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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

A couple of very smart Commercial folks hang out here, they will have some good insight for you.

Michael Setunsky and Ken Jones and probably a few others that I cant think of right now.

Aug 19, 2016 05:29 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Course content is terrific. Expensive to take all the courses and then the exam, not to mention ongoing dues! If you are serious, investigate. If you are not going to specialize, pass!

Aug 19, 2016 11:51 PM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I haven't taken this course, but like  with most of these designations my guess is that it will be worth it if you apply what you learn from the course.

Aug 19, 2016 09:57 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Depend why you want to take it. 

If you want to take it to get some basic knowledge, go for it. 

Aug 19, 2016 06:20 PM
Rainmaker
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Some people believe it has great value.

Aug 20, 2016 01:45 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Curious to hear what Michael Setunsky  and Ken Jones have to say.

Aug 20, 2016 01:36 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Hands down Yes

Aug 20, 2016 12:49 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

John,

We did not have that designation, and not many of our fellow brokers did either.  We did well without it.  A

Aug 20, 2016 12:38 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

From an education perspective I'd say yes - if you're looking for initials after your name, um No ;)

Aug 19, 2016 11:57 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

most who focus on commercial real estate have that designation....

Aug 19, 2016 11:07 PM
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John Sweeney
Crye-Leike Elite Realtors - Jackson, TN

Thanks, I hope they make some comments,

Aug 19, 2016 10:38 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

I investigated this years ago and decided not to pursue it

Aug 19, 2016 10:03 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

For the knowledge if you want to expand into that area and can't find any other options, yes.

As far as having CRS, ePro, Diversity, EIEIO, GRI, ... after your name, no.  Reason: certifications only matter to hiring managers who understand what they mean.  In our world, sellers and buyers don't even know who NAR is, let alone what the certifications are.

Aug 21, 2016 04:39 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

John Sweeney - CCIM surely helps. I am planning the same - soon...

Aug 20, 2016 03:25 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

If you are new to anything, education is always worth the cost and time.

Aug 20, 2016 01:57 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I don't think any designations are worth the ink to print them, but the schooling is well worth it.

Aug 20, 2016 12:28 PM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

It is a total commitment to commercial real estate and well worth it if you have the time, resources and are 100% sure that you want to commit to this field.  Make sure you know the business well enough and don't stop until you are finished.  Many start but not that many reach the finish line.

Aug 20, 2016 12:13 PM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Yes.

Aug 20, 2016 10:37 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

or MBA if not both.

Yes, it shows you are a career commercial realtor-broker.  CCIMs in our area look down on all other realtors with a license often ignore other agents offers or refuse to pay a fair commission.  They all belong to different associations as condition to pay other realtors.  The exception is broker-JD type.

Aug 20, 2016 12:36 AM
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Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

It gets very expensive - you can get similar (but not same) information from various books

Aug 20, 2016 12:17 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

John Sweeney In my opinion the CCIM designation is highly regarded among commercial agents who have it. The have a lot of resources available to their members including listing exposure. Unless you know some members very well, they are reluctant to work outside of their membership. Reason being they feel non members lack the expertise and skills required to complete a successful transaction. This is not being negative about the designation, but my experience.

Aug 19, 2016 11:50 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I like to take courses for the knowledge. I do not lik to have to pay every year to renew the designation.

Aug 19, 2016 11:09 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The education is worth your time but it is difficult to justify the annual dues unless you are involved in chapter leadership.

Aug 19, 2016 09:12 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I do some commercial transactions but there isn't enough here to make it a specialization. Being new my advice is to focus on building your expertise and networking locally.

Aug 19, 2016 05:46 PM