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Residential Real Estate Designations

You may have noticed all the letters after some Realtors’ names. These designations or qualifications represent specialties and training completed by the Realtors. As part of your consideration of hiring a Realtor, evaluating whether the Realtor has spent the time meeting the requirements and developed the experience necessary to obtain the designations is one of the factors to consider. Only about 20% of the Realtors in the Houston area have one or more designations. The number of Realtors with each designation is presented in parenthesis after the designation title below. With HAR.com one can search for agents that have particular designations in the “Find a Realtor” page at http://search.har.com/memberfinder/. Among the most popular designations and their backgrounds are:

ABR – Accredited Buyer Representative (1,505): Realtors with this designation have competed special training designed to improve their skills in representing buyers and have documented past experiences representing buyers.

ALHS– Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (459): Realtors with this designation have completed specialized courses in working with luxury home buyers and sellers and have documented past experiences representing such clients.

CHMS – Certified Home Marketing Specialist (508): Realtors with this designation have completed specialized training in staging a home for sale.

CLHMS – Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (264): Realtors with this designation have completed advanced training in working in the luxury market and have documented performance in the top 10% of their markets.

CNE – Certified Negotiation Expert (1,166): Realtors with this designation have completed advanced training in negotiation techniques.

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CRP – Certified Relocation Professional (82): Realtors with this designation have demonstrated experience working with relocation clients and have passed a certification exam.

CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (429): Realtors with this designation have completed advanced training in listing and selling, and have documented past experiences representing sellers.

ePRO – ePro Internet Professionals (570): Realtors with this designation have completed advanced training in working with the internet to assist their clients.

GREEN – Green Designation (135): Realtors with this designation have completed advanced training in green initiatives and working with green properties.

GRI – Graduate Realtors Institute (1,380): Realtors with this designation have completed considerable training in all aspects of residential real estate.

SFR – Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification (771): Realtors with this designation have completed advanced training in working with buyers and sellers of distressed property.

SMP – Social Media Pro (316): Realtors with this designation have completed advanced training in utilizing social media to assist their clients.

SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist (448): Realtors with this designation have completed advanced training in serving clients who are age 50 and over. Matters include specialized housing, reverse mortgages and tax matters.

SRS – Seller Representative Specialist (160): Realtors with this designation have completed special education in seller representation.

TAHS – Texas Affordable Housing Specialist (510): Realtors with this designation have completed specialized training to help first-time home buyers and to increase home ownership.

There are other designations to enhance the skill sets of Realtors. On HAR.com, you can hover over designations after a Realtor’s name and a description of the designation will pop-up. Designations do not guarantee qualification. However, they are useful indicators of a Realtor’s qualifications, and willingness to devote the time and effort required to obtain the training and pass the exams.

 

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