Realtor Designations

We get asked all the time: What do these designations mean?

Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) Designation. The ABR® designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. The ABR® is awarded by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC)—a subsidiary of NAR—to REALTORS® who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria.

Certified Residential Investment Specialist. The CRIS designation recognizes continuing education focused on assisting clients to invest wisely for their dreams.

A CRS REALTOR® is a Certified Residential Specialist – one of the top 3 percent of real estate agents in the U.S. CRS agents have more experience and training than the average REALTOR® and they are part of a community of REALTORS® dedicated to improving the real estate industry for homebuyers and sellers everywhere.

e-Pro (styled e-PRO) is an Internet professional certification program approved by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) for its members.

REALTORS® who have earned the GREEN designation are proficient in all aspects of green real estate, including:
• Low-cost fixes and big-budget remodels to increase your home’s energy efficiency
• The benefits smart home technology can offer you as a homebuyer or seller
• How affordability and walkability impact consumer decisions to buy a home
• Earning green home certifications like Energy Star and LEED

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.

The Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) certification is the first and only negotiation credential recognized by the National Association of REALTORS®. It is designed to elevate and enhance negotiating skills so that today’s real estate professionals can play the game to win.

The Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) certification is for REALTORS® who specialize in buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in resort, recreational, and/or vacation destinations.

The Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR®) certification is for REALTORS® who want to hone the skills that will allow them to help buyers and sellers of distressed properties.

The Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation is the premier credential in seller representation. The designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) who meet specific educational and practical experience criteria.

CCIM designees are recognized as leading experts in commercial investment real estate. Note: Nola is a CCIM candidate, she has finished all of the coursework (CCIM101 – 104), but has not applied for the designee status.