GRI, GAA, CRE, CRS, CRB, CRE, E-PRO, SRES, SIOR, RAA, RCE, & One More Real Estate Designation..TSTH.

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You see brokers, appraisers and other professionals with trails of initials, designations streaming from their names, their websites, their advertising.

  Your reaction may be like the public's when they see the blur of letters.

Start to play word Jumble in their head.

To figure out what the letters might stand for.  Are some of the public impressed, or in awe or do the letters go right over their head?

In the military, rank is everything.

In education, on a resume, a well stocked credentials cupboard can either impress the fellow or lady on the other side of the desk. 

Or it can intimidate if you are better qualified for the job you are after than the person interviewing you is for theirs.  And they know it.

Or it may be standard to see certain level designations for consideration for the job. 

I am impressed with E-PRO education and the GRI long process for earning your certification.  But some designations are nothing more than send me $450, work on this booklet at home or on line, or sit thru the class, and here's your gold star. 

What was that Visa number and expiration number again?  

The logo is sharp and people will notice and remember it.  The label pin you will wear everyday looks a little like a 1959 Cadillac's distinctive tail fin!

    Some designations brokers run with touting them like the Holy Grail but in reality "earning" them was not much more than send in your funds in three easy payments and are knighted ABC designation suitable for framing.  Education is needed to keep up with industry advancements and to learn together new ways of doing your job. 

The continuing education license credits we earn each year to keep our shingle on the wall and realtor state and national conventions all help in the education process. 

But one of the most important designation is not tied to your Visa or Mastercard plastic card.  It is the reception and opinion of your customers.  What accalades do they bestow upon you...what common themes do you hear from the ones that are grateful for your help and professionalism?

Testimonials are not reduced to acronyms or a cluster of letters that stand for something special.  But it would be neat to see the TSTH designation appear on real estate brokers, appraisers, banker's business cards and in their propaganda.

Eye brows would raise, mouths would open a little as folks that you flash the new proud designation in front of, ponder about that one.  One they have not seen before.

Maybe one they need to add to the cluster they wear on their real estate armament as they work hard in the trenches to list, market and sell property in their market where ever it is on the planet.  Do you think you are worthy, or have what it takes to earn this level of professionalism ?  At ease, the cost is nothing, but the effort and attention to detail and controlling your thoughts, impulses and being consistently fair day in and day out are crucial.  Think you know what it stands for? 

    If you had a cabinet filled with years of listing, selling real estate testimonials that described you as "Tough Skinned & Tender Hearted". You would be worthy of the TSTH designation. 

Bestowed on you not by an organization, not even by your peers...but by your customers from their individual, private experience of you as a person, a compassionate fair real estate broker or agent. 

As real estate professionals, we find ourselves not just selling empty homes with little involvement with people.  On the contrary, we sell homes with owners on the verge of loosing them.  We need to get that property sold before they lose it and their credit, which will force the couple and their kids to move to an apartment after knowing the joys of home ownership. 

We deal with couples getting divorced, where we hear what a no good tsth,realtor designation,active rain blog,mooers realty,certifications,property sales,real estate for sale,houlton maine,aroostook countyyou know what he is, she is...but despite it all, we have a mission. 

We see kids involved and want to get this angry, broken couple from "A to B" sizing up the options depending on the financials like a skilled emergency room trauma doctor where life and death are up to that person's quick assessment of the situation  many times.

We don't just list property, we sell dreams, we divide and develop land, find buyers for small businesses..buyers that are scared but trusting you to help them get the less than conventional financing thru the hurdles. 

We do property management and all of these areas involve mooers realty owner, realtor andrew mooerspeople.  Emotional, happy, difficult, easy, sad, angry, sullen, grateful, over emotional and like a rock silent people.  Many times there is a time factor adding extra stress to the job. 

Other brokers that you would think would be the easiest to deal with and understanding of your job.  Not always. 

Would you dare add the TSTH designation to your list of credentials and would the folks you work with agree you deserve it if asked and they were honest? 

Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers - Hard Work...The Best Real Estate "Designation"To Wear Day In / Day Out.


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Krista L. Walker
Coldwell Banker Pro West - Medford, OR
Oregon- Homes & Real Estate for Sale
Nice try, but I always look for a CRS if I can when I send a referral or if it in Mexico, an AMPI
Feb 03, 2008 10:34 AM #1
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
You miss the one is dissing the epros,gri, crs that you have had experience and that there is weight behind them.  Its the sea of other designation offers, gimmicks and facades to look like a big deal and it is not.  It is the spin operators and the folks who buy them thinking it will help business and professionism. Kinda like the many version of "Who's Who" that build on the credibility of the original sincere outlet.  This was not a try to make all designations appear worthless or cardboard.  Please don't think it was intended in that vein. I see from your site you are proud of your designations...many you brag up that less than 5% of brokers have setting you up as the pick of the pack, best of the bunch, cream of the crop.  I did not see the coveted TSTH one yet that you need to add to the list!
Feb 03, 2008 10:42 AM #2
Chris Schreiber
Kiemle & Hagood - Sandpoint, ID

I agree and disagree with your comments. 

There are a variety of designations out there including a few that require one class and a fee.  Unfortunately those designations weaken the strength and importance of designations that actually mean something, reflect a certain amount of experience, education, etc.

Jan 28, 2009 07:44 AM #3
David Jirasek
Jirasek Realty - Temple, TX

I agree with Chris. Designations vary greatly in all fields of real estate, residential, commercial, land, appraisal, property management, etc. I was looking a while back, and found some 150 or so designations. One size doesn't fit all. It would be nice if there were some minimum requirements. Unfortunately, I don't think they are regulated.

Mar 14, 2009 03:15 PM #4
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

One of the best distinctions you can "wear" or earn is the education you get during challenging markets too.  Despite the designations, your hard work, creativity, and consistency to be efficient in this business are key. In an age of spin, illusion...self promotion, it is easy to grab a few mail in pay for designations and try to convince the public this is a big deal folks. Other brokers know which ones are realy worthwhile and hard to obtain. It's another store bought versus home grown.

Mar 15, 2009 02:38 AM #5
Kim Brown
Keller Williams Realty - Keene, NH
Keene, NH - New England at its Best!

It's been my experience that the general public doesn't know or necessarily care what the "alphabet soup" stands for.  They want someone who knows what they're doing, who really cares about their clients, and is creative and willing to go the extra mile.  While many of the designation courses offer great education, there are, as you point out, just as many that are little more than memberships with annual dues.

Love the TSTH designation!  If I may add one more to the bunch, how about this:

KARE (kick-a$$ realty expert)  :)

Mar 03, 2010 08:24 AM #6
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Kim (placing long Sir Lancelot sword on each shoulder as you knee) You are hereby designated TSTH and wear the badge of courage with pride. Now go forth, list, market, sell way way more than your market share of properties. The GRI modules, EPRO are great programs from REALTORS. I'm all for education, take them but when you wear the oakleaf clusters up and down each arm, it can be a crutch or something you need to prove to others you are top gun. Get 'em just don't flaunt them.

Mar 03, 2010 12:51 PM #7
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Thanks for the comment on my Ambassador blog... I had  to pop over and read your post to see if TSTH was a good thing or not!  Great blog about designations... most people don't really care about them!  Kathy

Dec 12, 2010 11:44 AM #8
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

You are welcome Kathy. You have a super attitude and can do spirit. Need more of that. You miss all the shots you don't take and if you keep chucking that orange balls or slapping at that ice hockey puck. They go in. You score.

Dec 12, 2010 12:06 PM #9
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

Thanks for your blog! It is what I suspected. The designations matter most to other realtors. I love the TSTH designation and experiential learning is some of the best. I learned alot taking the GRI course, but I had learned some of it through experience before taking the class.

Thanks Andy,


Jul 17, 2011 01:41 AM #10
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

The best education at the state, local real estate seminars is from around the table during lunch, during breaks, in the hospitality suites. You compare notes, what works, does not and apply to your own real estate dog and pony operation.

Jul 17, 2011 02:22 AM #11
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