Becoming a REALTOR® requires education and a commitment to ethics beyond that necessary for earning one's real estate license. Additionally, some REALTORS® choose to further their education in specific areas of the real estate industry by earning designations. Some of the most common REALTOR® designations are listed below.
Identifies REALTORS® who are trained to work specifically with home buyers to negotiate the best possible prices and terms for clients.
REALTORS® who are experts in the following transactions: farm and ranch; undeveloped tracts of land; transitional and development land; subdivision and wholesaling of lots; and site selection and assemblage of land parcels.
Identifies REALTORS® with expertise in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, valuation and investment analysis.
Denotes REALTORS® who focus specifically on the international market.
Identifies REALTORS® educated in all areas of real estate management, from residential to commercial to industrial.
A designation reserved for managers who have additional education in training agents and marketing.
Denotes members of the exclusive international Counselors of Real Estate group, which provides seasoned, objective advice on property and land-related matters.
The CRS designation recognizes residential sales associates for their professional accomplishments in both experience and education.
For general appraisers, this designation is awarded to those whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements and is supported by the National Association of REALTORS®.
With the GREEN Designation have a broad understanding of energy efficiency, sustainability, smart growth, industry ratings and evaluation standards in real estate.
The GRI designation demonstrates REALTORS®’ commitment to advancing their knowledge in many aspects of the real estate profession.
Signifies REALTORS® who are dedicated to improving their skills in negotiating strategies and tactics, networking and referrals, cultural differences in buying and selling and more.
Denotes appraisers whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements.
Identifies top producers in industrial and office real estate brokerage.
REALTORS® with the SRES designation understand the specific needs of home buyers and sellers ages 55 and over.
The Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation is the premier credential in seller representation. It is designed to elevate professional standards and enhance personal performance. The designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) who meet specific educational and practical experience criteria.