After getting back in the real estate industry I decided that education would be an important part of my business plan. I started by attended several orientation type classes through the Board of Realtors. I soon after I began the quest to gain the GRI designation. I chose this one first for two reasons.
- It covered all facets of the business and would give me a well rounded working knowledge.
- You do not have to join any organizations and pay annual fees.
What I found was that some classes were very good, but many more were just too basic. I was bored silly in a few of them and thought of them as an endurance test. I stuck it out and got my GRI designation.
Towards the tail end of earning the GRI designation I signed up for CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) classes. I knew the CRS designation was the top designation for a residential real estate agent to get. I took my first class in Waikiki and absolutely loved it. The quality of the instructors and the materials was excellent! I took another in Waikiki and then one in Maui. The Maui class made a huge impression on me. Besides the fact that Ed Hatchthe instructor was so good, studying with agents from other states and counties was an education in and of itself. I was inspired by the class that I have since collected several of Ed Hatch's CD sets that I listen to in the car. I was close to finishing my CRS designation and because of the impact the class in Maui had on me I wanted to attend one in another state. After some negotiating I convinced my brother Russ to attend a CRS class in Columbia Missouri with me. What a wonderful choice! The class was tremendous and the agents in our group were from every corner of the country. I highly recommend doing something like this to everyone.
Since getting my CRS designation I have taken a few more classes and attended my first Sell-a-bration in Las Vegas this year. If you have never done it, it is a must. I am planning to attend every year from now one. The next we are hosting in Waikiki in January 2008. Please come and join us. I am planning a gathering for Active Rain members tied to the event.
Last year I met my third goal and that was of getting my broker's license. Customers and agents look at you different when you are a licensed broker. The designations and the broker's license makes a statement to them that you take this profession seriously and you are investing in you business and ensuring that you are the best trained possible.
With all of that said, I am at a turning point. I am now looking at a few of the designations that in the past I did not take that serious, but am now giving a second look at. Century 21 is making a push to get more designations. That is one influence on me. Recently I interview Tony Marriot and saw his list of designations. It is the longest of anyone I know. I thought long and hard about it and though of two things.
- He is one of the smarter folks in the business I have spoken to.
- I said wow, the first time I saw his credentials. I wonder what others think when they see his list
For me I want to always continue to grow and learn. So I have decided to continue on with my real estate designations. I passed on getting the ePRO and ABRin the past because I felt the CRS covered the same topics. My friend Celeste "Sally" Cheesemanwho is kind techie reported she enjoyed the ePRO program and learned some good stuff.
I think the ABR will be good also. The question of a buyer agency agreement continues to come up and I feel I should review this topic again.
I will let you know how they go.
I forward to your feed back on these designations or any others you think was a good choice for you.
Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®
Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR
Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"
Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers. His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area. His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.
Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors. To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents.