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