Continuing Education and Actual Education

avatarthumbnail.jpgArizona statute mandates that all real estate agents complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years in order to keep their license active.

This, of course, is woefully inadequate – a feeling only reinforced over the past week as I’ve been completing online classes to meet the requirement.

It’s not a question of whether the classes are worthwhile, though some of the material ought to focus more on the consumer and less on the agents. Rather, it’s a question of whether canned material reviewed biennially is any match for the real life education to be had in the online real estate world (which, admittedly, is not frequented by all.)

Just as the best part of my initial training came during happy hours at Rock Bottom, my continuing education has less to do with Arizona’s Commissioners Standards but with the changes sweeping the real estate industry. Real estate bloggers are giving voice to every day scenarios, to different perspectives on the MLS, on marketing, on how to best serve the consumer.

Many of those folks have descended upon San Francisco the past two days for Inman’s Real Estate Connect conference.

Granted, there are those whose main purpose is their own glorification. (Note to dear old Voldermort: your absence in no way diminishes the conference. If anything, it serves as proof that there are many who do as much with more significant results.)

There are more important things in the grand scheme of the real estate world than a blog, to be sure. But if personal experience is any guide, and the level of education received in this world is any indication, having an agent who does maintain their constant continuing education in these type of forums ought to be a prerequisite.

Just two cents from the peanut gallery.

[tags]Phoenix real estate, Inman real estate connect, real estate marketing[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at

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