Zoom Call of 6.21.22 NAR Educational Opportunities

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Zoom Call of 6.21.22  NAR Educational Opportunities with Jim Paulson

Jim Paulson was the speaker for this week's Zoom call and his presentation was on the opportunities offered with NAR's education courses. 

Jim has been an agent for 31 years and has been a recognized instructor in real estate for 28 years.

He found that taking classes while on vacation gave him more opportunities as well as allowing him to be more focused on the classes.

Taking classes online offers a great deal of flexibility but also requires ore focus as there are no distractions or the ability to ask questions.

As an irony, he felt that taking classes away from his home area gave him greater exposure to agents that could be a source of referrals down the road. His belief is they already know the agents in their area he was the agent from outside the area.


He spent time in offering his feelings on classes that are offered for Certification against Designation.

The certification classes, such as e-Pro demonstrates effort to learn more of the industry and get better familiar with that particular area of expertise.

Designation is more focused and involves membership in a group which also requires an annual fee to continue to use the designation. 

His justification for getting additional education is for greater presence to the audience we seek to attract. While the initials may not mean anything to the average person, there could be enough of an explanation on our websites to give them a greater appreciation for our abilities.

This business is one of self-promotion and activity which requires constant attention on our parts to stad out from the rest.

He offered several examples in the non-real estate field, where the distinctions of greater education carry more substance to the consumer.

In each case, the more education the stronger the impression and the greater the confidence in the person.

Jim then went into a brief description of some of the classes offered through NAR and the benefits of each to a particular segment of the business.

All of which can be found by going to the NAR website or through our local state boards.

I will offer just one description that he explained in some greater detail as it is recognized by NAR, but the requirements for earning the designation are much greater than any other one.

The CRS designation, or Certified Residential Specialist is one that requires a great deal of activity in one's field with number of closed sales or sales volume as a prerequisite. The classes required for this designation are not normally those offered by NAR and are exclusively through the  designation.

It is the most well respected and by way of recognition, he offered that 93% of the sales in real estate in our country are done by agents with this designation. They are good in that their referral base would also be one of a recognized expert in the area to which they would send a referral.

It was a wonderful presentation with in depth description offered by Jim.

Zoom Call of 6.21.22  NAR Educational Opportunities with Jim Paulson

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Comments (26)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Ed, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 22, 2022 05:21 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed, Jim was an excellent speaker, and it was very very clear during this presentation that he is an expert when it comes to obtaining certifications.

Jun 22, 2022 05:29 PM
Jim Paulson

Thanks for the kind words George Souto

Jun 23, 2022 01:37 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I am sorry to have missed this Jim's presentation.  It sounds like it was a good one.

Jun 22, 2022 05:33 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Sounds like a great zoom meeting. I wish I had been available to attend. Hopefully, I'll be able to get back soon.

Jun 22, 2022 06:17 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Everybody is getting so much out of the zoom calls these days that I think they’ll be here to stay for a while

Jun 22, 2022 11:41 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Ed - Certification and Designation is in many professions including mine.  Lifelong learning is my goal.

Jun 23, 2022 03:51 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Sorry I missed this one, however being a GRI & CRS I totally understand many of the points Jim made during his presentation and your recap is excellent as usual Ed!

Jun 23, 2022 03:53 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank for the recap. I am currently working on one of the designations that Jim discussed and some of the other certfications/designations caught my attention as well.

Jun 23, 2022 04:37 AM
Jim Paulson

Kat Palmiotti I would love to come teach a class or two in Montana! Let me know how/if I can assist.  In September, flights are pretty cheap from Boise.  We might even be able to use the Grant $ to cover the cost of the Bias Override class.

Jun 23, 2022 01:42 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Ed, for sharing this Zoom session report.

Have a productive summer.

Jun 23, 2022 05:17 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great recap, Ed... sorry that I had to miss this call. I totally agree with Jim's perspective on continuing ed and designations. A lot depends on how you position that to prospective clients. I believe that our clients want us to be educated and to invest in ourselves.

Jun 23, 2022 05:55 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Jim Paulson is a very knowledgeable man and I would certainly enjoy being in a class that he was teaching.  I have really learned to like the CE classes being offered via Zoom.

Jun 23, 2022 06:03 AM
Jim Paulson

Brian England I should have thought further ahead and had you help me schedule a live class in your area since I will be driving through there for my upcoming 20 day Grand Canyon private group rafting trip.  Writing off my mileage from Boise would have been great.  Maybe we can this fall later.

Jun 23, 2022 01:46 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jim, sorry to have missed Jim's Zoom class, and sounds like some great information.  I have taken many designation classes.

Jun 23, 2022 06:08 AM
Jim Paulson

There are lots of direct flights from Boise to Denver, so I would love come teach a class or two there.

Jun 23, 2022 01:47 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hello Ed! What a great A R call that was. I really enjoyed learning about so many designations

Jun 23, 2022 09:19 AM
Jim Paulson

I am glad you found value in the time you invested on the call.  Thanks for doing the back end support online on Zoom since Debe had to head to the airport.

Jun 23, 2022 01:49 PM
Doyle Davison
Hawaiian Beaches Hawaii - 714-968-6767 - Huntington Beach, CA
30 years as your Concierge services listing broker

I thought that a vacation was to get away from work.  I get it.. there are tons of distractions at home. Designations definitely make for a better realtor. 90+ percent seems insanely high for CRS specialist. It’s been years since I have been through one of those classes but would be willing to attend again just because times, procedures, laws have so dramatically changed.

Jun 23, 2022 09:58 AM
Jim Paulson

Doyle Davison yes, the purpose of a vacation is to get away from work, but if you can schedule in a day or two into a vacation , you can write off your transportation costs, a few hotel stays and meals.  Then, you can use the savings to treat yourself while enjoying the rest of the time.

Jun 23, 2022 01:52 PM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID

Thanks Ed Silva for such a great recap of the Zoom call.  I appreciate it!

Jun 23, 2022 01:53 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’d like to attend more of these if I could in the next couple weeks and we will see what happens. Education what helps this allgo round

Jun 23, 2022 10:55 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I appreciate this information. When things went south in 08, the certification for short sales and foreclosures was a must.

Jun 24, 2022 05:09 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ed,

I was negotiating 4 contracts this week. All while trying to enjoy time away from home. I really appreciate your recaps and look forward to them.  Thank you.

Jun 24, 2022 09:51 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed:

Thanks for a wonderful recap of Jim's presentation. I had a physical therapy appointment so could not attend and clearly I missed a LOT of information. 

Have a great weekend!


Jun 24, 2022 11:21 AM
billie rogers
usa - Adak, AK

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Jul 21, 2022 09:19 PM