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HomeSelling Your HomeWhen choosing a Realtor, how do I know what all of those abbreviations mean behind the agent's name?

12. When choosing a Realtor, how do I know what all of those abbreviations mean behind the agent's name?

Well, believe it or not, all of those letters stand for Realtor designations. Agents are required to take a certain amount of continuing education classes each year to maintain their real estate license. Many times, they'll choose an area to focus on in order to specialize in it. Below are some of the most common designations, which indicate they have specialized knowledge about a certain topic or are members of different real estate associations.

ABR Accredited Buyer Representative
CBR Columbus Board of Realtors Member
CCIM Certified Commercial Investment Member
CIPS Certified International Property Specialist
CNHS Certified New Homes Specialist
CRB Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager
CRS Certified Residential Specialist
GRI Graduate Realtor Institute
NAR National Board of Realtors Member
RRS Residential Relocation Specialist

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