Ever look at a real estate agents business card or website and wonder what all those initials next to their name mean?  What do they stand for and how important are they?

This list explains what the letters stand for and includes a link to a website or page that has more detail about each designation or certification.

Should you look for agents with a lot of designations or certifications?  In our opinion, the specific accreditations are less important that the generalization that can be drawn from seeing several letters behind an agent’s name.  There are plenty of agents who do an amazing job, yet have never earned any “letters.”  Still, as a rule of thumb, agents who have at least a couple designations, are likely to have a higher commitment to staying well informed, making them better resources.  They have made an investment in themselves and their careers.  That’s an investment that usually pays dividends for their clients.

Accredited Buyer’s Representative® / ABR®

http://www.rebac.net/abr

Accredited Buyer Representative Manager / ABRM
http://www.rebac.net/abrm

Accredited Consultant in Real Estate / ACRE

http://theconsultingprofessional.com/

Accredited Land Consultant / ALC

http://www.rliland.com/alc-designation

Accredited Luxury Home Specialist / ALHS

www.luxuryhomecouncil.com

Accredited Residential Manager / ARM

http://www.irem.org

Accredited Staging Professional / ASP

http://www.stagedhomes.com/training/realtors/about.php

At Home With Diversity® / AHWD®

http://www.realtor.org/designations-and-certifications/ahwd

Broker Price Opinion Resource / BPOR

http://www.bpor.org/

Certified Buyer Representative / CBR

http://www.cbrsource.com 

Certified Commercial Investment Member / CCIM

http://www.ccim.com  

Certified International Property Specialist / CIPS

http://www.realtor.org/designations-and-certifications/cips-designation

Certified Negotiation Expert / CNE

http://www.negotiationexpertise.com/courses/certified-negotiation-expert

Certified Property Manager / CPM

http://www.irem.org

Certified Real Estate Appraiser / CREA

http://www.narea-assoc.org 

Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager / CRB

http://www.crb.com

Certified Real Estate Team Specialist / C-RETS

http://www.REBInstitute.com

Certified Realty Investment Associate / CRIA

http://www.riaoc.com

Certified Residential Specialist / CRS

http://www.crs.com

Counselor of Real Estate / CRE

http://www.cre.org 

e-PRO®

http://www.epronar.com/

General Accredited Appraiser / GAA

http://www.narappraisalsource.com

Graduate, REALTOR® Institute / GRI

http://www.realtor.org/designations-and-certifications/gri

Master Certified Negotiation Expert / MCNE

http://www.negotiationexpertise.com/courses/master-certified-negotiation-expert/

NAR’s Green Designation / GREEN

http://www.cre.org/

Performance Management Network / PMN

http://www.realtor.org/designations-and-certifications/pmn

Quality Service Certification / QSC

http://www.qualitycertified.org

Real Estate Negotiation Expert / RENE

http://www.realtor.org/designations-and-certifications/rene

Real Estate Professional Assistant  / REPA 

http://www.professional-assistant.com 

REALTOR® Association Certified Executive / RCE

http://www.rceonline.com

Residential Accredited Appraiser/ RAA

http://www.narappraisalsource.com

Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist / RSPS

http://www.realtor.org/designations-and-certifications/rsps

Seller Representative Specialist / SRS

http://www.SRSCouncil.com

Seniors Real Estate Specialist® / SRES®

http://www.seniorsrealestate.com

Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource / SFR

http://www.realtorsfr.org

Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® / SIOR 

http://www.sior.com

The Performance Management Network / PMN 

http://www.wcr.org