GRI = Graduate Real Estate Institute
e-Pro = "Internet" training approved by National Association of Realtors
CLHMS = Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
SRES = Senior Real Estate Specialist
SHS = Senior Housing Specialist
CBR = Certified Buyers Representative
SRS = Seller Representative Specialist
RRS = Registered Relocation Specialists
CRP = Certified Relocation Professional
CIPS = Certified International Property Specialist
ALHS = Accredited Luxury Home Specialist
There are probably more not listed than what I've listed, but these are all fairly common.
Juliana Lee = the real estate agent you want to call
MBA = Master of Business Administration
LLB = law degree
KW = Keller Williams
650-857-1000 = The phone number to reach a great real estate agent
Designations refer to the letters you see behind a Realtorâ€™s name â€“ theyâ€™ve take classes/courses and â€˜earnedâ€™ the designation much like taking college classes that earn you a specific degree.
Example: Carl Medford, CRS â€“ means I have earned the CRS designation (itâ€™s not easy to get)
Here are a couple of comprehensive lists of designations:
Accreditations are different â€“ they are typically certificates give out after taking specific short training classes â€“ they certify that youâ€™ve taken the classes and are now accredited or affiliated with a specific organization. They donâ€™t carry the weight of a designation.
Some Realtors take designations VERY seriously. Others â€¦ not so much.
The next question you might consider is whether or not the agent has a sales license or a broker's license. Obtaining a broker's license requires additional education and passing a different licensing test. Some sales licensees choose not to get this designation because it is not their intent to function as a broker. Though a Realtor may not be a broker, this does not mean that they are less effective as a real estate practitioner.
There are many other designations. Here are a few that are commonly seen in our local area:
CRS - Certified Residential Specialist which requires completion of some high level coursework
GRI - Graduate of the Real Estate Institute - also requiring some high level coursework
CIPS - Certified International Property Specialist
e-Pro - a class requiring proficiency on basic computer skills
QSC - Quality Service Certification that emphasizes service, accountability and professionalism
SRES - Senior Real Estate Specialist that includes training on working with clients over the age of 55
There are other designations as well, but these are the ones that are more common in our local area.
The most important consideration is finding someone who will keep your interests paramount and who will serve you with enthusiasm and integrity. If you are looking for a Realtor a good way is to ask your circle of friends and colleagues for a recommendation. You can also check on sites such as Yelp.