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Understanding REALTOR® Designations


Becoming a REALTOR® requires education and a commitment to ethics beyond that necessary for earning one's real estate license. Additionally, some REALTORS® choose to further their education in specific areas of the real estate industry by earning designations. Some of the most common REALTOR® designations are listed below.


ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) – Identifies REALTORS® who are trained to work specifically with home buyers to negotiate the best possible prices and terms for clients.

ABRM (Accredited Buyer Representative Manager) – REALTORS® who have special training in managing agents.

ALC (Accredited Land Consultant) – REALTORS® who are experts in the following transactions: farm and ranch; undeveloped tracts of land; transitional and development land; subdivision and wholesaling of lots; and site selection and assemblage of land parcels.

ARM (Accredited Residential Manager) – Signifies REALTORS® knowledgeable in all aspects of buyer representation.

CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) – Identifies REALTORS® with expertise in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, valuation and investment analysis.

CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist) – Denotes REALTORS® who focus specifically on the international market.

CPM (Certified Property Manager) – Identifies REALTORS® educated in all areas of real estate management, from residential to commercial to industrial.

CRB (Certified Real Estate Broker Manager) – A designation reserved for managers who have additional education in training agents and marketing.

CRE (Counselor of Real Estate) – Denotes members of the exclusive international Counselors of Real Estate group, which provides seasoned, objective advice on property and land-related matters.

CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) – The CRS designation recognizes residential sales associates for their professional accomplishments in both experience and education.

GAA (Graduate REALTOR® Institute) – The GRI designation demonstrates REALTORS®’ commitment to advancing their knowledge in many aspects of the real estate profession.

GREEN REALTORS® with the GREEN Designation have a broad understanding of energy efficiency, sustainability, smart growth, industry ratings and evaluation standards in real estate.

GRI (Graduate REALTOR® Institute) – The GRI designation demonstrates REALTORS®’ commitment to advancing their knowledge in many aspects of the real estate profession.

PMN (Performance Management Network) – Signifies REALTORS® who are dedicated to improving their skills in negotiating strategies and tactics, networking and referrals, cultural differences in buying and selling and more.

RAA (Residential Accredited Appraiser) – Denotes appraisers whose education and experience exceed state appraisal certification requirements.

RCE (REALTOR® Association Certified Executive) – Signifies REALTORS® who are recognized for their specialized industry knowledge and association achievements and experience.

SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®) – Identifies top producers in industrial and office real estate brokerage.

SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) – REALTORS® with the SRES designation understand the specific needs of home buyers and sellers ages 55 and over.

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