REALTORS® can have an alphabet soup of letters after their names, but most consumers don’t know what all those letters mean.
In today’s competitive market, these designations provide the knowledge and expertise that may also mean the difference between a successful and unsuccessful real estate transaction. Continuing education is a personal priority of mine and I am out collecting more letters to make alphabet soup so I can better serve you.
Here’s a quick look at the certifications and designations I’ve earned and what they mean to you.
This means I am a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and bound by a strict Code of Ethics. Not all real estate agents are REALTORS® – only those who choose to be dues-paying members of the National Association of REALTORS® can use the REALTOR® name and R symbol. I am proud to be a member and to uphold the Code of Ethics in my business practice every day.
CRS – Certified Residential Specialist
The Council of Residential Specialists awards the CRS designation to REALTORS® who complete intensive classroom courses as well as a required number of transactions; CRSs make up the top 3% of REALTORS® in the nation. “Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) agents have proven record of success—3X success, in fact. Compared to the average REALTOR®, CRS agents have been in the business nearly three times longer, have three times the number of annual transactions, and generate three times the amount of gross sales.”
GRI – Graduate Realtor Institute
This designation is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation – 90 additional hours of coursework! 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 requires real estate practitioners to perform at an ever-increasing level of professionalism.
CIPS – Certified International Property Specialist
The CIPS Designation is the only designation of its kind in the international real estate community. It’s synonymous with advanced expertise, a global perspective and distinct understanding of a global buyer, and is recognized in nearly 40 countries.
e-PRO® – e-PRO® Internet Certified REALTOR®
Technology plays an increasingly important role in the marketing of your home in today’s market. Being an e-PRO means staying abreast of tech trends and tools that can help with selling your home or assisting you as a buyer.
RSPS – Resort & Second Home Property Specialist
The RSPS Certification was created by the National Association of REALTORS® to better serve the growing second-home and resort real estate market, like Crested Butte and Gunnison, and now has over 1,700 elite members. RSPS allows buyers and sellers to have confidence in my ability as their REALTORS® who specializes in resort and second-homes markets.
SRES – Senior Representative Specialist
By earning this designation, I have demonstrated the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions involved in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home. I have received special training and I’m prepared to offer the options and information needed in making life changing decisions.
SFR – Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource
According to a recent National Association of Realtors® survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures. Short sales and foreclosures are the new “traditional” transactions. REALTORS® who have earned the SFR designation know how to help sellers maneuver through the complexities of short sales and buyers through the intimidating process of foreclosures.
TRC – Transnational Referral Certification
The Transnational Referral Certification was developed to help REALTORS® better serve clients and customers who are looking to buy or sell real property outside their own country and who will benefit from working with a professional in that foreign market. TRC certified real estate professionals are trained not only in the mechanics of cross-border client referrals, but also in how to work in the client’s best interests in the same manner they would a domestic client. All TRCs adhere to a national professional code of conduct.