Alumni Spotlight: Beverly Foster, MRE
REALTOR® University Class of 2017
Concentration: Residential Real Estate Sales, Marketing & Management
How do you think the Master’s program impacts the real estate industry as a whole?
The Master’s program impacts the real estate industry in a variety of ways. This program provides the opportunity for a student to gain advanced knowledge and analytical skills needed in the world of real estate today. Clients have so much information, albeit, not the best, at their fingertips with the internet. Obtaining a Master’s Degree in Real Estate from REALTOR® University gives an agent the ability to educate clients and manage expectations, even the expectations the client may not be aware of and provide a transaction that leaves the client excited and proud of buying real estate.
Why did you pick your concentration?
My concentration was Sales, Marketing and Management. I have spent over 21 years in the industry, either in sales or management. I felt having the degree would allow me the ability to make an impact on a larger audience.
How will the Master’s program impact your future?
This degree gives me the knowledge and analytical skills I would not have gained through experience in the business. This knowledge can be passed on to my colleagues in the business and my desire is to make an impact on the lives of these colleagues each and every time my help is needed.
Tell me a bit about yourself in general.
I grew up in a real estate family. My mom began her career when I was young. I spent time after school and summers with her and as they say “it gets in your blood”. I am certified to fly hot air balloons – holding a “Lighter Than Air” certificate from the FAA. That training taught me patience – another important part of the real estate business. I grew up riding horses and have rescued several animals over the years – many that were abused and broken – bringing them back to life and allowing them to learn to trust again. My husband and I live on 10 acres a mile in the woods with a 6 acre lake. It is paradise after long days and weeks in the industry.
What or who encouraged you to enroll in the program?
I have to give credit to my mom for encouraging me to enroll in this program. I also had a colleague tell me that all of us are given the same amount of time each day – some of us decide what to do with that time and some of us don’t. That stuck with me – I try not to waste a single day.
What did you find the most challenging about the program?
Time management. Working full time as a BIC for over 200 agents, maintaining a home, caring for a parent, AND writing papers was challenging.
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 am fortunate that I have created a life that I don’t feel needs a vacation. When I felt overwhelmed during the process of obtaining my masters, I would go out to the front porch of our home and sit in my favorite rocker and take in God’s creations. That could be a cardinal that was sitting in a bush or my dogs playing in the front yard. Many times I just needed a moment of fresh air and time to clear the fog from the brain. It certainly didn’t need to cost any money since I was broke while attending school but I knew I had my priorities in order.
What would you tell prospective students about the program?
Embrace the program – during the good times and the difficult times – it is all worth it!
Congratulations Beverly Foster!
A graduation ceremony took place on May 19, 2017 at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. to honor the 2017 REALTOR® University graduates.