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.