The Importance of Continuing Education

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Real estate is an ever-evolving industry.  With constant market and trend changes, it’s easy to get lost in “the way things were.”  That can be devastating to your bottom line.  Beginning July 1, 2015, agents will be required to complete 36 hours of continuing education (CE) for each four-year renewal period, instead of the current 24 hours.  While this may seem like an inconvenience, the increase is actually a good thing.  Participating in CE allows you to stay current on real estate laws, streamline your social media marketing, and give your clients peace of mind.

Stay Current on Real Estate Laws

Required subjects for your continuing education will include – but not be limited to – the following.

  • Contracts
  • Negotiations
  • Home Inspections
  • Mortgage Basics
  • Selling
  • 1031 Exchanges

Even though you may feel that you’re knowledgeable in these areas already, you never know when changes could occur in some of the policies.  More time studying the above topics will help ensure that you don’t make any mistakes when buying or selling a home for your clients.

Streamline Your Social Media Marketing

Also included in CE classes is social media marketing.  No matter what stage your career is in, there’s always room for improvement.  This is especially true in today’s internet age.  Things are constantly changing in social media; new trends come around frequently.  It’s never a bad idea to get ideas from experts in your industry who’ve had success with their social media campaigns.

Give Your Clients Peace of Mind

The best way that continuing education can contribute to your success is basic – it has to do with your relationship with clients.  The more knowledgeable you are about various real estate topics, the more clients will trust your judgment when it’s time to make life-changing decisions.  If clients are aware that you participate in CE, they’ll feel confident in your ability to lead them in the right direction.  For a new home buyer, the more hours of education you have under your belt, the better.

Where to go for continuing education

With campuses in Alpharetta and Suwanee, https://www.reracademy.com/courses/continuing-education/ is the perfect place to complete your continuing education requirements.  Each of their courses has been approved by the Georgia Real Estate Commission and focuses on specific, relevant topics.  Give them a call to find out more.

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