Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management)

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Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

you get nothing, the public really does not understand designations, it's a good training and information for the agent.

Feb 12, 2016 09:41 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

This is a frequent question here on AR Q&A, my response is always: I get certified based on the training I want or need for my career path. In 17 years of being a Realtor, I've never been asked about my certifications by anyone but other Realtors and I don't even get asked "how long have you been in the business?" much. The training is why I do it, the rest is perks.

Feb 12, 2016 10:36 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Yes, a lighter wallet.

Feb 12, 2016 09:38 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

See Dennis, that's why I don't participate by sending $. Is it for furthering our education or keep somone in the bucks?

I actually don't think that clients care. In fact, many years ago I asked & they didn't know what they meant & didn't think they made me do my job any better. 

I don't even know what CMCA is & why would I care as a consumer?

Feb 12, 2016 10:39 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Got something out of all of them but none are on my business card.

Feb 12, 2016 09:36 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Knowledge is great, but the dues are outrageous!

Feb 12, 2016 09:32 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Wish these designations did not have annual dues, but have quite a few.  Think the public gains from the knowledge we gain.

Feb 15, 2016 10:34 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Dennis. When I was a Realtor, I had every designation that was available at the time, one day I took then out of my office, as the the public they don't mean crap.

Feb 13, 2016 07:10 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Dennis. I have heard that professional designations do absolutely nothing. Real estate agents know what they are, the general public doesn't.

Feb 13, 2016 05:42 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

It is a waste, learn out in the field.

Feb 13, 2016 02:39 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Dennis Swartz we can go for as many as we want. The one I have is --- PNP, Pretty Nice Person! And that works!

Feb 13, 2016 02:35 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

You get the privilege of sending NAR a big check every year to re-up each one.  But this doesn't mean that I don't think that education and learning our craft isn't important.  It's just that I've never gotten all that much out of a designation course.

Feb 13, 2016 12:47 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

The value is in the education, networking, referrals and communicating to consumers what is means for the. I can't say there is a specific number - it depends

Feb 13, 2016 12:03 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

If there are more that will give you knowledge to advance your career, then you don't have enough.  If you're looking to impress the clients, you have five too many, at least in my view.

Feb 13, 2016 11:33 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I enjoyed the classes, but I haven't kept the dues up on them.  It doesn't matter to the consumer and I got out of them what I wanted to get.

Feb 13, 2016 11:06 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


No one that I know among successful agents has even been asked about their designations.  I am laughing at your needing a part time job to pay for all thsoe fees.  



Feb 13, 2016 08:49 AM
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I have three and as far as I can tell they have never really helped me.

Feb 13, 2016 08:15 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have never had anyone ask for mine so I don't think I need any although I do have them

Feb 13, 2016 07:07 AM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

You can have as many as you want.  Just to get them to get the initials is a waste of time and money.  If you are doing it for your own knowledge, go for as many as you want.  I don't know if there is a positive ROI or not.

Feb 13, 2016 06:43 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Dennis Swartz I need professional designations. Good question!

Feb 13, 2016 05:46 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

For the education is great but not sure if they get me much business


Feb 13, 2016 03:55 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't know and really don't go after them.  I have not been impressed with those that have them.

Feb 13, 2016 02:48 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I think that what you get out of them has little to do with the designation and a lot to do with what you become while earning them.

Feb 13, 2016 02:19 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Designations are not necessary.

My CPM designation was probably the most valuable.

My Juris Doctor degree proved to be much more valuable than any of the real estate designations.

Feb 13, 2016 01:16 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

The designations are only as good as the knowledge you get from the classes. They mean nothing to the public.  All the consumers care about is what you can do for them.  Zero designations can be enough if you are getting your useful education in other ways.  

Feb 13, 2016 12:41 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I have dropped a few over the years cuz why pay for nothing

Feb 13, 2016 12:09 AM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have earned about 10 and the education is the only thing of value with some better than others.

Feb 12, 2016 11:14 PM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I have a bunch. I've learned a lot. I really "sell" them with prospective clients so they understand how these set me apart.

Feb 12, 2016 10:32 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I have just one little word after my name..RESULTS..It has worked all my life

Feb 12, 2016 10:28 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

parked and reading

Feb 12, 2016 10:18 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

1 is to many, consumers just dont know what means what which gets you zero return


Feb 12, 2016 10:17 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Dennis Swartz I get a lot out of my Broker designation.

Feb 12, 2016 10:16 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

First, I don't have any of the designations.   I'm not sure how many is "enough" - I guess it depends on the individual.  

Feb 12, 2016 10:06 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have stopped taking designation courses because of the dues. I have a BS and do not have to pay annually but have to pay for CRS,ABR,SRES, . I do not pay for GRI and CDPe. I think it is enough.Consumers do not know what these stand for.

Feb 12, 2016 10:02 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I suppose it matters how they are used. i would say pick your favorite 2 or 3 and that should be enough.

Feb 12, 2016 09:23 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

As long as they help us do our job better and we gain information from learning we are always ahead.

Feb 12, 2016 09:16 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I don't know if there is a limit. Like anything else, the real estate business is always changing and there are new things to be learned.  If the result is earning a certification or designation, so be it although I don't think you need to get every single one.

Feb 12, 2016 08:35 PM