Getting Real Estate Designations

Real Estate Broker Owner with Island Style Realty Inc. RB-19250

GRI logoAfter getting back in the real estate industry I decided that education would be an important part of my business plan.  I started by attended several orientation type classes through the Board of Realtors.  I soon after I began the quest to gain the GRI designation.  I chose this one first for two reasons.

  1. It covered all facets of the business and would give me a well rounded working knowledge.
  2. You do not have to join any organizations and pay annual fees.

CRS LogoWhat I found was that some classes were very good, but many more were just too basic.  I was bored silly in a few of them and thought of them as an endurance test.  I stuck it out and got my GRI designation.

Towards the tail end of earning the GRI designation I signed up for CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) classes.  I knew the CRS designation was the top designation for a residential real estate agent to get.  I took my first class in Waikiki and absolutely loved it.  The quality of the instructors and the materials was excellent!  I took another in Waikiki and then one in Maui.  The Maui class made a huge impression on me.  Besides the fact that Ed Hatchthe instructor was so good, studying with agents from other states and counties was an education in and of itself.  I was inspired by the class that I have since collected several of Ed Hatch's CD sets that I listen to in the car.  I was close to finishing my CRS designation and because of the impact the class in Maui had on me I wanted to attend one in another state.  After some negotiating I convinced my brother Russ to attend a CRS class in Columbia Missouri with me.  What a wonderful choice!  The class was tremendous and the agents in our group were from every corner of the country.  I highly recommend doing something like this to everyone.

Since getting my CRS designation I have taken a few more classes and attended my first Sell-a-bration in Las Vegas this year.  If you have never done it, it is a must.  I am planning to attend every year from now one.  The next we are hosting in Waikiki in January 2008.  Please come and join us.  I am planning a gathering for Active Rain members tied to the event.

Last year I met my third goal and that was of getting my broker's license.  Customers and agents look at you different when you are a licensed broker.  The designations and the broker's license makes a statement to them that you take this profession seriously and you are investing in you business and ensuring that you are the best trained possible.

Century 21 logoWith all of that said, I am at a turning point.  I am now looking at a few of the designations that in the past I did not take that serious, but am now giving a second look at.  Century 21 is making a push to get more designations.  That is one influence on me.  Recently I interview Tony Marriot and saw his list of designations.  It is the longest of anyone I know.  I thought long and hard about it and though of two things.

  1. He is one of the smarter folks in the business I have spoken to.
  2. I said wow, the first time I saw his credentials.  I wonder what others think when they see his list

For me I want to always continue to grow and learn.  So I have decided to continue on with my real estate designations.   I passed on getting the ePRO and ABRin the past because I felt the CRS covered the same topics.  My friend Celeste "Sally" Cheesemanwho is kind techie reported she enjoyed the ePRO program and learned some good stuff.

I think the ABR will be good also.  The question of a buyer agency agreement continues to come up and I feel I should review this topic again. 

I will let you know how they go.

I forward to your feed back on these designations or any others you think was a good choice for you.





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Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Principal Broker, ABR, AHWD, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

Island Style Realty Inc.

Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"

Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International

Randy, I second Kristal - you should definitely pursue your CIPS.

Phylena and Vickie mentioned the CHLMS. If any of you are going to the Resort Conference in Vail in June, the CLHMS course is being given right after that at the same hotel - you can take advantage of two benefits from one round trip travel. (must disclose, daughter Tami and I will be teaching that source for the Institute). 

April 24, 2007 12:50 PM
Randy Prothero
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Island Style Realty Inc.
Sharon - Thank you, I think that both designations are ones I will pursue in the future.  I just signed up for the ABR in July and will be doing the ePRO online in the next few weeks.
April 24, 2007 01:24 PM
Midori Miller
Homes In Fort Lauderdale, Real Estate Training - R
Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates
Randy- CRS, GRI, CIPS all excellent.  It's like little private networks and we can't have too many of those!  E-Pro, there are very few but the upside they have their own spot on  Hmmm...there are many to choose from!  Good Luck!
April 27, 2007 02:26 PM
Loretta Carson
First National Reatly, INC


I feel that designations are important for your personal goals, but in the end, the most important thing about being a Realtor is service.  I think it is great for someone to set personal goals for their professional growth, but I do feel that our clients will not understand what those designations mean and may not care.  Just because someone has gone the extra mile to get designations does not make them a great Realtor!  Just food for thought!


April 28, 2007 07:00 PM
Randy Prothero
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Island Style Realty Inc.

Loretta - The designations do not make you a Realtor, but great Realtors invest in themselves and their skills.  Designations are something top Realtors do.  Trust me clients may not know what they mean, but they notice and they look them up in many cases.

April 29, 2007 03:33 AM

Randy Prothero

Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
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