A reputation for pioneering innovative classes

The Residential Education Committee is committed to bringing relevant, educational opportunities to Columbus REALTORS® members so that you can stay on the cutting edge of what this amazing market has to offer. From reviewing course proposals and ensuring each course and instructor are approved for continuing education (CE) through the Ohio Division of Real Estate (ODRE) to introducing instructors before the class and reviewing course evaluations, we are proud to serve in a way that helps you to be your very best. We have a reputation for pioneering new classes in line with the current market, as well as bringing back courses by popular demand.

While you are out working hard, we are behind the scenes pushing new courses through every stage of development all the way from idea generation, quality instructor selection, curriculum creation and CE credit approval. I want to credit Lucy Buzzee, Director of Professional Development, and Karen Sobotka, her assistant, for all their hard work. They work daily to coordinate and administrate a myriad of details behind the scenes to help make all these efforts a success.

Even as the Columbus REALTORS® building has been undergoing remodeling during the first half of the year, we have still managed these impressive numbers:

  • 1,552 total attendance (which include participants for commercial courses and 860 participants for the Joint Industry Forecast). This figure includes commercial courses, as well)
  • 921 CE certificates issued
  • 81.5 CE hours
  • 3,529 student hours

One of the courses being brought back by popular demand is “The Wonderful World of Building,” with a panel of new construction experts on buying the land, getting the loan and learning about the building process of both a production-type and custom-type home. There has been an additional topic, condos. You can participate in “The Wonderful World of Building” on Aug. 16, 2017, 1:00-4:15p at the Villa Milano. In partnership with the Builder Alliance Committee (BRAC), there will be a builders’ trade show EXPO with a cash bar and appetizers immediately following from 4-6p, that is open to all whether you are attending the class or not.

We are also excited to bring back the popular “Ethics: What Would You Do?” course. This fall will be the third offering of this course and it’s the most interesting, fun ethics course you will ever take.

The committee has a task force that is planning the roll out of a course for the new Certified Real Estate Mentor (CREM) designation, which will train REALTORS® on how to be a mentor to non-seasoned agents. This designation will be helpful in building your team with new agents within your brokerage and set you apart in the industry.

As always, we have our ongoing training classes on using the MLS – Flexmls 1 and 2, Realist Tax Search, Real Estate Data Accuracy, and REALTORS® Property Resource (RPR). There are also other technology classes and ones that feature LinkedIn, Facebook, and Using the iPad for Your Business.

The committee is also looking at offering a Certified Residential Specialists (CRS) designation course and, with the Global Business Alliance, looking to offer a CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist) designation course, as well. In the fall, the NAR course "At Home with Diversity,” will be offered and this course can be used as a pathway towards receiving the CRS and CIPS designations.

As a committee, we are also charged with overseeing the New Member Orientation, Brokers Managers Day and the selection of the Instructor of the year. This year, the Joseph L MacKinnon Instructor of the Year award was given to Sherry Courtney in recognition of excellence in education and service to the industry. With over 30 years of experience in the real estate world and as a full-time real estate professional with Sipcy Cline REALTORS® (Cincinnati), Sherry has taught “Using Your iPad as a Business Tool” (basic, intermediate and advanced) courses a couple of times a year. Sherry’s classes always receive high marks in the evaluations given. Those evaluations, along with her willingness to be available and helpful to her students, secured Sherry this prestigious award.

At the heart of it all, the Residential Education Committee is dedicated to offering you quality classes that will benefit you in your real estate business. One of the ways we decide on which course to develop or use again is through the survey given out at the completion of the class. Please fill those out and give us your opinions. Each survey is read and reviewed, and all that feedback is compiled and presented to the full committee to help us serve you better.

And, it’s not too late to get your EduCard Plus+ (a way to prepay for Columbus REALTORS®’ classes). The card is $99 for the year and is prorated by the quarter. If purchased this 3rd quarter, the cost is $50 and is good through the end of December. With this card, most of the continuing education offerings are covered. In addition, you receive discounts at the print shop, member services store and some Columbus REALTORS® events.

Be sure to keep updated on the current course offerings on the Columbus REALTORS® website (columbusrealtors.com). Go to “classes” and you will also see “online” classes. Now, you can take online classes through the Columbus REALTORS® portal with the CE Shop and Hondros College, as well as, with REALTOR® University and the Ohio Association of REALTORS®.

Columbus REALTORS® has many opportunities for you to get involved with a committee. We are always happy to have new members join the Residential Education Committee and bring their input and ideas. To find out more about the committees available and when they meet go to ColumbusRealtors.com under the membership tab.

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