The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that help members increase their skill, proficiency, and knowledge.
According to M. Steven Anaya, New Mexico Association of REALTORS CEO, “All those letters you see after a REALTOR’s name indicate designations and certifications that person has earned. Each acknowledges experience and expertise in various real estate sections and is awarded upon completion of required courses.”
There are over twenty designations and certifications a REALTOR can earn. A few of the most common include:
ABR – Accredited Buyer’s Representative
A real estate buyer broker who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process.
CCIM – Certified Commercial Investment MemberCRS – Certified Residential Specialist
The highest credential awarded to residential real estate brokers.
Commercial real estate’s global standard for professional achievement.
GRI – Graduate, REALTOR Institute
A REALTOR who has completed in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards and sales process.
SRES – Seniors Real Estate Specialist
Someone who has completed education on how to profitably and ethically serve the real estate needs of one of the fastest growing markets in real estate, clients age 50+.
A member trained to use cutting-edge technologies and digital initiatives to link up with today’s real estate consumer
MRP – Military Relocation Professional
A REALTOR with this certification focuses on working with current and former military service members to find housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support.
RSPS – Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist
These REALTORS facilitate the buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes.
“This is only a partial list of specialty education available to REALTORS” adds Anaya. “Any REALTOR will be happy to explain what all those letters after his or her name mean.”
Find more information about NAR’s designations and certifications at www.nar.realtor.