If you don't know what all those letters mean, don't feel bad. Many of us Realtors don't know either. Most are designations given following completion of a short course offered by (sold by) real estate schools. As Realtors, we must continue our education to maintain our licences. This is done by taking certain courses approved by the Texas Real Estate Commission, either online or in the classroom. Typically these courses consist of topics such as legal & ethics, contracts, finance and other matters important to the financial well being of the client. While this education is mandatory and indeed important, it does not include letters after our name.Some Realtors may also choose to take courses which are not mandatory, but earn a 'designation.'
For example, according to the National Association of Realtors "The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is designed for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients". We regard working with buyer-clients part of the job, just like working with seller-clients. (there is a designation for that too) A brand new agent may within weeks, hold any number of designations. Does this mean they have become skilled in negotiating and guiding you through the ever increasing complexities in todays real estate market? Not necessarily. There are many very experienced, competent agents in our area who choose not to flood their business cards with 'designations.'
Do we think that extra education is a waste of time? absolutely not! We do believe, however, that when choosing a Realtor, you should look further than simply the number of letters after their name. We are Kemah Residents, we know our market and we offer you 'reality based' service. Kemah Properties 281.851.7095 firstname.lastname@example.org