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AB - Associate Brokers

Associate Broker is a real estate person holding a broker license that chooses to associate or affiliate with another sponsoring broker rather than opening their own brokerage office. They want the added knowledge and status of a broker, but do not desire to operate an independent office.

ABR - Accredited Buyer Representative

The Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®) designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate BUYER'S AGENT Council (REBAC) of the National Association of REALTORS® who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria.

Why should you use an ABR? These three letters after a REALTOR's name tell you that you will be working with buyer representative who is committed to your best interests. The ABR Designation is awarded by REBAC to those REALTORS who have met the specific educational and experiential criteria needed to provide the high level quality service required by REBAC (Real Estate BUYER'S AGENT Council).

AHWD - At Home with Diversity Certification

A ground-breaking professional education initiative designed to provide America's real estate professionals with training and tools to expand their businessas well as homeownership opportunities for more Americans.

AHWD certification relays to the public that those certified have been professionally trained in and are sensitive to a wide range of cultural issues inviting a wider volume of business from a greater variety of cultures.

CCIM - Certified Commercial Investment Member

A Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) is a recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate. A CCIM is an invaluable resource to the commercial real estate owner, investor, and user, and is among an elite corps of 7,500 professionals across North America who hold the CCIM designation.

Why use a CCIM? Only 6 percent of the estimated 125,000 commercial real estate practitioners nationwide hold the CCIM designation, which reflects not only the caliber of the program, but also why it is one of the most coveted and respected designations in the industry.

CDPE - Certified Distressed Property Expert

A Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE) has a thorough understanding of complex issues in today's turbulent real estate industry and knowledge of foreclosure avoidance options such as short sales, which are available to homeowners facing hardships.

Speaking with a well-informed, licensed real estate professional is the best course of action for a homeowner in distress. Through comprehensive training and experience, CDPEs have the tools to help homeowners find the best solutions for their unique situations.

CLHMS - Certified Luxury Home Specialist

Recognized as the mark of accomplishment in luxury markets around the world, the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation assures affluent buyers and sellers that the agents who have earned it have the knowledge, experience, competence, and confidence they require. These Agents have successfully demonstrated their expertise in the luxury home and estate market by meeting strict performance requirements.

CRB - Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager

The Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) designation is recognized industry-wide as the measure of success in brokerage and real estate business management. The designation is awarded by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers to REALTORS® who have completed the Council's advanced educational and professional requirements. CRB designees consistently increase their level of industry knowledge, advance their earning and career potential, increase their firm's profitability and benefit from active involvement in our network of real estate professionals. The new CRB Designation Program now provides credit for management experience, higher education and previously earned NAR designations. Additional credits can be earned through the Council's management education programs delivered live or by Self Study on CD-ROM.

For more information, contact CRB, call 800.621.8738 or visit the CRB Web site.

CRS® - Certified Residential Specialist®

CRS training gives you in-depth knowledge about business planning, making listing presentations, negotiating and closing smoother transactions, working in the buyers' and sellers' best interest and building a referral business.

Why use a CRS? The CRS desgination requires a strong educational real estate background as well as a strong real estate production background. Less than 4% of all real estate agents hold the CRS designation.

GREEN - NAR's Green Designation

NAR's Green Designation provides advanced training in green building and sustainable business practices so that you can seek out, understand, and market properties with green features.

GRI - Graduate REALTOR® Institute

The Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) symbol 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. REALTORS® with the GRI designation are highly trained in many areas of real estate to better serve and protect their clients.

Why use a GRI? When you see the letters "GRI" after an agent's name, you can count on receiving the knowledge and guidance you need to make your transaction go smoothly. In short, you can count on getting the best service available from a real estate professional.


The REALTOR e-PRO Certification Course is an educational program unlike any other professional certification or designation course available, comprehensive and Interactive. It is sponsored by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and is specifically designed to help real estate professionals thrive in the competitive world of online real estate. In addition, the e-PRO Certification Course is geared to ensure continued success in online real estate after the course has been completed and certification earned, by online participation in the e-PRO Community and the e-PRO Referral Network.

Why use an e-PRO? Real estate agents and brokers who have earned REALTOR e-PRO® Certification are Internet Professionals who have completed extensive training using the Web. REALTOR e-PRO® Certification means the real estate professional is prepared to employ the latest techniques and services for your benefit, just like you've grown to expect from a professional.

RECS - Real Estate Cyberspace Specialist

The RECS designation lets clients and colleagues know of your ability to serve the public with a recognized skillset designed to utilize Cyberspace marketing programs and effective adoption of special technology and networking systems.

SRES - Senior Real Estate Specialists®

SRES designees demonstrate requisite knowledge and expertise to counsel senior clients through the major financial and lifestyle transitions involved in relocating, refinancing or selling a home. Why use an SRES? As an SRES, your REALTOR has received special training, gets regular updates, and is prepared to offer the options and information needed in making lifestyle decisions.

SRS - Seller Representative Specialist

SRS is a seller agency designation created by the SRS Council which recognizes real estate professionals who have completed special education in seller representation. The course balances skills learned on the buyer side of the transaction through ABR and develops new skills that are required in order to best represent seller clients in today's real estate market.

Why use SRS? When you see the letters “SRS” after an Agent's name, you can count on having an Agent who knows the importance of your specific needs and will use their many manual and electronic marketing methods to promote your property to the widest range of prospective purchasers. This, along with their knowledge of staging and negotiation will help achieve the desired results in a timely manner.