I'm enrolled in a GRI 300 class at the end of this month and will finally add a designation to my Realtor title. I say "finally", but I've only been a Realtor for 2 years. It was my goal from the very beginning of my real estate career to earn the GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute) and the ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) designations as quickly as possible.
I know there are a lot of opinions out there as to the value of designations. The main reason I decided to take advantage of these classes was for the education. I felt woefully unprepared to assist clients with life-altering, real estate decisions after first getting my license. The education requirements for new licensees are, IMHO, far from adequate and I'm happy to say that in Washington we will be seeing some changes in the near future.
But back to designations.... Which ones do you think offer the best educational opportunities and really give you great tools to be better agents? Am I on the right track with the GRI and ABR? I have also heard that the CRS is fantastic and I'm interested in the Women's Council of Realtors, too. Those that have earned one or more of these abbreviations after your name...has it made a difference? And is it because people really respond to the letters, or do you think you are better at your job because of the additional education...or both?