Understanding Notable Real Estate Agent Designations
by Dave Robison
on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at 7:14am.
There are a few parts of the real estate process that might seem a bit confusing to those just entering this world for the first time, and one of these areas could be the various designations used for real estate agents and other professionals. There are several different kinds of real estate agents and realtors out there, and finding the right one with the proper certifications and qualifications will be important if you’re beginning a home search.
At Eagle Mountain Living, we’re proud to offer only the very best accredited real estate agents for all your homebuying needs. While the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) actually has dozens of different designations and certificates that might be held by various real estate professionals, we’ve identified four that are most commonly applicable to homebuying situations you might be taking part in. Here are some simple facts on each to be aware of.
Short for Accredited Buyer’s Representative, the ABR designation signals excellence when it comes to buyer representation. It means the agent involved has lengthy training and a proven track record in real estate transactions, and will help clients with everything from arranging financing to market conditions, finding ideal properties and much more. For those looking for a general agent who will help them with a variety of important areas, the ABR designation is a great start.
The NAR’s GREEN designation is one that’s given to real estate agents who have shown unique and significant knowledge regarding green products and technologies that relate to homeownership. This designation is a more recent one, brought on by an increasing demand on the home market for greener homes and homes that will leave a smaller footprint.
GREEN agents will help clients find several different green features, such as Energy-Star rated appliances, energy-efficient windows, properly-insulated properties and various areas of related smart home technology. They will also point you to resources that will improve home energy efficiency in several ways.
Short for Certified International Property Specialist, CIPS is a designation given to real estate agents who work across international borders. Such agents will have an understanding of unique elements like visas, currency conversions, cross-border taxes and related financing needs, plus several others down these lines. Many are fluent in multiple languages, or can offer foreign language assistance as needed.
Finally, the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation is given to agents who have specialized training to assist homebuyers and sellers over the age of 50. They will understand a wide range of senior housing options, including assisted living facilities, and can help with every facet of a move and finding the proper care level for those reaching senior age ranges.
For more on important real estate designations, or to learn about any of our homes for sale or other services, speak to the staff at Eagle Mountain Living today.