Ongoing Education is Important to All Professions – Including Real Estate

Have you ever picked up a business card at an open house or perhaps were handed a business card by a real estate agent and wondered, besides the word “agent,” what do those other letters stand for (REALTOR, CBR, SRES, LMC……).  

Did you know that not all real estate agents are REALTORS?   According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR): “The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics…..REALTORS® are pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice” that includes all ethical requirements related to working with consumers and fellow agents as well as truth in advertising.

All agents are required to take a specific number of continuing education hours to renew their licenses every 2 years (the number of hours required is dependent on the state in which they are licensed). 

As any professional will tell you, it is important to stay current in your profession, be it a CPA, a Financial Advisor, a Realtor.  Rules change.  New laws are written.

The Real Estate profession is no different.  Agents need to know what the new rules are and how they affect their business and their dealings with with their customers and other agents.  A person with designations after their name has voluntarily made both  a financial investment and a time commitment to take the courses and obtain the designations that show their commitment to clients and their diverse needs (eg SFR – Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource, SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist, CIAS – Certified Investor Agent Specialist, CBR – Certified Buyers Representative). 

Joan Parcewski, Realtor & Notary

GRI (Graduate Realty Institute), CBR (Certified Buyers Representative), SFR (Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource), LMC (Loss Mitigation Certified), CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist), CIAS (Certified Investor Agent Specialist), & GREEN

YOU are my Top Priority. I believe that ongoing Education as well as Experience are important components of success both personally and professionally.  Let’s work together to implement the most current strategies to make YOU successful in your real estate journey, while building a lifetime relationship.   

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