John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

it's an exercise that's required and it's useless....I'd rather take a marketing webinar....

Dec 01, 2015 06:23 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Mandatory ones: 0% useful

Elective ones: 100% useful (because I only pick ones I want to learn from!)

Dec 01, 2015 08:07 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I just took tons of different CE classes for my license renewal. It was boring, time consuming and nothing I did not know. 

Dec 01, 2015 07:05 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I would say even less than yours John Meussner   Ours is an embarrassment!  The one mandatory course that we must take every 2 years, and is supposedly an "update" course . . .  hasn't ever been updated!!  But yet we are mandated to take it. 

Dec 01, 2015 07:00 AM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

John since I am an educator I find all of it very helpful. Of course I'm a kick ass teacher and the whole class gets involved.

Dec 01, 2015 06:51 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

John,

The last time we renewed our licenses, we found out that a real estate company could not be an LLC in California...that was it. A

Dec 01, 2015 06:10 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I find every session to have some value and take away points.

Dec 01, 2015 11:41 AM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I don't use a percentage. I sign up for classes all year long that deal with what I want to learn.

Dec 01, 2015 11:33 AM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

none

Dec 01, 2015 10:24 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

We have a few mandatory courses in my state, but the rest of our required continuing ed classes are left up to us to select. We just need to have 24 hours in a three year licensing period. That's not a lot. I always get a lot more hours in than that. I find a lot of the course selections presented in my area very interesting and timely. 

Dec 01, 2015 09:20 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

John Meussner The review is always good. I find the legal updates are useful to stay out of trouble.

Dec 01, 2015 06:53 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Everyone is different...some years I find a lot of good CE clases and others not so much

Dec 01, 2015 06:36 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

100%. Education is always valuable and it is about what you put into it.

Dec 01, 2015 06:12 AM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Maybe 20%. Higher for some of the specialization courses.

Dec 01, 2015 05:50 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

32% useful in my buisness

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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

John - Unfortunately, I would have to agree with you. I wish the CE classes were more useful and informative, and based more on real world experience.

Dec 03, 2015 02:17 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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All of it, why take classes that will not be useful to your business.

Dec 02, 2015 01:13 PM
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I just took a class on Marijuana and Colorado real estate.  That class rocked.  The 4 hour mandatory course is very good because we learn about all the contract changes.  I would say about 75% of the classes I take are very helpful.

Dec 02, 2015 02:06 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

John -  the online courses I take for renewal are typically very dry and serve a purpose of allowing me to get them out of the way.   I've attended some non-credit courses that are interesting and gave me some ideas although none quickly come to mind.   

Dec 02, 2015 01:34 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Zero.

Dec 01, 2015 11:10 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Good question.  In the days of Short Sales there was usually a gem or two to be found in each Short Sale CE class.

Dec 01, 2015 11:05 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I choose the courses that are useful. This is how I got some of my designations.

Dec 01, 2015 09:58 PM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

It varies.  Some classes are great others are not.

Dec 01, 2015 09:58 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Legal update 100%.  Our real estate law is always changing.

Dec 01, 2015 09:39 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Think 10 % is a bit light for helpful, but over 20% May be

to heavy!

Dec 01, 2015 07:45 PM
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Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Since I do a lot of management, almost none is relevant.

Dec 01, 2015 06:56 PM
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Wednesday morning John. A lot of the CEs that I take I like refresher courses. I can whip to them fairly quickly.

Dec 01, 2015 05:21 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

John Meussner we keep learning through different channels - special training on special topics at office, at ActiveRain.

However I don't recollect learning something new from CE classes.

Dec 01, 2015 02:01 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Most were laws, ethics.

All are useful all are something we have studied before. Reviewing all topics.

Dec 01, 2015 12:03 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Almost none of it.

Dec 01, 2015 10:51 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

ZERO..in fact, they should pay ME to take these courses and such

Dec 01, 2015 10:16 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Anything to review programs or new issues in the business.

Dec 01, 2015 07:32 AM
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

John,
I get something out of even the mandatory classes. Overall, I find CE a good use of time.

Dec 01, 2015 06:28 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

15-20%! Some topics peek my interest and even if I pick up one or two tools; I rule the course a success as long as I get CE credits also... 

Dec 01, 2015 06:15 AM