My clients are my students. Individuals who want to begin a career, change to a different career and make real estate their life's work. They need information about requirements and costs. Our discussions help them make the best decision as they go through the education process as well as choose a broker and begin their career.
The school was my retirement strategy. I can use my experience and stay connected with the industry. I also enjoy watching the new people build their business. They teach me as much as I teach them many times. They are a smart bunch.
I stopped explaining why I'm totally online a long time ago. I heard all the negatives from fellow educators and real estate professionals alike. They tried to tell me how I'd never survived in real estate education online. A little free advice: Never listen to those people. My students have loved learning online for more than a decade and they send their friends to me. The biggest compliment I could receive. Since online is, well, online here there was never a shut down at my school during 2020 coronavirus. Online communication and education have proven themselves in all industries today. Now teachers and instructors all over the world are learning to teach virtually and online and some are amazed it can be done.
I had many I could list from the real estate industry but only one I'm proud of today. It is the Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) conferred only by the Association of Real Estate License Officials. I was the first designee in the nation because I helped with the development and time study of the original course. It was hard, I learned to be a better instructor all around and it keeps me current.
In real estate practice, it was the Memphis Area Association of REALTOR® President's Award. President Pat Beach gave it to me for helping to bring the National Association of REALTOR®'s Accredited Buyer's Agent Designation to the association. The first class had a record-breaking number of attendees. I was really proud of that day. Others had told me it wouldn't sell to local agents.
My next proudest moment(s) are every time I have a student work hard and pass the national and state exam so they can make an application for their license. I promise I remember how it felt to accomplish that goal (Broker too) years ago so I'm so proud of them when they call to say they passed. I feel that feeling all over again.
One of the reasons people tell me that my advice and knowledge of the business helps them understand the steps needed to obtain a real estate license. I offer them a list of expenses they will invest, we discuss what they should expect from the course, from me as their instructor, and what I expect from them. The more information they have before they choose a school the happier they are once they`ve made a decision.