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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Forester and ACF, both took a lot to earn and both seem to be worth it.

 

Jul 16, 2015 05:45 PM
Rainmaker
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Some of my designations have a lot of value and are instantly recognized by people in all types of professions, industries and more throughout much of the world.

Other designations mean nothing or very little and may have only a very short time (couple of days) or by meeting simple qualifications.  People don't know what they are, even in the same industry / profession.

Jul 16, 2015 05:07 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

when I was actively listing real estate, I had 9 designations....the only one that was really worth it to me was the CRS.... 

Jul 15, 2015 09:52 PM
Rainmaker
4,858,349
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I have a GRI and ePro.  Not as important as my brokers license.

Jul 15, 2015 09:47 PM
Rainmaker
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Wayne and Jean Marie - I love learning, and take as many classes I can to stay current with anything real estate related. However, I do not believe in getting designations for the sake of getting designations, and I think that is why many agents get them.

There seem to be new designations popping up all the time, and I feel that it is just a way for many of these educators, or associations to make more money. Many of the designations require an annual fee, and for what?

Jul 15, 2015 04:37 PM
Rainmaker
864,658
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I have CDPE but I no longer see the value in it anymore as we are moving away from shortsale. I did get PMC this year as I noticed there is an increased percentage of investors in my neck of the woods. 

Jul 15, 2015 03:01 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I found the coursework required for the GRI to be very good and very informative. I think it was time and money well spent. I would recommend this course to everyone that works as a real estate agent or broker. I have many designations, because I like learning. It wasn't always about receiving the designation, though. I have a few REO and short sale designations, because that was the market for so many years not all that long ago. I spent a lot of time working in that end of the market, and I wanted to have the education to know what I was doing. 

Jul 15, 2015 01:16 PM
Rainmaker
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

I have a few from years ago and I do not believe they are worth anything except maybe a few bits and pieces you might learn in one of the classes.  I think it looks ridiculous on a business card.  As Susan Emo calls them, "alphabet soup".  No one but another Realtor knows what they mean.

Jul 15, 2015 01:06 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I am very happy with my CRS, Green designations. I am glad I got the other education too but will not be retaining membership in any other chapters after this year. I don't see the value in them.

Jul 15, 2015 11:52 AM