I am currently working on completing my GRI and I am a couple of transactions away from getting my CRS. I currently have my CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) certification. Hopefully none of this is interpreted as bragging as that is definitely not my goal, nor is it my point.
Here is my question, what do we stand to gain having all of these certifications? Have any of you in the community received a referral because of them? Have you had a client say, I those you because you were a GRI or a CRS or whatever certification impressed them? I am not saying that the knowledge we gain isn't beneficial in any way, but a lot of the GRI classes seem to be fluff in my opinion. I do not mean to offend anyone who is proud of their certifications and firm believers in them. All I am saying is that I think that many of these things are created as a means to get more money from us. We already pay a large sum of money every year for the BIG R (don't get me started on that one) and what does that get us. I have never had a client ask me if I was a "Realtor", frankly most people are not informed on the matter and really don't know a difference.
With licensing fees raising 2 to 3 times the amount we were paying before; and all of the reoccuring fees we have to pay for various certifications, MLS fees, E and O insurance, dues for whichever Real Estate company you belong to. How in the world are we going to be able to do business? On a side note going back to the subject of why our licensing fees increased, do you want to know the answer the state gave to us for that happening? They said it was because there were significantly fewer agents now and that is why they increased the dues to cover costs. Hey, here is an idea for the state government. When you have less money because of an ailing economy, guess what? CUT PEOPLE AND CUT YOUR COSTS. In the private sector companies have to cut somewhere when they don't have the money. The state government just makes more of us fit the bill for their waste and stupidity? Enough ranting from me so I will end this article shortly.
I am curious to know what your thoughts are on this subject? Do you think the certification are worth it? Can you say that all the money and energy you put into it was worth it? Did you get a good return on your investment? How many times has a client said that they chose you because you had a particular certification?
I really think this subject needs to be hashed out and I really looking forward to your comments on the matter.