One of the keys to Real Estate or almost anything else, in my opinion, is lifelong learning.
I hear a lot of criticism of the various designations that REALTORS attain. Much of life is in the journey and not the destination, so when I see Realtors with “alphabet soup” past their names – I think that they must have been on a good journey!
Will the alphabet soup mean that they are good Realtors? Probably not, but it will tell you that they are willing to invest in themselves and their profession.
I will grant to you that people have different ways of investing in learning but the designations are one tangible sign that a particular Realtor is interested in becoming better at their profession. Just like a college degree does not ensure that a graduate is competent but does signify a certain level of willingness, ability, and perseverance.
All that said, my wife and I spent last week working on our CRS designation (Certified Residential Specialist) in Key Largo, Florida. (Work Hard – Play Hard .
It was great! The course was on developing a referral based business. The basis for the course is in providing exceptional customer service for our clients so that they will refer more clients to us. We learned about various systems we could put in place as well as improvements to our current systems. Part of what made it so good was the exceptional instructors we had.
I learned quickly while in College that the professor teaching a particular course is the difference between a boring class and one that gives you the “light bulb illuminating” experience that we all want. I highly recommend Gee Dunsten and Mark Given as instructors.
We have found that getting out of the office and out of our daily routine in a learning environment like this gets our creative energy flowing and immediately light bulbs turn on that help us take our business further than we have gone before.
Not to mention, we had a great time in Key Largo sailing, snorkeling on the live coral reefs, and parasailing.
So…my advice to you—is get out and learn. You will be more relaxed and make more money at the same time.
What a great investment – invest in yourself!
Wayne and Donna Long, Shepherd Brokers.com, GMAC Real Estate, Columbus, Georgia, http://www.ColumbusHomeShow.com