Time to Go Back To School

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Real Estate Agent with CENTURY 21 All Islands

I am taking my first CE class of the new period tomorrow, and I can't wait!

We have a two year period in which to complete the Continuing Education requirements to keep our real estate licenses valid in my state of Hawaii. Usually, you see a lot of the classes filling up as the deadline nears the end of these two year periods. Then people start panicking, classes fill up quickly, the deadline gets closer, and sometimes extra classes get added at the last minute. Somehow, everything works out, everyone relaxes and all is right with the world.  Then the cycle repeats itself, every two years, like clockwork.  

The cycle just ended this past December 31, so there won't be any stress for the next 24, 23, 22 months.

However, I prefer not to participate in this type of self abuse. Not only because of the unnecessary  pressure of waiting until the last minute, but because of the wasted opportunity to continue to educate oneself throught the year! The purpose of the Continuing Education requirements is to help us maintain the professionalism required for what we do. Our world is constantly changing, and that means our business is changing as well. We need to constantly upgrade our skills to stay in the game.

Classes are held all year long, and that affords a wonderful opportunity to continuously get up to date. I just happened to find a couple of classes already being offered that I feel will help me maintain my edge. So even though I will not need to get my 12 credits of Continuing education for awhile, I can't wait to set foot in the classroom tomorrow.

This class is entitled "Wills, Trusts and Real Estate". There is sure to be a bounty of useful and interesting information in this one.Continuing Education, Wills, Trusts, Real Estate

The next classs, which I will take on April 23rd,  will be an overview of "Permits"; the process, requirements, requesting, recording, retrieving etc. The laws for which are constantly being rewritten, and totally necessary to be up to speed with. 

I'm sure there will be aq few more interesting classes that will pop up during the next few months. Usually, by the time the two year renewal period comes around, I have double the required credits for my Contuinuing Education. I know of a few other agents who also do this.

Unfortunately, I also see far too many who wait until the last minute, then scramble to get the minimum requirements. I just wonder, does that reflects the way they run their business?

To each his own.

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Maggie Dokic
Special Miami Homes - Miami, FL
CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Michael, good for you.  Back in September I had to cram a 63 hour class into my routine because I kept putting off my broker post-licensing.  Thank goodness from here on out it's only 14 hours, but never again will I put it off that long.

Enjoy your class!

Feb 27, 2009 03:52 AM #1
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Doug Aaserude
Inactive until May. 2009 - Beaverton, OR
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Funny, my renewal is in April and I an srambling to get the 30 required hours in and I am too cheap to pay for a 30 hour class online program. I will make it, but in May I will start knocking the CE classes out early next period.

Feb 27, 2009 06:02 AM #2
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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
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We have 2 years between licensing renewal to take our CE hours.  Each of us renews at in our own period.  There is no longer a rush for hours. 

I'm licensed in 2 states and as a broker require more hours than agents, but the classed are good.  If only we could do something about the traffic in the morning.

Feb 27, 2009 06:02 AM #3
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Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

Hi Michael - As a former educator I love the continuing education requirement in our industry.  We need to not only keep up with changes that occur in our business but also refresh ourselves on those that have not.  I generally exceed the CE requirement in my state and enjoy having the opportunity to keep my skills sharp.

Feb 27, 2009 06:55 AM #4
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Michael S. Mackey
CENTURY 21 All Islands - Mililani, HI
REALTOR ABR, CRS, GRI, RSPS

Palmetto Bay | Redland Real Estate | Maggie Dokic (EWM Realtors) - Hi Maggie! The great thing about doing it early is that you can usually get into some of the more interesting classes, and attend them at your leisure.

Doug Aaserude (Inactive until May. 2009) - Doug! C'mon buddy! Online classes are worth it, even if they might cost a little more. Save the parking, gas, commute time; maybe even a costly lunch.

Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Lenn Licensed in two states! I thought I might want to do that, but the next nearest state to me is 2300 miles away. I spent nearly an hour getting to my class this morning, and traffic was 'normal'.

Jon Wnoroski, Summit County Realtor (Geneva Chervenic Realty, Inc.) - Hi Jon.  You are so right about needing the refreshers. The class I took this morning kept hitting on a lot of the information I always take for granted that I already know, but found I was a little fuzzy on some of the details.

 

Thanks for commenting everyone! I attended the 3 hour class this morning, and it was excellent. The class, being only 3 hours, was only able to superficially explain the details of a very complicated area, Wills and Trusts. It whetted my appetite for more detailled knowledge. Wish I had time to take a week long course!

 

 

Feb 27, 2009 06:00 PM #5
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James Wexler
wexzilla.com - Scottsdale, AZ

this is a great time, and  I should say congratulations, for using when we have time on our hands to better ourselves with education in our career

Feb 28, 2009 12:54 AM #6
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Michael S. Mackey
CENTURY 21 All Islands - Mililani, HI
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James Wexler, Scottsdale AZ Luxury Homes (Coldwell Banker) (wexzilla.com)

James, no kidding. This is definitely a period where we need to make productive use of our time, even if the 'business' is slow. Thanks for your comment!

Feb 28, 2009 01:51 AM #7
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Khash Saghafi
Proficio Mortgage Venture, LLC - Cleveland, OH
Mortgage Loan Officer, Cleveland Ohio

Hey Michael,

  As someone who has taught continuing education classes for 5 years now for agents & attorneys, I can't stop preaching that education is an ongoing process.  I loved what you had to say about being a continuous process that you will do throughout the year.  You are exactly correct when you state that the industry is changing and you must keep up with those changes to maintain your service and professionalism for your clients and yourself.  It is refresshing to see someone who sees the power of education in our industry.  Even though I travel to Florida and California to teach classes, I think my first time out to Hawaii will be for a much needed vacation and not a CE session! 

Mar 09, 2009 11:05 PM #8
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