This year I began teaching continuing education classes for real estate agents. It has been a positive experience for the first month of classes. I got positive feedback, but saw things I could improve. One broker who attended two of my earliest classes had some teaching and speaking experience and graciously sat down with me after class and helped my identify areas I could fine tune. Some of the instructors in our area are really good and have been it for years. That puts pressure on me to be at the top of my game.
A great benefits of teaching is learning. The preparation and research to put the classes together, along with discussions and comments from students, have made teaching a great learning experience for me. Imagine standing in front a room full of licensed agents, many who have been in the business many years and discussing how we conduct business. Guaranteed someone in the class had a great experience or perspective we never considered.
One of the classes I'm teaching is "Mandatory Core B" that includes new laws and a refresher on fair housing and civil rights. The fair housing discussions have been quite educational for everyone. It is amazing how many ways a person can get in trouble by saying something they thought was helpful. I have had two different students who wanted to argue and defend comments or behaviors. I had a little fun with them by using the same response, "you are up to $20,000 in fines and loss of license. Would you like to try for $30,000?" Believe it or not that barely slowed them down. Oh well, I tried. Possibly a real loss of license and some heavy fines at some point will get their attention.
My other class is called: "Getting Purchase Contracts Accepted and to Closing." It has been fun class to teach. During group breakout sessions we identify potential red flags in a transaction and discuss ways of addressing them. Among my handout materials is a pre-approval letter from Bob's Mortgage and Hair Cutting Emporium. It sounds funny, but helps address real life problems that come from bad pre-approvals. Sample contract pages have similar over the top stuff in them, but are taken from actual issues we see and deal with on a daily basis. Our group discussions are fun and informative. Some of the ideas tossed out from the students are things I will be incorporating in my own business. The teacher is also a student.
I am having a good time teaching classes and am looking forward to adding new courses next year that I am already developing. Teaching is a great way to learn the business. If you are visiting Hawaii and would like to sit on one of the sessions, please let me know. If you are not licensed in Hawaii; you won't get CE credit, but are welcome to attend. The classes are also open to members of the public.
Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®
Principal Broker, ABR, AHWD, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR
Island Style Realty Inc.
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.
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.