Realtors  Educational & Professional Designations

Continuing Education is important!


The Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®) designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate BUYER'S AGENT Council (REBAC) of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria.


ASR Accredited Seller Representative. This designation is geared towards improving the skills of real estate professionals regarding listings and working with sellers. This designation is managed by: Accredited Seller Agency Council. For more information visit


C-CREC - Consumer Certified Real Estate Consultant.

This real estate designation is geared toward helping professionals focus on what consumers want from today's real estate professionals, not just what the industry has to offer.
This designation is managed by: The National Association of Real Estate Consultants. For more information visit

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is the first nationally recognized buyer agency designation. The course is sponsored by REALTOR® Boards and Associations throughout the United States. REALTORS® with the CBR designation have the street skills necessary to both help buyers find their desired property and to help them negotiate for that property in a non-adversarial manner.

The CCIM education program is the most comprehensive educational resource in the commercial real estate industry. The curriculum includes four graduate-level courses and an introductory overview course.

Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
This given by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing who is the premier independent authority in training and certifying real estate professionals in the art of handling exceptional properties.Members of The Institute actively seek out the latest information in marketing strategies, stay on top of changing market conditions, and know how to handle the special needs of an elite clientele and their exceptional properties visit

The Certified International Property Specialist Network (CIPS Network) is the specialty membership group for international practitioners of the National Association of REALTORS®, the world's largest trade association.


CPM stands for  Certified Property Manager. Real estate management skills through educational offerings, leading in every area of real estate management from residential to commercial to industrial. This designation is managed by: The Institute of Real Estate Management. For more information visit

The Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) Designation is recognized industry-wide as the symbol of excellence in brokerage management. The most successful brokerages are owned or managed by professionals holding the prestigious CRB designation.

The CRP™ designation formally recognizes those who have mastered extensive knowledge on the principles and practices of relocation. While other designations recognize ability or knowledge in just one area of relocation, the CRP™ examination tests a person´s knowledge of the entire relocation industry.

stands for Certified Residential Specialist. The CRS is a nationally-recognized designation. REALTORS® with the CRS are acknowledged for advanced study in listing, selling, investment, taxes and a proven record of experience in applied residential marketing.

The e-PRO designation is NAR's online training program to certify real estate professionals as Internet Professionals. Comprehensive and interactive with other successful real estate professionals who are taking the course at the same time you are. e-PRO is the only designation program of its kind recognized nationwide and endorsed by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR).

GRI stands for Graduate REALTORS® Institute. The GRI designation acknowledges REALTORS® who have completed a comprehensive education program that provides practical real estate training. This program is above and beyond the education required to earn a real estate license.

WCR's Leadership Training Graduate (LTG) Designation. The LTG is the only recognition of professional leadership skills offered in the REALTOR® community. The combination of training and experience cultivates a distinctive, well-rounded real estate professional who is ready to move to the next level. It's a powerful combination for success.

An arrangement by which real estate brokers place their listings together so that all members of the multiple-listing service have an opportunity to sell properties listed by other members of the service. The original or listing broker obtains an exclusive right to sell and then agrees to supply details of the listed property to all members of the service, usually through a central office operated by a local real estate board or association.

A real estate agent is a REALTOR® when he or she becomes a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS®, The Voice for Real Estate®, the world's largest professional association. The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

SRES stands for Seniors Real Estate Specialist. The SRES designation acknowledges REALTORS® who have completed an education program that provides practical real estate training for the over 55 client. This program is above and beyond the education required to earn a real estate license.

THE WOMEN'S COUNCIL OF REALTORS® are a community of real estate professionals creating business opportunities, developing skills for the future and achieving our individual potential for success.

Why Choose a REALTOR® With a GRI designation?

Buying property is a complex and stressful task. In fact, it's often the biggest single investment you will make in your lifetime. At the same time, real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated.

New technology, laws, procedures and the increasing sophistication of buyers and sellers require real estate practitioners to perform at an ever-increasing level of professionalism.

So it's more important than ever that you work with an agent who has a keen understanding of the real estate business. The GRI program has helped the best and the brightest in the industry achieve that level of understanding.

    GRIs are:
  • Nationally recognized as top performers in the real estate industry
  • Professionally trained
  • Knowledgeable
  • Dedicated to bringing you quality service

The Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made a commitment to providing a superior level of professional services by earning the GRI designation. REALTORS® with the GRI designation are highly trained in many areas of real estate to better serve and protect their clients.

A GRI can make a difference

When you see the letters "GRI" after an agent's name, you can count on receiving the knowledge and guidance you need to make your transaction go smoothly. In short, you can count on getting the best service available from a real estate professional.

Don't you deserve the best?

What is a Loyalty Agreement?

Why Would Using a Loyalty Agreement be of Value To Me, the Buyer?

By utilizing a loyalty agreement, you have a motivated and committed Realtor Associate working for you! When the Realtor Associate knows they will be compensated, they will dedicate their effort and time to secure the perfect home for the buyer.

A Loyalty Agreement, also known as an Exclusive Buyer Broker Agreement, states the buyer agrees to exclusively work with the Buyer's Agent/Broker for an agreed period of time, and the buyer agrees to pay a commission in the event a listing broker or owner does not agree to compensate the Agent/Broker.

Any property listed on the MLS - Multiple Listing Service will guarantee the Seller is paying the commission to the selling Realtor, for bringing you, the buyer. Signing this agreement does obligate you to work solely with one Agent/Broker, within the geographic area specified on the agreement. The best thing is your Realtor is motivated and committed to working for you to find your home.

What is a Transaction Broker?

A transaction broker is a licensee who provides limited representation to a buyer, a seller or both. A transaction broker does not represent either party in a fiduciary capacity. In transaction brokerage, a real estate practioner acting as a facilitator brings parties together and acts as a conduit through which offers and information is passed back and forth. A transaction broker may represent the buyer or the seller or both parties in the same transaction. When representing both parties, the parties give up the rights to undivided loyalty of the associate, but the associate may not work to the detriment of the other party.

    You are owed the following duties from a transaction broker:
  • dealing honestly and fairly;
  • accounting for all funds;
  • using skill, care and diligence in the transaction;
  • disclosing all known facts that materially affect the value of real property and are not readily observable to the buyer;
  • presenting all offers and counteroffers in a timely manner, unless a party has previously directed the licensee otherwise in writing;
  • any additional duties that are entered into by this or by separate written agreement.
  • limited confidentiality, unless waived in writing by a party; (this limited confidentiality will prevent disclosure
    • that the seller will accept a price less than the asking or listed price,
    • that the buyer will pay a price greater than the price submitted in a written offer,
    • of the motivation of any party for selling or buying property,
    • that a seller or buyer will agree to financing terms other than those offered,
    • or of any other information requested by a party to remain confidential)

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