Continuing to Gain More Education Important - My Reasons Why!

How valuable do other Realtors find continuing education? I, for one, LOVE the education that these designations/certifications offer.  While I do recognize we, as real estate professionals, get much of our education in thelearning trenches of real estate, I appreciate that "extra" effort it takes to achieve and pay for and maintain a designation.

Let me share a quick personal story:

Though I had achieved the CRS designation and taken the 204 class previously, I decided to take it again when it was offered in our area with a different instructor. The instructor was Chris Bird, formerly with the IRS.  I LEARNED so much!!! I was actually able to save $$$ on my tax return because of what I learned in his class. My CPA had already prepared my taxes, but I called him, told him what I had learned, he researched it, and voila.. he redid our taxes and saved us lots of $$$.

Even though I had achieved my GRI in 2001, I took another class in 2005 which helped me learn so much about new technology, including the Tablet, specific website info, etc. from Joeann Fossland, instructor.  Fabulous teacher and class. I also continue to get my continuing education in new and updated GRI classes.
In Arizona, the Arizona Association of Realtors acknowledge those Realtors who double their education hours plus 10 every two years and award the Masters of Real Estate (MRE) certification specific to Arizona. May I brag a little? I was the first/only one in the first year they offered that certification in my South East Valley Association. I have continued to maintain the required education hours since 2001 - my first year of earning the MRE. In 2007, I attended school and received my Broker's license.

My bottom line? All of these designations and/or certifications have been invaluable to me. When I refer out business, unless I know the individual personally, I look at the education accomplishments of the Realtors. Many of my leads come along because of all of those acronymns after my name. Buyers and sellers are curious, and ask me what they mean, and I receive more referrals because of the education. I've even thought about going back to college to get a degree - that's how much I love learning. I proudly share my designations; however, you will never see anything such as "top salesperson of the year", a "billion dollar salesperson", etc. I don't brag, but I am proud of the education that I have sought and earned.

I know that some feel these acronyms aren't all that important nor do people know what they mean. "I" know, and so do most Realtors.  I am a HUGE fan of continuing education, and it has been of great benefit to me.

Recently I've taken classes in Short Sales, and today a class on our new FlexMLS. books In my opinion, there is always a benefit to more education. It's always about learning and gaining knowledge. 

For me, it's not about being smarter than someone else - it's about learning more and being more self-assured. You all KNOW what a fanatic I am about learning...I'm always sharing what I've learned HERE!!!



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I agree and think education is soooooo important and keeps us ahead of the game, more knowledgeable than our competition and makes for GREAT conversation.  Why more Realtors do not have their CRS...I will never understand!  Did you go to Sellabration this year?  I found it outstanding!

Posted by Bruce & Sandy Soli, Tahoe Lifestyle Experts (Sierra Sotheby's International Realty) over 10 years ago

TERI, I love continuing education also.  When I renewed my broker license this last October I needed 15 MCE hours and I had 75. I got a little carried away; oh well money well spent.  Having my own brokerage I find these classes even more important now as no one is going to do it for me.

I'm one class away from the CRS; hopefully I will find a class sometime this year.  You don't know of any in your area in the next month; do you?  My parents are there until April.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Teri..I agree continuing education is important, just today I took a class on a new insurance called Tranquillit that is offered to Re/Max Clients. Then at Noon I listen to Howard Brinton's webinar on "How To Dominate your Online Presence", with co host and trainer Mr Internet ...Michael Russer...all good stuff., Nothing like keeping your Axe sharpened !

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Bruce and Sandy, as soon as I found out about the CRS, I was determined to get it. Now there is a designation for a certified negotiater. I plan on taking that this year as well. ;-)  No, I didn't go to Sellabration. I heard from a couple of people that it wasn't as lively? But, that may have to do with the economy. ;-)

Marchel, look to see if there are any in our area and come for a class....maybe I'll be available and can go with you. Congratulations! That is a lot of money and a lot of work to get the CRS...but SO much good stuff.

Hi Fred: I think we learn something from every educational class we take. I, for one, can always learn MORE. ;-)


Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 10 years ago

Thanks Teri, I couldn't agree more. But I have had seasoned agents scoff at me because I want to go "back to school" right out of the gates. To many agents trial by fire seems the only way to learn. I don't see why a combo isn't even better.

It's a good life!


Posted by Raine Nordby over 10 years ago

Teri - Chris Bird is terrific, IMO. And I agree wholeheartedly that we should continue our education. The real value is in communicating to our clients WHY these designations are important, and the benefits to them. They don't know otherwise, and they may not care without the education. It's a good opportunity for marketing.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

Teri - Congatulations on the award.  Yes education is wonderful; I think people who are always eager to leam new things are usually happier.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 10 years ago

Teri... Couldn't agree more. It's all about participation. To learn, to want to grow, to want to be the best, is not wanting to be better than anyone else. It's about wanting to improve yourself and grow. The more you know, the richer life becomes. Thx... for a good read.


Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 10 years ago

Hi Teri,

Good for you. I've heard Chris Bird several times at Sell-a-bration, and I've always learned from him. As for taking the same class more than once, me too. I've monitored some CRS classes in my area and each instructor also brings something different to the table.


Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 10 years ago

teri - wow, you hit the nail on the head with that one!  while some may not know what the designations are our peers do!  i am working on designations - i'll get there.  i do believe that education is the key to success.  the more you know the more confident you are and that translates VERY well!

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) over 10 years ago

Hellloooo Teri !!! ... nice to see you ! ...I havent run into you in a few days :o)

... and a great post to come back with !

I agree entirely, and continue to look for further education, and helpful designations.

Great reminders !

Cheers Teri !

Sheldon :o)

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 10 years ago

Teri: THIS should be a feature!!!!!  I Love continuing education. When we stop learning we just might as well be dead.  I don't care about the little initials/designation on my business card, though. They've never impressed me. I look for "proof" of service...sometimes I've seen Realtors with a ton of these "designations" and I wouldn't refer them to my cat.  :)


Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc) over 10 years ago


Posted by Tony and Libby Kelly, CRS, ABR, ePro, SRES, CLHMS, CDPE (Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere) over 10 years ago

I have never taken a class or goten a designation that wasn't extremely valuable to me.  I think among other things, it keeps you on top of what's happpening in our industry.  Another source of that is posts here on Active Rain which I've grown to appreciate very much!

Posted by Ann Dail, Broker/Realtor,CRS, ePRO, SRS, B.A.Chem (Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551) over 10 years ago

I love ALL real estate education and I believe that it benefits our buyers and sellers greatly.  I have taken almost every elective class offered in my area as well as attending state and national convention most years. Even though I love it ALL.....nothing compares to the CRS courses.....they are the best!

Posted by Sarah Johnson, Sarah Johnson, CRS (Johnson Home and Land) over 10 years ago

I can remember thinking when I finished school as a kid, that I was done with the education part of my life.  Afterall, I knew everything. . .LOL!  It wasn't long after that, I came to realize that education is a lifelong process!  However, when you shuffle around this planet as long as I have, it becomes more a process of chiseling through concrete to get new information to penetrate to the brain, and hopefully remain for more than 5 seconds.  But, no matter what - it's important to try!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 10 years ago


I am glad you wrote this blog.  I am not only relatively new to AR  but I am also a relatively new Realtor.  In fact, I am coming up on my first renewal here real soon so I have spent all my time getting my first 60 hours to renew. After this I am thinking about designations and would love to hear from you and as many as read this...

If you had to which is the one very best designation you would reccomend?  I figure I might as well go after the best....thoughts???


Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Terri - I've bookmarked your post and will take Chris Boyd's class! The CRS ( and I just finished it in Spring of 2008) has opened so many doors for our business...including one today that may have us on ABC nightline next week sometime hopefully :)



Posted by Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM (F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate) over 10 years ago


Lori, my first series was the GRI, then the ABR, and then the CRS. The GRI is great for a new Realtor, and you learn SO much. That's where I ended up choosing the Lady in one of my GRI classes. They are also less expensive to take. ;-)

Grace, how cool is that....please let us know if it happens, AND the man's name is Chris Bird....;-)


Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 10 years ago

too bad I am not in AZ or you are not in Miami, we could take the courses together as I WHOLE HEARTEDLY agree with you!

Posted by Janie Coffey, Uniting Extraordinary Homes w/ Extraordinary Lives (First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty) over 10 years ago

Teri,  My husnand and I have always believed in continuing education.  The real estate agents who downplay the certifivations are usually too lazy to spend the time or money,  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 10 years ago

Janie, wanna come to Phoenix? We've got some nice weather too. ;-)

Karen, or they may not know what they're missing out on. The education offered in these courses are above and beyond....such great stuff. Thanks for coming by...;-)


Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 10 years ago


I'm so with you on this!

It's not about the bragging, it's about INVESTING in yourself...your biggest asset!

Good post Lady!

Posted by Sheila Moran,, RE/MAX Access, 210-32 (RE/MAX Access (Garden Ridge, San Antonio, New Braunfels)) over 10 years ago

What a great reminder to not only do the Required education, but rather, get other education so that we are continually learning and growing.  :)  Great post.

Posted by Lisa Spalding, REALTOR, CDPE (Casa Latino Four Corners, REALTOR, CDPE) over 10 years ago

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