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Designations: What do All Those Letters Mean?

February 3, 2015 |  Article By : 

awardWhen purchasing or selling real estate, it can be a confusing and difficult job. Did you know that through continuing education, your agent can become designated in numerous areas concerning real estate? Their designations can generally be found on their business cards, listed in acronyms (example: GRI, CRS, CDPE…). Don’t overlook these random letters, because these letters represent designations which will set your agent apart from the rest of the crowd! Listed below are designations and their descriptions I have earned to better serve you as a client:



Super Real Estate Agent 2014:
Since only 3—5% of real estate agents make the list, it really contains only exemplary professionals!
Tens of thousands of Real Estate clients are surveyed to evaluate their Agent and a panel of industry experts reviews each consumers evaluation. The Agents are judged on:
1) Customer service
2) Integrity
3) Market knowledge
4) Communication
5) Negotiation
6) Closing preparation
7) Finding the right home
8) Marketing a home
9) Overall satisfaction

Member of the National Association of Realtors, which is a professional organization that requires following a strict code of ethics.

(GRI) Graduate, Realtor Institute:
In depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards and the sales process.

(ABR) Accredited Buyer‘s Representative:
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.

(CRS) Certified Residential Specialist:
Has an over 30 year legacy of giving residential real estate professionals the tools they need to be successful in any market through education, resources and connections.

(SFR) Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource:
How to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities in today‘s market.

(CDPE) Certified Distressed Property Expert:
Has a thorough understanding of complex issues in today‘s real estate industry and knowledge of foreclosure avoidance options available to homeowners.

(SRES) Seniors Real Estate Specialist:
How to ethically serve the real estate needs of the fastest growing market, clients age 50+.

Teaches how to use cutting-edge technologies and digital initiatives to link up with today‘s savvy real estate consumer.

Provide awareness and knowledge of green building principles applied in residences and communities and guide buyer-clients in purchasing green real estate.

(CLHMS) Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist:
Assures affluent buyers and sellers that the agents who have earned it have the knowledge, experience, competence, and confidence they require. Members must have documented performance in the TOP 10% of their markets.

(MBC) Masters in Business Communication St. Thomas University:
Obtaining a Masters degree in business communications allows me to better serve you as a client. A thorough education in how to manage a successful business provided the knowledge needed for the in-depth marketing and sales for real estate.

Remax Platinum Club:
Members have to have earned $250,000—$499,999 in gross commissions during the preceding calendar year.

Remax Hall of Fame:
Members that have earned $1,000,000 in commissions with Remax

So next time you see designations listed following an agents name, know that they have gone above and beyond, to better serve you as their client. I continue to challenge myself as a fully licensed Realtor. Having gained useful knowledge through my continuing education, it in the end, benefits my clients in the sale or purchase of their dream home.

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