(Not) A Name-Brand Girl Gets Another Tag

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services 0514644

GRI Designation Kristen UeckertNever 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!

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Kristen Correa Real Estate

Comments (6)

Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Kristen...Congratulations on working on your GRI. It is more than simply a designation. It is a reflection of someone within our industry that seeks to learn best business practices in order to do an above average job for their clients.

I became licensed in August of 1986 and earned my GRI in 1987. I still recall the depth of the material covered and the breadth of the topics taught. It really is an excellent experience.


Aug 12, 2013 12:45 PM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Hi Kate, thank you for those words. Obviously, I now agree. But I think it's great to vocalize it for the new agents. Sincerely, they should all do it day one, as you did! Congrats on your longevity through some major market changes!

Aug 12, 2013 01:01 PM
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Kristen. I took the classes too and earned a GRI so I know how intense it can be. Congratulations!

Aug 12, 2013 01:16 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

When I was a Realtor many years ago, earned the GRI designation and understand it's importance. Congratulations and use it well!

Aug 12, 2013 06:50 PM
Larry Riggs
Century 21 Redwood - Frederick, MD
GRI, SRS Your Frederick County Specialist

Kristen, I think it's great you're earning your GRI designation. I got mine shortly after getting into real estate. I believe in a lifestyle of constant learning. Just understand that the learning is for your personal growth and real estate success. The general public has no idea what all those letters mean and tend to be turned off by agents touting multiple designations rather than their real work performance. Back to learning my philosophy is that I want to learn something every day 'til the day I die. Keep at it!

Aug 12, 2013 08:52 PM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Hi Lana, Joe & Larry - THANKS! Very insightful course!

Aug 14, 2013 08:40 PM