Hawaii Randy's Real Estate Opinions: I Now Have My e-PRO Designation

I Now Have My e-PRO Designation

e-PRO LogoI put off going for my e-PRO designation for some time.  My initial instinct was that I was pretty techie and already had my CRS.  Why would I need e-PRO?

Over the last few months a few friends of mine including WooHoo Sally Cheeseman picked up the e-PRO and felt it was worth getting.

As part of my business plan to take professional development classes and earn key designations, I decided to go for it.  Even though I am a technically knowledgeable guy, how would the public know?

So here is my experience with the e-PRO online course.  The material was quite good.  It may have been a little basic for me, but I feel that the average real estate agent would have been challenged by it and would have learned a lot.

One of the benefits I got from the course was that it forced me to further investigate some of the venders like Settlement Room and Relay 5.0.  Something I have been putting off and needed to get done.  The end result is that I have purchased Relay and will be bringing it on line this upcoming week.

My recommendation is for agents sitting on the fence, is to take the course.  You will pick up several good tips that will help your business and you will let the public know you are an internet professional.

 

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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. 

www.HawaiiRandy.comOahu (Honolulu County) Property Search  Hawaii Military Relocations

Comment balloon 35 commentsRandy Prothero • September 01 2007 09:03PM

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I'll look into this...I know there's a ton of designations out there and I've thought of pursuing one...glad to hear you were successful
Posted by delete me delete me (delete me) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the advice, I too thought I might not need e-PRO because of other training I had received.  Since reading your post I decided to take a closer look at Relay 5.0.

Randy congratulation on completing the course.

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) over 10 years ago

Randy - Thanks for sharing. I've been tossing around the idea of taking e-pro for the last few months. I need to look into getting my designation.

Posted by Robert Schwabe, Orange Park Real Estate (EXP Realty) over 10 years ago
Congrats on your e-Pro designation.  I've had it for quite a few years, when I took it I was not very web savvy at all.  It was like a light bulb clicked and I have taken off with the web ever since.  I wondered if it would be a little basic for an agent that was fairly web savvy so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it.  You will have to keep up informed on how you like Relay.
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 10 years ago

Randy - Congratulations!  I'm going to do my CRS next and then my e-Pro. I really enjoyed doing GRI and hope I enjoy CRS as much. One thing I like about e-Pro is that you can do it online. 

Now that you have the e-Pro we'll need to watch out for your growing web presence!

Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) over 10 years ago

Well, I remember when I took it....and everyone wondered why as I knew a lot. Well, turns out I didn't know too much and after everything I'm learning here too I wasn't but a baby! So WooHoo to me and you!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Century 21 Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago

Rondel - Try going to the NAR website and start there.

Jennifer - I should have better feedback in a week or two once I start using Relay.

Robert - I believe designations are important.  You need to distinguish yourself from all of the other agents in your community.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Marchel - I will post in a week or two once we get using Relay and have time to see how it is working for us.

Linda - The CRS was by far my favorite.  The quality of the instructors is definitely at the top of the game.  If have the designation and still take the classes and attend the conventions.

Sally - I still think an Active Rain designation would be more valuable.  :)

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago
Congratulations on your e-Pro Designation Randy!  I did it several years ago and I did find it helpful.  I understand they have changed the course quite a bit now.  Back then...I don't think anyone had even heard about blogs. :) (just kidding)
Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Lola - I never thought I would be a blogger or an e-PRO.  Old dogs do learn new tricks.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago
You admit the "old" part...lol!
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Century 21 Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago
I have considered this but have been afraid I would be bored to tears... thanks for the feedback
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

Randy,

Congratulations......I got my e-Pro almost a year ago.....I enjoyed the course, and the Digest many times has some good stuff......

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 10 years ago

Congratulations.  I think ePRO is something that grows on you. Or grows with you.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 10 years ago

Sally - I am still younger than some here.  LOL

Thesa - I was worried I would be bored also.  It wasn't bad.  A liitle basic for us real techie types, but there was still enough tid bits and good ideas that it was worth it.

Kathy - I will have to follow the digests.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago
Congratulations!  Hopefully the designation can get you some additional recognition as well!!!
Posted by Jeannette Morrison, Central Texas Real Estate, NW Austin, Round Rock (Cedar Park,Leander,Georgetown & Lake Travis Areas.) over 10 years ago
I have benefited from it immensely
Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 10 years ago

Randy, congrats from a fellow e-PRO on earning your e-PRO Certification!  I thought the course was useful and I recommend it to all the students who take my technology classes.

The CRS coursework is probably the most exciting and valuable, and the instructors are top-notch.  But the e-PRO is a different type of education that was, and is badly needed in our industry.

Posted by Eric Kodner, Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island (Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes) over 10 years ago

Jeannette - It will for sure let the public know I am an internet professional.  Most of my clients are shopping on the internet, so it is important to let them know in advance.

Eric - I agree completely.

I felt the same way about the ABR.  It was an important series also that focussed on a specific area.  By the way I also finished ABR this month.  I am just waiting for the letter and certificate so I can add that to my bio.  That was an interesting thing.  I got the OK to use the e-PRO designation within about 1 hour of passing the final exam.  For the ABR I had to snail mail documents and have to wait up to 4 weeks for the OK to use the designation.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago
Congrats! I'm still not convinced I want to do this yet. I know it is good for the image, but I'm not sure that the program is where it needs to be to stay competitive. Thanks for the info!
Posted by Chris Liverett, Pagosa Springs Real Estate (Associated Brokers Of Pagosa) over 10 years ago
Congrats on the e-Pro.  I am not convinced this designation will do any more for me other than a waste of time and money.  The consumer does not know about designations, and formal education like a B.S. in Computer Science or Economics is in my opinion a much bigger credit.
Posted by Adam Brett, The Adam and Eric Group, Fullerton's Finest (The Adam and Eric Group) over 10 years ago

Chris - I am not sure what that means.  If it is good for your image, what is the hold up?

Adam - I couldn't disagree more.  Consumers are on the internet and they are looking you up.  What does a BS tell them about your real estate training or how much time and money you have invested in professional training?

I regularly have clients tell me about my bio, so I know they are paying attention.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago
Thanks for the push.  I actually signed up for the course and let it expire.  I agree, consumers are looking harder than ever at the "credentials" of real estate agents in this current market.  Professional development beyond "just getting the license" is becoming crucial at this point.
Posted by Tracy Nicole Hamilton, Realtor - Elk Grove CA, Sacramento, CA over 10 years ago
Tracy - I tend to get a lot of clients commenting on my broker's license, the full time status and my position with the Board of Realtors.  All are on my website and I am finding a majority of clients go there and read.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago
Hi Randy -- Congratulations on your new Epro designation.  With your new assistant and your new dsignations, it is clear to me that you intend to take your business to a new level.  Aloha
Posted by Bruce Bourgault, Vice President, Mpro (Central Pacific Homeloans) over 10 years ago
I am pointed in one direction; straight ahead.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago
OK. You've inspired me to jump in and do it.
Posted by Chuck & Lucy Willman www.TheHouseBuzz.com, TheHouseBuzz (www.TheHouseBuzz.com) over 10 years ago
I'm in the beginnings of it.  It is basic and time consuming, but what other designation can you do from the comfort of your home?  I also recommend it. 
Posted by Angel Ochoa (Success Realty Inc.) over 10 years ago

Chuck - Good choice!  It is always a good thing to take professional development training.  I budget money and time every year.

Angel - That is true, not many.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Randy congrats on the e-PRO. The e-PRO did help me jump start my blogging and my internet campagin. For me it was well worth the time.

Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) over 10 years ago
Frank - I was already doing my internet campaign, but am glad I got the designation for all of the reasons I have given.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Congratulations Randy!

 

By the way, I'm working with a hospital CEO who just left your islands to move here to central PA. remember what I told you about prices here? He's buying top of the line.... $300,000. That's a major transaction in the coal region.

 

erica

 

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) over 10 years ago
I am sure he is enjoying the price difference.  $300,000 here can buy you a starter condo in bad shape in most areas.  In some areas you can not even get that.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago
Congratulations Randy.. I took the course when it first came out.. I was in the second group I think.. it was what helped me get started on the internet.. When I took the course there were not many of us  around but I'm glad to see more and more agents getting the designation
Posted by Kaye Thomas, e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA (Real Estate West) over 10 years ago
Kaye - It doesn't seem like many my market yet.  It is another way we can differentiate ourselves from the other agents in the area.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

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