canada does not have one authority that recognizes designations in real estate. Unlike universities or colleges which give degrees, designations belong to trade associations and are governed by their individual bodies.
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    • I am not a senior, does that mean that I cannot earn the designation?
      We purposely named this “The Senior Agent” not the “Senior’s Agent.” The difference is that you are a Senior Agent. The designation denotes a broker or salesperson who has earned their stripes by taking the course and the exam and who has been in the real estate industry for at least 3 years. You become a Senior Agent. You promote yourself as a Senior Agent. You can be in your 20s and become an Accredited Senior Agent.
    • What are the annual dues?
      $124 plus HST and dues commence one year after the passing of the examination. We include the first year’s dues in all course fees.
    • Why do I have to pay annual dues?
      The short answer is: We require annual dues to run the association as full time staff must be in place and promotion is a key ingredient in making the Accredited Senior Agent program a success. Part of your dues go toward promotion for you and all members.
    • Will I automatically make more money with this designation?
      Answer. No! As we teach in class, “without promotion something terrible happens – nothing!” You must promote and let the public know that you have earned this prestigious designation and that you have the skills and knowledge to assist them and their families. Each member must promote the designation from basic print advertising to good website pages.
    • What is the Advisory Council?
      This is our group of outside professionals who bring their expertise in their areas of specialty to assist The Society in being relevant and effective in serving seniors and their families. Members of the Council include some of the most prominent people in senior services, law, elder care, financial services, accounting, and others.
    • What are some of the benefits to me belonging to this association?
      Main answer, recognition. Recognition as a member of the only Canadian company training sales professionals in the nuances of the senior marketplace. Moving into the future, our focus is on how you, an ASA, can bring outstanding value to seniors and their families during the difficult transition times in their life. We accomplish this by discovering, through focus groups, what services might be of value to our target market, and delivering training in those areas to you.

      Marketing Materials & Systems. A series of valuable information reports, professionally written and re-designed in 2013, presentations, letters, scripts and dialogues are all included in your membership. Available at a cost are printed, customizable versions of the reports, a 6-week Small Group Coaching program – Kick It Up – and coming in 2014, our Seminar-in-a-Box kit, which gives you the complete How-To’s and templates to conduct your own senior-centred seminars.

    • What are your cancellation and refund policies for the courses?
      We do not give refunds. Should a class be cancelled or rescheduled, you will be given the option of a refund or transfer of your registration. You are free to sell your seat to someone else should you wish, however, they will have to pay you for the course registration.
    • I don’t want to give my credit card information online – can I phone it in?
      Yes you can. What you need to do is go to the registration site and complete all of the information required. Processing your card by telephone costs us an extra $18 + HST, and we do pass this cost directly on to you.All fees above are subject to HST.
    • I can’t find my email with the course downloads – can you send it to me again?
      You can download them by logging in to the Members Area and going to the Members-Only Content page.
    • How do I log into the Members-Only part of the site for the first time?
      Go to http://ASAMembers.com and type your email address into the Log In box then click on Forgot Password. Follow the instructions. NOTE: If you do not receive an email in your Inbox within just a few minutes, you are likely using an email different than the one we have on file for you. Check your Spam/Trash/Junk folders for an email from us and if no sign of it, email me with your email address and we will look into it just as soon as we can.
    • ASA or Accredited Senior Agent is NOT the name of any course that the Registrar REBBA 2002 (RECO) has approved. As is stressed in the classroom, and in many places on this web site, the Registrar REBBA 2002 has approved 2 x 1-day courses, as detailed below. The completion of these 2 x 1-day courses completes the educational requirements for the Accredited Senior Agent program.
  • For the RECO Declaration for Continuing Education form, the following is the information you must provide to RECO:The name of the Education Provider is The Real Estate Academy Inc.Day One is approved by the Registrar REBBA 2002 (and listed on the RECO site) as: Your Future In The Underserved & Dynamic Mature/Seniors Market (5 CE Credits)
    Day Two is approved by the Registrar REBBA 2002 (and listed on the RECO site) as: The Mature/Seniors Market – Tax Planning and Marketing (6 CE Credits)You do NOT have to send the CE receipts in to RECO unless they contact you and specifically request them.The registration fee for the course, unless specified differently on your email notification, is $360.00 + HST.