Monday, March 7, 2016
By Jed Williams
Realtor Designations

When choosing a Realtor, you may notice that some have longer titles than others. They put a bunch of letters after their name, hoping to sound more qualified to help you buy or sell your home. These designations tell you different things about your Realtor. They might tell you that he’s trained in dealing with foreclosures or has a specialty in helping people with special circumstances such as seniors, military personnel, or international investors. If you’re unsure about a designation or want to know how it would help you specifically in your home buying or selling process, ask your Realtor. I’ll give a list from the National Association of Realtors website with the abbreviation and name of the designation, but you should visit the website for more information or ask your Realtor for his description of the designation and why it is beneficially to you.

  • ABR – Accredited Buyer’s Representative
  • ALC – Accredited Land Consultant
  • CCIM – Certified Commercial Investment Member
  • CIPS – Certified International Property Specialist
  • CPM – Certified Property Manager
  • CRB – Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist
  • CRE – Counselor of Real Estate
  • GAA – General Accredited Appraiser
  • GREEN – NAR’s Green Designation
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtor Institute
  • PMN – Performance Management Network
  • RCE – Realtor Association Certified Executive
  • RAA – Residential Accredited Appraiser
  • SRS – Seller Representative Specialist
  • SIOR – Society of Industrial and Office Realtors
  • SRES – Seniors Real Estate Specialist
  • AHWD – At Home with Diversity
  • BPOR – Broker Price Opinion Resource
  • e-Pro
  • MRP – Military Relocation Professional
  • RSPS – Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist
  • SFR – Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource

A single Realtor could have many designations, and there are many designations that are required just to buy and sell property during simple transactions. Different members of the same firm may have specialties in different areas, and your Realtor’s broker will need to have special designations that say he is licensed to be a broker.

Jed WilliamsJed Williams
Principle Broker and founder of Hagan Realty