I'm sure this will generate lots of strong opinions from all sides, and that's good.
First, let me say, I applaud and congratulate those agents investing their time and financial resources in attaining that extra level of knowledge and skill. Even I have gone the extra mile to get a certification.
It really is a place to go to "BUY EGO", and rather expensive at that. I love those courses that get you there in levels. You know, 300 to 400+ Dollars at a time. Sort of an educational PONZIE scheme.
You finish step one it's worthless, you finish step two it's worthless. It's only after completing step three and $1000+ later you get the official title. There are some AGENTS with 5,6 or more of these designations on their business cards, i.e.: CRS, CIPS, CLHMS, CRB, GRI, ABR, e-Pro, and some newer ones like CIIIS, and TRC? There are many more. Go ahead, tell me you know what they all are. I sometimes think, all the time and money they spent gathering such ego badges, they could have applied it to being an MD or MBA or PHD that most everyone including the general public would immediately recognize what it meant and at the same time make some real money.
The other issue about all of this Designations, Certifications and so on, has created a whole new industry/business, there's now fully employed instructors, organizations probably as big as some fortune 500 companies with dues to pay for executives, lobbyists, staff rent, pins badges, decals and you know how much it costs for travel and entertainment. It has now become a "product" that's hawked and promoted at every conference,and real estate get-together. Oh! don't let me leave out one important link to this interesting chain. None of these are recognized as being of value unless they get an official OK from NAR.
The bottom line. Is it worth it to the Agent wearing that "Pin"? Has he/she received a ROI for all this or do we just "BUY EGO"?
This Blog is not meant to marginalize the importance of continuing education, it's just some thoughts about the whole experience.
Would love you comments.