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.
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.
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.