Real Estate Agent Designations

In this article we will discuss real estate agent designations and how they help to set Realtors apart from those with less knowledge and experience about the field. You might be familiar with other types of professional designations such a those for project management professionals PMP or even those with MBA’s. In this post we want to provide a brief overview of some of the alphabet soup. This will help you to better understand what to look for your from your next agent. We hope this will aid in make an informed decision about who to work with.

Council of Residential Specialists CRS

The National Association of Realtors grants the The CRS designation. CRS is a difficult real estate agent designation to earn. Only 4% of Realtors nationwide are recognized as CRS agents. One major requirement is coursework in a variety of topics over the course of 30 hours of education. In order to obtain this designation Realtors must also complete 60 transactions or $30 Million in sales volume over the course of 5 years.

Certified Distressed Property Expert CDPE

CDPE is granted by its own oversight committee. This certification is earned through coursework which teaches agents how to work with properties facing short sales or foreclosures. Moreover, an agent with this knowledge is best able to help if you find yourself in this kind of situation.

Graduate of the Realtor Institute GRI

The National Association of Realtors is also responsible for granting the GRI designation. In order to obtain this certification Realtors must undergo rigorous training in legal and regulatory issues. The must also undertake coursework in professional standards and the real estate sales process. A GRI represents the pinnacle of knowledge for a Realtor. This means anyone who carries GRI behind their name will be a fantastic asset in your next real estate transaction.

Master Certified Negotiations Expert MCNE

The MCNE certification is earned through coursework under the Real Estate Negotiation Institute. Agents are provided with the knowledge of how to best advocate for their clients. Working with an agent who is an MCNE will provide you with the greatest advantage during your real estate transaction.


In order to earn the E-Pro designation Realtors must attend a two day long course put on through the National Association of Realtors NAR. The coursework includes in depth coverage of digital marketing and digital security. When an agent carries the E-Pro designation your property they will market your property professionally. Additionally, your digital information will be in excellent hands.

Does Your Real estate Agent Have Designations?

We do and we are happy to assist you in your next real estate transaction. We can also help you to find a highly certified agent almost anywhere in the world. This is because many of these designations have agent networks that we have access to. Contact us today and let us help make your real estate goals a reality.