Are Agent Designations Really Worth Anything?

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Agent designations are available from a variety of sources. Agents can take a course to become a Certified Negotiation Expert or a Senior Real Estate Specialist. But are these certifications worth the paper they are printed on? Let’s take a look at how you can decide if it is worth earning a designation or if you should trust an agent because of a certification. Continue reading

Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS)

Buying a vacation home is a major purchase, and while it is not a primary home, it should not be completed hastily. If you are looking to buy a second home, a Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) is an agent specially trained on helping you find and purchase the perfect property for your needs. Continue reading

Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist (CPRES)

Nobody likes losing a loved one. The loss of a family member is a hard thing to experience in any circumstance, but dealing with the legal hassles of wills and estates makes the grieving process even worse. A Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist (CPRES) designated agent has special training to deal with this very situation, and can help alleviate some of the difficulty of this unpleasant time. Continue reading

Certified Urban Expert (CUE)

Around the world, there is a large trend of rural families moving into urban cities, and this trend is true here in the United States as well. With more people moving into cities, urban real estate is becoming more important than ever. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in an urban center, the services of a Certified Urban Expert (CUE) designated real estate agent might be perfect for you. Continue reading

VA & Military Real Estate Specialist (VAMRES)

As an active duty military member, you regularly have to move around the country, and sometimes internationally, to fulfill your duties. As a veteran, you may have special needs and requirements when buying a home, such as proximity to a military base or VA facility. Any agent can help you buy and sell a home, but only a VA & Military Real Estate Specialist (VAMRES) designated agent has taken the time to become a certified specialist in meeting your needs. Continue reading

Real Estate Investment Advisor (REIA)

Most people get their first taste of real estate buying their first home, but some people get bit by the property bug and have a desire and drive to invest in properties for additional income, or a career. Whether you are looking to buy your first investment property or are a seasoned investor, working with a qualified agent will serve you well. Continue reading

Accredited Staging Professional (ASP)

When you are selling a home, you want to get the best price possible. No one wants to walk away from a sale feeling like they could have brought in $1,000, $10,000, or more on the table. To help potential buyers get a better connection with the property, it can help to show the home as if it were lived in, rather than empty. If you need help selling, an Accredited Staging Professional, or ASP, is a real estate agent with a specialty in staging a home to sell for the best price. Continue reading

International Real Estate Specialist (IRES)

The United States is the 3rd largest country in the world, and there is no shortage of real estate opportunities to invest, buy, and sell real estate domestically. However, it is a big world, and opening up your real estate to include other countries offers a near limitless opportunity. Agents with the International Real Estate Specialist (IRES) designation have taken steps to help you buy or sell a property no matter where you in the world you want to go. Continue reading

Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS)

Some homes are average homes, and others stand out from the rest. Luxury homes are houses at the top of the market that command a premium price, and not all agents are experienced in handling luxury homes listings. If you are buying or selling a high end home, an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS) might be exactly what you are looking for. Continue reading