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Real Estate Designations and What They Mean

Posted: January 20, 2016 by Amber Stimmel

Finding a real estate professional that can most effectively meet your needs can be a daunting task. There are hundreds of agents out there that solicit business at the very first whiff of a real estate transaction’s possibility. They are by no means bad agents, they are actually go-getters.

Real estate professionals are good at what they do for a variety of different reasons. Some love the idea of making a dream come true, some like the business and negotiation side, and some simply like houses. Like any other profession, many real estate agents specialize in different areas. Below you will find a list of the different designations that you might see when searching for your real estate professional. This is by no means a complete list, but I think it covers most of the more widely sought accreditations.

Professional Designations are endorsements made most often by the NAR, or National Association of Realtors, an organization that adheres to a strict code of ethics and encourages growth in real estate knowledge. Real Estate professionals that are a part of the NAR are REALTORS, and that title indicates that a certain amount of experience and knowledge has been gained through classes, testing, or long-term experience by a real estate professional, resulting in expertise in a certain area.

ABR - Accredited Buyer Representative

SRS - Seller Representative Specialist

CRP - Certified Relocation Professional

ALC - Accredited Land Consultant

GRI - Graduate of REALTOR Institute

CIPS - Certified International Property Specialist

CPM - Certified Property Manager

CRB - Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager

CRS - Certified Residential Specialist

GREEN - NAR’s Green designation - experts in green features

e-PRO - NAR’s designation for those with expertise in cutting-edge tech in Real Estate

MRP - Military Relocation Professional

PSA - Pricing Strategy Advisor

RSPS - Resort & Second Home Property Specialist

SFR - Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource

SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist

CNE - Certified Negotiation Expert

SPS - Strategic Pricing Specialist

SLS - Strategic Listing Specialist

MCNE - Master Certified Negotiation Expert

CSSN - Certified Short Sale Negotiator

At Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, our Agents are constantly striving to expand their real estate know-how. Through classes offered in our offices, to conferences, to training sessions in other areas of our state and nation; our agents hold an array of different talents and designations. If you are in a unique situation (and let’s face it, all real estate transactions are unique) we encourage you to conduct your search by starting here:

If you are still feeling overwhelmed, please give us a call and we can help you find the agent that has the right skills to make your real estate adventures a smooth one.


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