Advanced Designations & Certifications
What are they and what does all this alphabet soup mean? ABR, ACP, AHWD, CLHMS, CIPS, CRS, CSP, ePRO, GRI, MCNE, MilRES, MRP, RENE, RFS, RSPS, SRF, TRC. Listed and explained below are my current designations & certifications to serve you better!
Earned over the last 16 years, each one signifies my commitment to the clients I serve through ongoing training, knowledge and expertise. This translates into a real estate professional with advanced knowledge and experience to assist you in protecting your biggest asset and negotiate on behalf of your best interests! All of these are in addition to my continuing education (CE) requirements.
Not all Realtors are equal, and not all are alike. As physicians and professors have advanced studies, degrees and doctorates, Realtors have advanced designations, specialized certifications and industry accreditations. Time, effort, travel and expense have been invested to attend courses, study, take and pass exams. Specified levels of performance must be achieved in order to earn each designation and certification which enables me to better serve YOU. (For example, the Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI) requires 90 hours of study and the pre-paid cost for the entire GRI series is well over a thousand dollars.)
So when you see initials like the examples above behind a Realtors name, it means that this person is a committed professional, not content just to take the courses needed to get and the CE to maintain a real estate license, but that this person is determined to improve their professional skills and the quality of service they provide to their clients. They have devoted time to attending advanced educational courses and have taken examinations to earn these designations.
The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) has nine affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils that provide a wide-ranging menu of programs and services that assist members in increasing skills, productivity and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.
Q: How can you tell if a Realtor has the knowledge and expertise you need?
A: Ask about their designations!
Q: How many designations is “too many”?
A: I just began studying for my 18th, so it must be a higher number than that! I enjoy learning new information and improving my skills, especially if I can apply that new knowledge to benefit the clients I am privileged to serve, and expand the reaches of my business.
I feel compelled and committed to keep current with real estate industry issues, evolving technology, changing legalities and markets; to increase my expertise, build my skills and knowledge base. Out of the 500+ real estate agents on Kauai, no one else has earned this many certifications and designations.
I am pleased to be able to provide you with additional expertise and an outstanding level of personal service in each of the following areas: