Why are designations important?
There are thousands of Realtors that work everyday in this very tough profession with no designations and no additional training. It is not to say that they are not great agents or that they provide any less of an service to their clients, but you as the consumer should be familiar with the importance of these designations.
Have you ever noticed that some agents' business cards look like alphabet soup? While others only display their name? What is the difference? Designations! Designations let an agent's clients and customers know that they have achieved a level of knowledge, experience, and training that others may not have. The Alphabet soup of REALTOR designations can answer questions about the kind of training and specialties your real estate agent possesses. They also show an agent's dedication to continued education, advancing their careers, and bettering themselves in order to better serve you.
What do the following symbols and letters stand for?
QSC stands for Quality Service Certified. This designation may be the most important credential a real estate professional can hold. A Quality Service Certified sales professional is held to a standard which requires accountability, reliability, and consistency - the ongoing delivery of quality service on each transaction. Venkat holds Quality Service Certified designation.
ABR is associated with the designation held by Accredited Buyer's Representatives (ABR). this designation is awarded to real estate agents who complete specified educational requirements related to buyer representation, additional training in negotiating as well as practical experience criteria. Over 30,000 ABR designees have completed the REBAC requirements and provided documentation of buyer agency experience. Venkat holds Accredited Buyer's Representative Designation.
Million Dollar Guild members are specialists who have certified success in the million-dollar and above market. Exceptional property demands an exceptional professional. Guild members have established their expertise and abilities in helping to buy or sell the world's most exclusive residential homes and estates. Venkat has earned the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) and Million Dollar Guild designations.
ASP is the symbol for Accredited Staging Professional. Designees participate in classroom education and hands-on experience to become ASP certified. Home staging is a concept created by Barb Schwarz, using guidelines and proven techniques to prepare a home for sale. Click here for statistics related to Staged homes. Venkat holds the Accredited Staging Professional designation.
The Consumer-Certified Real Estate Consultants (C-CREC) designation is the first international designation focused on results-oriented skills required by consumers from today's real estate professionals, not just what the industry has to offer. This is a National Association of REALTORS® designation. Venkat holds C-CREC designation.
e-PRO is a designation endorsed by the prestigious NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS (NAR). The e-PRO certification program was designed to create a well-trained, core group of real estate professionals with a focus on internet and email marketing strategies and best practices for the real estate industry. Venkat has obtained the e-PRO certification.
This is the symbol for the Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI). Obtaining this designation is an achievement of an expanded base of knowledge in all fields of real estate covering subject in contract law, professional standards, and finance and risk reduction with focus on local, state, and national real estate practices to better serve and protect their clients. Venkat holds the designation of Graduate REALTOR Institute.
Buying property is a complex and stressful task. In fact, it's often the biggest single investment you will make in your lifetime. At the same time, real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated. New technology, laws, procedures and the increasing sophistication of buyers and sellers require real estate practitioners to perform at an ever increasing level of professionalism. So it is more important then ever that you work with an agent who has a keen understanding of the real estate business. The GRI program has helped the best and the brightest in the industry achieve that level of understanding. Venkat holds GRI designation.
SRES denotes a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. The SRES designee has had training to address the needs of home buyers age 55 and older, the fastest growing market in real estate. Education focuses on knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 55-plus through major financial and lifestyle transitions involved in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home. Venkat is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist.
At Home with Diversity certification (AHWD): Home buyers and sellers who work with a Realtor who has earned the At Home with Diversity certification have the assistance of a professional who is trained to help meet the needs of America's increasingly diverse society. AHWD certification relays to the public that those certified have been professionally trained in and are sensitive to a wide range of cultural issues, thus inviting a wider volume of business from a greater variety of cultures. This is a National Association of REALTORS® certification. Venkat holds AHWD certification.
The REALTOR symbol represents that the real estate professional is a member of the National Association of REALTORS and subscribes to a strict code of ethics. It is important to note that not all Real Estate Professionals are REALTORS. The National Association of REALTORS or NAR, operates the largest national real estate listings search engine at REALTOR.com
. Venkat holds membership in the National Association of REALTORS.
This symbol is used by the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO), which administers and enforces federal laws and establishes policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice. The Office of FHEO is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Click here to real the laws relating to Fair housing.