The freely available information on the internet has done wonders for me and my business.
Online forums, social networks and blogs have allowed me to learn, grow my sphere of influence and grow my business in ways that simply weren’t available 10 years ago. If not for the internet, I would have been out of this business years ago when my wife had cancer and I had to take care of our first child. Free information led to leads and leads led to clients.
In many ways, the internet has helped new agents to level the playing field against entrenched agents and bigger brokerages because so much information is available to learn and leads available for anyone willing who is to put forth the time and effort with little to no capital investment. Such is the power of the internet.
With all of this information seemingly at our fingertips, we often forget that even the best and brightest of us can benefit from specific courses taught by other real estate professionals and trainers. I think it is how we can take our business to the next level.
The alphabet soup of designations available to us as agents continues to grow, but a common conversation across the re.net resolves itself around whether or not to even earn some of these designations. Opinions vary on this and I’m not sure how. I just don’t understand the logic that some people have that makes them think that these courses are not worth it.
Some agents think that becoming an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) or earning some other designation isn’t of much value or that consumers don’t actually know what those letters mean so they aren’t really helpful anyway. Besides, many agents naively think they can just learn it for free on the internet. I like free and choose it whenever reasonably possible. But sometimes, you simply need courses taught by more experienced or more well trained agents to learn specializations. Continue reading this post