Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)
This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate BUYER'S AGENT Council ("REBAC") of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria. A buyer's representative will: Evaluate the specific needs and wants of the buyer and locate properties that fit those specifications. Assist the buyer in determining the amount that they can afford (pre-qualify), and show properties in that price range and locale. Assist in viewing properties -- accompany the buyer on the showings, or preview the properties on behalf of the buyer to insure that the identified specifications are met. Research the selected properties to identify any problems or issues to help the buyer make an informed decision prior to making an offer to purchase the property. Advise the buyer on structuring an appropriate offer to purchase the selected property. Present the offer to the seller's agent and the seller on the buyer's behalf. Negotiate on behalf of the buyer to help obtain the identified property -- keeping the buyer's best interests in mind. Review and explain all legal documents to the buyer. Assist in securing appropriate financing for the selected property. Provide a list of potential qualified vendors (e.g. movers, attorneys, carpenters, etc.) if these services are needed. Most importantly, fully-represent the buyer throughout the real estate transaction.
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
To fill the specific residential needs of home buyers and sellers, the Residential Sales Council of the National Association of Realtors instituted a class of expert real estate professional: The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS). How can a CRS help me? Every CRS has undergone a rigorous, specialized course of detailed training, aimed at making residential transactions as smooth and worry-free as possible. A CRS brings special qualifications to your needs: Membership in a local Board, State Association, and the National Association Realtors. Every CRS is part of a much larger network of real estate professionals. Successful completion of the courses leading to the Certified Residential Specialist designation - one of the most successful residential real estate educational programs in the country. Every CRS is a real estate professional equipped with special expertise, thanks to advanced study in listing, selling, investment, taxes and more. A history of demonstrated sales performance through the documented execution of residential sales transactions. What this means is that when you work with a CRS, you're working with someone who is more connected, more knowledgeable, and more experienced. What if my needs are special? If anything about your transaction is special, seek out a specialist. It's as simple as that. Only 2% of all Realtors and REALTOR-ASSOCIATES have earned the right to be called a CRS. Only 2% have developed special residential sales skills and enhanced their residential sales knowledge through study, dedication and experiences. A CRS can help you optimize your transaction by identifying better prospects, clarifying investment potential, and helping you understand tax ramifications. It all adds up to one thing: better service. What special qualifications does a CRS bring to my transaction? Your trust in a CRS is well-earned, thanks to these distinctive credentials: A professional designation of residential specialty, the highest in the industry A higher level of education in residential sales Professional affiliation with thousands of other real estate professionals on the local and national levels Up-to-the-minute industry information, with respect to taxes, investment, legislation, and other areas of critical importance Local market knowledge - special residential expertise unique to your area Put your trust in the best. Get the job done right wit the help of a Certified Residential Specialist.