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Rainmaker
2,972,470
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I don' know if they give credibility to anyone.  I think the word broker means more to the general public.

Oct 20, 2016 03:48 AM
Ambassador
1,631,047
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

They enhance my education so it makes me more valuable to clients.

Oct 20, 2016 04:27 AM
Rainmaker
1,308,714
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I believe they enhance your knowledge OF the business.  How you use them to enhance the profitability of the business is up to the individual agent.   Mostly, the designations mean nothing to the public... unless you explain them.  Blogging is a good place to do that.  

Oct 20, 2016 04:25 AM
Ambassador
3,078,116
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I used to have several designations however I find paying for designations that don't offer anything but a $99 a year  a big waste of my money....

Oct 20, 2016 03:53 AM
Ambassador
2,351,819
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Broker tops the list.  CCIM if you are in commercial.  CRB and CRS used to get a lot of traction; maybe not so much anymore, other than for referrals. 

Oct 20, 2016 07:21 AM
Rainmaker
4,796,904
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

They can enhance your business if you put into practice the lessons learned from these designations.

Oct 20, 2016 04:04 AM
Rainmaker
4,401,259
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Deanna, 

I agree with Richard Weeks .  The public at large has no idea what they mean.  And I also agree with Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington   A

Oct 20, 2016 07:49 AM
Rainmaker
1,229,314
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

For the knowledge if you want to expand into that area and can't find any other options, yes.

As far as having CRS, ePro, Diversity, EIEIO, GRI, ... after your name, no.  Reason: certifications only matter to hiring managers who understand what they mean.  In our world, sellers and buyers don't even know who NAR is, let alone what the certifications are.

Oct 20, 2016 06:50 AM
Rainmaker
3,053,996
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Yes and yes and they enhance credibility with your clients if you know how to "sell" it.

Oct 20, 2016 04:56 AM
Rainmaker
395,334
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

The average buyer or seller has no clue what GRI, ABR, SRS, etc stand for. These designations provide for added education in handling certain population groups and types of transactions - and other realtors should understand what they mean. But I know of many successful agents who have never received a designation other than licensed real estate agent.

Oct 20, 2016 04:23 AM
Rainmaker
536,538
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

IMO most designations are just another source for agents to spend money.  I feel Broker imports the most credibility from clients and peers alike.  Mark

Oct 20, 2016 04:06 AM
Rainmaker
1,278,827
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I'm all about the education and that's about it.

Oct 23, 2016 03:09 AM
Rainmaker
3,137,167
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Not a fan of them on my business card but I take the classes to learn

 

Oct 21, 2016 10:49 AM
Rainmaker
731,795
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

If you learn something from the courses, it's a plus. Customers don't care about designations and the alphabet soup on the cards means nothing to them.

Oct 21, 2016 04:20 AM
Rainmaker
841,837
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I think the knowledge is the only benefit - I really don't care abour peer thoughts myself

Oct 21, 2016 03:11 AM
Rainmaker
5,343,149
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The education can be valuable but the annual cost is usually a poor investment with the exception of a few highly respected designations. 

Oct 21, 2016 12:01 AM
Rainmaker
1,535,645
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Definitely overplayed by many and the general public usually doesn't have a clue.

Oct 20, 2016 11:33 PM
Rainmaker
3,301,462
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

There is no right/wrong answer.  It depends on the person.   I don't have any and the only one that would make a difference for me would be a broker license.  

Oct 20, 2016 11:21 PM
Rainmaker
3,237,491
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

A wealth of knowledge that helps your business. The initials next to your name, not so much!

Oct 20, 2016 11:05 PM
Rainmaker
4,949,645
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

I had 9 of them when I was actively listing property....no one else in my area had that many and it worked well for me....no one knew what they meant...but they knew I earned them and was educated....

Oct 20, 2016 10:12 PM
Rainmaker
4,432,093
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I learned a lot from them

Oct 20, 2016 08:46 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,274
FN LN
Toronto, ON

It depends on the designation.

Oct 20, 2016 05:05 PM
Ambassador
4,299,346
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Deanna Fortney - having it is a good thing for sure.

Oct 20, 2016 04:02 PM
Ambassador
3,675,522
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I am a little cynical about most of them.  They are one more way for NAR to make money!

Oct 20, 2016 02:39 PM
Rainmaker
2,704,764
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

They absolutely enhance your business...one from an educational advantage and two if you use / market them. 

Oct 20, 2016 01:43 PM
Rainmaker
1,667,731
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

no - I don't think they enhance with anyone

Oct 20, 2016 01:18 PM
Ambassador
3,982,852
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I commend my peers when they invest their time getting additional education and designations. I think the knowledge can be very helpful. The letters themselves not so much.

Oct 20, 2016 12:15 PM
Ambassador
2,188,872
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

My REO Specialist designation has gotten me clients. Although most of the designations really don't mean much to the consumer. That is what I believe. 

Oct 20, 2016 11:49 AM
Ambassador
1,613,698
Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I obtain a new designation every two years to fulfill my hours.

Oct 20, 2016 11:20 AM
Rainmaker
696,762
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Depends on the designation really, but hopefully it enhances your credibility, reputation and productivity because you're more educated. I know enough smart people without 10 million letters and I know enough people with 10 million letters who are not, so I do not tend to be impressed one way or the other with designations.

Oct 20, 2016 09:33 AM
Ambassador
4,162,368
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I think that it is completely dependent on how well you utilize the info that you learned while gaining the designation.

Your clients will not care though.

Oct 20, 2016 09:30 AM
Rainmaker
3,980,831
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

19+ years, no one has ever asked me for mine orif I have any

Oct 20, 2016 09:29 AM
Rainmaker
2,444,734
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Both applications as mentioned. What counts is the end results....

Oct 20, 2016 09:25 AM
Rainmaker
1,433,977
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

I think the earning of the desginations is what helpd you be more valuable! I hope you have a great day!

Oct 20, 2016 08:18 AM
Rainer
56,222
LeAnn Sink - Realtor Knoxville, TN
United Real Estate Solutions - Knoxville, TN
#ThinkSink when you need an agent.

I am actually slightly envious of those with designations because I know the time, money and discipline that was put into achieving those, but other than that, I don't feel the public understands the  value.

Oct 20, 2016 07:42 AM
Ambassador
2,769,203
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Deanna - I don't think they do eiather very well, but they do let us expand our capabilities and expertise.

Oct 20, 2016 05:30 AM
Rainer
53,974
James Call
RealtyCandy.com - Saint George, UT
RealtyCandy - IDX Broker WordPress Lead Nurturing

Deanna, 

Shortly after I became a full time Realtor, I got the GREEN certification.  It cost about $500 to take the test.  

I was already a huge alternative building, solar, granola-crunching tree-hugger, so I just blew threw the test for the designation.  

I started attending the LEEDs meetings in my area, and put it on my business card.  

My wife and I still use that as an example of a good way to throw away what was a lot of money at a bad time. 

 

I think if I would have done that later when the $500 wasn't that big of a deal and been in a market where that was of some value, (Not in the state I grew up in and lived in :) it would have been a good thing. 

I don't think most agents are that impressed by letters at the end of your name, because we all know people who have the e-Pro designation, for example, who are totally technically handicapped.  

To me the fact that you have passed the test doesn't mean anything to me as a fellow agent.

To civilian non-Realtors, it means even less.  

If someone asks you, what does ePro or GREEN mean here on your card, it gives you a good way to explain it and ask them questions to see how your skills would be meaningful to them. 

Otherwise, I think most people work with an agent they feel they can trust.  Or they get a referral from someone who has had a good experience with their broker. 

I didn't feel like even the training was that helpful.  It seemed very superficial.  Very much like my CE classes. :)

It is more important to learn the skills or gain the expertise.  If the designation is a vehicle for you to start down the road to being a true expert, then that is of value. 

Just you getting more education doesn't benefit your client.  

I took a diesel mechanic class at the local college a few years ago.  I learned a lot.  I don't think it has helped my clients even a tiny bit. :)

Oct 20, 2016 05:08 AM
Rainmaker
755,511
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

When appended to an agent name they are a measure of vanity.

However, a little more knowledge is seldom a bad thing.

When flaunted to the public they are a gesture of 'vanity metrics," which is always accompanied by 'success theater' and 'suragate endpoints.'

Who'll give me $1,500 for PDQ?

Oct 20, 2016 04:58 AM
Rainmaker
1,526,521
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

No I don't. I just saw someone send me an email with a litany of consonants & I just laughed saying 'wow, they spend an awful lot of time collecting these & money too'. BUT .... does it make them more money? I say no.

Oct 20, 2016 04:47 AM
Rainmaker
1,487,454
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Neither, I'd say, it is more for you to be able to provide a better service to your clients. 

Oct 20, 2016 04:40 AM
Rainer
12,888
Aaron Mtuanwi
LBBM Brokers, Inc - Lawrenceville, GA
INSPIRED TO SERVE Atlanta, GA [Metro Atlanta Area]

In my opinion, they boost your ego and perception about how you value your knowledge. I am more prepared in dealing with an agent with specific designations

Oct 20, 2016 04:33 AM
Rainmaker
740,145
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Most people and agents ignore them. The designations don't enhance anything, but the training you get while earning the designation might come in handy.

Oct 20, 2016 04:12 AM
Rainmaker
1,372,897
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Deanna Fortney I think designations will enhance your knowledge. Work towards your Broker's License.

Oct 20, 2016 03:54 AM