The Reason for Our Success...
The people who teach our classes are handpicked for their extensive training and business backgrounds. You can count on reliable instruction from experienced and seasoned real estate specialists who have been in the student's shoes.
Each instructor is a nationally recognized professional in his or her particular field of expertise. Our presenters won't bore you with textbook theories unrelated to the challenges of your daily job. Rather, our seminar presenters are practitioners who will share with their student's real-life solutions that the student needs and can utilize now.
At Moseley - Dickinson Academy of Real Estate OUR STUDENTS LEARN exactly what they need to know to not only pass state exams and other tests, but to perform good, legal real estate in our great State of Virginia.
Our presentations and materials have been designed to be not only interesting during the classes, but to also be useful for the years that follow.
John R. Dickinson has been helping central and western Virginia folks obtain their real estate licenses since 1991, and has personally taught over 10,000 students in that time. In addition to Principles of Real Estate, he also teaches advanced (broker’s) courses in Law, Finance, Investments, and Management, as well as continuing education and post-licensure courses. He has personally taught classes with three students to over 200, private classes and seminars to real estate firms, and courses sponsored by local real estate associations from Lexington to Danville.
Additionally, John has authored textbooks on Real Estate Investing, Brokerage Management, Real Estate Finance, as well as seminars on tax-deferred exchanges, capital-gains taxes, and advanced contract-law topics.
John is and has been president and owner, since 1991, of the Moseley-Dickinson Academy of Real Estate, one of the state’s largest real estate education companies providing pre-licensing, broker, appraisal, continuing education and half- and full-day seminars, with classrooms in Roanoke and Lynchburg, and courses taught offsite in Danville, Martinsville, Lexington, Bluefield (WVA), Abingdon, and several Tennessee locations. A licensed real-estate agent since 1988, he is associate broker with western Virginia’s largest commercial real estate firm, holding the CCIM and GRI designations. Less than one-half of one percent of all Realtors holds the CCIM designation.
A lifelong Roanoke resident, John graduated from the University of Virginia in 1980 with distinction, majoring in mathematics and economics. He is a past director of the Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors, having served as its president in 1998. At the state level, John is currently serving on the Policy Board of the Virginia Association of Realtors as state Treasurer, and is past chairman of the Virginia state RPAC trustees, who determine funding for state-wide and national political candidates. He has also served as a delegate to the National Association of Realtors.
One of our instructors includes Gary Dogan, who has over 10 years of experience as an instructor for Moseley-Dickinson Academy of Real Estate. He brings valuable teaching and real estate experience to our Principles of Real Estate course, "JUMPSTART your real estate career” seminar and various continuing education and post licensure courses.
Gary, a lifelong Roanoke valley resident, holds a Bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College. He has also completed some graduate study courses at Virginia Tech and is a graduate of the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in NC.
Gary has experienced the rewards of coaching Youth League Baseball as well as those of being a Lifetime Member of the VA PTA and the Mt. Pleasant First Aid Crew.
Real Estate Marketing has been Gary’s full time career since 1975. He has been featured as "One of Roanoke’s Hottest Realtor’s” in The Roanoker magazine. He has been active with the Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors since 1975, and has served on the Advertising Investigation and Grievance Committees and the Professional Standards and Arbitration Committee. He also teaches Ethics and Fair Housing Orientation courses for RVAR. At the state level, Gary is a Certified Ethics instructor and a member of the Virginia Association of Realtors "traveling road show” which trains members of local boards across VA in Grievance and Professional Standards committee procedures.
J. Wysor Smith is a member of our Appraisal program instruction staff. He has taught Fundamentals of Appraisal, Advanced Residential Appraisal, Small Residential Income Property Appraisal and Appraisal Exam Prep courses. Wysor also provides instruction for many of our Appraisal continuing education courses. Topics include Modular Home Appraising, FHA Appraisal and Inspection, The Appraiser as Expert Witness, New Fannie Mae Forms and Individual Condominium Appraisal Reports.
Wysor earned a B.A. from Hamden-Sydney College, a Master’s Degree from Hollins University and a B.S. in Military Science. He holds a Virginia real estate broker’s license and has completed those pre-licensing and continuing education courses necessary to obtain and maintain a Virginia Certified General Appraisal license, a North Carolina Licensed Residential Appraisal license and West Virginia Certified General Appraisal license.
Mr. Smith is a CRA, American Assoc. of Certified Appraisers, member of the International Organization of Real Estate Appraisers, a candidate member of the Appraisal Institute. He is also a designated member of Federal National Mortgage Association. He also holds memberships in the Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors, the Lynchburg Association of Realtors, the New River Valley Association of Realtors. Mr. Smith is a member of the State and National Association of Real Estate Boards and the Better Business Bureau of Western Virginia and is a qualified expert court witness in numerous Virginia cities and counties.
Mr. Smith has extensive experience in Property Management and Real Estate consultation and in Real Estate development. His areas of real estate appraisal assignment coverage include central and southwest Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. Types of real estate appraisal assignments include apartments, acreage tracts, banks, condominium offices, residential condominiums, farms, golf courses and related clubs, single family homes, industrial plants, marinas, warehouses, motels, mobile home parks, offices, service stations/convenience stores, shopping centers and subdivisions.