Have you learned anything today?

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Real Estate Agent with Samsel & Associates 0790808

 School may be out but that doesn't mean the learning stops.

If you're not learning something new, you're growing stagnant. 

Thay may or not have been what my mother meant when I was 11 years old and wanted to do nothing all summer. But her words are as true today as they were back then.

If you haven't learned anything new today, you're no better off than you were yesterday.  As you accumulate years of experience in real estate, are you accumulating experience or just years?

In New Jersey, a real estate licensee is required to have 12 hours of continuing education per year with at least 6 of those hours being in what are deemed core classes including 3 hours of ethics training. Many courses are taught by interesting people and we've learned a great deal from them.

But is 12 hours of education enough?Are there any other sources of continuing education that can help you become a better real estate professional? Here are our favorite ways to improve our skills:

1. Active Rain. There is a absolute wealth of information available on Active Rain. I hesitate to list all of those Rainers from whom we've learned so much because I know I'll leave off someone important, but, believe me, the list would be long. We've learned how to write blogs that are compelling and we've learned how to write blogs that increase our SEO and we've learned how to write blogs that help inform our clients. We've gotten great ideas for mailing campaigns and prospecting and market reports.

2. Podcasts. I listen to these while I'm doing housework or puttering the garden and I keep a running list of the great ideas I learn - things like scripts for difficult situations and prospecting ideas and ways to improve conversion rates. Some of my favorite real estate podcasts are:

3. Professional Reading - We have a small collection of real estate books and I might read a chapter or two or I might read the whole book, depending on my needs. Often, favorites are read and re-read many times over. Some of the books in our library are:

So what about you? What are your favorite ways to regenerate your enthusiasm and learn new things?

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~ Wayne & Jean 

Union County, NJ - a great place to live and work!

If you're looking to buy or sell a property in Union County, call us at 908-917-4189 or email TeamZuhl@gmail.com.

 

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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
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Hello Jean and Wayne, if we're not learning, we're not growing. With so many options to choose from, it's easier than ever. I like to pick up the book and read it, never tried audio books.

Jul 05, 2016 04:09 AM #1
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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I think I have all of those books, and I learn something every single day.  Today it was reinforced that I do not like short sales...

Jul 05, 2016 04:45 AM #2
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Belinda Spillman
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Every day we have the opportunity to learn something new and we need to open our minds and let it in!

Jul 05, 2016 04:50 AM #3
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Jean and Wayne,

If we are not learning something new on a daily basis, it is time to call it quits.  A

Jul 05, 2016 09:52 AM #4
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Diana Zaccaro
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I just can't get into podcasts or audio books, for me it has to be a real book...I guess I'm old school but seeing the words in print helps reinforce them in my mind.

Education is a lifelong process and without it, one can fall into the trap of having the same one year of experience many years over.

 

Jul 05, 2016 04:19 PM #5
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
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Hi Jean and Wayne, a day doesn't go by when I do not learn something new. From the smallest to the biggest lesson learned...whatever it is great.

Jul 06, 2016 02:25 AM #6
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Hi, Wayne and Jean!  I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. 

Jul 10, 2016 04:47 AM #7
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Wayne and Jean

There is so much to learn, no matter how long we have been in the business, or lived! I try to take classes and webinars whenever I can, and not just when required for CE re-licensing. I read more of the real estate magazines I receive monthly but not so much books. And of course there is a ton of learning here on AR.

You've shared some great suggestions for all of us to keep learning every day, in addition to the hands-on experiences we have.

Jeff

Jul 10, 2016 05:13 AM #8
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - wow! Such a beautiful thought in this post.

The day I stop learning will be the last day for me!

(And wishing you in advance, congrats for your next milestone in AR - coming up soon - in about a week or so! Million AR Points.)

Jul 10, 2016 03:50 PM #9
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Debbie Gartner
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This is a great approach.

One book (and approach) you may want to check out is The Miracle Morning by Hal Elroy.  It really gets your day off to a good start. Also, I like Pat Flynn's podcast on SmartPassiveIncome.com.

Jul 10, 2016 08:15 PM #10
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl ,

So glad I caught this on Patricia Kennedy s light bulb moments for the week! Love your post..learning is always a work in progress!

Jul 10, 2016 11:15 PM #11
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Even animals learn something everyday. We have very senior pets 16 years, 15 years and we teach them how to coup with geriatric issues. Their brain is still capable of learning..... 

Jul 11, 2016 02:06 AM #12
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