What Your REALTOR®’s Designation Means

Finding the right professional to help you navigate a real estate transaction is smart. At BRR, we always recommend working with a REALTOR®. That term, “REALTOR®,” indicates a real estate licensee who is also a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and has agreed to abide by a strict Code of Ethics.

And within the REALTOR® membership, there are those who have earned additional designations, giving them additional knowledge and resources into various niche markets or pieces of the transaction.

We’ve compiled a list of directories where you can search for a REALTOR® based on these designations:

For Residential Real Estate Services

ABR

Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) — Find a REALTOR® focused on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process.

 

 

CRS

Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) — Find a REALTOR® who has completed advanced education around the listing and sale of residential real estate, and who completes a certain number of transactions annually.

 

 

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Military Relocation Professional (MRP) — Find a REALTOR® focused on working with current and former military service members.

 

 

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Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) — Find a REALTORS® who specializes in buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in resort, recreational, and/or vacation destinations. (NOTE: Select “Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist” under the Certifications section.)

 

SRS_vctrLGO+txtSeller Representative Specialist (SRS) — Find a REALTOR® focused on working directly with seller-clients.

 

 

SRESSeniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) — Find a REALTOR® focused on meeting the needs of maturing Americans when selling, buying, relocating, or refinancing residential or investment properties.

 

 

For Commercial Real Estate Services

CCIM-220Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) — Real estate professionals who are experts in the commercial and investment real estate industry. CCIMs include brokers, leasing professionals, investment counselors, asset managers, appraisers, corporate real estate executives, property managers, developers, institutional investors, commercial lenders, attorneys, bankers, and other more.

 

CPMCertified Property Managers® (CPM®) — Experts in the management of public housing developments, apartment complexes, homeowners’ associations, manufactured housing parks, mixed use and office buildings, parking garages, single- and multi-family rental housing, student housing, and more.

 

 

SIORSociety of Industrial and Office REALTORS® (SIOR) — Specialists in the industrial and office markets of real estate, with a minimum of three years’ experience and who have completed a certain number of transactions.

 

 

Other Business Specialties

ACLAccredited Land Consultants (ALCs) — REALTORS® who are experts in brokering sales and purchases of land, including investments, tax deferred 1031 exchanges, and more.

 

 

CIPSlogoCertified International Property Specialist (CIPS) — REALTORS® who have undergone specialized training focused on conducting business in the international real estate arena.

 

 

PrintGreen — REALTORS® who have taken advanced education to counsel clients on issues of energy efficiency and sustainability in real estate.

 

 

SFRShort Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR®) — REALTORS® who have taken advanced education to help buyers and sellers of distressed properties. (NOTE: Select “Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource” under the Certifications section.)

 

To search for REALTORS® across these designations and more, nationwide or here in the Boise region, visit realtor.com® or the National Association of REALTORS® using their “Find a REALTOR®” tools.

Are you a REALTOR® looking to get on one of these lists? Visit NAR’s Designations and Certifications page for details on the designations listed above. You’ll also find information about other programs that will enhance your business management skills and knowledge of the real estate industry, including: At Home With Diversity® (AHWD®), Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB), Certified Real Estate Team Specialist (C-RETS), Counselors of Real Estate (CRE), Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI), Performance Management Network (PMN), Pricing Strategy Advisory (PSA), Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RNE), e-PRO®, as well as, the General Accredited Appraiser (GAA) and Residential Accredited Appraiser (RAA).

Comments

  1. Brenda,
    I have taken course work and qualified for many of the designations shown above, but if the public doesn’t recognize them as valuable then why continue to pay year after year to be allowed to use the designation?

    I am a CRS because it has value for me. They are the largest referring designation in all of NAR. I use them whenever I want to refer a client to another location because I know what the individual had to go through to get the designation and I value that work.

    • Thanks for your comment, Tim. As far as consumers go, you’re right that not many know what these letters mean, but they’re certainly benefiting from the additional knowledge you’ve obtained by earning it. And you’re also right that one of the benefits of earning any designation and belonging to its network is the referral opportunities they provide to REALTORS®. Glad to hear that’s been your experience!