E-Pro is a waste of a designation

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Real Estate Agent with Sea Glass Properties

The E-Pro designation is a complete waste of money. 

Yeah, I just went there. For many agents, the E-Pro designation is an “opportunity” to learn about all of the ‘new’ tools available to agents. And sure it does live up to the promise of a bunch of new tools, but it is a waste of money.

Think about it, you are on ActiveRain networking with some of the top agents in the Country. You can search blogs for many great new tools, and often find these things before anyone ever has a clue about them:

Example: home411.com.  I was one of the first agents to sign up for a free 1-800 number.

Point2 agent has been out for 5 years. It was free for the last number of years (still free for 6 months). Point2 is one of the greatest tools available to agents.  In my opinion ActiveRain has far more content and tools than the E-Pro classes could ever have.

I guess I feel like E-Pro fails to deliver on the cost of the designation. What good is a tool chest of websites and domain names if no one knows how or what to do with them? They need to update the classes and tools for today's market. 

Maybe I am way off track, but I feel there could be substantially more substance than there is.

Why do you feel the designation is valuable or invaluable? Any other thoughts? 

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Nick Vanassche
Sea Glass Properties 

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I haven't found anything yet. Please let me know if you find anything. 

January 15, 2009 07:00 AM
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Stephen D White, E-Pro, ABR Cape Cod Real Estate
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Nick and anyone else interested. I sent a message to the Internet Crusade about an advanced E-Pro course and here's their response:

  

Thank you for contacting InternetCrusade® with your request. We appreciate your business. I have taken the following action as a result of your inquiry.

An Advanced E-Pro course is currently being considered for the near future.

Our Customer Service is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Pacific Time). We also monitor eMail on a regular basis at CustomerService@InternetCrusade.com Should you need any additional assistance, please feel free to contact by eMail or at my number below.

Mike Brown
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Ph:866-377-0627 ext:620
Fax: 619-283-7343
Website: http://InternetCrusade.com

January 18, 2009 11:15 AM
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Art Ramsey

For those with REALTOR designations ...

Did NAR (National Association of Realtors) disclose to you before you took the class that you would need to pay them every year to rent your designation?

Did NAR disclose the additional annual fee when they advertised this class?

Did NAR disclose to you how much the annual renewal fee would be before you took the class?

 We are talking ethics here, are we not? 

No one I know with a designation knew about these extra fees. Why is that?

Why would NAR fail to disclose annual fees, as they advertise these designations? Could it be becuase you would not take their classes?

Please email me with your NAR concerns:        Seattlebroker1@aol.com

Demand your NAR refund today!

Thanks!

March 03, 2010 09:18 AM
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I think there is more value in what is  learned  on AR then then the other stuff out there.

June 27, 2010 01:21 AM
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Nick Van Assche
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Any news on how the advanced class is coming along? 

November 01, 2010 02:38 PM
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