November is REALTOR® Designation Awareness Month | Alphabet Soup - What are All Those Letters After Your Name?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Around Atlanta GA RE License #296541

WHAT DO ALL THOSE LETTERS AFTER YOUR NAME MEAN? Did you know that November is REALTOR® Designation Awareness Month?

As REALTORS®, education is an important part of our careers, because it enables us to keep up with our ever-changing, ever-evolving industry. Not only can those little letters after our names bring us more business in the form of referrals, but they are a positive thing to strive toward and classes and courses are a great way to network and expand our web of referral contacts.

Those little letters can often be confusing to our clientele, however, who may not know a CRS from CRV (that's a Honda, in case you're wondering!).

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It can start looking a bit like a jumbled-up bowl of alphabet soup, lots of random letters, all lined up with no apparent meaning.

So I'd like to take this opportunity - this REALTOR® Designation Awareness Month - to help make our clients and the general public aware of our REALTOR® designations and their meanings.

For a complete list of NAR (National Association of REALTORS®) Professional Designations and Certifications and their meanings, please click here. You can also access the individual websites for each designation/certification through this page to get more information about each one.

And for us REALTORS®, let's take this opportunity this month to focus on our own education. Start planning your educational goals for 2008 and set goals - are there specific designations that you've been thinking about getting or already working on that you want to complete in 2008? Write it down as a goal and make it happen! It's not too early to start planning for 2008 now!

And to practice what I preach, here's my #1 goal: to complete my CRS certification in 2008. Now that I've made that declaration, I sure as heck had better stick to it!

Good luck!

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Maura Gebhardt, ABR
The Gebhardt Group
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta
10220 Medlock Bridge Road
Johns Creek, GA 30097

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Rainmaker
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Gary Bolen
McCall Realty - South Lake Tahoe, CA
CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information

We've got a bunch of them: CRS, ABR, CLHMS, SRES, QSC, ePro.  The one that  really makes a difference is CRS... it stands for Can't Remember S---! ;-) Truthfully, it's the best training anywhere.

cheers 

Nov 15, 2007 12:47 PM #1
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Alphabet Soup - Those Letters After My Name...and the Two Letters You Don't See  

Education is a must if you are planning stay in Real Estate. 

 

 

Nov 15, 2007 12:48 PM #2
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Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi,

Ditto on Gary's comment about CRS. I've got a handful myself, that's served me the best. Good luck on yours!

Nov 15, 2007 12:54 PM #3
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Maura Neill
RE/MAX Around Atlanta - Alpharetta, GA
North Metro Atlanta Real Estate

Hi, Gary! I agree - that's why I'm working on it!

~Maura Gebhardt

Nov 15, 2007 12:55 PM #4
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Maura Neill
RE/MAX Around Atlanta - Alpharetta, GA
North Metro Atlanta Real Estate

Hi, Margaret! Thanks for also posting a link to your post - you have quite an impressive list. Congrats!

I did search for similar "designation" posts before writing mine, and my search brought up 1695 PAGES of posts that matched the keyword "designations"! Definitely some like-minded people out there on AR.

~Maura Gebhardt

Nov 15, 2007 12:57 PM #5
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Maura Neill
RE/MAX Around Atlanta - Alpharetta, GA
North Metro Atlanta Real Estate

Thanks, Lynda! One of my team members, Pam, is a CRS and it brings in many quality referrals. Plus the courses are second-to-none, I've found.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

~Maura Gebhardt

Nov 15, 2007 12:59 PM #6
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
I am afraid the public doesn't really know and in many instacnes doesn't care about all of the letters.  The string often gives the wrong message -- I think we need a better way to educate the public.
Nov 15, 2007 01:08 PM #7
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Mirela Monte
Buyers' Choice Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Real Estate

You go girl! 

I have a few worthwhile designations myself, although I don't advertise them (maybe I should!)

I have a similar goal for 2008 - the CRS designation.  Do you know if they will offer that cram course again in 2008?  One week and out you go - with a CRS designation (granted that you have the sales & experience, etc).

Good luck Maura!

Nov 15, 2007 01:34 PM #8
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Maura Neill
RE/MAX Around Atlanta - Alpharetta, GA
North Metro Atlanta Real Estate

Hi, Joan! I agree that they most certainly don't know and oftentimes don't care. I do think it's important to educate them, however, because in most (albeit not all) instances, those designations represent a lot of work and earnest learning that helps us to continue to improve. I wish there was a better way to educate them; unfortunately, that is an ongoing and uphill battle!

~Maura Gebhardt

Nov 15, 2007 01:42 PM #9
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Maura Neill
RE/MAX Around Atlanta - Alpharetta, GA
North Metro Atlanta Real Estate

Hi, Mirela! THANKS!

I'm not sure about the cram course, though I do think they offer it annually.

Good luck to you, too! Here's to CRS in 2008!

~Maura Gebhardt

Nov 15, 2007 01:43 PM #10
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Aaron & Mindy Mills
Prudential CA Realty - Brea, CA

Wow.  What do you get for memorizing what all of them stand for?  You should get something like a MEM certification for that.

Nov 15, 2007 03:08 PM #11
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Maura Neill
RE/MAX Around Atlanta - Alpharetta, GA
North Metro Atlanta Real Estate

Hi, Aaron & Mindy! There should definitely be a prize! =)

~Maura Gebhardt

Nov 15, 2007 10:49 PM #12
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