Alright, so I am in the final week of Ignite and will be posting a big post about it soon, but I needed to talk about something. Today I went to the ORRA (Orlando Regional Realtors Association) Orientation. All new Realtors are required to attend. I was there with several of my team members from Ignite, which was nice. It was nice not to feel alone. Honestly the whole family feel at KW is fantastic and Ignite is just solidifying that for me. I love these people, and we help each other, and we’re learning together, and hopefully, we will continue to do so over the coming years and not just now as we start this adventure!
Anyway, we arrive at the Museum of Art in Orlando where they are hosting this event, and there are coffee and snacks, etc. and lots of other new Realtors milling around and we start talking to a couple of them. One of them had attended the local Real Estate School where a couple of my colleagues had graduated, and we were asking about their training. Ignite has been hardcore. I mean, they cram an awful lot of learning into that four weeks, and I cannot imagine how I would even know where to start without it, and yet these people were saying that they had no training at all from their company’s and one of them referenced “picking it up on the fly, I guess”. This statement was echoed by many other new Realtors there also.
I was stunned. I mean, I know KW is renowned for its training, but I didn’t realize that so many other companies offer no training at all. How are Realtor’s expected to successfully represent their clients with no knowledge at all of contracts or sales or lead generation or anything?
Blown away, and slightly terrified for the unsuspecting general public. I mean, when you hire a Realtor, you have this expectation that they know what they’re doing, but how true is that? How is it that the biggest, most expensive, and potentially most important deal the vast majority of us will make in our lives has the potential of being overseen by someone who has had zero knowledge of the transaction at all? Like I said. Terrifying.
Eternally thankful for Keller Williams and the incredible training I have received this past month, and as a warning to anyone reading this who is considering hiring a Realtor, make sure they know what they’re doing.