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Rainmaker
883,637
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

How will you exploit this designation to benefit your business?

If you do not know, this will NOT be a good investment to grow your business or authority.

Do you place great value in digging for gold in educational events?
If you say yes, then there will be value.

However 'investment' implies ROI, and that will not exist UNLESS you answered yes to question 1.

Feb 07, 2016 10:51 PM
Rainmaker
6,556,199
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The education is worth the effort. Consumers generally do not care about these designations.

Feb 07, 2016 10:47 PM
Rainmaker
426,364
Bill Dandridge
MKB, Realtors - Roanoke, VA
GREEN, ABR, GRI, EcoBroker

Absolutely. I received my GRI as the second accrediation after I became a Realtor (after the Accredited Buyer Representative).

I was in Roanoke, VA, and just took the classes as they came through town. I did not have to travel to pay for a hotel or extra drive time, and finished them in about two years.

I have found them to be immeasrably valuable, as they gave me a great foundation to have more success as and to be more confident in my decisions as a real estate agent.

Feb 08, 2016 03:04 AM
Rainer
390,419
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

If you take classes to learn then yes. Knowledge is always a good investment.  If you are taking the classes to impress your clients, it doesn't matter to most.

Feb 07, 2016 11:09 PM
Rainmaker
1,707,423
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Depends on the state and how good their program is. Oklahoma is top notch.

Feb 07, 2016 11:01 PM
Rainmaker
4,005,689
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

It depends.  If you need the hours for license renewal then maybe.

Feb 07, 2016 10:59 PM
Rainmaker
846,710
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It depends on what you do with it afterwards. It's supposedly one of the better ones to get.

Feb 07, 2016 10:58 PM
Rainmaker
889,395
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Yes, provided that the agent is not brand spanking new and needing to spend prime time gaining experience and building up their business. A class at a time to learn skills, in between getting hands-on training, is best.

Feb 07, 2016 10:53 PM
Rainmaker
2,635,527
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When I was in college, the one thing that made sense to me was to get out in the real world and make college count for something. Spend time on results

Feb 07, 2016 10:50 PM
Rainmaker
4,895,671
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

These classes were really good when I was a newer agent.  LOTS of great information to use in your business.

Feb 09, 2016 10:44 AM
Ambassador
5,367,851
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I dont know about the initials, but I have always found education to be a good investment.

Feb 08, 2016 04:21 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,485
FN LN
Toronto, ON

If you consider the educational component useful then it could be a good investment.  Whether you decide to continuously pay for the designation may relate to what ongoing benefits you receive as well as whether anyone you meet knows what the designation means.

Feb 08, 2016 04:07 PM
Ambassador
2,224,117
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

This is one of the best designations I've received. I think it's worth it. It's a very comprehensive series of courses. 

Feb 08, 2016 10:25 AM
Rainmaker
641,073
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

It would be if you gain knowledge and know how to use the designation in your advertisements.

Feb 08, 2016 07:50 AM
Rainmaker
1,514,955
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I constantly invest in my education, and GRI was my very first designation. You get it for you only, clients do not care, so you have to decide why you personally want it. 

Feb 08, 2016 04:59 AM
Rainmaker
1,381,823
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Rick,

Unless it will gain you knowledge, skills and/or attitude that will allow you to improve what you are doing or expand into a new market segment, I would say no.

To me the alphabet soup of initials means NOTHING to the general public and very little to realtors, unless you are hiring agents to work for/with you.

Education should always be about improving yourself, not chasing initials or trying to impress others.  I almost went down that rabbit hole in a prior life and again in RE before realizing (twice) that it wasn't worth it.

If you can get the knowledge "on the street" I would do that and save the money.  There really isn't anything magical about these courses, except they tell you things you can learn on your own and make money disappear from your wallet.  :)

The only certs that may be useful (over learning on the street) are ones that put you on a directory, like CRS.  There are agents who will only refer to CRS agents for relocation, more so to justify their CRS credentials over any real "magic" of being a CRS.  There isn't anything special about relo buyers and if you've ever shown friends around town you've got the skills to work relo buyers.

Feb 08, 2016 03:57 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,481
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If you use the material you learn to your advantage, then most likely it is.

Feb 08, 2016 03:39 AM
Rainmaker
819,257
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It's always good to learn, but it depends how you use it. Most clients don't care about the alphabet soup.

Feb 08, 2016 02:37 AM
Rainmaker
223,669
LuxurySoCalRealty San Diego
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

I say no

Feb 08, 2016 02:27 AM
Rainmaker
1,457,427
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Rick Obst If you want the knowledge from the course, go for it.

Feb 08, 2016 01:15 AM
Rainmaker
3,985,837
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

any training and schooling is worth the money, but I have never had anyone ask me for my designations

Feb 08, 2016 12:56 AM
Rainer
57,139
Jack Gerbehy
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Spend money for knowledge not on designations.... 

Feb 08, 2016 12:44 AM
Rainmaker
1,149,634
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

 Years ago I went to my 1st ever open house saw an older agent. He had a pin GRI on his coat. He proudly pointed out that I was the first person asked about it. Then I asked him if GRI and a realtor if there is a difference? He stated realtor has a license card and GRI has a pin. 

I personally feel CCIM, or a MBA is more useful. In our area many placed their schools(Stanford, Hasting Law) to differentiate their brand.

Feb 08, 2016 12:23 AM
Rainmaker
1,717,554
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Sorry, my answer is no. There is nothing better than real hands on experience. I'm not sure what you expect them to teach you?

I do not agree that all education is worth the time. 

Feb 08, 2016 12:07 AM
Rainmaker
3,979,353
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I would say any education is a good investment

 

Feb 08, 2016 12:03 AM
Ambassador
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I used it for my CE credits one year so yes it was!

Feb 07, 2016 11:58 PM
Rainmaker
140,568
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

An investment in your knowledge possibly.  If it helps you close more transactions, probably.  It's all what you do with the information you gain.  Customers most likely won't be impressed.

Feb 07, 2016 11:49 PM
Rainmaker
5,571,411
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that was my first one....and at the time, it was very difficult to get it.... everyone thought it was big deal in the late 70's.... not so much now!!!

Feb 07, 2016 11:44 PM
Ambassador
1,577,105
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I don't think the public cares about the ABC's after our names.

Feb 07, 2016 11:40 PM
Rainmaker
530,285
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

I consider all education worth the time and money. Too many people fail to invest in themselves and their business.

Feb 07, 2016 11:32 PM
Rainmaker
5,537,933
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Rick,

One can always learn something, compared to an MBA or a CPA or a JD or a PhD, the difference is that the public knows what this means, wherease they have no idea what a GRI is.  A

Feb 07, 2016 11:10 PM