By Bob Miller, Chair, Residential Education Committee
“Upon the subject of education...I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.” – Abraham Lincoln
In as much as we are free and independent contractors, the State of Ohio, in its infinite wisdom, has decreed that we “should represent clients competently and should promote the advancement of professional education in the real estate industry through a licensee’s conduct. The licensee should be informed as to the matters affecting real estate in the community, state, and the nation”. For us to be able to accomplish this feat, we are obliged to take 30 hours of continuing education over a three-year period.
Your Columbus REALTORS® Education Committee is challenged every year to provide a myriad of courses to better your understanding of the many and varied facets of our industry.
This year’s Committee has worked, under the most trying circumstances in history, to develop courses that will provide you with the most quality information (regardless of your time in the business) over the broadest range of real estate related topics and to keep them all interesting!
You understand, at the end of every course, we ask you to evaluate the course you just took. Once this information is compiled, a member of our Committee records the results. Your comments are very important and useful to the Committee. We use them to determine whether to keep a course or to shelve it. So, please, take the time to answer our request for information.
First and foremost, we offer the Core courses (Law, Ethics, Civil Rights/Fair Housing) for free and online (currently). After these Core courses, we offer a smorgasbord of courses that you will need in order to function in your daily REALTOR® life. If you want to learn more about Flex, Map Searches, and Real Property Resources, you have come to the right place. Believe it or not, we have added some new courses this year such as Real Estate Kick Start 101 and Business Planning & Time Management with Carol Sommer as the instructor.
We offer “bus riding” courses whereby you can learn about and travel through various parts of our town such as the South Side and Historic Downtown. While I am on the topic of “bus riding” courses, our Instructor of The Year, Buzz Thomas, has a marvelous course, which he offers every December, that covers the Near East Side of Columbus. We are hoping to offer this course again this year, pending COVID-19.
To find out what courses Columbus REALTORS® offers is very simple. Just go to the Columbus REALTORS® website at columbusrealtors.com and you will be able to quickly find the course you want/need and the day(s) it is offered. Then just sign up. It is as easy as that. Courses continue to be added to our curriculum check them out on the website.
Our new CEO John Geha has a vision for Education. He would like to have a contact from one of our local universities sit in on our Committee meetings and assist us in developing a strong and continuing curriculum. This contact would also teach our speakers the proper way to manage and to present their information. Having gone through this training, our speakers will be all the better for their education and, over time, the result will be a significant increase in the value of our courses to you. Although we are in the early phases, I believe that John has us on the right track.
I want to commend the members of the Education Committee and Kelly Bright, Director of Professional Development, who have worked to make sure that you get the advantage of a great real estate education. I am most gratified to see many seasoned REALTORS® taking courses to continue to make themselves relevant in today’s marketplace. If you have any ideas about how this Committee can make your educational experience better, please do not hesitate to contact me or Kelly. We often get the best ideas on courses from our fellow REALTORS®.