Meet REALTOR® University Professor Sam Martin, PhD


sam-martinSam Martin, PhD, CDEI, MOT is the owner of, Inc. Sam has completed his Ph.D. in Education (specializing in Educational Technology) at a distance from Walden University. Sam’s research includes ethics instruction and pedagogy. Sam is one of 500+ Certified Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (USPAP) instructors worldwide. He holds Illinois Certified Residential Real Estate Appraisal, Real Estate Managing Broker, Pre-license Educator, and Real Estate CE Educator licenses. Sam has been teaching appraisal and real estate classes since 1988. He has taught for a variety of institutions, most recently: University of Phoenix (online), Triton College, The Chicago Association of REALTORS®, and REALTOR® University (online). Sam has written an advanced appraisal text book used in certification courses. Sam develops advanced valuation courses as part of a course design team for REALTOR® University.

Here are 9 things you need to know about the REALTOR® University professor, PhD and all-around nice guy, Sam Martin

  1. While Sam Martin was on hand to honor the 2015 graduates of REALTOR® University’s Master’s Program, he was a graduate himself in 2015, earning his PhD in Education at Walden University in January.
  2. Sam calls himself an instructor and a teacher at the core and has been teaching real estate in one form or another since 1988.
  3. Sam has extensively researched pedagogy, pronounced ped-uh-goh-gee, in case you were wondering. Pedagogy is the discipline that deals with the theory and practice of education and the most effective way to teach. The translation from Greek literally means “to lead the child”.
  4. Foundations of Managerial Mathematics, one of the classes Sam teaches, can aid a REALTOR® in a variety of situations, including performing a marketability or market analysis and providing the foundation for the math needed for your specialization.
  5. Sam develops advanced valuation courses as part of a course design team for REALTOR® University. Four new valuation sequence courses are being offered starting this summer!
  6. As a life-long instructor, Sam has several favorite topics when teaching. These topics include real estate ethics and morality, appraisals, and pre-license real estate courses for those who are brand new to the profession.
  7. Typical time commitment for this class is roughly 8-10 hours a week depending on your math background, but time management is key, Sam says!
  8. Class materials in Foundations of Managerial Mathematics include an electronic textbook and MyMathLab, where students do virtual exercises and apply concepts.
  9. One way students can quickly and directly apply what they learn in this class to their career is in performing a cost market analysis. When performing a cost market analysis, a REALTOR® will be able to show reason and methodology for listing a house at a specific price; a price where it will sell and not sit on the market for weeks due to listing high.
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