Explanation of Mason’s Designations
Have you ever wondered what the
letters next to my name stand for?
Here’s an explanation of how
my designations benefit you as my client:
estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members
of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They
proudly display the REALTOR "®" logo on the business card or other
marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to
a transaction honestly. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are
expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and
selling real estate.
In the State of California, the vast majority of real
estate salespeople hold a “Real Estate Salesperson” license. In order to obtain a “Real Estate Broker”
license, an applicant must meet all requirements of the Salesperson’s license,
and additionally, must qualify by either having two years of full-time real
estate experience, or by holding a 4-year college degree. They must also have completed a more
extensive curriculum of real estate related courses, and pass a more rigorous
state exam. While a Real Estate Broker is qualified to oversee the operations
of an entire office, the term “Broker Associate” refers to a licensed Broker
who works as a Salesperson.
– Council of Residential Specialists
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) 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, comprising the top 4% of agents nationwide.
“GRI” - Graduate, REALTOR
REALTOR Institute (GRI) symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who
has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional service 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. (Over 90 hours of
training, often over a span of 12 months, beyond license requirement).
Accredited Buyer Representative
Buyer Representative (ABR®) designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer
representation. This coveted designation
is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate BUYER'S AGENT
Council (REBAC) of the National Association of
REALTORS® who meet the specified educational and practical experience
An e-PRO is a
REALTOR® who has successfully completed the e-PRO training program for real
estate professionals. Endorsed by the National Association of REALTORS®, the
e-PRO course teaches professionals the nuts and bolts of working with real
estate on-line: Web sites, e-mail, on-line tools, and most of all, what today's
consumer really wants.
Seniors Real Estate Specialist
Seniors Real Estate
Specialists® are REALTORS® qualified to address the needs of home Buyers and
Sellers age 55-plus. The SRES® Council awards the SRES® Designation to those
members who have successfully completed its education program.