What Certifications Should My Realtor Have?

Posted By Ryan Nielsen @ Oct 15th 2016 6:00am In: General

It is common knowledge that all realtors need to be licensed in order to practice but did you also know that realtors can increase their credibility and skill with certifications? The certifications a realtor can obtain range over a wide spectrum of focuses. They span from skills such as certified negotiating to providing better quality service to seniors citizens. It is very important to check on your realtor’s certifications because this can affect their ability to assist you in your housing goals.

General Certifications

You will almost always want to work with a realtor who has GRI and CNE certifications. GRI stands for “Graduate of Realtor Institute” and is an intensive series of classes that help realtors stay educated on the latest laws, technological developments and best practices. A GRI certification is a mark of quality and credibility for any realtor. CNE (Certified Negotiating Expert) designates a realtor who has taken extensive training in negotiation, which is a necessary piece to buying and selling properties. Both of these designations drastically increase the performance and quality of a realtor's ability to get the job done and properly represent your interests.

Focus Area Certifications

There are other more specific fields of study your realtor may be certified in. For instance, some realtors may be a certified SFR (Short Sales & Foreclosures Resource). This is helpful whether you are hoping to safely navigate the choppy waters of mortgage negotiation or the complexities of foreclosure financing.

To get even more specific, if you happen to 50+ and are looking to find a home that will fulfill both your needs for the present and the future then you want a realtor with an SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) designation. These realtors have a much better grasp on how to specifically handle your situation and get you into the home you need and want right now.

When shopping for realtor, it's important to consider your specific needs and choose a realtor with the certifications to match. Don’t settle for a realtor who has not taken the time to educate themselves on what their clients need. A realtor with certifications is better informed and prepared to handle the sale or purchase of your home. Call Cindy Petty Realty at [phone] today or reach her online through her contact page to get started.

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