I have asked about this before in a comment on a blog about designations (please see http://activerain.com/blogsview/NAR-designations-what-they-mean-and-where-to-get-some?3139 for a rather thorough list of designations and http://activerain.com/action/search/search_results?searchfields=blogs&search=designations for a list of all the AR blogs on designations). I have searched blog keywords for designation points and not found anything.
Should we earn points for our earned designations? I understand the AR community is not just about the points and I appreciate tremendously the huge amount of work involved in maintaining this network by Matt, Caleb, and all the others moderating and working behind the scenes. I understand our designations are worth much more than AR points in the quality of service we provide to our clients by applying what we have learned through our coursework.
But when we can earn 25 points for writing a comment that says "Thanks for your blog" or "Great tips" and yet receive nothing for our designations, I felt this question should be asked for feedback. My broker discounts our fees for each designation we receive and also lowers our cap on the number of transaction sides we are required to pay commission fees on (very nice broker!!). We receive recognition by others with designations through referrals. Why shouldn't we be rewarded within the AR community? There was a great blog on promoting designations at http://activerain.com/blogsview/Promote-your-Designations-?13621.
So I ask, do you feel we should be rewarded with points for each post-licensing designation we earn? Thanks again to our AR hosts and moderators for all they do for this network!! Happy Thanksgiving!
Rob Lang, ePro, GRI Realtor® (membership application for REBAC submitted and should have my ABR within a week)
Realty Executives, Hedges Real Estate
300 Rockfence Pl, Lawrence, KS 66049
785-393-2274 (cell) 785-542-1661 (fax)
rob@LetRobDoIt.com (same website name if you want to visit)