In the strict sense of the word, real estate professionals don’t need AIPIS. You can breath, eat, and continue to exist without it. The only reason you need the AIPIS certification is if you’re interested in making serious money as a real estate investment professional in the future. While the internet is changing the landscape of almost every industry we can think of, there’s a good chance there will always be a market, shrinking though it may be, for traditional real estate agents.
The trick to making money with real estate sales is to not sell anything. True statement. Sure, you might make the odd sale here and there with the sledgehammer approach, mainly to the customer already so intensely interested in a property that Darth Vader couldn’t talk them out of it.
The investment services and financial industry has long moved past the point of offering valuable assets for sale and has entered a shadowy netherworld where everyone parrots a stock market recommendation for the sole purpose of preserving their own jobs. Think about it. Stocks, bonds, mutual funds. Why are they so well known when, as an investment class, they’re nowhere near the best choice?