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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I didn't attend college until after I was in the workforce, so I graduated high school and went right to work. I don't feel I was missing anything. I did very well in corporate america with the skills I had at graduation.

However, I think NOW that schools should teach things like managing credit scores, spending, budgeting, interviewing, public speaking, making change and the like. Many people seem to lack these regular life skills.

Aug 13, 2016 09:47 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I have several degrees including psychology, finance and communications. All that education gave me some skills but the university of life has been my best teacher.

Aug 13, 2016 07:25 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I loved Greek mythology, and it broadened my perspective and understanding of psychology.  It also kept me from being a unidem (one dimensional person) who can only talk on a few subjects like themselves and what they do.  I think one the greatest travesty in education is not emphasizing the liberal arts.  Business skills are easy to learn...Liberal arts broaden you and your understanding of manking at large.  We sure could use more of that these days.  A

Aug 13, 2016 08:24 AM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

I graduated 40 years ago and I wish I would have known what opportunities would be available for women. Coming from a small town I had no idea how big the world really was

Aug 13, 2016 11:57 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I started off as a biology major and I got a minor in it. I also minored in philosophy, Spanish and history. I think I came out well rounded. 

Aug 13, 2016 10:51 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

More required foreign language would have helped and more required public speaking. Other than that it was pretty comprehensive.

Aug 13, 2016 09:32 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

More than one language would really help about now

Aug 13, 2016 08:59 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Well I loved mythology and Biology.

But, I think there should have been a course on basic investments - so that people understand value of home ownership, how mortgages work, how investing and creating 401K plans, etc help.

BTW, I think my education prepared me VERY well for all of my jobs, including owning a business.

Aug 13, 2016 07:30 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Time management - but I loved Greek mythology! 

Aug 13, 2016 12:28 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

My granddaughter is going to a liberal arts school and I'm seeing extactly what Ron and Alexandra Seigel commented. Learning "How to learn" like Debbie Gartner commented is so important.

Aug 13, 2016 12:21 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

None, actually. I took advantage of relevant electives in both high school and college and acquired additional skills through extra curricular activities such as Forensic League. That said, education is a life long process and I am a firm believer in continuing ed in general as well as for real estate.


Aug 13, 2016 10:28 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

This is an easy question for me...I wish I had continued with Spanish. I was good at it and it would help me to be more well-rounded. I also wish I would have paid more attention in psychology and that I would have persued more advanced classes.

Aug 13, 2016 09:48 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Perhaps some field trips to Civil Court (business lawsuits), and to some Corporate offices, to see how "the real world" works.   It is one thing in theory, it is something else in real life.

   Also, how to sell your product and service, and how to sell yourself. 

   And, "Dale Carnegie" people skills.


Aug 13, 2016 10:17 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I wish I learned to type. 

Aug 13, 2016 10:01 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Seriously learning a second language. 

Aug 13, 2016 02:59 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Everyone in school should learn how to calculate monthly payments on the HP10B-II  !!! Now a $5.99 APP for your I-Phone

Aug 13, 2016 01:43 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Well, my major was Biology.... and I loved every minute of it.... however, I would have enjoyed a class in creative writing.... I may take one now at a local college.

of course, had I known that new construction was going to be my main focus in real estate, a building construction program would have made a great minor....agents today would be wise to enroll in a "methods and materials" course....

Aug 13, 2016 08:06 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I wish I had learned goal setting skills. 

Aug 13, 2016 08:03 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I wish, they invited more ''real'' agents. I think, I got 0 value from attending RE school. 

Just memorize the answers for test, pass the test and dive in. 

Aug 13, 2016 07:40 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I learned a lot in school, but most of it was preparation for what I would learn after school.

And that learning journey continues today and throughout life.

Aug 13, 2016 07:39 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist

Education is always what you take from it and what you make of it. A friend of mine attended a quality undergraduate program though not in the top ranked schools. He maximized the opportunity he had there. I graduated from a top undergraduate program- and because of the effort he put in- I would say we both got the most of our college years. Lesson learned, it's less about the school and more about the individual.

Aug 24, 2016 08:46 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

School was many decades ago and I think it served me well.  However, the one thing I wished I'd learned back then is the power of residual income.  Oh for a time machine!

Aug 16, 2016 03:02 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

For real estate, four years of psychology would not have come amiss 

Totally agree about the gap (aka LACK) in our education system.

Aug 15, 2016 10:42 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

We don't need to wish. If you want to learn something, do it!

Aug 14, 2016 03:19 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Not an issue for me... I have a degree in Public and International Affairs with a second major in Russian language and a minor in Mandarin; an MA in Russian studies; and an MBA in Finance and Management. What skills I needed in the "real world" including almost 20 years in corporate finance and now 25 years in real estate were pretty much covered through my educational background and practical experience.

Aug 13, 2016 10:54 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Multiple languages.  

And I wish I remembered more from the days taking Greek Mythology and Biology.  

Aug 13, 2016 08:32 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I want to learn more about selling Commercial property.

Aug 13, 2016 02:29 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I wish I knew more about computers


Aug 13, 2016 02:21 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

I was very focused and the classes that I took have served me well!

Aug 13, 2016 01:36 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Computer programming.

Aug 13, 2016 01:03 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

There is a big difference between education and training.  Education helps you to learn critical thinking skills and helps to broaden your knowledge base. Training is something else.  We get lots of opportunity for training throughout our lives, but a lot of us end our education with a diploma.  That's too bad.  

Aug 13, 2016 11:18 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

My thoughts have nothing in particular to do with real estate, but in life itself, most were learned the hard way.  School did little to prepare for everyday living, like interviewing for a job or how to open and balance a checkbook, parenting skills, goal setting.

Aug 13, 2016 10:35 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Ditto Ron and Alexandra Seigel Liberal arts prepares one for life time of learning.

Aug 13, 2016 10:28 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I always believed that having a second language was the way to go especially if one was to live in CA or any border town. You don't think you will ever use it until you do and then it goes to work...

Aug 13, 2016 08:13 AM
Nikesh Parekh
Suplari, Inc. - Seattle, WA
Technology Entrepreneur, Executive, & Investor

Thank you everyone!  Very helpful!

Aug 30, 2016 08:33 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
The Michelle Thomas Team

Time management, negotiation and ethics courses.

Aug 18, 2016 10:52 PM
Carol Pease
JP & Associates Realtors - Bastrop, TX
CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320

I wish I had learned to speak Spanish.  It would make my life easier now as a realtor in Texas.  

Aug 18, 2016 08:29 AM
Ari Taylor
Century 21 North Shore - Peabody, MA
Realtor with Century 21 North Shore!

I didn't go to college-I wich my High School had a home finance course or business course-I went to a private college prep school, so there were 0 classes on basic life.

Aug 15, 2016 09:50 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I majored in finance and went to law school. I thought I was well prepared to open a real estate office. The practical skills needed to be learned on the job.

Aug 14, 2016 09:10 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I didn't start college until I was 39 and figuring out what I wanted to do when I grew up!  I'd have to say creating a business plan to be more effective at acomplishing my goals.  I went from school straight into real estate school and had always co-owned businesses with my former husband.  He had written business plans while I did the behind the scenes work, so did not know what it would take to accomplish goals.  Had to learn that the hard way!

Aug 14, 2016 09:55 AM
Onias Derilus
Pure Equity Realty - Boynton Beach, FL
Real estate brokerage company.

Time management! Yes we were responsible to turn in assignments on time and what not but actually more so focus on the topic of time management a bit.

Aug 14, 2016 07:28 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Hmmmmm, you mean "Looking forward" . . . because what is done is done. The gap between our education system and post-work upon graduation is: Ethics.  Thankfully, it's not the skill I need to acquire.  If "school" taught ETHICS . . . of all things:  Human dignity, human value, human worth, ethics in business, ethics in medicine, ethics in law . . . and not the Harvard Business School model of churning out criminals since 1908, we might actually have a chance.  Everything, and I mean everything in "business" is created to make money . . . and there is no emphasis in the "business models" for ethical behavior.  It's an "algorithm," a mathematical formula, a batch data set . . . and the "human factor" is removed, as is the ETHICAL display of human interaction in the form of business commerce.     Pity.

Aug 14, 2016 06:38 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Negotiations! My nursing back ground prepared me for dealing with the stress of a move and lots of psychology.


Aug 14, 2016 05:38 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I went to school to become an engineer.  Never did learn very much about becoming a business person.

Aug 14, 2016 04:34 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

None.  Wish I actually learned Spanish instead of barely getting a C by the skin of my teeth.  Even the oddball courses I took like "Religion and the Environment" or Paintball or SCUBA have taught be great skills that have come in handy.

Aug 14, 2016 04:11 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

A highly skilled BS detector.  Those personal skills of reading people. I do not believe that can be taught ... we learn it via the school of life and the school of hard knocks. 

Aug 14, 2016 02:18 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I wish I had taken up used car selling skills to woo buyers.....

Aug 14, 2016 02:11 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Public speaking

Aug 14, 2016 12:49 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Kat Palmiotti nailed this one!

Aug 13, 2016 11:20 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

You really can't look back! Maybe would have majored in real estate!

Aug 13, 2016 11:09 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I think I wish I would've "perfected" my drums a bit better if it were me. Just stuff like that.

Aug 13, 2016 04:30 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Nikesh Parekh - "the survival of the fittest - and be the fittest in any situation" is what I learned from my IIT days...

Aug 13, 2016 04:14 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Better job skills

Aug 13, 2016 04:03 PM
Buford, GA
Marketing & Admin Assistant - Virtual help

I definitely should had paid more attention to my accounting class and statistics, since I have had to re learn most of all, when I opened my own business, and I couldn't afford to hire a full time accountant, I had to learn in a hurry a bunch of the basics.

Maybe if the schools were more in touch with the industries and jobs of the present, they could do a better job of incorporating more hands on experience.


Aug 13, 2016 03:59 PM
Esther Preston
Heartland Realty - Redmond, OR

I wish I knew back then what I know how. Would of made life alot easier

Aug 13, 2016 12:53 PM