Yesterday I showed a foreclosure. Until fairly recently, Westchester hasn't witnessed much in the way of "underwater" home ownership. We've always had our share of foreclosures, but they were far from commonplace.
There is a body of opinion within the industry that shares some of the concerns regarding real estate agent education that I brought up in my post. The issues have been out there and are under continuous debate. So please don't shoot the messenger.
But recently I ran into an agent that had the following designations on her card ...."Sally Smith, ABR, GRI, CDPE, CRS, & EPro." Ya gotta be kidding me! This person has more designation letters then letters in their name.
One of the reasons I don't have a photo on my business card or web site is because agent photos have gotten so ridiculous. I'm firmly convinced that if I put my 45-year-old mug on a card, people would automatically think I was 80 years of age. After all, having a photo that is dated to about half of our actual age seems to be the industry standard.
The way brokerages function often is a mystery to the consumer and it often comes as a shock to new agents who think that the brokerage is there to "support" them. Most brokerages disconnected from customer service and the newly licensed agent course became the big cash cow. They recruited and recruited throwing anyone with a license and a pulse up against a wall and hoping that something will stick.