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Who Needs All Those Letters?


Who Needs All Those Letters?


 Recently there was a  question asking if the designations after a real estate agent's name meant anything to the general public.

   Those designations are not for impressing the public. Most have no idea what they stand for.

I love learning in all kinds of forms. It could be reading blog posts, webinars, real estate articles, going to a class or meeting with other real estate professionals.

Every transaction, every closing, every inspection, every appraisal...all give me the opportunity to learn more about selling real estate.

When there is an opportunity to take a class that gives CE credit and/or a designation, I am all for getting involved.

I will even call another REALTOR® and ask if they want to take the same class. I did that recently with CNE. 


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The general public probably does not know what any of those letters stand for. That does not matter.


Do it for yourself. Do it for the knowledge. Do it to make yourself a better Realtor®. Do it early in your career before you get too busy. Do it to meet and network with other agents who you may work with. The bonus is getting the letters that makeup alphabet soup.


Back in 2006, I wrote about alphabet soup those letters behind my name. 

My plan is to continue to learn and if I find another course of interest that gives a designation, I will add more letters.


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Comment balloon 11 commentsMargaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 • January 31 2016 08:08AM


Education is so important.  The more letters the better.. from A to Z

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 4 years ago

Margaret, as much as I value learning as much as possible to hone my professional skills, I think most of the NAR designations are one more way for them to get our money - both from the courses themselves and then the annual fees to be able to continue using the designation.  I've taken many wonderful courses, including some that were not for credit of any sort.  And I sat through some of the designation courses and learned little new material.  While I think that GRI is a good thing, I'm not so sure about many of the others.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Patricia Kennedy Early in my career, I felt every single course was worth while. because I was so intent to educate myself.

I still take classes/course with or without credit to try and stay up with our industry. The CNE was one I really enjoyed this past week. 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

I too love to learn.  I feel if I take a class and learn one thing that can help my business it was time worth spent.  I think I need to check the CNE out.  Sounds interesting.


Posted by Anita Allen, Your Realtor for NW Florida, Pace/Milton/Pensacola (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - 850-377-4410) over 4 years ago

Margaret, I couldn't agree more!  The public doesn't know the initials, do it for the education not public recognition (because you won't get any from your clients).

Posted by Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA, Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties ( over 4 years ago

I agree with you.  Do it for yourself.  The public could care less.  When you are brand new, take the classes that help you learn to prospect or market.  You need to get yourself doing as you are learning.  Too many put off doing for the learning.

Posted by Joan Dickie, Keller Williams Premier Realty (Keller Williams Premier Realty) over 4 years ago

     Good for you, Margaret.  Always be learning... for yourself. 

     (Those certificates that you are awarded also look impressive when they are framed and hung on your office wall).

Posted by Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 4 years ago

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Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... ( over 4 years ago

Margaret - The reason I take classes is exactly because I am wanting to learn more and become a better agent. It has absolutely nothing to do with adding letters after my name.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate over 4 years ago

Margaret, You are so correct....letters only make sence if you use them. I saw your post about CNE and immediately, looked to see if it was offered near me. Seeing that is wasn't, I told my office manager to see if they could look into getting it offered soon. I wont only get those letters, but I'll gain those skills, even better!

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) over 4 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland That's why I took the classes I did.  There is so much you can learn in basic real estate and CE classes.  I plan to go and take more.  I do it for me, no one else.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 4 years ago