What Would You Do with NAR Designations?

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Real Estate Broker with California Coast & Country Homes, Inc. BRE 01895773
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Wow!  There are 26 (or more) NAR designations from the National Association of Realtors®, and it's easy to get lost in the alphabet soup of abbreviations.  How many designations do you have?  And how have they helped you increase your business and earn a profit?  Do your designations make you more professional?  Here's a list from the www.Realtor.org web site, along with the full title so you can decipher all those abbreviations:
  

  • ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative)
  • ABRM (Accredited Buyer Representative Manager)
  • AHWD (At Home With Diversity)
  • ALC (Accredited Land Consultant)
  • ARM (Accredited Residential Manager)
  • BPOR (Broker Price Opinion Resource)
  • CAM (Certified Apartment Manager)
  • CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member)
  • CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist)
  • CPM (Certified Property Manager)
  • CRB (Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager)
  • CRE (Counselor of Real Estate)
  • CRIA (Certified Realty Investment Associate)
  • CRS (Certified Residential Specialist)
  • e-PRO (e-PRO® Internet Professional)
  • GAA (General Accredited Appraiser)
  • GREEN (NAR's Green Designation)
  • GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute)
  • PMN (Performance Management Network)
  • RAA (Residential Accredited Appraiser)
  • RCE (REALTOR® Association Certified Executive)
  • REPA (Real Estate Professional Assistant, sm)
  • RSPS (Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist)
  • SFR (Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource)
  • SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors®)
  • SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist®)

  
The NAR www.Realtor.org web site says: 

"Earning a designation from NAR or one of its affiliated Institutes, Societies and Councils can help you succeed in all aspects of your business and help you earn more money.

"REALTORS® who pursue professional designations have a distinct competitive edge as a result of their increased expertise and marketability. Based on the 2011 survey data, the median income of REALTORS® without a designation was $26,900 and the median income of those with at least one designation was $49,300. A difference of $22,400.

"There is an official NAR designation for practically every specialty in the real estate industry. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members with increasing skills, productivity, marketability, proficiency and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members in increasing skills, proficiency, and knowledge. 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."

Regina P. Brown
California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.

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Rob D. Shepherd
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I have the ABR and GRI. I dumped GREEN after 2 years of not a lead or question one. GRI has been very helpful!

January 28, 2012 09:55 PM
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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor
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This is the one area of my career that I haven't really looked into, and it's surprising because I love education. 

January 29, 2012 11:25 AM
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Regina P. Brown
e-Pro Realtor
California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.

Ken, thanks for your suggestion on the following certifications, I will add them to the list:  CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) and IMSD (Internet Marketing Specialist Designation).

January 29, 2012 08:45 PM
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Jonathan Lerner
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I remember what Jackie said about all these letters ... she said she was a DOR   Diva of Real Estate

LOL, sure I also have lots of letters, but I dont use them, clients dont really know what they stand for...the benefit is in learning from the workshops, classes, networks.... 

Like College, you get out what you put in.

November 12, 2012 09:38 AM
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Regina P. Brown
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Yes Jonathan, I totally agree with you.  It's the learning that counts the most and its application in our real 'estate' lives.

It's so nice of you to drop by and leave a comment.  Have a wonderful week!

 

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