What if you organized an MCE class and nobody came?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Dallas Premier TX #0552717

What could be worse?  How about organizing an MCE (Mandatory Continuing Education) class, getting 40+ agents to sign up, and the instructor doesn't show up?  That's what happened yesterday at a local title company.  It was standing room only as more than 40 agents packed the training room to learn about "Staging to Sell."  We enjoyed a continental breakfast, networked with the other attendees, and wondered why the session didn't start on time.  The rules for continuing education classes are very strict and every minute counts if the agents are to receive credit for attending the session.  We were eventually told that the presenter had a family emergency and the class would be rescheduled.  I don't know the presenter and don't think she's on AR.  Karen Otto and Nancy Roberston - here's an opportunity for you to fill in!

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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

happen to us before. . we ended up in happy hour

Jun 25, 2008 09:42 AM #1
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Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

Fun stuff! We had that happen at our board, it was not continuing Ed, (NJ is the only state that does not have continuing ed) it was a Feng Shui lady that did not show.... We called in a few favors and filled in with someone else at the last minute .. not quite the same topic, but close.  WHEW!

Our problem is getting the agents to show up for things, we get some great speakers and will only ge 80 agents out of 3000 show up.  No one wants to invest in themselves.

Jun 25, 2008 09:43 AM #2
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Lorrie, I have had something similar happen, primarily from attorneys as instructors where 2 out of 3 of them were 30 to 40 minutes late. But not showing up is pretty bad, unless it was a personal emergency. Someone should have called ahead and communicated what was going on. These things happen.

Jun 25, 2008 09:45 AM #3
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Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
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Fernando:  Happy hour at 9:00 AM just doesn't work for me!  Starbucks - maybe!

Robert:  No CE in NJ?  So you get a license and never have to take more training?

Gary:  The title company folks told us it was a family emergency. 

It was great getting an unexpected 2 hours added to my day, but I wonder about the agents needing those 2 MCE hours to renew their licenses in the next few days.  Bet they're scrambling to find another offering.

Jun 25, 2008 10:02 AM #4
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Gene Mock
Associate Broker ~ Premier Team, KW Realty - Leesburg, VA
GRI, CRB, CRS, ABR, CIPS, TRC, SFR, SRES

wow Lorrie, that was nice of them to EVENTUALLY let you know they wouldn't be able to make it!     

Jun 25, 2008 10:04 AM #5
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Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
Keller Williams Dallas Premier - Addison, TX
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Gene:  It was only about 5 minutes beyond the start time, but MCE classes are always so punctual that we knew something was up.

Jun 25, 2008 10:17 AM #6
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Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

NJ and Guam are the only 2 places with out CE, but it has been up for review every year... this is the closest we have gotten to having it.. The big RE agencies with referral agents have been against it since it will hurt them and reduce there lists of agents.

maybe this year, maybe next!  (we SHOULD have it!)

Jun 25, 2008 11:05 AM #7
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Melody Botting
Melody Botting Real Estate Network - The Colony, TX

Lorrie- That would have been a bummer in many professions.  Anytime you are at a Realtor 'gathering' it is going to be fun!!!

Jun 25, 2008 10:50 PM #8
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Nancy Robertson
Signature Style Staging - Dallas, TX
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Lorrie, thank you for the heads up!  I'll call you Thursday to get more info.

Jun 25, 2008 10:50 PM #9
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Hey Lorrie, I'm in Florida and am appalled to hear this! Although my class, Home Staging, at Collin College does not offer MCE's (yet) it's quite comprehensive in 8 hours (evenings).  I'd like to know the name of the "trainer" for this course or the title company who hosted and see what the whole deal was.

Jun 26, 2008 09:11 PM #10
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Karen:  Hope you are enjoying your vacation.  I will email you privately with the information.

Jun 26, 2008 09:21 PM #12
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