As we embark upon the beginning of a new year, a new administration, a new era, it is important that we assess our role and responsibility in the recovery of our economy. As REALTORS®, we have a duty “to educate consumers about the benefits of homeownership and buying opportunities in this changing real estate market,” according to the National Association of REALTORS®.
Here are three action items to help get you started:
Reach out to the communities that you serve by hosting a series of educational workshops. Encourage the attendees to set goals. Follow-up with the attendees to track their progress. Make it your business to make a difference in the lives of those who reach out to you for help. If you cannot personally help them, refer them to someone who can.
Raise the bar and become a person of influence. Begin by finding one thing that you do extremely well, i.e. putting together great presentations, public speaking, research, etc., and promote it. Share your knowledge and expertise with your colleagues by hosting training sessions and enlist their support in areas where you may need assistance. Your talent will soon raise the bar for other REALTORS® and inspire leadership and team building throughout the industry.
Re-energize your spirit with a dose of continuing education. Chicago Association of REALTORS® is now offering FREE continuing education courses to its members. I encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to equip yourself with information that will help you to better serve the consumers who need your expertise.
Through these times we will only grow stronger and more resilient. Through these times we discover our strengths and our weaknesses. Through these times we develop the courage to say “this too shall pass” and we move forward 14,000 strong as “The Voice of Real Estate in Chicago” taking action and making change.