How much education does your Realtor have?

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Real Estate Agent with Royal Shell Real Estate - The Koffman Group SL 3310397

How much education does your Realtor have?

After completing 2 courses totaling 90 hours and passing a state exam in 2012, I was given my real estate affiliate broker license. Even though you take the course and pass the exam there’s still a lot about real estate that you don’t know. I wanted to learn everything I could so that I would be able to serve my clients in the best way possible.

I have completed all of the classes offered at our local MLS office to fully understand the software used to search for listings and evaluate the local market. In addition, I have taken classes to learn how to use Transaction Desk (an electronic document software program that allows for electronic signatures), a HUD statement class, a Tennessee Wood Infestation class, How to Sell HUD homes class, Mortgage Fraud class, and the Tennessee Real Estate Commission Core course. How much education does your Realtor have?

Tax ClassJust last week I took 2 more courses: a Tax class and What every Realtor should know about the Home Inspection Process. The Tax class was sponsored by Martin Bennett, a mortgage lender at FirstBank. Jason Grubbs, CPA, discussed how I as a realtor can benefit from certain tax deductions. He also listed ways that buyers can benefit, such as, deducting points paid to obtain a home mortgage, no matter if the buyer OR seller paid these at closing. You should contact Jason for more information.

The Home Inspection Class was provided by John Watkins of Nashville Home InspectionNashville Home Inspection. Although I’ve attended several home inspections with my buyer clients, I know there’s always something new to learn. You should check out John’s website and view his videos. It is amazing what he finds during inspections. He also stresses that new construction homes should be inspected. He will also inspect a new home at the end of the first year to provide you with a report for the builder to make repairs before the first year warranty period ends.

Every 24 months Tennessee Realtors are required to take 16 hours of continuing education. My total is 41 hours to date. I plan to become an Accredited Buyer’s Representative in early 2014, which is another 16 hours.

 

How much education does your Realtor have?

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Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
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Jill, you can never have enough education in my book. The more we know, the better we're able to serve our clients.

Dec 16, 2013 02:50 AM #1
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
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Jill, I really believe that we are in a profession where you really have to keep learning, things are changing so fast.  Besides, learning really is fun and it keeps you on your toes!

Dec 16, 2013 02:51 AM #2
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Jill - education and the application of what you learn are considered critical in my plan. In fact my me agreement is to gain two designations in 2014. Glad you are a believer too. 

Dec 16, 2013 03:00 AM #3
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Martin Bennett
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It is so true.  Just like professional football players practice all the time we have to do the same thing.  We need to be ready for all of the changes going on in and around our industry.

Dec 16, 2013 04:34 AM #4
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Jill Winchel
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Tammie, Tony & Darcy, Jeff, Martin...You certainly can't have 'too much' knowledge about real estate. I learn something almost everyday, whether it is in a classroom, in the field, or on ActiveRain. :)

Dec 16, 2013 04:55 AM #5
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Jill:  Congratulations to you on your positive attitude .. and your efforts regarding furthering of your education.  I so applaud this.  Pair this with actual experience and your clients are getting an amazing service provided to them ...

Gene

Dec 16, 2013 09:52 AM #6
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Gene...I agree with you...classroom plus experience is a key factor to being able to provide great service.

Dec 16, 2013 11:37 PM #7
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Debbie Reynolds
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Jill, I am a huge believer in continuing ed. I wanted to go to the class sponsored by Martin but had conflicts in schedule. I know it was a good use of your time.

Dec 18, 2013 09:41 PM #8
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Barbara Altieri
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Jill -- We only have to take four classes every two years. I think the requirement should be higher. There is always something to learn and we need to be as educated and up to date as possible to service our clients best.

Dec 19, 2013 11:03 AM #9
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Debbie...It would have been nice to see you in the class. Jason seems very capable and I plan to call him to help me with my taxes. Martin's office is nice and conveniently located in Cool Springs.

Barbara...Not sure why the minimum classroom hours are so low but it is good to know that many realtors are going above and beyond the requirements. It certainly helps when classes are sponsored and free to agents.

Dec 19, 2013 09:29 PM #10
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Merry Christmas Jill to you and your family. May you also have a very Happy New Year

Dec 23, 2013 11:21 AM #11
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Mary Yonkers
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Kudos, Jill. You are far ahead of most new and current agents.  Keep going & you will surpass the rest.

Merry Christmas

Dec 24, 2013 06:27 AM #12
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Jill Winchel
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Debbie and Mary...Thanks for stopping by my blog. Merry Christmas to you and have a wonderful 2014.

Dec 25, 2013 10:07 PM #13
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Joan Cox
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Jill, education never ends, and we as Realtors never can know everything, but sure is fun taking all the classes.   Sounds you are doing it right!

Dec 25, 2013 11:32 PM #14
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
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Hi Jill, there's never too much learning, with everything moving so fast, it's not possible to know everything all the time but committing to education gives us an advantage. Kudos to you!

Dec 28, 2013 09:54 AM #15
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