Graduate Spotlight: Margo Wyatt
REALTOR® University Class of 2018
Concentration: Real Estate Sales, Marketing & Management
Looking at the broader picture, how do you think the Master’s program impacts the real estate industry as a whole?
Our industry needs to continue to improve the perception the public holds of our value and increase the level of expertise of our agents and brokers. There is a certain amount of respect that comes with an advanced degree because of the difficulty in obtaining it.
Tell me about your concentration, why did you pick it?
My concentration is Residential Real Estate Sales, Marketing & Management. I specialize in residential real estate and feel like getting this advanced degree increases my expertise and enables me to provide a higher quality of service to my clients and better assistance to my peers.
Tell me how you feel the Master’s program will impact your future in a positive way. Obtaining a Master’s Degree has been a goal of mine for 25 years. Achieving it in a subject that compliments my career seemed like an obvious choice to me. One aspect of a real estate career is an inconsistent pace of the income from closing transactions. I hope to begin teaching real estate classes in addition to my real estate practice. This will further increase my expertise and add a consistent income that most real estate brokers do not see.
Tell me a bit about yourself in general.
I’m a single mom of three daughters. I am active in my community and my church. I’ve always felt that investing in people and my community is rewarding. I’m living and practicing in the town where I grew up. I graduated from Texas A&M University. My eldest daughter graduated from A&M the same year I finished my Master’s Degree from REALTOR® University. I hope that my younger daughters will follow our lead and obtain degrees from A&M as well. Besides the confirmation of the degree itself, I am proud to show my daughters an example of working through an extremely difficult process to a achieve a goal.
What or who encouraged you to enroll in the program?
I heard of the degree program offered by REALTOR® University while attending a National Association of REALTORS® conference. I was an educator prior to beginning a career in real estate and I had been considering enrollment in a Master’s Program in a field related to education. I had been accepted into the program and was facing the logistic challenge of attending classes at a campus two and a half hours drive away. The notion of getting an advanced degree in the field of real estate through an online program caused me to choose the REALTOR® University program over the other.
What did you find the most challenging about the program?
Earning a Master’s degree is as time consuming as it is difficult. Managing time between the demands of a running a career and a family along with the commitment to the course work was the most challenging part of the program.
Earning a Master’s degree and working full time is demanding. I would imagine there were moments when this was overwhelming. What helped you survive those moments? I had been out of an academic setting for over 20 years. Returning to that arena was intimidating. Interacting with classmates who were in similar situations came as a surprise given that the program was online; this interaction with peers was encouraging throughout the course work. Another encouragement was receiving a scholarship. Having received recommendations from three respected peers gave me a boost of confidence and feeling of responsibility. What enabled me to continue was a specific focus on each individual step. Instead of looking at the long list of courses I had to take I set my attention on one course at a time, sometimes just one assignment at a time, and kept plodding through until there were more courses on my completed list that ones left to be taken. Once I was halfway through I felt like it was imperative to finish. I began one Master’s degree when I was in my 20’s that I never completed and I was not going to allow that to happen again.
What would you tell prospective students about the program?
Getting a Master’s degree is not for the faint of heart. It is an investment of time, energy and finances. For the time I was in graduate school I feel like I ignored my family and my business to some degree. I paid tuition instead of going on vacations. This year, I’m able to manage more transactions, volunteer in my community, and spend more time with my family; juggling these commitments seem like a piece of cake compared to the additional responsibility of a master’s program. Now that I’m finished, I feel like it was totally worth it!
Congratulations Margo Wyatt!
A graduation ceremony will take place on May 18 at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C.