I know all the acronyms can seem a bit overwhelming, but what really is in a name? What is the importance of having designations and certifications, and how do they benefit you?

Designations and certifications are a visible representation of a person’s commitment to providing a “value” service. They signify a person’s dedication to continuing education, above and beyond the minimum mandatory standard. They show a mark of achievement and are a symbol of competence and professionalism. They benefit you by ensuring that your representative has a superior competence in their chosen field, and coupled with years of experience, they help to ensure that you are receiving the finest representation possible.

Below are the designations and certifications I currently hold, along with a brief description of what they are:

GRI – REALTORS® with the GRI designation have in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process.

AHWD – At Home With Diversity® is an educational experience designed to present a picture of the changing face of the real estate industry. More importantly, the class teaches REALTORS® how to work effectively with — and within — a rapidly changing multicultural market. Since its inception in 1998, At Home with Diversity® has addressed the topics of diversity, fair housing and business planning development.

TRC – The Transnational Referral Certification course prepares real estate professionals to make and receive referrals using the ICREA Transnational Referral System and integrate international referrals into their business plans.

SFR – The SFR® certification teaches real estate professionals to work with distressed sellers and the finance, tax, and legal professionals who can help them, qualify for short sales. It instructs real estate professionals on how to develop a short sale package, negotiate with lenders, limit risk, and protect buyers.

SRES – Seniors Real Estate Specialists® or SRES® designees are REALTORS® qualified to address the needs of home buyers and sellers age 50+. They have demonstrated the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home.