Amanda Powell, Real Estate agent Serving the Fort Meade MD area (Keller Williams Flagship of Maryland)

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Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty

I take classes as often as they are offer in my area.  Most do not count toward any designation, they just increase my knowledge base.

Sep 01, 2015 11:41 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I take one class per month with Buffini & Company, it's only 1 hour. Then one big class per year; this year it's for my Broker exam. Then I attend about 4 1 or 2 day-trainings-once per quarter for 3/4 quarters (never the second quarter, too busy). You have to become the change you wish to be.

Sep 02, 2015 12:17 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I'm more likely to take classes to expand my knowledge than to earn a designation.   

Sep 02, 2015 12:07 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

I usually take these in the slower times, and the last couple of years has been too busy.   Hopefully will add another designation in the next couple of years.

Sep 01, 2015 11:44 PM
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Sara Wagner
Woodland Management Service - Adams, WI
The Forestland Experts!

Continually taking classes.

Dec 21, 2018 12:20 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

My practice has been to take several classes each year.

I have taken a number of week long programs related to professional designations.

Sep 02, 2015 03:41 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Whenever and wherever I can. It is an on-going process and the market continually changes.

Sep 02, 2015 03:13 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

As we need 22 1/2 hours every two years it is moer for the knowledge than the designation.

Sep 02, 2015 12:49 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

when I was actively beating the pavement, I had 9 designations and made it a policy to participate in at least one or two seminars a year....

Sep 02, 2015 12:22 AM
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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

Not as much as I used to since I have most of them!! 

Sep 17, 2016 09:15 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not believe that classes will help you more than the actual experience.

Sep 08, 2015 05:04 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I take classes for my knowledge, when something interesting is offered.  Took a TILA/RESPA class and a seminar on the economic forecast from a Ph.D.  this week.  Cool stuff!  Taking one on online advertising next week.  None offer CEs.

 

I have a long IT background and IT is full of "paper certifications" (know enough to get the paper and then forget it all) and people with more accronyms after their name than Real Estate HAS certifications!  I'm not at all impressed with MOST certifications. 


With this lens, I looked at the "ePro" certification about two months back because I was learning the info and figured why not get the cert at the same time.  You open up three youtube videos, pay $300 to login to three webinars ($100 per), then send in a $130 licensing fee.  Instant ePro, no test, proof of viewing, or skills demonstration required!  A couple other certifications I looked at through the National Association were the same way.  Essentially, just pay the money and it's yours!  In otherwords, worthless initials after your name that have nothing behind them.

Lets contrast that to my NRA Pistol Instructor certification now.  16 hour class, required attendance, multiple instances of practicing teaching the material, a written test AND a shooting qualification.  Each one of those items, if you failed you didn't get the certification.  Much different!

 

So far, not impressed with Real Estate designations.  I do have two IT audit certifications.  Required a lengthy exam testing not only book knowledge but how to apply it in the real world and requires 40 hours/yr of continuing education.

Sep 04, 2015 11:06 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Very often, always important to be the best that I can be.

 

Sep 02, 2015 07:34 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I take either one or two classes every year.

Sep 02, 2015 10:45 AM
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Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

I take classes to learn all the time, not for designations. The most important things you can learn are not relted to real estate in my opinion.

Sep 02, 2015 08:22 AM
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Caroline Gerardo
CMG Financial - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Always learning- right now working on speaking Madarin Chinese

Sep 02, 2015 05:50 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I have been very underwhelmed by the professional designation classes that have been offered.  So, for education within the field, I seek out other ways of learning.

Sep 02, 2015 05:10 AM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

As often as I can. I focus more on classes that will give me knowledge and skills I'll use rather than just those for designations.

Sep 02, 2015 04:21 AM
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Sorry, I no longer do any of that.  CE is taken on line.

Sep 02, 2015 04:04 AM
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Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I take CE classes quarterly.  It keeps my sharp and I learn something new.

Sep 02, 2015 03:19 AM