Alphabet Soup - What's all those letters MEAN???

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When I first started in Real Estate one of the things that I found most confusing was the Alphabet Soup that seems to go with Real Estate Agents.   GRI, ABR, CRS, and several others to boot.    What does it all mean?  Better yet why does it matter?     

Most people I've talked too I ask this question:

Do you know what those letters mean?

More often then not I get a confused look and people tell me they have no idea what they mean but it must be something good, right?  The general public seems fairly oblivious to them and so was i.

So I did what most people do when they don't know something.  I looked it up.   In my next few blog posts I'm going to take a look at these designations and as I learn more, share what information I glean from it all with you.  Who knows, maybe together we'll figure this all out together!

Before I start delving into all this, how about a quick idea of what terms I mean and what those letters stand for.


ABR:  Accredited Buyer Representative

CRS: Certified Residential Specialist

GRI: Graduate REALTOR Institute

SRES: Senior Real Estate Specialist

CCIM: Certified Commercial Investment Member


If you have seen any others I've not listed and would like to know more, I'll be happy to research them and add them to this list!

Thanks for reading and I hope your summer is going fantastically so far!



Comments (7)

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Hi Richard, Welcome to the Rain. Here is a post that I wrote last July. Alphabet Soup - Those Letters After My Name...and the Two Letters You Don't See

I am going to be taking the SRES this summer.


Jun 26, 2007 11:27 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
Seems like this has been a theme on Active Rain.  I wrote a blog back in March with the same title.  Gotta love it.
Jun 26, 2007 11:38 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

How about CCIM.

Jun 26, 2007 10:13 PM
Richard Jolitz
Beverly, MA

Margaret and Cindy:

 Thanks for the links! I'll have to go read them.  It is always helpful to read what those of you with more experience have to say.



Added to the list.  Thanks!




Jun 27, 2007 12:10 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Richard, I have a few more "letters" on my alphabet soup blog such as RECS, RRC, PMN, LTG,etc..
Jun 27, 2007 12:56 AM
Michelle Brittingham
Elite Realty Group - Yucaipa, CA

Richard, e-PRO stands for Internet Specialist (I noticed that one is incomplete)!  Another one is ASP for Accredited Staging Professional.  How many more have you come up with in your quest?

Aug 12, 2007 05:51 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

The bigger question is

Which ones do clients actually care about?  

I keep hearing from my clients that the designations don't matter to them.  One even told me that he just thought they were ways for agents to brag to each other.   

Aug 22, 2007 02:59 AM