If you have started a search for a real estate agent, you might have already realized that most agents tout themselves as experts on a type of property they typically work with—local experts, lakefront experts, luxury condo experts, etc. There are times when working with a specialized agent with advanced designations is important. The National Association of Realtors® offers advanced designations to help consumers choose the right agent for their needs. Here are just a few certifications that address unique circumstances:
Military Relocation Professional – (MRP): These specialists have been trained on benefits and programs available for military families, and have expertise in VA funding.
Green Designations – (GREEN): A GREEN agent can offer information about sustainable building, restoration, remodeling, and energy efficiency standards.
Accredited Buyer’s Representative – (ABR): Agents with this designation have learned how to offer homebuyers superior service.
Certified Residential Specialist – (CRS): This is the highest credential awarded to residential agents and guarantees a high level of experience.
Seniors Real Estate Specialist – (SRES): Agents with this specialized certification are specially equipped to help senior citizens with their real estate needs.
Real Estate Negotiation Expert – (RENE): This certification means the agent has taken negotiation classes with NAR and has passed advanced technique training.
Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist - (CLHMS): Agents with this certification have access to various international associations to be able to market your luxury home.
Not everyone needs a real estate specialist, but these National associations of Realtors® specialized certifications can help you find the right agent for your unique needs. Having said that, do these designations make for a better agent? My thoughts are absolutely not. Experience and Reputation would supersede most of these. When selecting your agent, ask about their marketing plan. How many houses have they actually listed and sold. Are they full time. As well ask for references.
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