Real Estate certifications

Today I was at a negotiation class. Its a two day 15 hour course to polish my skills in negotiating. Good brokers are always trying to acquire new skills and improve the ones they already have. Real Estate is always evolving and to be the best at what you do, you have to do that. 

Some brokers take the time to do that and some don’t. Maybe you havent noticed before, but some brokers have some funny letters and abbreviations next to the their names on business cards and other advertising.

These funny letters are called designations and certifications. Each one stands for an extra class or course the broker took to extend his skills and do a better job for his clients.

I have about 5 different ones. CPM, GREEN, RCCS.

Here is a list of designations, so next time you see one you will know what it means.

ABR: Accredited Buyer’s Representative

ALC: Accredited Land Consultant

CRBSM: Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager

CRS: Certified residential Specialist

CRE: Counselor of Real Estate

CCIM: Certified Commercial Investment Member

CIPS: Certified International Property Specialist

CPM: Certified Property Manager

GREEN: NAR’s Green Designation

GRI: Graduate Realtor Institute

PMN: Performance Management Network

SRES: Seniors Real Estate Specialist

BPOR: Broker Price Opinion Resource


RSPS: Resort and Second-home Property Specialist

SFR: Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource




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