Alphabet Letters after a person’s name seem to
bestow some kind of special prestige. PHD, MD,
ESQ are common… but just look at what is
available to real estate sales people…
ABR, ABRM, ALC, CCIM, CIPS, CPM, ARM, AMO, CRB, CRS, CRE,
GAA, GRI, RCE, RAA, SIOR, AHWD ePRO, CAM, CBR, C-CREC,
CLHMS, CREA, CRIA, QSC and SRES designations.
Can anyone, anywhere explain just exactly what those 26
acronyms mean and what the qualifications are to earn the
use each of them? And if you can … WHY?
Some of those designations have extensive requirements,
including several days or even a full week in a classroom
setting, a written examination, a certain number of years
in the business and evidence of having closed a required
number of transactions in the specialty.
And then there’s the real estate equivalent of The Skull &
Bones… the CRE designation. Only 1,000 people hold it,
the qualifications are secret, and membership is by invitation
only. Yipes… are they licensed to kill?
Oh yes, let’s not forget the QSC designation. That one
requires a live or online course, a 40-question multiple
choice quiz, a signed commitment to quality statement
and participation in a perpetual customer survey
program that costs $50 for every 20 surveys.
RE/MAX International has a designation for RE/MAX sales
agents. This one is the “internationally recognized
CNHS designation.” Translated that stands for
“Certified New Home Specialist.”
Since its international you can sell homes in Transylvania
where you don’t have to disclose that the previous owner
was a vampire?
The Women’s Council of Realtors awards the LTG designation.
Please excuse me, but I can’t figure that one out since I
have just been stricken with a severe case of dyslexia
What I really want is an agent who can find a buyer and
properly fill out a purchase agreement. No alphabet
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