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For the knowledge and potential referrals from other designees.
Nina Hollander, Broker
Thomas J. Nelson, REAL...
La Jolla, CA
For the knowledge first; secondly that it helps assist my clients and to fulfill continuing education.
Steve Hoffacker - to help my clients to get the best overall experience in their real estate transaction.
I take classes and read books so I can better serve my community.
All of the above although customers most often don't know what designations mean. Depending on who I market to, I will explain what SRES or CIPS stands for and I do think it makes a difference.
For the knowledge. But most of them are over rated
I earned a couple because the real estate 'industry' told me they were important. I'm not really sure they are...and am thinking they are just a way for companies to make money. I agree with Chris and Dick Dovorany - Clients don't know the diffeence. They just know whether they like me and whether I think I can do the job.
I earned my 2 because I was new in the industry. Only to find out not much beneit (IMHO)
I think I have one designation and I don't remember what it is. I've got a long, successful history, and I depend on that.. If someone asks, I say that I don't have a professional designation, but they can fine me listed in Marquis' Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Finance and Business and Who's Who in Real Estate.
Nevertheless, I am a dedicated supporter of continuing education, especially when education dedicated toward licensing doesn't do a darned thing to teach the ins and outs of listing and selling.
I agree with Nina, the more you earn, the more you learn.
Steve Hoffacker I just concentrated on one designation, Broker. I find it has the most meaning to customers/clients.
All of the above! The more you learn, the more you earn, as well!
1. Potential MARKETING VALUE.
2. Potential MARKETING VALUE.
3. Marketing value.
Most recent example is the CDPE when we were up to our necks in short sales. The marketing value of that designation has sunset.
I earned mine by completeing transactions and real life experience representing many buyers and sellers in Tucson, AZ. I am in over 500 properties a year, which in real life is just as valuable.
The training is great. The client not aware of what they are
For me, the designations come from learning something new and being able to apply it to make the client experience the best it can be for them. Most of my clients don't know about the letters - nor do they care. Results are what they seek.
Stopped playing that game years ago. No one cares.
Education First. Love me some new brain-tools!
1a. Referrals (CRS)
Marketing Value Second. (if nothing else, other agents may put stock in them when deciding on an offer and the decision is close.
Clients rarely validate it (because most have no clue what they mean) so client opinion 3rd.