Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I have no idea what younger agents think. Majority of new agents don't last very long in the business in any event. I have these designations and they are a source of referral business to me year after year.

Sep 27, 2016 09:24 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

The education is fine but some of the newer agents should be studying ETHICS.

Sep 27, 2016 09:20 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I doubt it. They don't matter much to me, and I'm not in the "younger" category.

As an aside, there was a time when I had to hire people in my corporate career. I didn't care where the interviewees got their degree. They could have a high degree from a ivy league school but if they came into that interview and displayed lack of common sense, determination, ability to learn, kindness, etc., I'd rather give the job to someone with a high school education who had those traits. I feel the same way about designations. If the person who has them performs better because of them, getting them matters. If they now just have a string of alphabet capitals after their name, but nothing has changed, they don't matter.

Sep 27, 2016 09:13 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I think that newer agents are obsessed with them personally. They will find out soon enough that the public just doesn't care. I agree that the info they provide is pretty lame for the most part.

Sep 27, 2016 09:58 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I don't think ANYONE outside our industry knows what designations mean or even care about them

Sep 27, 2016 11:41 PM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

I am all for the education but not sure about the abbreviations.

Sep 27, 2016 08:43 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've said it before and I'll say it again, designations mean nothing to the general public.  They are simply a scam put on by the NAR to extort more money out of the sheep.


My favorite one is the GRI!  I've seen amazing feats of stupidity conducted by people oh so proud and boastful of their GRI designation.

Sep 28, 2016 02:48 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I believe all education matters.  Are there more valuable forms of education? Probably.   That said, I think the CRS carries the most weight and value as far as designations go.

Sep 28, 2016 12:57 AM
Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

I've never given any weight to these designations other than the information gained - not sure why, other than vanity agents even add them to the end of the names - no one knows what they mean or stand for

Sep 28, 2016 12:02 AM
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

As a younger agent (at heart) I'll answer that; yes...but, for the education and strategies, not the designation itself...necessarily. I take lots of training that offers no certificate or designation, but I still take it. I don't need a designation to claim my expertise either. 

Sep 27, 2016 11:56 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Likely the same answer as for not-so-young agents - it depends on the individual.   I'm sure N.A.R. has either done or is contemplating such a study.

Sep 27, 2016 10:23 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No; however in our market agents getting started are older not younger.

Sep 27, 2016 10:21 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

It didn't seem important too me in 1990 when I was licensed and young and that was before everything was available on the internet. Was there an internet yet back then? 

Sep 27, 2016 10:18 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

have not asked them

Sep 27, 2016 08:30 PM
Monique Combs
Royal Shell Real Estate - Bonita Springs, FL
Royal Shell Real Estate - Monique Combs

I don't think so.. I have never been asked in 24 years about designations. 

Oct 14, 2016 01:50 AM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I don't think the general public knows the difference.  

Oct 07, 2016 07:20 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 think they mean less today than they did years ago.

Oct 02, 2016 06:57 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Only if they learn from the classes.

Sep 29, 2016 10:10 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I get turn off by them, I know one old timer that has so many on his business card but he does 2 deals a year.


Sep 29, 2016 04:56 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

They are more worried about making connections and money

Sep 28, 2016 04:07 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I could care less about them and I have NEVER had a client ask.  One local broker is a bit obsessed with them. 

Sep 28, 2016 03:24 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Alphabet soup.  What do they mean to the Public?

Sep 28, 2016 09:46 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

i think younger agents should focus on learning to market; securing guidance from a mentor; attending basic training classes.... and once the agent is on his/her way, then the GRI and CRS designations would be worthwhile...

Sep 28, 2016 03:31 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

That might depend on the agent, their prior experience, education, background. Some new agents bring a lot of business, negotiation and contract skills to the table .... 

Sep 28, 2016 02:32 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Not as much are real world knowledge and experience.

Sep 28, 2016 02:09 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist


Sep 28, 2016 12:10 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

With all due respect: You can give out designations as they are not regulated. CSP...customer service rep or SSH special sale handling etc. So now what?

Sep 27, 2016 11:53 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

They are a source of referrals and offer good education. There are alternatives that are less costly.

Sep 27, 2016 11:41 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Dennis Swartz I think younger agents are more worried about getting business.

Sep 27, 2016 11:39 PM
Jeanne Feenick
NextHome Premier - Basking Ridge, NJ
The Agent you choose REALLY does make a difference

Training is crucial, but in my experience the mentoring I have received over the years was more beneficial than an hour here or there to earn a designation. 

Sep 27, 2016 11:05 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I am very proud of the designations that I have earned at this point. I do it for myself and not the public.

Sep 27, 2016 10:51 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Education is IMPORTANT.

However, the stuff being sold to agents by the real estate failure system is completely mis-aligned with the reality and expectation of ANYONE younger that 30.

These newbies WILL change real estate as we know it. And this change can not come soon enough.

Those agents who have a death grip on the tiller of the ship christened "The Old Guard" are in for turbulent times.

The age of empowerment and collaboration is upon us. We THINK we know what that means, but the reality is, if we hold fast to established perceptions, we will go down holding tight the tiller demise.

Those designations, as I have said for years,  appended to one name, are simply red flags altering others to the ego of a real estate agent.

Sep 27, 2016 10:51 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Designations are like a college education. You can have them and still not know anything. Having 'elders' to pass down the really important stuff is what makes you good at what you do. That and the hands-on experience of enough failures and successes to know which is which. So nothing has really changed in thousands of years. LOL

Sep 27, 2016 10:43 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Oklahoma has an excellent GRI program and CRS is still robust.

Sep 27, 2016 10:19 PM
LeAnn Sink - Realtor Knoxville, TN
United Real Estate Solutions - Knoxville, TN
#ThinkSink when you need an agent.

No doubt that the education behind them is extremely valuable, but I feel the younger generation will feel that they are old school and just won't care. It takes time to build these and I don't think they have the patience. 

Sep 27, 2016 10:16 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No idea.

Sep 27, 2016 09:58 PM
Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

I'm not younger, but I am newer. In any industry, I'm all for ongoing education to supplement on the job experience. Where I tend to draw the line is where obtaining a certification of some sort is quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive, but maintaining it is a yearly cost. To me, that smacks of pure income stream to the certifying entity and does nothing for the broker/agent.

The certifications that take time to earn and which do not require yearly "maintenance" fees, on the other hand, can be worthwhile I think. 

Sep 27, 2016 09:38 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Not really.  Newer agent would be better off focusing on getting appointments and new business.

Sep 27, 2016 09:32 PM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Training is never a waste but the cost to maintain is another story. 

Sep 27, 2016 09:29 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

They do not matter much to consumers either who do not know what they mean. To the new agents, they want to start at the top

Sep 27, 2016 09:16 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

No. The education is fine but the annual costs are not worth it.

Sep 27, 2016 07:51 PM