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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't think I'll be pursuing any designations other than "Sold" for 2016.

Dec 03, 2015 04:15 AM
Nancy Bergman
Pearson and Associates Real Estate Team - Sandy, UT
Communication is Key - 858-617-9449

I got my MRP - Military Relocation Professional Certification. I like the information because I am in San Diego and we have a ton of military in the area. Other than this one, I don't think the public knows what the letters stand for anyway. If you feel its important, go for the knowledge. 

Dec 03, 2015 12:37 PM
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

For the most part, my reputation and client testimonials are my best designation. In my humble opinion, I find that most designations really don't have much meaning, especially to consumers. They could really care less. So many agents seem to highlight them simply to impress other agents. Big whoop! Having said that, there has been some credible value in the past with the CRS designation...

Dec 03, 2015 07:49 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kelly and Ryan,

I second Gabe Sanders .  That is the only designation that matters in the long run.  A

Dec 03, 2015 05:41 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

when I was active in real estate, I had 9 of them.... the most useful one was CRS....

Dec 03, 2015 10:38 PM
Blatt + Cutino
Coldwell Banker Realty - Monterey, CA
Broker-Associate 831/206-8070*Call today*

For several years I planned to get my broker license. This past summer I did it!

Dec 03, 2015 09:33 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I find they don't have a great deal of meaning to the public.  If you take them for the knowledge gained only, I say go for it.  If you think anyone will be impressed by them, not so much!

Dec 03, 2015 09:46 AM
Judith Sinnard
SMARTePLANS; Houston, Texas - Houston, TX

Outstanding WebAward for Real Estate in 2015 .... competed against over 1500 entries in 40 countries, and independently judged on seven categories in this 17th year of judging by the Web Marketing Association.  Woo-hoo! (I'm still pretty excited about this...)

Dec 03, 2015 07:22 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I am with Susan Emo on this one. I have my CRS, ABR and GRI and I don't think they do any good with the public

Dec 03, 2015 11:02 PM
Wendy Remley
Utah Prestige Real Estate - Syracuse, UT

I received my Military Relocation Professional designation. We have a lot of military people here, and my clients are often choosing VA loans. I've learned a lot over the years, but wanted the formal training so I could better serve my clients who have served me.

Dec 03, 2015 10:14 PM
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

I did not pursue any designations in 2015 but I did attend many training sessions and workshops.  For me, learning is not about the designation as much as about being knowledgeable.  So not sure what will fit into my busy schedule during 2016, but I will be attending some type of training to keep sharp.

Dec 03, 2015 04:39 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I will be getting my ABR in 2016.  Maybe some more.

Dec 03, 2015 11:08 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I received a key designation for the market here on Kauai, Resort and Second-Home Specialist. 

Dec 03, 2015 11:03 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I have three designations that I have had for years and don't plan to get any more.

Dec 03, 2015 08:42 AM
Cathy Bradley
The Cummings Company - Mobile, AL
Converting Transactions Into Relationships

Will hopefully get a designation in 2016 or 2017

Dec 03, 2015 10:59 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Not for me; it was a year of expansion.

Dec 03, 2015 10:30 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I did  not and don't see any news ones in my future.  

Dec 03, 2015 09:57 PM
Sharon Kowitz
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

I love this question and think those of us who are full time need to continue our education in order to better our service for our clients.

Sharon Kowitz

Top 25 Agents in the Triangle ~ Triangle Business Journal
Relocation Certified Specialist
Gold Sales Club - Top Producer
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Dec 03, 2015 09:32 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Not me.  I am done with those.

Dec 03, 2015 09:25 PM
Toronto, ON

An interesting question.  However, I don't know who tracks how many people receive various designations.

Dec 03, 2015 01:22 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Kelly Cummings and Ryan Cummings nothing new this year - however, I should add a designation in 2016/7. 

Dec 03, 2015 01:01 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I did not get any new designations in 2015 but got 2 in 2014. I have not plans to take on more in 2016 but will take plenty of education.

Dec 03, 2015 11:01 AM
Chris Lima
Turtle Reef Realty - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

I do not have any formal designations. However; I was able to take several classes over the last year.  It's so important to try and keep yourself in the loop.

Dec 03, 2015 09:24 PM
Dusty Rhoton SRS, MRES, ABR, SRES, GRI
RE/MAX Fine Properties - Flagstaff, AZ
Northern Arizona Real Estate

Yes I received my Second Home Specialist Designation this year and have all the classes lined up in 2016 to receive my GRI. in 1 year - not 5!

I really have learned quite a bit with the 4 designations I have and with each class taught I walk away learning something new.   Of course, I love learning and It really does keep me on the top of my game. 

Many new clients have commented that when they see the designations behind my name online - althought they don't know what they mean - they feel more confident calling on me to help them find a new home.  And it must be working as I have remained a multi-million dollar producer every year!  

So, I highly recommend getting a designation or at least taking classes above what the minimum requirements are.  Knowledge is very important in our industry with all the constant change. 


Dec 03, 2015 09:01 PM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

I received two just before 2014 ended.


I don't pursue designations for the public (but I will highlight them in my promotional literature) but rather for my own knowledge. I find that the designations I have give me some important tools to use in my business.


Dec 03, 2015 08:53 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I am not going to get any more designations. I do not like to pay annual dues.

Dec 03, 2015 08:49 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 I often wondered how designations really helped real estate agents.

Dec 03, 2015 06:11 PM
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 don't feel that anything other than "broker" will ever be behind my name. Even then, I will only get that as a challenge to myself, nothing more.

Dec 03, 2015 05:42 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I did not. 

Dec 03, 2015 11:09 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Designations are not for me.  I keep current on legal updates and know my local market well ... that's all I need. The average Joe Public does not know what all of the EIEIO's behind names mean anyway.  I did get certified for short sales and last year for probate ... but I see designations and certifications as two different animals.

Dec 03, 2015 10:13 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I didn't get any designations in 2015. There's only a few more I would like to get...due to the course material, but I'm holding off a bit. I'm just a bit busy for a very long involved course. 

Dec 03, 2015 08:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

No new designations for me. I dropped my designations years ago because of the cost.

Dec 03, 2015 08:09 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

I did not.  I see them all the time, working with an agent now who has so many they do not all fit on one line on his email signature (no, I am not kidding).  Even though he has all those, a branch manager, had to correct him several times on this transactions on things he didnt know.   There is no replacing experience and I give that more credit than sitting in classes.  For RE the exceptions are broker designation(s) and Masters in Real Estate at a college.   Just my opinion.

Dec 03, 2015 07:58 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have five designations right now, and this year was too busy to work on another, and maybe not 2016 either.

Dec 03, 2015 06:08 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Not interested in designation. 

Thank you

Sam Shueh

Dec 03, 2015 06:04 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I'm considering starting back with CCIM, but haven't decided if i'll pursue any others.

Dec 03, 2015 05:06 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

None for 2015 but will be taking ABR in 2016.

Dec 03, 2015 04:48 AM
Kelly Cummings and Ryan Cummings
The Cummings Company - Mobile, AL
Your Real Estate Consultants For Life!!!

We got our SRS (Sellers Representative Specialist).

Will be getting our GRI in 2016.

Dec 03, 2015 04:08 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Kelly and Ryan - I am very into continuing my education, and keeping updated with real estate trends, but really have no interest in getting a designation just to say I am ABR certified. I will take classes that enhance my professionalism.

Dec 05, 2015 02:22 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

No and No

Dec 04, 2015 04:20 AM
Jessica Friedland
RE/MAX Infinity Group - Spokane, WA
Real Estate Broker in WA and ID

No new designations this year for me. We work hard on our reputation and service so others will reccomend us. I find the best and most loyal clients are those who have been referred to me.

Dec 04, 2015 03:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've earned all the designations I wanted years ago. No plans for 2016, either.

Dec 04, 2015 03:09 AM
Amelia Robinette
NoVa House and Home - Frankly Realty - Falls Church, VA
Education, Innovation, Service

I got the SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) designation. I lost a listing to another agent who had it, so not going to let that happen again! I work with a lot of seniors and letters mean more to them than other demographics.

Dec 04, 2015 01:38 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I took a break from designations this year but worked on establishing contacts and relationships in the  CRS network this year. 

Dec 03, 2015 08:28 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

These are only a priority for those selling them.

Feb 24, 2019 10:05 PM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

i did not, but am looking into some new ones for 2016.

May 03, 2016 04:46 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I am interested in obtaining the CIPS but otherwise have no plans for any others

Feb 15, 2016 12:09 PM
Jaretta Buckholtz
Pearson Smith Realty, LLC - Manassas, VA

I did not pursue one, but I thought about it.  I have asked other Realtors about designations and they have reported that the designation has not gotten them much more business because many people do not know what these designations mean.  So, if I get any additional education that carries a designation, I probably will not attach the designation to may name.  Additionally I hear that it costs me to have the designation recognized and that does NOT make me happy at all.

Dec 21, 2015 10:26 PM
Corey R. Roberts
Keller Williams Realty—Yuba Sutter - Yuba City, CA
Turning Dreams into Realty.

I will go after the ABR this coming year!

Dec 16, 2015 09:43 AM
Carole L. MacCollum
Broker/Realtor 207-337-4792

A few months ago, I took the leap and opened my own company.  Designated Broker, I am!  :-)


Dec 10, 2015 03:31 AM
Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

No new designations this past year, but our local board has a new certification they rolled out called " Excellence in Professionalism- Gold Key Certification" and over 10% have taken the class (over 1000 agents and brokers) .

I am a firm believer in continuing education, not so much to gain a designation but to stay current with trends, laws and the camaraderie at our local board... 
However I must say I just got a listing referral last week due to having the GRI designation .
Next year I will take AHWD course.

Dec 10, 2015 01:31 AM
James (Jim) Lawson, DBA LLC - Bonita Springs, FL
Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE

Did not receive any new designations this year. However, I did upgrade my license to broker. It was enough studying for one year!

Dec 09, 2015 01:44 PM
J Perrin Cornell
Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate - Wenatchee, WA

I like the SOLD idea too. However I did get a new designation...VAMRES

Dec 06, 2015 10:50 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

I did not persue any designations this year, but I did take courses for credits towards my Brokers license.  It took me a year to complete the courses.  Taking a little time off from studying to refresh and will begin studying for my exam in January.  Expect to take the exam and pass no later than February.

Dec 06, 2015 09:50 PM
Tracy Lee Parker
RE/MAX DFW Associates - Royse City, TX

I have not pursed a new designation in many years... See Dusty Baker featured post today...1percent of sellers and buyers care about your designations! However, I think they are great to take and learn from. I am thinking of taking the one for property manangers soon. 

Dec 06, 2015 02:04 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

No I didn't and I have no plans to do so in 2016.

Dec 06, 2015 12:37 AM
Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
#11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World

No New designations this year  YET>>>> But I hope to get in the SRES still this year,  or January 2016

Dec 05, 2015 11:27 AM