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I find it very beneficial from a referral standpoint and the quality of the agents that have obtained it. I think the education is much like the other courses and conferences available....the instructor matters! They are revamping the courses they offer and recruiting new staff. James Nellis, is now an instructor and I think they are working to make it more relevant. They are offering a good slate of webinars to the current membership with current topics and tech related. Matt Wilkins I don't think the public cares many times about the designation. They want to know how it benefits them. If you are referring them to another city or town and can explain the agent has the designation and it insures they have experience and care about staying current....then they care. Amy Smythe-Harris, I think most education is out of date quickly with the pace technology is changing. If you have experience in the market and understand how statistics and local market information matters then much of what you might be pursuing is how to stay on top of the changes. If you went to training last September, it is probably not relevant to what is happening today. This could explain why so many prefer REBAR and other tech related conferences because you are learning something more cutting edge you might not have known and it seems more valuable because you have already obtained the level of core competency. Without that base level of competency, all the tech in the world won't get the property sold because you have to know and understand the market once you get the customer to call you.
I agree about most designations although I think CRS is the exception. It requires production and education to obtain and although it doesn't require additional education.....I think most who have it and pay to keep it are education minded.
Greg Lyles i find in human interaction that badmouthing others..true or not defies social etiquette, ...kinda like gossiping.. i never have to bad mouth others to build myself up.. like i dont see how outing other agents builds my credibility..and its negative energy.. just my opinion.. i've never badmouthed a compeititor..true or false..