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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

The public just wants results not ABC's after my name.

Jul 01, 2015 05:45 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

perception becomes reality in real estate.... the designations denote participation in education.... clients don't know what the letters represent.... 

Jul 01, 2015 05:01 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Take the classes but do not pay for the designations. 

Jul 01, 2015 11:38 AM
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Education is a good thing but when I see all those letters behind someones name I have to chuckle.  I think they're pointless.

Jul 01, 2015 04:40 AM
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Chris Webb
Nova Home Loans - Tucson, AZ
Tucson's Social Media Expert

I know a few agents who are certified and they give agents more specialized training. I know of a new one coming out which is going to be huge!!! I will share more information once the program is finalized. 

Jul 01, 2015 04:28 AM
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Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com

Education is never wasted. Paying for the designations is another.

Jul 02, 2015 08:12 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I have a GRI and e-Pro, cannot say either has provided much of a benefit.

Jul 01, 2015 10:12 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Yes, the curious ones will ask. What is a CCIM? I am $6000 poorer.

What is a MBA? I am even poorer. I lost 2 year income going to school.

Jul 01, 2015 12:32 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I thought the alphabet soup didn't matter but I've learned that to get good referrals from other resort and second home specialists you should have that designation. I just completed my SRPS and must admit I learned a lot in the classes. The majority of my business is second home and investment properties so it made sense to go for it.

Jul 01, 2015 11:05 AM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I got the GRI and thought that was a waste - like being CRS but haven't gotten the other stuff. 

Jul 01, 2015 11:02 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have all of those mentioned. The education was worthwhile but I have not found any benefit beyond that. The public really doesn't care. 

Jul 01, 2015 10:40 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I found the e-Pro designation course very good and I learned quite a bit. I know the course keeps evolving to take in the changes in social media and SEO practices. Overall I learned the most from the GRI. 

Jul 01, 2015 09:10 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Public does not care. It is for you only. You pick up some new information and become a part of another network, and even might even get referrals.

Jul 01, 2015 08:55 AM
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Ed Macias
Real Estate Teammates - Miami, FL
Miami FL-REO Property Management Multifamily

It's good knowledge but the client caring? Don't think so.

Jul 01, 2015 06:17 AM
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I have them all and have enjoyed the knowlege to obtain them. As far as the public, they need to know only one designation: Broker.

Jul 01, 2015 06:05 AM
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Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I have E-Pro...not worth it if you are up-to-date with online marketing.

Jul 01, 2015 04:31 AM