I Know Kung Fu & Other Dreams

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

The Matrix is one of my favorite movies, and if you know I'm an engineer, that fact probably doesn't surprise you!  Sci-fi, lots of action, and some stuff to make you think, it's not the kind of movie I'm going to doze off on the couch watching!

There's one concept in the movie that intrigues me.  More or less instant learning!  Download a program to the brain, and just like that "I know kung fu!".



Now that's not reality (at least not yet).

Learning takes time, and real proficiency can take even longer.

Today Liz and I spent the day at a type of first aid/emergency response training class.  We were able to learn a lot in a fairly short amount of time thanks to the expertise of the instructor.  He's got a lot of been there, done that experience that he could distill into some short key lessons.

Did we walk out of the class knowing everything there is to know about the topic?  NOT EVEN CLOSE.  We know enough to be more helpful than we were yesterday, but we're no match for the instructor.  There's no instant download, and we'd have to spend much more time training and doing to match him (assuming we could EVER match him!).

Many moons ago when I first attended real estate classes, the instructors did a good job of teaching me what I needed to know to pass the licensing exam.  What the classes DID NOT do was actually teach me a lot about the day to day of being a real estate agent.

How to treat it as a business.

How to take care of my clients.

What to do when something goes wrong.

How to answer the questions buyers and sellers have.

And the list goes on and on and on as to what I DID NOT know when I first started.

Flash forward 15 years later and there's never been an instant download of everything a real estate agent needs to know.

It's an ongoing process to continue to learn.

I've learned various communities inside and out. 

I've gotten to know where Cincinnati patio homes are and which communities are the best fit for any particular buyer.

I know the hazards to avoid to most benefit our clients.

I know how to market.

I know how to price to get our sellers the best market price.

I know many things that have been hard earned with experience.


So while I still don't know kung fu, I do know real estate kung fu :)

Need help with buying or selling a Cincinnati area home?  Just give us a call at 513-520-5305 or email Liz@LizSpear.com.

Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz


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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Bill and Liz- Wouldn't it be nice to have instant learning! Instead, this is the real world, and while we can take class or listen to a lecture, the real learning begins the very next day, and the day after that and continues with each experience we have. 

Jun 08, 2019 06:47 PM #1
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Instant  learning would be helpful, but what I'd really like to have is the ability to transport ourselves to another place instantly. I'd love to be able to zip around the world checking out stuff whenever I felt like it. "Wow, beautiful photo of the Eiffel Tower!" zip! I'm standing in front of it. "Wonder what progress has been made on the property in Montana?" Zip, my feet are on the driveway. etc etc. What fun that would be.

Jun 09, 2019 03:02 AM #2
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi you two, what an interesting and fun post.  It would be nice of we could download information quickly and become an expert, but as you mention, until that happens there's nothing to replace spending time in the trenches.  Hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend. 

Jun 09, 2019 06:50 AM #3
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I have several of those instant learning downloads on my wish list.  Let me know when they ARE available. 

Jun 09, 2019 08:20 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Liz and Bill - real proficiency matters and it's highly unlikely to be learned in an instant, by taking a class or receiving a license to practice.  Time is a part of that package.  Experience too.  Many other factors too.  Good example.  

Jun 09, 2019 08:54 AM #5
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Bliz this is an awesome analogy to real estate. So many people have this idea that a new agent is so all knowing especially if they talk a good game. That is so far from the truth. It takes years to gain the knowledege & wisdom as to the in's and out's of each situation. And that simply takes a lot of transactions... a lot of them.

Jun 09, 2019 02:06 PM #6
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Love this post -- after you get your license then you learn how to be a Realtor and succeed 

Jun 09, 2019 06:07 PM #7
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Hi Bill & Liz, this is very true here as well. Even seasoned agents continue to learn. New agents, have to spend more time in the beginning of the career learning.

Jun 10, 2019 04:33 AM #8
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent post! Congrats on the well deserved feature!

As a stager I know all too well how people believe they are fully capable of something from watching it on tv. HGTV has made "staging" a diy job for many people. LOL

Jun 10, 2019 06:32 AM #9
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Very good analogy. In marketing there is a thing about 'marketing judo' and a fifth dan. Along the way, there are opponents.



Jun 10, 2019 06:55 AM #10
Stephen Turner
Gemcraft Homes (TriCorner Realty) - York, PA

First off, Love the Title! It did the job and got me to ready!

Instant learning would be great. Yet learning is just step # 1.
Learning & practice leads to knowing.
Knowing should inspire doing.
Repeatedly doing will turn to Doing It Well!

I'd say you are now able to do it well! (Well done! )

Jun 10, 2019 09:57 AM #11
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Excellent .. EXCELLENT message, Liz and Bill Spear .... definitely Feature worthy!  Kudos ...


Jun 10, 2019 11:21 AM #12
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I was lucky in 1989 when I took my real estate classes to have an instructor who believed in letting us know about the real world. Some students were mad at him for that. They cried that he should stick to help them pass the exam. I believe those folks never made it in this business.

Jun 11, 2019 03:13 AM #13
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I think this is such a good example of why new agents need mentoring, and why consumers need an experienced agent. Very well put, till we have instant learning.

Jun 11, 2019 04:49 AM #14
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great parallel to learning just CPR vs. everything to do with emergency response.  Mastering something does take time and continued practice.  Great post! 

Jun 11, 2019 08:29 AM #16
Jill Watts
Realty Pro, Inc. - Vancouver, WA
A Luxury Experience at Every Price Point!

Real Estate is not for the weak of heart!  Thanks for the great article! I really enjoyed the comparision of Kung Fu and all the things we have to know to be successful. 

Jun 11, 2019 07:43 PM #17
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Interesting POV. It's an everyday learning processs that makes us good (or not) in our business. No quick cure like downloading a program.

Jun 12, 2019 12:22 PM #18
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