A week of real estate school is no picnic. It is one of my first priorities for setting up my Jacksonville Home Staging company. I thought after having already had my license for 6 years in SC plus working for a large brokerage 2 years prior to that, it would get easier. No. Real Estate school is still tough. The math formulas and word problems alone are a nightmare that borders on the ones from high school, where you forgot to wear pants. Still, I know for me that this is a good move. Having access to MLS for statistical data, and learning the language is something that agents appreciate. They know I’m serious about what I do.
There are other advantages too. For instance, I’m in a class with approximately 35 students – who ALL WANT TO BE REAL ESTATE AGENTS. In case I’m being a little fuzzy on that statement, they are all potential clients. They are also easily trainable because they are new. They don’t have bad habits yet. They don’t remember how easy the market used to be.
There are also a couple of real estate investors in the class. They buy, hold and rent, or flip. Uh huh. The guy right behind me in class is taking the course to save money when he flips homes. Well, who do you think I’m making it a special point to talk to? Not in a phony way, but we understand each other. The questions and discussion come naturally.
Real Estate school is one of the best investments in your business. Between referral fees, data, and networking opportunities, while it’s been a tough week, it’s been a good one. Oh, and today I got my first phone call from a potential client. She’s looking for a redesign, but happens to also be an agent. Where did she find me? Google. It also pays to know your SEO.