Congratulations, Mike Smith, GRAR’s 2017 Realtor® of the Year!
Mike began his real estate career in 1979. He calls himself an “education junkie”. Even though he was grandfathered in 1993 and is no longer required to take the 22.5 hours of continuing education every two years, he takes as many classes as he can. In fact, he began pursuing his designations after he was grandfathered. He currently holds the GRI, ABR, CRS, and SRES designations, completing the most recent one in August this year.
Mike has been active throughout his career with the local, state, and national associations.
He’s a GRAR instructor teaching portions of the 75-hour Sales Licensing class, the Broker Licensing class, and a number of other courses he has written.
When asked what has kept him so engaged in the business throughout his career, he quickly replied that he likes that no two transactions are the same. The people, circumstances, and houses are all unique. He enjoys the problem solving that goes along with the job and the feeling of accomplishment when helping someone buy their first home or sell an investment property to send their child to school.
Mike’s recommendations to those starting out in the business:
- Be a lifelong learner in order to do what’s best for your clients. Take every course you have time for and learn it as if you’re going to teach it. This is how you truly absorb the information and know it.
- Read everything you can.
- Partner with a mentor who has the spirit of a teacher and a collaborator.
The Realtor® of the Year award is given to a GRAR member who displays distinguished service in the promotion and advancement of the interests and the ideals of the real estate profession. He/She demonstrates an ongoing involvement in real estate activities, is an ambassador of the Association, and is involved in the community.