From left: Gino Schincariol, Lorne Andrews and Surina Hart
From left: Gino Schincariol, Lorne Andrews and Surina Hart

The new Hart Real Estate Academy will provide Ontario real estate professionals with interactive in-class sessions both face-to-face and online.

Effective, July 1, The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) is no longer offering in-class learning sessions for many of its registrant and articling courses through OREA Real Estate College. Students will only be able to take these courses via correspondence or online self-study, with no interactive instructor and peer component.

Surina Hart, Gino Schincariol and Lorne Andrews say they launched Hart Real Estate Academy to ensure class sessions are available for students who prefer to learn in an interactive live or online setting.

“Hart Real Estate Academy classes are designed to provide students with useful content to ensure that the material is not only covered to enable a passing grade on the exam, but also to provide practical information to enhance participants’ real estate skills,” Andrews says.

“We’re educators who are making a difference in the lives of real estate sales professionals, brokerages, buyers and sellers,” says Hart. “We believe in helping students acquire the knowledge, skills and resources they need for the future, now – so they save money and time –

and, most important, are well equipped to overcome the challenges often presented within the earlier months of their careers.”

Classes offered by Hart Real Estate Academy are facilitated by certified real estate instructors and industry professionals, the company says. Face-to-face sessions will be held at York University’s Aviva Tennis Centre.

“There has been a lot of discussion in the real estate industry about the need for increased educational requirements and more practical training to effectively raise the professional bar in our industry, and I believe that the Hart Academy has timed its entry into the market perfectly,” says Don Kottick, past president of the Real Estate Institute of Canada and a director with CREA.


  1. I met Surina a few of years ago when she was the educational director with Right At Home Real Estate Brokerage, then run by Don Kottick out of Toronto. I found Surina to be a very bright professional personality who was highly motivated regarding producing professional real estate sales people.

    Best of good luck Surina et al at the Hart Real Estate Academy. Demand only the best from your instructors and students. Make sure that your student graduation certificates will be hard-earned possessions to be intrinsically valued. Nothing of value should come easily. Don’t be afraid of failing those unworthy of the title REALTOR. The attainment of true professional status across the board within the current ranks of the here-today-gone-tomorrow failures-in-waiting crowd has to start somewhere. Make it your mission to set the bar where it should be set…high, and get the ball rolling. Prove that private initiative—where you will have your reputation on the line—outperforms bureaucratic, non accountable bungling every time. To that end, do not offer your courses inexpensively. Nothing of value comes cheaply.


    Brian Martindale

  2. True learning comes from the live interaction of people, sharing of ideas, solving problems and building professional relationships vs the the shear mundaim of being a slave to the screen and keyboard. Also the quality of the instructors and their content gets better based upon the quality of the engagement from their students … so that I wish the Hart Real Estate Academy much such!

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