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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I have a state of California real estate salesperson license.   That helps...a lot.  

Mar 07, 2016 09:55 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

In my opinion, NO, they do not help. I let my CDPE expire and don't miss it in the slightest.

Mar 07, 2016 09:59 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty


They've all come in handy and are a huge part of my success.  

Mar 07, 2016 11:50 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The one that will help your career is the one you feed. That means nobody in the consumer sector knows what Anthony Acosta PDQ means.

However, if you have defined your market to be within the 90 market place, those who find themselves in need of instant remedy...PDQ suggests  a message you can run with.

The reality is, none are of value to anyone except the agent who acts on the education some of them present.

Flash the following graphic to any citizen and ask them to identify "ONE" that means anything to them. Then you realize, you are in the food chain.

Mar 07, 2016 09:36 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

My Juris Doctor degree is my only remaining designation.

CPM was probably my most helpful designation for many years.

Mar 07, 2016 09:34 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

when I was active, I had 9 of them....they were a reflection of the fact that I was one knew what the initials meant....

Mar 07, 2016 10:58 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES. CMRS, SFR, SPS, CDPE and unlike many, I do believe they help my business because I know how to "make hay" as to the value of these designations when dealing with prospective clients. I also have an MBA in Finance, a Broker's license and a Broker-in-Charge license.... these are invaluable in terms of my knowledge base.

Mar 08, 2016 06:38 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

It's interesting that the agents that have no designations always pooh, pooh it.

This is not about the consumer recognizing what the designation letters stand for.  I choose professionals that have designations, because I only want to do business with those that are knowledgable and have taken the initiative for higher education.

No one asks me what all the letters mean, but because I AM EDUCATED I can speak intelligently about all aspects of real estate.  

Yes, if I am competing against someone else, my knowledge from these advanced classes always wins.


Mar 07, 2016 11:38 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


In commercial real estate, we did not have any other than our licenses.  And we did well.  Among our clients, the designations that clients find recognized by their clients, are MBA, CPA, and JD.  The rest is alphabet soup when it comes to the public perseption.  A


Mar 07, 2016 11:34 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I don't think the public cares about our ABC's.  

Mar 07, 2016 10:42 PM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

i really think people (the public) 1) dont know what they are and when WE have to explain it, it takes away. 2) they dont care... i think its like a pretty dress for a is usually to impress other women..not men :)

Mar 07, 2016 10:30 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

1 class/2 exams between me and CCIM. The skillsets are invaluable, and the level of clientele and referrals from being an Institute member have been worthwhile for my business, and I am not even pinned yet. It is expensive and tough. Many of the other letters are far easier and less valuable. But is ANY education worthless? Nope.

Mar 07, 2016 10:16 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Anthony Acosta Broker and it has helped a lot.

Mar 07, 2016 10:16 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

GRI , ABR , CSP        My wife has CRP, GSM ,  CRS , SRES

CSP - taught me how to be a site agent for a new construction development

CRP - brought us a ton of RELO business (ERC designation )

Mar 07, 2016 10:16 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

CDPE got me through 7 years of a depreciated market as an expert and sought after short sale agent. (But, the reality was more so was the 2 years of distressed/auction/investor property college courses I took in Glendale, AZ at Noveau Riche University).

Certified Military Relo has provided me with military clinets for the last 10 years of my career.

e-Pro has not earned me a thing, but it represents how tech/online & gaget savvy I am as I incorporate a lot of tech in my marketing and sales.

CRS is next for me. I have a lot of friends I respect in CRS.

Mar 07, 2016 10:03 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have a lot of initials, but I don't publicize them as them as lead generation tools. The experience and the knowledge is the worth to the public.

Mar 07, 2016 09:56 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I learned  alot from the courses.

Mar 07, 2016 09:32 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

A handful and yes the ones taken have enhanced my carreer.

Mar 07, 2016 09:13 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

ACF, Forester, Yes, they do.

Mar 09, 2016 04:36 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

A few years back my CRS was the most valuable, and probably still is.   The e-Pro sure prepared me for the Internet and CNE helps with the negotiations.

Mar 08, 2016 11:06 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

My JD has been helpful. The rest were a source of knowledge but cost a lot to maintain.

Mar 08, 2016 08:14 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 I used to have some designations  pertinent to this industry I did not see where it really helped.

Mar 08, 2016 06:18 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Anthony. Unfortunately the public could care less, I never share them.

Mar 08, 2016 05:33 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

The education has helped me in my business and I have gotten some referrals because I was a CRS.

Mar 08, 2016 12:59 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I have never had a potential client ask me about certifications or designations so I no longer advertise them although I have three. The knowledge gained from the classes has been useful on many occasions so it was definitely time and money well spent.


Mar 08, 2016 12:37 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I have a few certifications - short sale and probate ... which was helped me get business. No "designations" and it has not hurt my career.

Mar 08, 2016 11:44 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

The schooling from them helps but I have never been asked for them

Mar 08, 2016 11:25 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

They are worth what you put into them and can be a great value or no value at all.

Mar 08, 2016 10:21 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Gri, CRS, luxury.  Luspzury is probably the most useful 

Mar 08, 2016 09:46 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

None people do not get acronyms. I don't believe in all those added classes.

Mar 08, 2016 09:19 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Broker, GRI, ePro.  Broker yes the other 2 no.

Mar 08, 2016 07:08 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

The general public has no idea what the designations are unless you market your expertise.  I earrned the SRES and it HAS helped my business. Some of the designations carry respect, in my opinion.  Even though I do not have the CRS, my co-op transactions with agents that do are generally very good.  Some of the designations are "earned" with $295 and a 4 hour class and are not worth the paper they are printed on. I have been thinking about creating a new designation, the MDRE...Meaningless Designations in Real Estate. Send me $495 and I will send you a Certificate!

Mar 08, 2016 06:14 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I second Michael Jacob's answer, only mine is with Florida.

Mar 08, 2016 05:05 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

RSPS has made a difference for my business. On Kauai resort and second homes defines my luxury homes niche.

Mar 08, 2016 04:53 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

CICP, CRISC, CISA, OTAD (One Truely Awesome Dude).  I'm also certified in most of the NAR disciplines by my company.

Certificates are great for your knowledge expansion.  They suck for getting a listing because the "hiring manager" (aka seller) doesn't know what they mean.

Mar 08, 2016 04:04 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I take them more to learn then just having them after my name.

Mar 08, 2016 03:50 AM
Certified Mobile Notary Signing Agent - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Certified Mobile Notary in Virginia

In my case, it's more numbers than letters.  My clients like that I have over. 30. Years experience and the bank has been here in Virginia for over. 100. Years as a local lender.  I do have my chamber of commerce Board member plaque in my office to show local pride but everything from the President"s award to college sheepskins are in the file cabinet.  My best credentials are the referral source that sent me this client. 

Mar 08, 2016 02:19 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Only licenses. To get a broker licence I needed to do additional courses, one of them in appraisal, which was very helpful. Regarding designations - not sure.

Mar 08, 2016 02:17 AM
Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Chantilly, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

I am in consent with the most. Never earned a client because I have a particular designation. However I did learn something new from the class. Example MRP - Military Relocation Program I learned alot.  Biggest return has been my broker license. 

Mar 08, 2016 01:51 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker


                  It makes a world of difference!



Mar 08, 2016 01:41 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I dropped my ABR. CRS has been the best in terms of ongoing education and training, networking, learning from other top agents, and referrals. And I share why it is a benefit to my buyers and sellers.

Mar 07, 2016 11:32 PM
Toronto, ON

It depends on the designation or certification.

Mar 07, 2016 11:26 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Results don't lie....thats all I know and that is all they should know

Mar 07, 2016 10:55 PM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

I have none.  I don't think it does anything.  I haven't lost a listing because the seller said I didn't have any letters after my name.

Mar 07, 2016 10:09 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Real Estate Broker

Many, many others - and have let the ones that have a recurring annual fee lapse...

Mar 14, 2017 05:23 AM