In tribute to GoRealty accomplishing 2012 goals with 3 weeks to spare!


"It Couldn't Be Done" by Edgar Guest

Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
but he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
who wouldn't say so till he'd tried
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
on his face.  If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
that couldn't be done and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
at least no one has ever done it";
but he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
and the first thing you know we'd begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
without any doubting or quiddit,
he started to sing as he tackled the thing
that couldn't be done and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
there are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
the dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
just take off your coat and go to it;
just start to sing as you tackle the thing
that "cannot be done," and you'll do it.

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I can't sleep tonight.  My mind is racing.  After 2 years worth of discussions and brainstorming, it is finally happening.  The Go School of Real Estate is offering its first CE class on December 6th in Holly Springs!
I have taught thousands of students but suddenly my stomach is in knots for a class of 10.  We don't always recognize a monumental event at the time that it occurs.  Only later do we see the changes that have taken place from a seemingly innocuous event.  A butterfly effect in real estate.

A few years back, Jim takes a real estate class that I am teaching.  I don't remember if it was CE or postlicensing, it doesn't matter.  We have a mutual appreciation of each other and a mutual acquaintance in Alaina Money.  From there, Kevin Woody crosses our paths.  Next thing I know, I am attending Go Shows where I meet 20, then 30, then 40 rockstars who enjoy what they are doing and enjoy each other.  The efforts of these individuals and this collective has touched thousands in the community through service and giving back.  Then the offer is extended, come join us, let's take this thing to the next level.

So here I am, lying in bed recounting how we got here.  A chance encounter, a mutual vision, fate, destiny?  Who cares, tomorrow I will begin a lecture as I have done so many times before but this one will be different.  This is the continuance of a Go revolution.  Years down the road, we will look back at these seminal events and recognize them as the beginning of the change in the real estate landscape.  Can you imagine Go serving as the model of future real estate companies?  Can you imagine if all companies focused not just on statistics but on serving their communities?

A butterfly flaps his wings half a world away and an idea is sparked to life in Cary.


Obligatory boring blog

Today's entry is a reminder regarding your Realtor Ethics requirement.  The reason that you are hearing so much about this is that December 31, 2012, marks the end of a quadrennial within which all Realtors must have completed Ethics training.  Much is made of this and many agents break out in a cold sweat, but there is no need to panic.  Read below to determine which scenario applies to you.

First, for those of you who have become Realtors since January 1, 2009, you are fine.  The reason for this is that you took an Ethics class as a prerequisite to joining the multiple listing service.  You can simply verify this by going to the NAR website.  Have your username and password ready and check education record.  You should find that they have an automated record of your class.

If you took an Ethics elective since January 1, 2009, you will need to report this yourself by contacting your local board.  I spoke with Bonnie at Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors and she said that a certificate from the CE class or a screen shot of the Commission's education records page showing an Ethics elective would be sufficient for proof of fulfilling the Ethics requirement.  If you are a member of RRAR, you can email your certificate to bonniee@trianglemls.com.

If neither of the aforementioned scenarios applies to you, you can take Ethics as your CE elective and report to your local board upon completion.  Or, you can go to www.realtor.org and look for a link to the online Ethics class.  By taking it online with NAR, your results should be automatically reported to the Association.  Be careful, the online course from NAR is only 2.5 hours and does not qualify as a CE elective.

This is the quick and dirty on Ethics.  Feel free to give me a call if you have further questions.  Best wishes!



Photo: Hollywood!

 Thankful

The Go School blog takes time out today to just say thanks!  There is not enough space here to mention all that I have to be thankful for but I will mention a couple.

For those who know me, you know the list starts with my family.  Every day I smile at my good fortune and pray that others can experience the joy and comfort that family brings to one's life.

I am also thankful to you, colleagues, students, and friends who make my job fun and rewarding.  I told my wife recently that for the extent of my teaching career, I have never felt like I was "going to work."  Those of you that I encounter on a daily basis share a commitment to the real estate industry, the community, and stewardship.  Your efforts are applauded and I admire all that you do.

Happy Thanksgiving.  Thank you all for your contributions in making the world a better place!

"All the world's a stage"

I love the theater.  Every time I watch a great performance, I am taken in by the story, the music, the pageantry.

Today, I took a real estate class, not unlike one of the many that you have taken as an agent.  I paid my $60 (not radically different than I pay for a theater ticket), took my seat and waited to be educated and entertained.  The instructor was good but I felt unfulfilled.  Is this all I get for my money?  When did we quit trying?

What if in your next class you were treated like a valued patron?  Is it too much to expect comfortable seating, high definition video and audio to stimulate the senses, and subject matter that contributes to your success as an agent?

I have seen the classroom of the future.  It's not your father's classroom.  The new classroom is a multimedia event center.  A stage, if you will, for 21st century presentations.  I have checked the rules and regulations numerous times and there is no requirement for a Mandatory Update to be boring, no requirement that an elective be bland.  You wouldn't accept this in any other walk of life, don't accept it in your real estate school either.

Come to Go School, take in the performance and leave educated and fulfilled!

"good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theater." Gail Godwin (American novelist


Day 13 of our experiment.  The day is dark and rainy.  It is oppressively quiet.  Waiting for word from the Commission is tiresome but no other option exists.  We huddle in our camps, ready to pounce once the inevitable orders come from above.  We must keep our weapons poised and our powder dry.

Suddenly, there is word.  A call to the front indicates that there may be movement.  Maybe Friday, our fate will be cast.  The troops are standing by with eager anticipation.  The encampments bristle with energy, ready to explode into battle.  Now is the time for caution, there is no room for error when the Commission is involved.  But soon, very soon we will unleash the most awesome, most dedicated, and most awe-inspiring force onto the local real estate scene.  Call it Go-mageddon!

It will be an honor to serve with such a brilliant and dedicated force of professionals!  Now pack your gear, word will be coming soon.






Why Go?  Part Two

 

In my previous posts, I have waxed philosophically about changing jobs and partnering with Go.  Today, I wanted to point to specific plans to make Go School an unparalleled model for real estate schools.  A few examples:

 

Go School will provide the most comfortable learning environment – ditch the desk, bring on the Lazy-boy!

Go School will encourage real-time communications and feedback from students through their mobile devices (can you imagine being encouraged to bring your device to class!).

Go School will partner with subject area experts to appear by video feed to provide advanced level information (Mr. Trump, they want you at Go School again!)

 

This is a taste of what’s to come.  Keep your suggestions coming as well.  Go School recognizes that good ideas come from a variety of sources and we will not let our egos get in the way of trying ideas that will improve our School.  It is not our goal to tell others that Go School is the best; it is our goal to have others do that for us!