Yes We Are Students and Teachers
In Alabama, to become a licensee, we are required to prepare by taking a pre-license course and then after passing the course and the licensing exam, we are issued a temporary license. Before we can obtain our permanent license, we have to take and pass a post-license course.
But that's not the end of it, after that, every two years, we must complete continuing education courses in order to renew our license. And if we are smart, we take advantage of every opportunity to learn about our industry outside of the requirements because we want to and not because we have to.
As consumers, you may think that selling real estate can't be that hard and that all of this training that we are required to take is to teach us how to sell real estate. While it is true that there are a lot of continuing education courses available to help us be better at our jobs by improving our sales skills, the over-arching reason for all of this training it to learn about real estate law.
Real Estate Isn't Rocket Science
The attitude of the public is that selling real estate or being a real estate agent isn't rocket science and I would have to agree with the public on that. But where we disagree is that agents must know real estate law in order to properly represent our clients. Opening doors to properties is the easy part, but knowing what we can and cannot do or can or cannot say, is where it gets a little (actually a LOT) sticky and/or tricky.
While it may be true that you don't have to be a rocket science to become a real estate agent, you do have to care enough about your clients to protect their best interest. You have to know real estate law in order to help your clients avoid the pitfalls of buying and selling real estate. And more importantly, you have to educate your clients throughout the entire process.
You Don't Know What You Don't Know
No being a real estate agent is not rocket science, but as consumers, if you have not studied real estate law, it's guaranteed that
- you're treading on a slippery slope when you either try to buy or sell real estate on your own without the benefit of an agent OR
- You don't take advantage of your Realtors® vast knowledge about real estate law, the market, negotiating, strategies for best success based on our experience.
Afterall, you don't know what you don't know, right? If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Metropolitan Birmingham, AL area, please contact me and let me put my knowledge and experience to work for you. If you're a buyer, you can even start your home search before we talk.