My answer to some designations

Real Estate Agent with Higgins Group THE RUSZCZYK GROUP

Selena, The letters after a Realtors name are for designations.

I continually put money back into my business unlike the majority of Realtors out there. There are only about 16% of Realtors who have designation out there in the field.

I feel you have to improve on your skills and knowledge each and every year in order to provide up to date and knowledgeable information. This is what I believe sets me & others apart from most other Realtors.

The GREEN is a great designation dealing with sustainability of our resources in the world. How to try to reduce our carbon footprint on this earth.

 The e-PRO is the only technology course that is endorsed through The National Association of Realtors and this helps me to gain knowledge with technology and how to give my clients a better experience with me and to help me provide a better experience for my clients by being up to date with most of the technology.

The GRI is The Graduate Realtor Institute and this is a series of three sections to this course with each one lasting for 2 weeks. This was by far the most extensive and inn depth class I have taken that basically touched upon just about all areas of being a Realtor and everything involved with the entire process from land clearing when a piece of land is cleared from the beginning phase to the end when you are selling the house in the development that has been built. This goes all of the way through to the mortgage process to the end at the closing with the HUD statement. An extremely in depth class. I urge all Realtors to take it. It is very worth while to take.

 The SRS is for Seller Representative Specialist has taught me to represent a seller of a property better than I could have imagined from the way I used to think I knew how to represent them.

 The ABR is for Accredited Buyer Representative and how to really represent a buyer in a transaction and certain techniques in negotiation skills.

The SRES is for Senior Real Estate Specialist and this has taught me better ways on how to represent our senior or more mature senior citizens.

The AHWD is for At Home With Diversity which has opened my eyes to ways of dealing with the diverse cultures. I have made it my practice to always try to take on new clients from all different backrounds and cultures so that in turn I am also learning something new when I am giving the knowledge to others.

The CDPE is for Certified Distressed Propert Expert and this by far is my favorite one to date. This is my favorite one because with this designation I have learned how to truly help people avoid the foreclosure process. There are many Realtors doing short sales and fumbling their way through them. They are doing their clients and injustice and a diservice. I have learned the entire short sale process and I have all of the forms necessary to bring a short sale to a closed transaction and help out the homeowners to avoid a foreclosure. While I don't represent that I can help everyone that contacts me, I do say that I will let them know to the best of my ability. There will always be some people out there that I am unable to help avoid foreclosure.

I have an ethical and more importantly to ME is that I also have a MORAL obligation to my clients. Especially when they are entrusting me with what may be their largest asset they have. I live my life this way and it pours out into my business as well.

I hope this answers your question. There was no short answer to fully answer your question. Have a wonderful day!

 Warm regards, Henry

Comments (6)

Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Henry,  What a great post on designations.  I like your idea and think I will do a post later on some of my designations which are geared to relocation and international business.  Have a great day.

Jan 28, 2010 05:41 AM
Kim Cleghorn
REMAX Accord - Oakland, CA

Henry, thanks for your post.  I used to think that designations were just a bunch of random letters behind an agents name to boost their egos.  But after 20 years in the business and several of those letters behind my name, I see and share the true value of the additional time and effort to stay educated and to provide the highest level of service.

Jan 28, 2010 05:42 AM
Richard Glick
Kingsway Realty - Lancaster, PA

Do people feel like the more the merrier?  Or maybe consumers want to see one or two designations behind your name, to show that you specialize in certain areas.  Not sure, maybe some thoughts?

Jan 28, 2010 09:11 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Most important is not the designation but the knowledge ! Learning based agents are better advocates of the clients !

Jan 29, 2010 12:11 AM
Robert L. Brown - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

Education is the key to any business that you're trying to help the onsumer.

Jan 29, 2010 03:29 AM
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

I've had some of those designations, but then when I found out I have to pay out hundreds of dollars a year to keep them - and there was no continuing education required, so this is not a matter of increasing knowledge or improving skills, just money - I said, "No thanks". 

Feb 01, 2010 08:28 AM