Great Time to Review Your Education Goals

For many of us in the Real Estate industry, the end of June is almost like the end of tax season is for accountants; many of the transactions that we have been nurturing since the new year have closed and others are close to it.

You may actually find that you have a morning or two where your phone doesn't ring off the hook. This is a great time to review the educational requirements for your license and your personal education goals.

I can only speak for Virginia, but the state provides a great on-line tool that allows an Agent or Broker  to check progression toward their educational requirements. This is also an easy way to make sure all the classes you've taken, that qualify for credit, have been reported to the state. If they have not been reported, you have time to do the follow-up and make sure you receive the credit you have earned.

Perhaps you have been considering a new designation or certification.  There are many resources available on-line for training. Your local association, as well as others that are close by, will have course offerings available.  It is a great time to get these classes on your calendar  for the fall and winter months so that you can start working toward your personal education goals.

Many of us take classes only to meet our licensing requirements, but I have found that the continuing education classes that I have taken have provided me with new inspirations, great ideas and invaluable contacts. It is hard to think of a way one could feel 'over educated' about the real estate industry--there are so many nuances and unique situations.

If you haven't done so lately, take some time to review your education goals and put a plan in place to meet them over the next year.

 

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Comment balloon 7 commentsHolly Weatherwax • June 22 2009 08:03AM

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The requirements sneak up on you and then bam you are at the end of year pay classes. Greatr post and thanks for the reminder

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) about 9 years ago

Great post. I have decided that I am going to start obtaining designations to fulfill my education requirements so I can kill two birds with one stone. My next quest will be ABR designation since I can waive elective to use my Epro designation in its place.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) about 9 years ago

Hi Holly, I'm working on my ePro designation now and then time to think about what my next education goal (great way to approach it!) will be, beyond the basic mandated requirements.

Posted by Sara Goss, Realtor - Houston Bay Area, Texas (HatmakerGroup.com GMAC Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Charlie, I agree...nothing like cramming it in right before your license expires!

Harry, Glad you brought that up about the e-pro.  I thnk a lot of people don't realize that they can get 'double duty' from the epro certification.

Sara,  If you read the comment before yours, you may have noticed that Harry mentioned that e-pro can be used for one of the ABR electives.  I found that 'synergy' great when I was planning my education goals.

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Holly, Good post. Thanks for sharing.

Best - Sash

Posted by Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate (RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd.) about 9 years ago

Hi Holly, Thank you, I need a slight push to get moving!  There are SO many things I still want to learn and keep meaning to sign up for at least one of them....I am going to decide this week !

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 9 years ago

Holly like you I like to learn new things and with real estate there is always something new,  So let's hope most people will have learning in mind when scheduling classes instead of just fulfilling a requirement,

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 9 years ago

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