Getting Real Estate Designations

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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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Rainmaker
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Bryant Tutas
Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc - Poinciana, FL
Broker/REALTOR, Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
Randy, I'm not big on designations but you can never stop learning in this buisness and getting designations is one way to do it. I have a GRI that I got years ago but thats it. I'm a self motivated learner and I do really like classes, I just can't seem to fit them in. But I say go for it!!  
April 22, 2007 07:55 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Tony Marriott
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Associate Broker, REALTOR
Randy - Thanks for the mention and here are my thoughts.  I agree with kk that CIPS is a great one to get - and soon I will add it to my string!  CRB is another excellent learning experience.  For those specializing in the Seniors market SRES is a good choice.  IMHO the ABR is a must for everyone. I'll restate Marchel's comment - "If you won't work with a Seller without a written listing agreement, why would you work with a Buyer without a written Buyer Broker agreement?"
April 22, 2007 10:17 AM #33
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Nice post Randy, and congrats on your designations. I've done the ABR, GRI, e-pro and Associate Broker. The only one I really felt I received anything from was the brokers course. The discussions with the other studentrs was the most enlightening thing in the course.

Education is great, but I'm not sure how much more I'll do. I've recenlty registered for CRS and see that I could complete most of it in one trip to Vegas. I'll probably stop with the CRS.

According to the NAR 2006 survey, less than 5% of clients consider designations in the realtor they hire.

 

April 22, 2007 11:56 AM #34
Rainmaker
620,216
Randy Prothero
Island Style Realty Inc. - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Chris - CRS has the best materials, best instructors and best continued support.  You get back what you put in.

Kristal - Thank you for response.  I will definitely keep that on the list of those I may take in the near future.

Margaret - I too believe I have learned as much or more on Active Rain.  Their needs to be a certification for A/R that we can earn and at least add to our websites.

April 22, 2007 12:33 PM #35
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
Island Style Realty Inc. - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Allen - Thank you for contributing.  I have to admit the 2-day course from CRS were pretty good.  I not only walked away with new ideas for my business, but left energized and ready to hit the ground running.

Phylena - The agents who tell me they are a waste of time, seem to be the ones not doing as well.  I think the CLHS may have to be on my list.  I want to continue to move up to more expensive homes as part of my long range plans.

Diane - It will be at the Hilton Hawaii Village in Waikiki.  It will be a great event.

April 22, 2007 12:38 PM #36
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
Island Style Realty Inc. - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Neal - Definitely apply for it and think about the next one.

Margaret - That is a great point.  I have had a few multiple offer situations where the other agent told me they pushed for my offer because they knew it would be a smooth closing.

Bryant - You could teach a few classes.  Actually you do daily here on A/R.

April 22, 2007 12:43 PM #37
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
Island Style Realty Inc. - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Tony - Great thoughts!  I have resisted the buyer's agreement because I have always liked the option of firing a bad buyer.  I am rethinking that point of view and I have decided to take ABR and then decide whether to continue on the same path or change.

Keith - I need to correct on thing.  You do not stop with CRS.  Once you have your CRS designation it is only the beginning.  The support and trainings they offer goes on.

April 22, 2007 12:48 PM #38
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate

WooHoo!  I'm glad...ePRO is actually a good thing.  I get so many client's who use internet, pc etc. and glad I am able to whip over something at a click! The designation is more proof I guess.

Are you doing an Open?  I start at 1pm and I called the seller and asked if she wanted lunch...she said she wasn't feeling good so I told her I could pick up some won ton soup.  She's happy.  Eat lunch with her before she gets booted out...seeya!

April 22, 2007 04:20 PM #39
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
Island Style Realty Inc. - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Sally - I will start on ePro this month.

I will be open soon after 1pm

April 22, 2007 05:08 PM #40
Rainmaker
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
ePRO and ABR are both good. If I had to pick one over the other, I would go with ABR. They have some good elective classes like New Homes and Relocation. One nice thing about both is that they can be completed entirely online if you'd like.
April 22, 2007 06:12 PM #41
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
Island Style Realty Inc. - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
John - I am planning to do the ePro on-line and will probably take the ABR in a class.  I like the interaction in the classes.
April 22, 2007 11:38 PM #42
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Todd Clark
Keller Williams Realty - Beaverton, OR
Broker - Beaverton, Oregon Real Estate Expert - (503) 524-9494

I've been told that having your GRI and any other designation wouldn't really do anything for you besides clutter your business card. Since getting my GRI last year I disagree 100%! I will be getting more designations every year for the rest of my career.

 

What changed my mind and got me to stop listening to other agents, the referrals that I got from the other agents that I met at GRI from across the state. I have got 2 leads in the last year since getting my GRI from agents that I met at GRI. Seems like it paid for itself to me! I admit the only reason I got it originally was I needed to get continuing education to renew my license, but I'm still glad I did!

April 23, 2007 07:36 AM #43
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
Island Style Realty Inc. - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Todd - That is a wonderful point.  I have been on the other side a few agents I met at GRI and CRS classes.  I also have worked on referrals with agents from other states that took CRS classes with me.
April 23, 2007 09:40 AM #44
Rainer
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Phillip Cross
TBD - In transition... - Seal Beach, CA
ePRO Realtor - Relocation Spec
Randy - I keep putting off taking my GRI and CRS classes. I know that the information will only help me in my business - but I am one of those Procrastinators (I was even thinking about joining the local branch of the Procrastinators of America, ah well maybe tomorrow...) That was even one of my resolutions for this year, not joining the POA club but taking classes toward my GRI. Okay so it's almost May - still I can do it! I do have the ePRO designation but for me that was simple as I already had/have a good knowledge in that area. Thanks for the article - I am now a little more motivated.
April 24, 2007 09:08 AM #45
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
Island Style Realty Inc. - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Phil - Once you take your first CRS class you will be hooked.
April 24, 2007 12:24 PM #46
Rainmaker
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Pete FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS

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 #47
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
Island Style Realty Inc. - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
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 #48
Rainmaker
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Midori Miller
Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Homes In Fort Lauderdale, Real Estate Training - R
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 Realtor.com.  Hmmm...there are many to choose from!  Good Luck!
April 27, 2007 02:26 PM #49
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Loretta Carson
First National Reatly, INC - Southaven, MS
CARSON-O'CONNER HOME GROUP

Randy,

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!

Loretta

April 28, 2007 07:00 PM #50
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
Island Style Realty Inc. - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

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 #51
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