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Amy Chorew Joins AG

Agent Genius is a group of writers that bring their unique brand of genius to form the collective wisdom (genius, if you will) of this national online real estate magazine. Today, we are very proud to announce Amy Chorew who is a Senior National Trainer and Senior National Consultant for Matthew Ferrara & Company. Since joining the company in 2000, Amy has delivered more than 500 seminars nation-wide in more than 30 states. A REALTOR® since 1981, her experience includes, acting as Marketing Director and managed the operations for a real estate developer in Connecticut.

Amy has more than a decade of experience in the technology training industry. She has served on the Technology Committee for the Real Estate Educators Association (REEA). Amy is currently developing and deploying learning management systems (LMS) for REALTOR associations and schools across the USA.

Most recently, Amy was named among the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Real Estate Leadership in the 2008 issue which is a top honor researched by Stefan Swanepoel and voted on by the public.

Making the Rounds

If you’re interested in seeing Amy in action, catch her at:

Welcome, Amy

Amy Chorew will be shining a light on the most common questions and issues brought to her attention as she travels the nation and we look forward to learning from her years of practicing real estate and teaching others to improve theirs- please welcome her in the comments!

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Mark Eckenrode

    October 3, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    amy, welcome aboard. looking forward to your first post.

    ag… great addition.

  2. Chris Shouse

    October 3, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Welcome Amy! Will look forward to all the wisdom you can impart:)

  3. Mike Mueller

    October 3, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I get to be first!

    Welcome to one of my Favorite sites on the net!

  4. Heather Rankin

    October 3, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    That is too cool. I’ve been aware of Amy for awhile after I got some of her training info on email at a ERA deal. So looking forward to her voice here at AG. Welcome Amy!

  5. The Harriman Team

    October 3, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Congrats Amy, it’s great to see a Connecticut representative in the ranks of AgentGenius. Looking forward very much to your first post!

  6. Mike Lefebvre

    October 3, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Welcome Amy! You and Matthew have been a fantastic source of technology knowledge for Realtors, and I look forward to getting an extra dose of you here.

  7. Heather Elias

    October 3, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Welcome to the family! What a great addition!

  8. Natalie Langford

    October 3, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Congrats, Amy! Looking forward to your contributions!!!

  9. Bill Lublin

    October 3, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Amy- So happy to see you here – The hits just keep on coming! See you in Orlando- lets’ do lunch 😉

  10. Amy Chorew

    October 3, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks for the welcome. Am excited to post my view “from the road” – what is going on out there and what are the hot topics – if you are at one of my classes please come up and introduce yourself.

  11. Teresa Boardman

    October 3, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    welcome. 🙂

  12. Missy Caulk

    October 3, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Hi Amy, I met Matthew at NAR in Chicago a few years ago. Look forward to you insight.

  13. Brad Hanks

    October 3, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Great news! Congrats Amy – you RAWK! You’ve joined a great team and I’m looking forward to some great stuff coming up. Keep up the great work!


  14. Matthew Rathbun

    October 3, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    YEAH AMY!!!! Welcome to the family! I couldn’t think of a better place for you to be.

  15. Vicki Moore

    October 3, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Welcome Amy. The little bit of your CV posted here is pretty darn impressive. I’m looking forward to learning from the knowledge and wisdom you’ll be sharing here – although with that schedule I should get some tips on time management.

  16. monika

    October 4, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Welcome and congratulations Amy. I love all your tech tips and look forward reading more here!

  17. Brad Nix

    October 4, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Amy: We just met at GAR in SanDestin a few weeks back and now we’re rubbing elbows here at Ag. Welcome!

  18. Matt Stigliano

    October 4, 2008 at 7:58 am

    Amy – Welcome to AgentGenius. I look forward to seeing what tidbits I can learn from you.

  19. Stefan Swanepoel

    October 4, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Congrats Amy!!

  20. Holli Boyd

    October 4, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Welcome Amy – I will do my best to get to the class at GCAR as I am a member!

  21. Ginger Wilcox

    October 4, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Welcome Amy! What a fabulous addition to Agent Genius!

  22. Mariana

    October 4, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Welcome Amy! I look forward to your additions to our AG family!!

  23. Jay Thompson

    October 5, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Fabulous! I’ve always enjoyed what Amy has to say. Now if someone can just tell me how to pronounce her last name…

    Welcome aboard Amy!

  24. Jeff Dowler

    October 5, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Amy – Welcome!! I love your talks and your newsletter, and look forward to catching up with you at C.A.R. – still want to chat with you about speaking for our Southern California CRS chapter sometime next year. Glad to have you here and look forward to some excellent learning.


  25. Molly

    October 6, 2008 at 7:26 am

    I am a little late jumping in with the welcome, but I am so happy to hear it!

    I am a huge fan of Matthew Ferrara & Co.
    (have been for years)

    Welcome to AG!

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Why Realtors are vulnerable to these rapid changes

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Note: We’ll let you decide which company plays which role in the image above.

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