Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties)

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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Over time, I dropped all of my designations. The knowledge gained is always useful but the cost of the designations is difficult to justify.

Dec 02, 2015 06:57 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I have no acronyms that the public has no idea what the meaning is behind my name Debbie except experience and the kind words of my buyers and sellers.

Dec 02, 2015 06:38 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Bye bye, so long, farewell...I major in results...that's all I know

Dec 02, 2015 11:10 PM
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

I never understood the reasoning behind designations. The one I get a good laugh about is the "certified negotiation expert" designation. Talk about somebody being sold some snake oil. Am I somehow supposed to believe that in a matter of 2 days, a realtor can all of a sudden be transformed into some sort of a super negotiator? I think not! Being a powerful negotiator is a lifetime learned skill, and is not something you can learn in 2 days from an online course. Give me a break!

Dec 02, 2015 06:38 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Yes, I have... at a certain point it doesn't bring enough value to keep spending the money.

Dec 02, 2015 08:22 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I didn't renew my CDPE or CDRS. No one ever cared what they were or what they meant.

Dec 02, 2015 08:04 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Debbie. I had given up my designations a long time ago, I just didn't see the benefit for the cost. I don't recall ever losing a mortgage client as a result.

Dec 02, 2015 05:07 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

I think the fees are too high.  I learned lot as I went to the classes  - often more from networking with other students.

Dec 02, 2015 12:01 PM
Patricia Kennedy
Redfin - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Debbie, I have.  While I value the training you get obtaining the designation, I'm not sure they are worth a lot beyond that.

Dec 02, 2015 10:24 AM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I planned to complete some designations this next year.  Once I found out you had to pay a fee to renew I'm thinking otherwise.  I still will take the classes but I agree if there is no value, why keep them.  Once you learn you have the knowledge.  The general public had no idea. 

Dec 02, 2015 10:05 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I avoid the designations where you have to pay a yearly fee. So I haven't had to think about this. 

Dec 02, 2015 10:02 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I earned a few and let them go. They did nothing for me. I'd rather take the money and apply it to practical training, i.e. negotiation, lead generation, staging.

Dec 02, 2015 09:41 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I would keep the CRS , because it is the Leader in ROI Referrals !!!

Dec 02, 2015 09:08 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


As we spend time with agents, I have not heard any results from the designations or the dues paid...You alread have the knowledge, why do you have to pay dues for the privilege of the letters?  A

Dec 02, 2015 08:59 AM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

I will ask a simple question, even before reading other replies....have you seen ROI on having them? 

Dec 02, 2015 08:27 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I don't believe in the alphabet soup that follows a name.  It actually does the reverse for me; it makes me wonder why they're so lacking in confidence that they feel the need to tack that nonsense onto their signature or tagline?

Love the knowledge gained, hate the annual dues!

Dec 02, 2015 07:59 AM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

I've thought about this Debbie Reynolds ....just not sure it really helps ....Nice question!

Dec 02, 2015 07:42 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I don't have any and I never knew there was a fee tokeep them.  I never saw the importance and now I see even less

Dec 02, 2015 07:14 AM
Toronto, ON

It depends on the type of designation.  For real estate designations, I have sometimes simply taken the course for the content, had the designation for the included period of time but did not renew it.  A designation needs to have value to you in order to renew it.

Dec 02, 2015 07:14 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Less about the letters than the education and referrals involved, how are they paying off for you?

Dec 10, 2017 10:31 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debbie Reynolds assess your 2014-2015 transactions and see if any of them materialized because of this designation and see how much you invested for the year. If ROI is good, keep it - or else....

(I did let go a couple....)

Dec 05, 2015 03:57 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Debbie - Yes, I have given up several designations because of the annual fees. I don't mind getting the education, but see no reason to have to continue to pay for that year after year.

Dec 04, 2015 01:24 PM
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia


Dec 03, 2015 09:06 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I don't se any value in obtaining them to begin with.  They look to be primarily about getting your money out of your bank account and into NAR's.

Dec 03, 2015 05:21 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

I have a lot of designations and yes have dropped a few.

Don't know why anyone would think that a consumer must know what the designation means before it will make a difference.  

I don't know what my doctors designations mean but I do know that he has advanced eduction, and that give me more confidence.

NAR studies show that agents with designations do more business and make more money.  I know for a fact that I have been selected over agents with no advanced education.  

I rarely have a problem with a listing agent that has a lot of designations and when I look give a referral, I do prefer agents that have taken the time to learn.


Dec 03, 2015 02:23 AM
Andy Madrid
Hawaii Coast Realty, LLC - Kailua-Kona, HI
Expertise, Professionalism, and Service

I did not renew my CDPE designation and as most have said, the public doesn't understand or care.  It could be a small value proposition when meeting with a potential seller at a listing presentation but only as a reference.

Dec 03, 2015 01:07 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I would like to do the same. 

Dec 03, 2015 12:35 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Yes - CRS and CRB are "on hiatus"...

Dec 02, 2015 10:54 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I honestly don't think the public cares about the ABC's after our names. I am not paying for them. 

Dec 02, 2015 10:33 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

The ones I have there is no renewal fee.  If there were I would probably drop both of them.

Dec 02, 2015 09:51 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

The fees go to the councils that oversee the designations. Some offer training and others send newsletters. I think you are right the knowledge is what is important and I have that. Keeping the letters is not.

Dec 02, 2015 09:11 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

The general public has no idea what those designations are and I have only obtained them if it was beneficial to my business.

Dec 02, 2015 08:38 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

I do not have this problem. No fees for mine.

Dec 02, 2015 05:57 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I haven't personally, but my ex-Broker gave them all up.  Said it was too expensive since she was no longer practicing real estate.

Dec 02, 2015 01:28 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not see much value, but I'm going to keep them anyway. 

Dec 02, 2015 11:30 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Yes. I even took em all off the wall, except my CCSS - and my CCIM, when I finally get pinned.

Dec 02, 2015 08:29 AM
Jack Gerbehy
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

 With property management there where hurtles that came with designations that you would need to do said job or to get you to the next level.... going forward and becoming a Realtor, I cant not justify cost and yearly fees  

Dec 02, 2015 07:35 AM