Education, Certification And Designations


The Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation is considered the nation’s number one real estate designation. It’s 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. This designation may only be earned after successfully completing a rigorous educational program.


Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is only awarded to licensed real estate professionals who complete specialized training that gives them the edge in understanding a buyer’s perspective and protecting and promoting their buyer-clients’ interests. Before earning the ABR® designation, buyer’s reps must also demonstrate proven experience in representing buyers. Further, they are committed to maintaining their professional edge by staying current on the latest issues and trends in buyer representation. Working with an ABR®, you will be served, not sold. Your interests become their interests. They’ll make your home buying experience go as smoothly and successfully as possible.


EcoBroker Certified® professionals help clients, consumers and communities take advantage of energy efficiency and environmentally sensitive design in real estate properties. They assist clients in their pursuit of properties that provide affordability, comfort and a healthier environment (reducing carbon footprints). Founded in 2002, EcoBroker is the first and largest green real estate training and communications program in the world. With members in all 50 United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and New Zealand.


Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) is part of a network of 2,500 real estate professionals from 50 countries who deal in all types of real estate, but with one common element, they focus on clients within the “international” market. The education required for the CIPS designation prepares REALTORS® to service international clientele in their local community and the world markets. Their training focuses on understanding the cultural, legal and financial issues related to international real estate.

NARs Green Designation

NAR’s Green Designation certifies that a real estate professional has the education, resources and tools to enable them to successfully seek out, understand, and market properties with green/sustainable features.  Designees have the training and knowledge that is required to become a resource and a community leader for green/sustainable issues.


Transnational Referral Certification (TRC) prepares real estate professionals to make and receive compensated referrals using the Transnational Referral system developed by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA). Designees learn how to integrate international referrals into their business plans. When a designee is involved in an international referral, as a referring or receiving agent, the TRC designation demonstrates to other real estate professionals that you are knowledgeable regarding Transnational Referrals and have pledged to follow a code of conduct related to the referral.


Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR®) trained agents represent a limited segment of real estate transactions. However, knowing how to maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as how to identify the distinct real estate opportunities in foreclosure are not merely good skills to have in today’s market—they are critical. SFR® agents know how to evaluate all available options for distressed homeowners and identify the components of an effective short-sale package. They are trained to counsel buyers in the purchase of foreclosure properties.


Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) have the knowledge and expertise to guide homebuyers and sellers over the age of 50 through major financial and lifestyle transitions. They are trained to help mature clients with the best options and information for life-changing decisions. They are experts in selling, buying, relocating and/or refinancing residential or investment properties. Their scope of service includes options for age-restricted communities, age-in-place home designs, as well as assisted living communities. They help clients understand the Housing for Older Persons Act (HOPA) as well as the ins and outs of reverse mortgages, the use of pensions, 401k accounts, and IRAs in real estate transactions. Additionally, they have a team of senior specialists to help with estate and tax planning, reverse mortgages, staging and decluttering.

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