You may wonder about the alphabet-soup acronyms that real estate agents use after their names. What do they mean? Do you care? The designations can represent anything from two hours of online study to months of classroom education. Some designations are available to agents based solely on agent experience,extensive qualifications and payment of a huge fee. These designations give your agent an edge in the real estate market and industry. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.
Here is a list of my extended credentials and Designations in Real Estate:
GRI- Graduate of the Realtor Institute
Buying property is a complex and stressful task. In fact, it’s often the biggest single investment you will make in your lifetime. At the same time, real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated.
New technology, laws, procedures and the increasing sophistication of buyers and sellers requires real estate practitioners to perform at an ever-increasing level of professionalism.
- Have pursued a course of study that represents the minimum common body of knowledge for progressive real estate professionals.
- Have developed a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to navigate the current real estate climate—no matter what its condition.
- Are recognized nationally.
- Act with professionalism and are committed to serving their clients and customers with the highest ethical standards.
Accredited Buyer’s Representative / ABR®
Becoming skilled at buyer representation will help REALTORS® change the way they do business and cater to clients at every stage in the home buying process. An Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) will gain a unique understanding of home buyer’s needs and how to best serve them, specialized information to stay on top of home buying issues and trends, and exclusive resources to share with your clients and give you even more of a competitive edge.
(CNE) Certified Negotiations Expert Designation
The CNE designation stands for Certified Negotiation Expert and is used by me to demonstrate that I have been specifically trained and educated in advanced negottating tactics and strategies. Course material covered the psychology of negotiating, persuasion principles, examined case studies, and how to create win-win strategies to successfully negotiate for my clients.
Distressed Properties Professionals
The Distressed Properties Professionals (DPP) are real estate professionals who have mastered the specifics of working with distressed properties, including Short-Sales, Foreclosures, REO’s and Auctioned properties. The individuals who possess this DPP designation have been trained, tested, and certified as experts in the arena of real estate transactions. In today’s economy, our market is riddled with distressed properties. To ensure that you are in the best hands possible, use an expert; use a DPP designated professional!
Social media is still relatively new, and evolving every day. An agent with NAR’s e-PRO®certification is dedicated to making the most of today’s social media and technology to help you with your real estate needs, whatever they may be.
e-PRO® is the only technology certification to be officially recognized, endorsed, and conferred by the National Association of REALTORS®.
Agents with NAR’s e-PRO® certification demonstrate:
- Advanced training in using the latest technology and social media to promote your property or find your next home
- A clear understanding of the ways that e-office strategies, rich media and social networking can benefit today’s consumer in a real estate transaction
- Excellence in adopting, implementing, and promoting technology best practices
- Ethics with commitment to use technology in fair and responsible manner
- Professionalism by completing an education program designed to keep one’s technical knowledge and skill sets up-to-date
Seniors Real Estate Specialists
Seniors Real Estate Specialists® or SRES® designees are REALTORS® qualified to address the needs of home buyers and sellers age 50+. The SRES® Council awards the SRES® Designation to those members who have successfully completed its education program.
By earning the SRES® Designation, your REALTOR® has demonstrated the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions involved in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home. Your SRES® has received special training, gets regular updates, and is prepared to offer the options and information needed in making life changing decisions.
Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource / SFR
For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new “traditional” real estate transaction. Knowing how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities are not merely good skills to have in today’s market — they are critical. And while short sales and foreclosures are not for the faint of heart, agents with the proper tools and training can use these specialty areas to build their business for the long term. REALTORS® with the SFR certification can be a trusted resource for short sales and foreclosures. Your ability to close short sales and foreclosures depends in part on your confidence in seeing these transactions through. Begin building your confidence today with SFR!