Geeze...I'm not very good with dates.....but it seems to me that I traveled from my rural Iowa community in about 1999 to attend a designation class for the Accredited Buyers Designation at the National Association of Realtors headquarters in Chicago.
I remember that the designation was in it's beginning stages...and the two day class was very poor. The instructor was poorly organized and the information just didn't meet the professional standards I expected. But I think it is fair to say that there are good and bad instructors in every field. In any event, I remember taking the short test at the end of day two and being awarded the designation. It just didn't feel right. I didn't feel that I was any more prepared than before to better represent my buyers...but what could I do?
Each year I have paid the fees to renew the designation...and honestly...I'm not sure why I do it.
Am I the only one out there that feels this way?
I am betting that over the years the quality of the material and the instruction given at the ABR classes has improved, but the website hasn't keep up with the power the internet offers and I rarely see value in holding the designation.
I am late paying my yearly fees to continue to hold the designation....and I guess I am needing some reason to continue sending in my $100 bucks each year.
If you are an ABR I would really like to hear your opinion of the value of holding the designation and to hear how you have used the designation to improve your business.