After getting back in the real estate industry I decided that education would be an important part of my business plan. I started by attended several orientation type classes through the Board of Realtors. I soon after I began the quest to gain the GRI designation. I chose this one first for two reasons.
- It covered all facets of the business and would give me a well rounded working knowledge.
- You do not have to join any organizations and pay annual fees.
What I found was that some classes were very good, but many more were just too basic. I was bored silly in a few of them and thought of them as an endurance test. I stuck it out and got my GRI designation.
Towards the tail end of earning the GRI designation I signed up for CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) classes. I knew the CRS designation was the top designation for a residential real estate agent to get. I took my first class in Waikiki and absolutely loved it. The quality of the instructors and the materials was excellent! I took another in Waikiki and then one in Maui. The Maui class made a huge impression on me. Besides the fact that Ed Hatchthe instructor was so good, studying with agents from other states and counties was an education in and of itself. I was inspired by the class that I have since collected several of Ed Hatch's CD sets that I listen to in the car. I was close to finishing my CRS designation and because of the impact the class in Maui had on me I wanted to attend one in another state. After some negotiating I convinced my brother Russ to attend a CRS class in Columbia Missouri with me. What a wonderful choice! The class was tremendous and the agents in our group were from every corner of the country. I highly recommend doing something like this to everyone.
Since getting my CRS designation I have taken a few more classes and attended my first Sell-a-bration in Las Vegas this year. If you have never done it, it is a must. I am planning to attend every year from now one. The next we are hosting in Waikiki in January 2008. Please come and join us. I am planning a gathering for Active Rain members tied to the event.
Last year I met my third goal and that was of getting my broker's license. Customers and agents look at you different when you are a licensed broker. The designations and the broker's license makes a statement to them that you take this profession seriously and you are investing in you business and ensuring that you are the best trained possible.
With all of that said, I am at a turning point. I am now looking at a few of the designations that in the past I did not take that serious, but am now giving a second look at. Century 21 is making a push to get more designations. That is one influence on me. Recently I interview Tony Marriot and saw his list of designations. It is the longest of anyone I know. I thought long and hard about it and though of two things.
- He is one of the smarter folks in the business I have spoken to.
- I said wow, the first time I saw his credentials. I wonder what others think when they see his list
For me I want to always continue to grow and learn. So I have decided to continue on with my real estate designations. I passed on getting the ePRO and ABRin the past because I felt the CRS covered the same topics. My friend Celeste "Sally" Cheesemanwho is kind techie reported she enjoyed the ePRO program and learned some good stuff.
I think the ABR will be good also. The question of a buyer agency agreement continues to come up and I feel I should review this topic again.
I will let you know how they go.
I forward to your feed back on these designations or any others you think was a good choice for you.