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Continuing Education and Your Real Estate Agent

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Continuing education is crucial in the real estate field for several reasons. As a designated broker for the Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes, I have a duty not only to my own clients and sphere, but to the agents that work under our banner. Every two years, I am required by the state of Arizona to take 30 hours of continuing education, and a Code of Ethics class every 3 years marking me as a REALTOR® belonging to the National Association of Realtors®. Then there are the classes, webinars and zoom meetings one attends just to stay current in the local market.

Real estate regulations and laws are constantly evolving. Continuing education ensures that we stay informed about any changes or updates in laws, regulations, and industry practices. For instance, you may have read of upcoming changes regarding Brokers representing buyers.  (Commission and our MLS boards, Buyer-Broker Agreements) We do not have final confirmation on the required changes as of this date, but we must be able to confidently talk with the public to inform them of what we DO know at this time. 

The real estate market is dynamic and subject to change. It’s important to understand market trends, economic factors, and consumer behavior in order to provide current information to our clients and customers.

Continuing education programs often cover new trends, technologies, and best practices in the real estate industry. By participating in these programs, we can enhance our **fiduciary duty to provide the best service possible to our clients. (**obedience, loyalty, disclosure, confidentiality, accounting, and reasonable care)

Overall, continuing education is essential in order to stay informed, improve our skills, adapt to market changes, and update our professional credentials. It ultimately contributes to the professionalism essential in serving our clients' needs. Make sure you talk with your real estate agent about their educational goals and experience.

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If I can assist you in your home buying or selling in Marana, Tucson, Oro Valley, or Vail, please don't hesitate to call me!  Email at Cara@SWDeserthomes.com

Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Designated Broker, Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes     520-909-2988   

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Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Wow, Cara Marcelle Mancuso   30 hours is a lot!   We can usually knock ours out here in New Jersey in 7 hours.  

Apr 19, 2024 07:13 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

Amazing the difference between states!  9 of the hours is for brokers, and I wish that they updated the broker choices with items that help our better serve our agents!!

Apr 19, 2024 07:26 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Cara Marcelle Mancuso ,

Continuing education is so important for us in the industry. The education programs often cover new trends, technologies, and best practices in the real estate industry. We also have many contract courses that are mandatory to take. It's also mandatory we take Legal and Ethics for every license renewal. I like to take the courses and in person, not on line. It's always good to have input from other agents in the class.

Apr 19, 2024 09:16 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

I agree, Dorie Dillard Austin TX  The discussion that follows "life" classrooms is often invaluable -- plus it makes the facts we learn or refresh our previous education upon, more easily remembered!

Apr 19, 2024 11:03 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Cara, I get and appreciate the education to your team and everyone, my take is we have about 45 hrs or more continuing education here in CA but all that is meaningless. Ethics come from within, I have it an I am honorable, I met a few in my 29 years and wondered how they passed the education.... well test can be passed but principles need to be internal. I turned down a listing that I did not trust the seller and we are talking in the neighborhood of $30million listing...Endre

Apr 19, 2024 10:17 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

You have some very strong principles, Endre Barath, Jr.  I knew California had more requirements than many states, and yes, ethics should drive all of our actions.  I wish code of ethics was a requirement in MOST professions, truly.  Thanks for sharing Endre.

Apr 23, 2024 01:14 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Continuing education is vital for any professional, I wouldn't want to hire someone who doesn't know what is current, haha.

Apr 20, 2024 05:34 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

My mother used to watch every single news station, and subscribed to a few magazines, just to be up on current events from several viewpoints.  Of course, she didn't have to work, so that helps!  Thanks for your comment, Brian England 

Apr 23, 2024 01:15 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share. I have attended hundreds of the CE classes.

Since I have a law license as well as a brokers license, that doubled the requirements.

Apr 20, 2024 06:51 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

What is the continuing education requirement for a lawyer in MD, Roy Kelley?  I imagine case studies must be crucial to be up on.

Apr 23, 2024 01:16 PM