Realtors have the option to expand their education to better serve their Buyers & Sellers. Many Realtors select specific courses leading to a designation or certification. The designation or certification provides a foundation for the Realtor by focusing on a specific theme within real estate. By focusing on real estate specific education for Realtors, it allows them to continually grow in their profession by gaining access to tools, resources and techniques that offer a more effective result for their Buyers & Sellers. Networking is another benefit to the Realtor if they seek a designation or certification. Networks provide Realtors, across the country, a referral resource that assures that their clients are being directed to a real estate professional who has been educated in a subject or field. The results reassures the Buyer or Seller that they have a highly-qualified Realtor on their side.
Important designations or certifications commonly found in Real Estate
- CRS (Council of Residential Specialists): The CRS designation offers advanced extensive training for experienced Realtors in the Buying and Selling process. The courses provide Realtors with strategies, tools & continued resources even after the designation is accomplished. Through a series of classes the certified instructors teach topics like organization/goal setting, scenario/ role playing & providing the latest & greatest in social media & technology.
- ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative): Earning an ABR Designation provides Realtors a platform to focus on the Buyer and the buying process. ABR offers the Realtor valuable knowledge and resources along with a strong mutually beneficial referral network providing the Buyer a well-versed advocate as they journey into the home buying process from day one to the day of closing.
- SFR (Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource): Earning an SFR Certification offers the Realtor education on how to qualify Residential Buyers/Sellers for short-sales and foreclosures & negotiate with lenders (REO-Real Estate Owned) properties in the case of an unsuccessful sale at a foreclosure auction.
- CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member): Earning a CCIM Designation is one the highest levels of commercial real estate education a Realtor can achieve. CCIM focuses on commercial real estate marketing, finance, investment analysis, negotiation, & Sales/Leasing attributes of commercial real estate. The CCIM designees are considered the experts in the field of commercial real estate investment.
Realtors have access to other great educational programs along with the certifications and designations discussed in this article. The real estate world doesn’t have to be complicated or confusing. Having a Realtor with the knowledge, skills and ability to get you through the process provides you, the Buyer or Seller, the ability to make a more informed and sophisticated decision when it comes to buying or selling your home or commercial property.
Written by; Neil Gush ND Licensed Realtor with Preferred Partners Real Estate
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