The next two days I will be in at CRS class furthering my education on real estate topics. The class is called “Creating Wealth Through Real Estate Investing”. Today was pretty much a numbers crunching game, because let’s face it, investing in real estate is all about the numbers. Emotions should be checked at the door.

Having some personal investment properties all ready under my belt, I know some things about the topic. But I could never say that I know it all. That’s why I take classes like this, to further my knowledge. My personal belief is that real estate agents cannot be any good at the job unless they take the time to go beyond just putting in their required continuing education units.

When you think about hiring a real estate agent to represent you, you should really check into their educational background. See if they have any real estate designations beyond the GRI, as this is a pretty simple designation to get. You might even ask them what was the last class they took and when. The subject matter could give you a good idea of how in depth the agent goes to further their real estate education. And of course, you have to like them too!

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  1. Kathy Drewien May 21, 2008 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, Jennifer, on pursuing the CRS designation! Only a very small percentage (2%) of all Realtors hold this advanced designation. I look forward to the opportunity to meet at an upcoming Sellabration.

  2. Javier Carrillo May 23, 2008 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Having an extra upgrade on yourself never hurts, it adds up so well… You give piece of mind to your consumers and it adds leverage when giving out advice. And what’s better, the word gets out… you make a good impression on your clients and they’ll be sure to gladly refer you to their friends.

  3. Jennifer Kirby May 23, 2008 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Kathy – thanks, I actual already have the designation, but they have so many great classes that I see no reason to stop with just the ones needed to get the three letters. I suggest that anyone take their classes as they are some of the best I have attended.

  4. Jennifer Kirby May 23, 2008 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Javier – I feel better giving advice when I actually know what I am talking about. And clients know when you are BSing them, so if you treat them well and with respect, good things will come to you.

  5. Javier Carrillo May 25, 2008 at 10:44 am - Reply

    You’re 100% correct! =)

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