We all take "The Realtor" photo. Here's mine from 5 years ago. I don't look much different but it's probably time to take another one. I got my Sales Associate License in 2013 and upped that to a Broker's License in 2018. I work as a Broker Associate for Future Home Realty.
I lived in Illinois until I graduated from ISU with a degree in Economics. Then I moved to Northern California where I worked as an accountant, sound technician for television and corporate productions then as a law enforcement officer.
If I can bike to a house I have under contract I will. I might even show up on two wheels to show you a home. It just depends on the weather! I live in Lakewood Ranch so I bike, golf, play pickleball and love to discover great wine!
In order to keep up with the changing world and changing markets of any business, you need a good education and you need to keep updating that. GRI is a weeks long, actually 3 separate courses, that help the foundation of all that is real estate from starting your business to thinking outside the box. I am committed to continuing to move and learn with the world, not stop and think I know it all.
Direct from NAR website:
RENE is the course to take to sharpen negotiation skills. I learned tips and tools to to help me be the best advocate for my customers and clients. The first time I took the class was in early 2016 here in Florida. I knew, as I took the class, how important it was and how much information there was to know and implement. I audited the class in late 2016 in Chicago to go over what I learned and to check out a different perspective. You will not see RENE in the signature of my emails. I want you to know I have the education. I don't need to let the person on the other side of the negotiation know it. Why give them the heads up?!
These and many other questions are asked and answered in this education session. So many people look to Zillow.com to get the value of their home. But it is just one valuation based on public records - DATA. When is the last time Zillow actually walked through your house with you to determine the value of it? A Realtor, and educated person with the tools to help you, needs to be your source.
In addition to all the Certifications and Designations I can acquire from various educational entities, I also go to meetings and seminars about subjects such as: