Alphabet Soup!

Ever wonder what all the “alphabet soup” (initials) mean after brokers names? The initials are professional designations which represent the brokers level of education in the real estate field. We all start off on an even playing field by obtaining our licenses, but earning designations is purely optional. Just as a CPA distinguishes themselves from other accountants, brokers can do the same. Would you rather work with a broker who only holds a licensed in the field, or would you find more value in working with one who is highly educated & holds various professional designations in the field? The answer is quite obvious. So, what do they all mean? Agents with the following designations are within the elite few of the real estate field: Here is a summary of the most common designations & percentage of Realtors who hold them nationwide:

GRI – Graduate REALTOR Institute <5%

CBR – Certified Buyer Representative <1%

CRS – Certified Residential Specialist <10%

CRP – Certified Relocation Professional <1%

ABR – Accredited Buyer Representative <5%

LMC– Loss Mitigation Consultant

SRES – Seniors Real Estate Specialist

e-Pro– E-pro designation

GREEN – National Association of Realtors Green Designation

CCIM – Certified Commercial Investment Member

CIPS – Certified International Property Specialist

CPM – Certified Property Manager

SIOR – Society of Industrial & Office Realtor

AHWD – At Home With Diversity

ALC – Accredited Land Consultant