There has been a lot of talk over the years here in Idaho about the requirements for one to obtain a real estate license. For a salesman's license in Idaho one simply completes a 45-hour Salesperson Module 1 and then a 45 hour Salesperson Module. Pass the exam that follows and Walla! Find a real estate company to hang your hat with and you're in business! There are many that are pushing for a basic college degree required for those seeking an Idaho real estate license.
Proponents for the requirement of a college degree point to these issues:
The real estate newsletter for the Idaho Real Estate Commission prints the names of individuals which have been fined for improper conduct. This list has gone from 2 pages just a few years ago to 5-6 pages or more of individuals that have been fined.
Pickup any real estate magazine in the country and one can see some pretty sad real estate ads in terms of writing skills and photography. I had a client in my office yesterday looking at homes listed in the MLS. She was looking at one computer monitor and I was looking at another. We both commented on how poor the photographs were and nearly all the remarks had misspelled words and very poor grammar. We also found this on several Realtor websites.
I have also had the experience of working with many young Realtors that entered the real estate business when it was on fire in 2005. I met many of these Realtors in the negotiation room and had numerous conversations with them. Their ability to "negotiate" and their ability to "communicate" on a professional level with their peers were very sad for the most part. I have witnessed a lot of immaturity and a lot of "me" attitude.
I hear the discussion of college degree requirements for a real estate license is being discussed in other states other than Idaho. I really think it comes down to this: "If we don't clean-up our own industry we will all see mandates in the form of new laws we do not embrace".
So would a college degree make a difference in our industry or are real estate professionals simply "born"?
Posted By: George Tallabas - Boise Idaho Real Estate Agent - Associate Broker
with RE/MAX Advantage, Canyon Counties #1 Brokerage in sales and listings
specializing in Boise Idaho Real Estate and Southwest Idaho Real Estate.
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