Most people are familiar professional designations like CPA and MD after names of Accountants and Doctors, but real estate professionals have many opportunities to earn designations too. Most depend on whether they are in Brokerage Management, Property Management, Appraisals, and Real Estate Sales.

The letters ABR, CRS, GRI after my name are professional desiginations I have earned over the course of my career. 

ABR - Accredited Buyer’s Representative Designation is provides specific training and education for providing buyer-client representation and is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation.  Buyers should always look to see if their agent has a ABR designation before entering into a buyer broker agreement.  I was one of the first real estate professionals to earn this designation and their are a little more than 50,000 active ABR Designees today.

CRS - Certified Residential Specialist Designation is the highest Designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field. The CRS Designation recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education.  Since 1977 the Council of Residential Specialists has been conferring the CRS Designation on agents who meet its stringent requirements. Currently, there are more than 39,000 active CRS Designees.  Buyers and Sellers should always ensure their agent has earned this designation. 

GRI - Graduate REALTOR® Institute Designation is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation. REALTORS® with the GRI designation are highly trained in many areas of real estate to better serve and protect their clients.

Professional real estate agents who are willing to dedicate themselves to their profession should be willing to further their education after being licensed.  A Virginia real estate license itself just provides basic knowlege to enter the business.  These Designations take years to earn and are based on experience and education. 

Why hire the least experienced agent with no training when for most peole real estate is the one of the largest investments of their life, when it does not cost anything extra to hire the higest qualifed person you can find.