There are over two dozen designations offered by NAR that dive into a myriad of real estate topics and specializations. While every certification program has unique value, three designations stand out as high watermarks for the serious agent. For Realtors® who may not have the bandwidth to catch them all, consider pursuing the big three as you dive into your career.
ABR—Accredited Buyer’s Representative
Join a distinguished group of Realtors® by becoming an Accredited Buyer’s Representative. Buyers have historically been neglected by the real estate industry—for many years agency services were only extended to sellers. The ABR shows that you’re a well-rounded agent with a deep commitment to NAR’s Code of Ethics. This designation will equip you to fully represent buyers at every stage of a real estate transaction, while also offering step by step training to enhance your client service skills and professionalism. After attaining this accreditation, you’ll be able to see transactions through the eyes of a buyer, with the expertise to guide them through the complex and emotional process of buying a home.
Learn more about achieving your ABR designation here.
CRS—Certified Residential Specialist
Reach the acme of achievement in real estate education by obtaining your CRS designation, presented by the Residential Real Estate Council. Heralded as the highest credential an agent can achieve, getting your CRS is like earning a doctorate in residential real estate. Though the most time-intensive of NAR’s designation programs, Realtors® with a CRS certification are proven pros with the knowledge and connections to find continued success. According to NAR, CRS designees earn nearly three times more in income, transactions, and gross sales than non-designees on average. Realtors® who achieve this designation also enter an exclusive network of access to networking affiliations.
Learn more about achieving your CRS designation here.
GRI—Graduate, Realtor® Institute
Offered exclusively by Minnesota Realtors® and recognized nationally, the GRI designation provides agents with cutting-edge, top-end training on every facet of the business. You’ll exit this program with new confidence and a fundamental knowledge of real estate. You’ll also be equipped to help buyers and sellers navigate the changing landscape of the housing market. Think of the GRI as bedrock training for your career, offering you tools, tips, and advice for both short- and long-term success. The GRI provides in-depth examinations of the latest legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, marketing, business skills, the sales process, and risk management. You’ll walk out of the training ready to tackle any challenge you encounter.
Learn more about achieving your GRI designation here.
If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, now is the perfect time to start. November is NAR’s National Designation Month. NAR is offering special discount prices for designations through the end of November. Start setting yourself apart by clicking here.