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Continued education vital for real estate agents

6 Dec 13

Professional development doesn't stop once you've completed a single course or graduated from a training program.

Continued education is key to success in many fields, including real estate.

A real estate agent must be licensed to assist in the buying and selling of property on the behalf of others in South Australia, but in an industry that is consistently dealing with changes, both market-based and due to regulations, a licence simply isn't enough to keep agents on top of their game.

Additionally, data from around the globe shows education is a key component when it comes to income success for real estate agents.

For example, at the "Learn. Live. Lead. Lifelong Learning and Real Estate Success" forum in the US, experts discussed how professional development is tied to a successful career in real estate.

“Realtors bring value to home buyers, sellers and investors and as markets transition and real estate transactions become increasingly complex, it’s important for successful agents to invest in their education and keep current on the latest issues and technologies affecting their business, especially since data show it pays off,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist with the US-based National Association of Realtors.

And what holds true in San Francisco is the same in South Australia and beyond - professional development pays off.

The Real Estate Institute of South Australia (REISA) provides a chance for real estate agents to continue their learning with a busy professional development calendar that covers a variety of topics.

This allows agents to take real estate courses that are tailored to their needs, whether they deal with a specialisation or a weak spot agents want to improve.