Real Estate Alphabet Soup: The Designations of Real Estate

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It's not uncommon in the real estate industry to see a number of acronyms following an agent's name on their business card, email signature or profile pages across the internet. 

You work hard earning the designations that the industry has created to help you become a better agent. CRS, GRI, ABR, IMSD......all designed to help a practitioner become more proficient in some aspect of the industry.

So which of these certifications or designations actually help you become a better agent? In this weeks Product Reviews newsletter we will focus on the Certifications and Designations area of ActiveRain Product Reviews. 

Have you taken any of the courses below? We'd love if you would share that experience with your peers. Every day there are new people entering our industry and they are faced with trying to determine which certifications and designations are worth adding to their resume. You can help them figure it out by giving honest feedback on the courses you have tried in your career. 

If there is some certification or designation that we don't currently have available to review, but you absolutely loved it (or maybe thought it was a complete waste of time and resources) you can add it to be reviewed by going here.

If you have participated in any of the certifications and designations below, we'd love your opinions so we can share them with anyone interested in expanding their expertise. (click the image to leave a review of each certification or designation)

Graduate, REALTORS® Institute (GRI)

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)

Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP)

National Association of REALTOR E-Pro (e-Pro)


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Karen Johnson, Realtor, ABR
Addison Wolfe Real Estate - Doylestown, PA
"Bucks County PA Homes"

Hi Bob, I agree with Steven that further education is a must and I have on my to-do list to obtain my ABR. 

Nov 18, 2013 08:32 AM #2
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I have a few designations, so I'd be happy to give a review! I'm bookmarking this post so I can get it done later this week!

Nov 18, 2013 10:58 AM #3
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

There is something to be learned in every class we take as Realtors.  I enjoy the personal stories of life in the trenches that come with the training.  That is also why I love Active Rain!

Nov 18, 2013 12:51 PM #4
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist


Nov 18, 2013 01:31 PM #5
Bob McCranie
Broker/Owner - Texas Pride Realty - Carrollton, TX
Your best advocate when buying or selling your hom

I have CRS, GRI, GREEN and AHWD (At Home With Diversity).  Agents in their first two years should consider the GRI.  It's a great re-grounding in real estate principles and practices.  After your second year I would STRONGLY suggest the CRS.  It is by far some of the best education out there. 

Feb 07, 2014 02:56 PM #6
Copper Neal
Having been in real estate for literally decades, I can't recommend GRI highly enough. I finished mine in my first 9 months in the industry. It is probably the reason I survived and prospered for so many years. It is a must have for new realtors, and those who need to polish up their knowledge and professionalism. After that, CRS is probably the most valuable designation for continued professional development. CRS provides so many ways to improve yourself and your business on an ongoing basis. It keeps you up to date, and has a wonderful referral program. I also have the SRES designation, but I haven't found it to be of much value. I wouldn't bother with it again.
Feb 07, 2014 03:52 PM #7
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