How to Pick a Realtor

I hear a lot of times that buyers or sellers pick the first Realtor who answers their email or their phone call.  This may not always be a good idea.  A lot of brand new Realtors may be the one calling you.  They may never have even filled out a contract before.  You will want to look for a Realtor with some initials behind their name.  The more they have, the more serious they have been about their career.  You can take a two week course and pass a State exam and become a Realtor, but the truly successful ones have been in business for years and have many initials behind their name.

Here are mine with descriptions of what they all mean.

ABR – Accredited Buyer’s Representative.  The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is designed for real estate buyer’s agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients. When you decide to earn your ABR®, you gain: Valuable real estate education that elevates your skills and knowledge in the eyes of homebuyers.

CRS — Certified Residential Specialist — Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers and brokers.  Only 2% of all Realtors carry this designation.  I am one of them.

SRS — Sellers Residential Specialist — The Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation is the premier credential in seller representation. It is designed to elevate professional standards and enhance personal performance.

RSPS — RSPS is recognized as an official NAR Certification, and allows buyers and sellers to have confidence in the ability of a REALTOR® who specializes in buying, selling or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in a resort, recreational and/or vacation destination, to assist them …

e-Pro — ePRO is a certification first offered in 2000 by the National Association of Realtors®. It is a comprehensive Internet certification program for real estateprofessionals. Shelby Majors. ABR, CRS, GRI, eCertified, ePRO.

GREEN — A comprehensive understanding of what it means to go green and the concerns of consumers seeking green knowledge about real estate. … Ongoing specialized training and exclusive designation benefits and resources that help you stay on top of green real estate issues and trends.

PMN — The Performance Management Network (PMN) is the flagship REALTOR® business leadership designation designed to give you practical tools and provide you with access to a nationwide peer network of business leaders.

CIPS — By earning your CIPS designation, you will gain access to the CIPS Network, which is comprised of over 3,500 real estate professionals in 45 countries.

SFR — An SFR property stands for Single Family Residential, and is a designation used to categorize how a property is going to be used on a daily basis by the people who own that property.

LMC — Licensed Mitagation Certification

TRC (Transnational Referral Certification) is awarded by the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA). The TRC is paramount in the generation of international leads, especially for Realtors® working in second home and resort markets.

CLHMS — The Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist™ (CLHMS) designation assures affluent buyers and sellers that real estate professionals have the knowledge, experience, and unique skills to meet their needs.The Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist™ (CLHMS) designation assures affluent buyers and sellers that real estate professionals have the knowledge, experience, and unique skills to meet their needs.

Call a professional.  Ask for their Resume.  Look for their credentials.

Kelly Klein,










About Kelly Klein

Buyers and Listing specialist. Whether it is a condo, a home, a townhome, a duplex, or a lot, I am here to help. You can find me at Broker Associate / Sales Professional Berkshire Hathaway Home Services | Pen Fed Realty
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