Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent Candi Matthews has become a licensed real estate broker after weeks of studying and a lengthy exam.
“It’s kind of like the MBA of real estate - like having your masters degree,” Matthews explained. “I think it just shows for me that I'm in it for the long haul.”
To become a broker, real estate professionals must commit to education and training beyond the agent level in order to pass an exam that's required by state law.
In Hawaii, usually only 25 percent of real estate professionals pass the test on the first try, said Matthews. After two weeks of stressful and lengthy study sessions, she was still able to pass the test on the first attempt.
“It’s not for everybody,” said Matthews. “For me it really really helps me feel more confident.”
Matthews, who is part of Island Sotheby’s International Realty’s West Maui office, said she wanted to become licensed as a broker to be able to better serve her clients. Matthews believes continuing education and personal growth is key to being able to help clients buy and sell real estate in Maui’s ever-changing and competitive real estate market.
“I want to be able to give my clients the security of knowing they are working with a professional and not someone who just picked up a license and is selling real estate,” said Matthews.