Chris Little
Education is one of the “building blocks” of this year’s theme, “Building a Foundation for the Future” because it is such an integral part of what SAR does for you and for the community. At our June Main Meeting, we presented $43,000 in scholarships to assist some terrific young women and men pursuing their educational goals. On that day we were celebrating the accomplishments and the hopes of these fine young men and women. Their futures are so bright as they begin their higher education. As REALTORS® we must also pursue our educational studies to stay at the top of our game. It is imperative that we take advantage of the educational opportunities available to us to be the best REALTORS® we can be for our clients. Life-long learning is critical for each of us to achieve and sustain success in our industry. Fortunately for us we have an excellent Education Department at SAR. Judy Wegener and Brian DeLisi work diligently with the Education committee chaired by Franco Garcia to provide us with relevant courses giving us the information and tools to be our best. With courses as varied as “structural pest inspections” to “setting up your mobile office” to the “essentials of writing a commercial lease” there are so many diverse offerings at SAR. SAR continues to offer our Real Estate Training Institute (RETI) and Broker Training Institute (BTI). RETI is a great program for newer and returning agents to learn (or relearn) the basics of our industry. Both series utilize many local REALTORS® who share their experience and knowledge in a very open and engaging environment. SAR also offers a regular series of “Lunch & Learn” courses where you feed your stomach as well as your mind. And, of course, NAR designations are a way of adding further focus and depth to your REALTOR® education. I highly recommend these if you have not already done so. You can learn so much from these and many of them offer online courses as well. Additionally, there are some terrific educational opportunities offered through C.A.R. and other real estate groups such as AAREA, NAHREP, Realtists, and WCR. There is simply no shortage of educational options out there for us. So, take some time this year and every year to take advantage of the educational offerings at SAR and continue building your foundation for the future.