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Below you will find information on many of the common designations available to real estate agents! There is the name, a description, and a link to the official web site.

Real Estate Designations & Certifications  

Real Estate Designations / Certifications Directory:

ABR: Accredited Buyer Representative: The Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC)
Denotes a Sales Associate who is qualified to provide buyer representation and is familiar with buyer brokerage and agency issues. Requires a 12 hour course, active membership in REBAC, and at least five documented transactions during the previous 18th month period where the Sales Associate acted as a buyer's representative.

ALHS, Accredited Luxury Home Specialist: Luxury Home Council
This designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Luxury Home Council, an organization of real estate agents and brokers formed in 2004.The stated goal of the council is to provide students with the training, tools, and techniques to provide the highest level of service to both luxury home buyers and sellers.

CCIM, Certified Commercial Investment Member: Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute
A recognized professional in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation, and investment analysis. As an experienced expert, a CCIM is an invaluable resource to the commercial real estate owner, investor, and user, through its education program, has been conferring the CCIM designation since 1969. The 240 hours of graduate-level curriculum leading to the designation represent the finest education available in real estate.

CPM, Certified Property Manager®: Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
Acquire valuable real estate management skills through educational offerings leading to the CPM® designation. CPM® members have the competitive edge in every area of real estate management from residential to commercial to industrial.

CRB, Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager: Real Estate Brokerage Managers Council
This designation is recognized throughout the industry as the symbol of excellence in brokerage management. In order to be eligible for the CRB Designation, candidates must have been directly responsible for the effective management of a real estate business as an active principal in a brokerage management capacity, or in a real estate related management position for a minimum of two (2) consecutive years which may be acquired while enrolled in the CRB Management Certification Program. In addition, at least 18 course units are required.

CRE: Counselors of Real Estate (CRE)
An international group of real estate professionals who provide advisory services to clients on property and land-related matters.

CRS, Certified Residential Specialist: Residential Sales Council
The "master's degree of real estate". Every CRS Designee must have a proven track record in the business, as well as advanced education in related areas like finance, technology and marketing. The training available to CRS Designees includes a strong focus on technology and its applications in the real estate business.

CSP, Certified Sales Professional: National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
Designation is conferred by the National Sales and Marketing Council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Candidates are required to complete 24 hours of course work.

CSA, Certified Seller's Agent: Seller Agency Council (SAC)
The CSA designation is geared towards Seller's Agents and is awarded by the Seller Agency Council (SAC) to real estate professionals that have successfully completed the two day Seller Representative Specialist course on seller agency. The course consists of modules covering the Concepts of Agency Relationships, Generating Business, Preparing for the Listing Appointment, The Listing Appointment, Staging, Exposure, The Listing Agreement, The Listing Process, The Showing Process, The Offer Presentation Process, Pre-Closing and Closing Issues.

ePro: ePro, National Association of Realtors®
ePro is a certification offered by the National Association of Realtors®. It is a comprehensive Internet certification program for real estate professionals. e-PRO holders have completed a course covering fundamentals of doing business online, ways of creating and maintaining online relationships, web marketing ethical and legal issues, and ways to adapt to new ways of doing business online.

FRICS: The Fellow, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Is a designation is conferred through the global Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The FRICS is an advanced designation requiring five years of continuing education and experience following the Member, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) designation.

GRI: Graduate, REALTOR® Institute
A nationally professional real estate designation. This designation may only be earned after successfully completing a rigorous educational program that includes 92 hours of live course instruction from a statewide faculty selected because of extensive experience in their own areas of expertise.

LTG: Leadership Training Graduate
A designation recognizes members of the Women's Council of Realtors who have achieved a superior level of leadership expertise through education, experience and industry service. Both men and women can be members of the WCR.

QSC, Quality Service Certification®: Quality Service Certification, Inc.
A recognized for credit toward the CRB Designation through the Council's Accreditation Program. The program provides an education program leading to service certification and includes a formal framework and process for delivering measurably better service results. It offers consumers the opportunity to identify and select certified service professionals based upon the experience, feedback and evaluations of other consumers.

SIOR: The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors
This designation is for agents with five years of industrial and office real estate experience who fulfill all educational requirements, pass a comprehensive membership exam, or hold the CCIM designation. Designees must meet an annual minimum in closed transactions by number & volume or sq. footage.

SRES, Seniors Real Estate Specialist: Senior Advantage Real Estate Council®
Offers a specific designation, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, "SRES®", to identify those members who have successfully completed its education program along with other prerequisites. REALTORS with the "SRES" designation help seniors make wise decisions about selling the family home, buying rental property or managing the capital gains and tax implications of owning real estate. By earning the "SRES" designation, the REALTOR has demonstrated that they have the requisite knowledge, experience and expertise to be a senior's real estate specialist and counselor.

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