The Importance of Continuing Education in the Real Estate Industry
Becoming a real estate agent is no easy task, once you finally pass the exam and receive your license, you’ll likely feel a lot of pressure relieved from your shoulders. Or, if you are an agent or broker who has held your license for a considerable amount of time, you likely dread the thought of having to go back to school and take more tests.
Despite being over the hardest part, it is still important to continue your real estate education, as it will serve in your success both long and short term.
Seeing as real estate requirements vary by state, the possibility of continuing your education may not be optional. In some states, such as in Massachusetts, real estate agents are required to renew their licenses every two years.
Although these renewal requirements may seem redundant, it is important to remember that they are set in place to better you as an agent, therefore bettering the experience your clients have in their search for a new home.
Staying Up to Date
One of the main positives to continuing your real estate education is staying up to date with the latest regulations and laws regarding real estate. Simply being in a class and having exposure to an instructor can result in a much needed refresh on information and allow you to get the pulse on what is really going on in the world of real estate.
In many cases, the requirements for continuing education are not overly excessive, with some requirements being as minimal as 12 hours. By simply taking these extra classes on a few nights or weekends you have free in a month, you will be able to not only know you are ‘in the know’ with the industry, but also that you are taking steps towards advancing in your career.
In addition to fulfilling legal requirements, many agents have accredited the courses to playing a large part in their success as an agent. This does make sense, ultimately, considering that while being in the field affords the most experience, there are some things better learned in a classroom.
Staying up to date on laws and regulations is also a guaranteed success for you, as it means you will better be able to protect both yourself and your clients, as the buying and selling of real estate can sometimes get ugly. Having up to knowledge means you will know how to prevent and also address any problems, should they come up.
Be sure to take notice of the status of your license and how soon a renewal requirement may be coming up. Mark your calendar and use the time beforehand to browse class offerings at local or online schools. Seeing as this is a legal requirement, you might as well get the most out of your CE classes and study with a reputable school who will be able to give you useful information.
At Greenwood Real Estate School, we offer both online and in-person continuing education classes on a variety of topics, allowing you to have the flexibility to choose which suits both your lifestyle and education the best. If you are wondering how to know if a real estate school is a good fit for you, check out one of our previous blog posts.