It's a Team Effort
A new certifcation program and a new safety book help real estate professionals become a leader out in the field.
Pocket Book of Safety Tips
The Little Red Book: Safety Rules to Live By for REALTORS® is a new publication from the REALTOR® Safety Program that focuses on practices that agents and brokers use to stay safe on the job. Available starting Sept. 23, the booklet is for new and seasoned practitioners seeking to develop safety protocols for a real estate business.
Nearly 1,000 REALTORS® submitted information about their daily safety habits and real-life advice. These safety tips, many presented in a light-hearted way, fall into seven categories: Your Safety Philosophy, Identity Protection, Cyber Safety, Personal Safety Protocol, Open House Safety, Safety and Your Clients, and Best Advice You’ve Ever Received.
The cost is $19.95 for a package of five copies and $9.95 for a digital download from the REALTOR® Store at store.realtor.org. Since September is REALTOR® Safety Month, there’s no better time to share these important tips.
Become a Certified Team Player
Sandy Bowser, a practitioner with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Ellicott City, Md., will be one of the first REALTORS® to complete training for the new Certified Real Estate Team Specialist certification."I was interested in this course to learn how other teams operate and what’s working for them," says Bowser. "Everybody seems to be doing teams differently, and we were looking for ideas on how to be better."
Bowser has been in real estate for 29 years but began working as a team leader seven years ago to focus on her favorite aspects of the job: working with customers and training new agents. Other agents on her team focus on showings, open houses, paperwork, and contracts.
The certification is open to both agents and brokers with an interest in starting a team or for those already leading or participating in teams at their office. The program, which entails a two-day core curriculum and the choice of a one-day elective course, is designed to help
REALTORS® learn how teams change the customer service dynamic and how to build a successful team. Participants learn how to unbundle tasks and create individual job descriptions, establish team compensation plans, and manage team conflicts. The sessions also present best practices in team management and analyze team growth stages and structures to learn why some teams succeed and others fail.
Any brokerage or REALTOR® association can sponsor the program and offer it locally. Visit the CRETS course calendar at crb.com to find a course near you. An online version is expected to launch in early 2016. Learn more at realtor.org/designations-and-certifications/crets.
Updated: June 03, 2020