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Alissa Spears, Real Estate Pro in 78382

Agents: Best designation you would recommend a seasoned agent get?

Asked by Alissa Spears, 78382 Mon Dec 3, 2012

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I would agree that obtaining a broker's license would trump the other designations. In the banking industry (previous career), it would take 12-24 months to earn a specialized financial designation and it would cost a small fortune. In real estate you can earn multiple designations within a year at minimum cost. The most important aspect is the education you receive in return, not so much the designation.

The general public is savvy about real estate and most potential clients will put your knowledge to the test. Your knowledge or lack of it will stand out far more than a designation. Good luck to you and thank you for the post.
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Hi Alissa ~ I've never regretted getting the CRS designation. I've gotten many referrals over the years because of it. I'm in a market with a lot of relo buyers because of the local universities and businesses. It may not be as fruitful if your market doesn't have a strong relo component. I've also noticed that referrals aren't as plentiful nowadays since more and more agents in my market have the designation now. Still no regrets though!
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Unfortunately designations are not what they use to be in terms of value. I agree with the above - skip all that noise and go for your own Broker's license. I would rather invest in classes/seminsars I think would make me better at what I do rather than aim for a specific designation.
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Different states have different designations - you should check what highest producers in your state have and perhaps do the same.
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Brokers license and CRS--while the public may not know much about them agents do and I get a number of buyer and listing referrals having these 2 designations.
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I would have to agree....Sadly, John Q Public knows little about designations and probably cares less. To them they are just a bunch of letters that have something to do with real estate. IMO, their value is simply one of helping agents be better at what they do.

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GRI or skip all that noise and go for the gold - your own Brokers License.
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Should have mentioned....I'm a Broker...only have my ABR...have totally procrastinated on these designations. Gotta work on another in 2013!
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