You are an "Expert" Because.....

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.   We all get the postcards at home from an agent claiming to be "the neighborhood expert" because they want to secure listings in the Expertarea,...not because they live there or necessarily know any more than any other agent licensed in that part of the state.

   There are many opportunities for agents to become "experts" our minds that begins with education...and the education never ends for an agent to continue to claim that expertise.

  Back in the day...if you chose to do short sales and had no was obvious to agents who chose to take the time, spend the money, learn the procedures and take the transaction to a successful closing.

     The same applies to many other specialties in real estate.  We don't believe real estate specialties/niches that are not educaticertificate of designationon based can have the practitioners claim "expertise"...there may well be some experience...not the same thing. Experience is a valuable teacher...expertise is developed ...or we believe started with a firm foundation in an objective educational it a designation or a certification. 

   If you are a consumer hiring an agent...and need a specific area of expertise for your transaction...ask about not only their experience...but their education in that area. Agents who have taken the time...spent the money...learned the specialty are proud and eager to show you their education credentials in addition to detailing their successful experience.

    Agents can brush off the need for "alphabet soup" after their names as not necessary to be successful.  We value both the designations and Alphabet soupcertifications we have....ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) E-Pro (Advanced Internet training) Relocation Specialists and REDS (Real Estate Divorce Specialists) among other certifications and explain to Sellers and Buyers what training has involved and how that sets us apart from other agents.o 

     If you are looking for agents who have an education based practice to hire or refer to for someone Selling or Buying in the counties of Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington or Jefferson...Call the Hansons 414 525 0563. We are honored to be of service for all things real estate.


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Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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  1. Debbie Reynolds 07/28/2018 09:46 PM
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Sally and David - I believe in education and certification along with experience.  But not education could indicate not much expertise.

Jun 29, 2018 06:56 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Sally K. & David L. Hanson - Education is always a top value. I personally enjoy the networking it provides us. 

Jun 29, 2018 07:47 AM #11
Corinne Guest
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

Just popped over from FB because I love this post so much, I broke my no visit rule! I did the education I chose to make me a better buyers agent. I have skills and knowledge than means more buyer sides under my belt which gives me more experience. Buyers benefit!

Jun 29, 2018 09:06 AM #12
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Thank you for "popping" Corinne Guest can call YOURSELF an Expert or take the time and spend the money ...and EARN your "title" !

Jun 29, 2018 09:12 AM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

People can claim to be experts at pretty much whatever they want and prospective clients of those so called experts will hopefully verify if that claim is even true.

Jun 29, 2018 10:02 AM #14
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Yes Sally, we had to earn our titles. The general public may not understand the educational process of this business, but we feel it's part of the reason we are successful!

Jun 29, 2018 10:05 AM #15
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Absolutely Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 education should be everyone's "claim to fame." 

Jun 29, 2018 10:23 AM #16
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I am the neighborhood expert in my neighborhood! 

It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood, a wonderful day for a neighbor, would you be my, could you be my, won't you be my neighbor?

Hi, expert neighbor!

Jun 29, 2018 11:24 AM #17
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

I am sure that you are called upon frequently as the all things inspection Neighbor Jay Markanich  and we would love to mooove right in !

Jun 29, 2018 11:31 AM #18
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Rings very true Sally K. & David L. Hanson but I will tell you in our state the ones who beat the drums the loudest secure the listings even when expertise is at fault...

Jun 29, 2018 12:32 PM #19
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

If you look at their "musical score" sales record in MLS Ginny Gorman you may find as we have...they expire more than half of what they list !

Jun 29, 2018 12:40 PM #20
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally and David there are many Agents out there claiming to be experts who are really clueless.  Great advice on what to ask to make sure they are what they claim to be.

Jun 29, 2018 03:54 PM #21
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sally and David and some of us have learned through the school of hard knocks, I could teach a Certification Course on Vacant Land in the greater Los Angeles area, because I have been selling vacant land for 20+ years, just sayin, Endre

Jun 29, 2018 11:06 PM #22
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sally.

How do you get all of those designations on a business card, or even better on your name tag?  LOL

At our last meeting I gave your and David's email address to the agents to see if anyone was interested in taking your classes.

Jun 30, 2018 01:23 AM #23
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I value the training I ggot from my alphabet soups desigantions and certifications. It is not something the public understands or even other agents but it makes us better.

Jun 30, 2018 06:57 AM #24
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Sally and David- - -"true experts" do more than just 'talk the talk'. 

Jun 30, 2018 10:15 AM #25
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Well said Sally K. & David L. Hanson Experience and expertise are good to have, but when you add to that education, then you have a trifecta making you the very best candidate for a seller or buyer to hire. 

Jun 30, 2018 12:28 PM #26
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

There are a couple of agents in the KC area who have yard signs that always say 'area expert' --no matter what part of the city the signs are placed!  And of course these agents are difficult to work with...

Jul 02, 2018 05:53 PM #27
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Some like to collect the alphabet to go after their name.

But, as you say, getting an education to make you better equipped to serve the consumers needs should be our focus.

This is a great post and I thank you for sharing it.

Jul 05, 2018 04:38 AM #28
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Sally and David, A very good point about the alphabets after agents name.  Those agents go the extra steps to stay on top of current changes in the world of real estate.

Jul 29, 2018 02:14 PM #29
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