Never having been a name-brand girl, People Magazine reader, "be cool" "rock star" enthusiast a lot of folks are, titles and names alone are not what impress me. Never have. It's the work for that accomplishment, the accumulation of brains, creative genius that go with notoriety that are impressive. It's the underdog, super-hero, stories of survival, charismatic qualities, all those things that matter in good and important ways that get me all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, whether a business name or a personal popularity. So as a Realtor® I never put any weight what-so-ever into designations and certifications. A name with an alphabet of accomplishment behind it only told me you spent all your time in a classroom, but when do you work? What have you actually closed? What have you done for the world lately?
That was then. Now I see the value. I see that a title means you worked hard and learned something and took the test and got the T-shirt. So now, I am a subscriber. A believer. This week I am in class. It's Graduate, REALTOR® Institute, or GRI. And I'm loving what I'm learning.
"In today's competitive business environment, it often takes more than just motivation and initiative to succeed. Earning the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation is a way to stand out to prospective home buyers and sellers as a REALTOR® who has gained in-depth knowledge on technical subjects as well as the fundamentals of real estate."
Out of a classroom of 37 REALTORS® only 5 of us have been in real estate 10 years or more. I am so proud of how many brand new agents are recognizing, far sooner in their career than I did, the value of education in their chosen vocation. Our industry needs it. Badly. We need agents, new and experienced, to value being true educators of real estate concepts to the consumer, resisting the temptation to bend laws and break our Code of Ethics for a one time deal, looking at the deals they transact as a lifelong relationship -- critical to their survival in the industry. And we need REALTORS® who will live and breathe their vocation with passion.
Thanks to Reba and Candie for a fantastic week of GRI Finance. GO TEXAS REALTORS®! Thank you for making us smarter and better able to serve this amazing booming real estate market!