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Four years of what? I agree with the beginning of this article that suggests that people skills are not learned in the classroom. Real Estate is a sales position. Some of the best (and professional) Realtors® I know had a successful career in car sales before moving to Real Estate. Ya, car salesmen, get over it.
I agree that life skills help to make a good realtor. And I disagree that a degree will make the difference in change the industry to "good realtors". I believe it is and should be a commitment by the realtor themselves to be good at their career, continue to upgrade their real estate education and it should be mandatory that the boards and association require minimal education classes to be taken on a yearly basis. Not just the once s year review, but credit requirements similar how a CA designation would be required to be met. These courses can be real estate, people skills, sales skill, presentation skills related. The agents that are not committed to being their best, improving or lazy, will weed themselves out.
I strongly believe that we must make the real estate license much much harder to obtain. It is far to easy to get at the moment which is why we have too many agents and a lot of which are not capable of selling burgers not to mention a home. I don't think OREA and RECO care about this because the more members they have the more money they receive. Please make it as difficult to get a appraisal license and that would weed out many people who get the license as a part time job or just the people that are not capable of doing the job in the first place. This is also better for agents because there would be less competition which means less need to reduce commissions.
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