Education, Experience and your Real Estate Agent

What role does education play in producing a successful real estate agent?  This question has been debated for years.  However, there has been very little scientific investigation to this point into the role of education and its influence on success in the industry.  Findings strongly suggest that having an undergraduate college degree increases the likelihood of an agent being successful between 40% and 160%. 

In its most basic form, research defines success as an agent that produces more closed volume than 50% of all other brokers.  The role of a college degree increases even more dramatically, when success is defined as an agent that produces more closed volume than all but 5% of all other brokers.

Inferences about Practice

Results seem to indicate that having an undergraduate college degree goes a long way towards creating a successful agent.  The role of education, however, does not rule out or substitute for experience.  From a personal perspective, experience wins out over education when the two are pitted against one another.  On the other hand, combining experience with education produces the most capable agent – an agent who brings both their wealth of experience and the analytical ability to deal with new issues as they arise in the selling process. 

Today, agents no longer have to choose between experience and education.  There are now a number of alternatives ranging from local colleges and universities that offer real estate programs and degrees to Realtor® University, which is presently developing a real estate curriculum, among other alternatives. 

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