Reposted from the RisMedia article originally found here.
Successful REALTORS® are required to keep current on a wide range of evolving issues, including technology, changing legalities, highly-specialized transactions and many other central components of our business. This is why the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) offers a series of designation and certification programs designed to help busy REALTORS® stay ahead of the curve, maintain ethical practices, and manage profitable businesses that are built to last.
Specialized Learning Leads to Increased Sales
Increased marketability is a key benefit REALTORS® gain when they secure an NAR designation or certification. According to the 2013 NAR Member Survey, the median annual income of REALTORS® with no designation was $33,500 vs. $61,000 for those with at least one designation, a difference of $27,600.
Continuing Education Encompassing a Variety of Specialties
NAR and its Institutes, Societies and Councils offer numerous designations and certifications that enable REALTORS® to become experts in a variety of real estate specialties. While you may be familiar with some of our more popular programs, take time to explore other options designed to keep your office on top of today’s changing markets:
- Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS)
International buyers are a growing segment of the real estate market both in the U.S. and overseas. CIPS will provide you with the knowledge and skills to globalize your business.
- Military Relocation Professional (MRP)
The newest NAR certification, MRP educates REALTORS® about working with current and former U.S. service members, veterans and their families to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and to help them take full advantage of available benefits and support. Covered are the basics of VA financing and an understanding of the processes and procedures involved in military relocation.
- 8Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®)
This designation is for REALTORS® who want to be able to meet the special needs of maturing Americans when selling, buying, relocating, or refinancing residential or investment properties. By earning the SRES® designation, REALTORS® are prepared to approach mature clients with the best options and information for them to make life-changing decisions.
REALTOR® Designation Awareness Month
November is REALTOR® Designation Awareness Month. Throughout the month, members can enjoy 20 percent off of online NAR official designation and certification courses through REALTOR® University. It’s the perfect time for you and your agents to increase your professionalism, marketability, proficiency and income through pursuance of an officially endorsed NAR designation or certification.
Visit www.REALTOR.org/designations to learn more about all NAR designation and certification courses and continuing education opportunities.
Master of Real Estate
REALTOR® University offers a Master of Real Estate degree for real estate professionals who are interested in furthering their education to enhance their career and improve their business. REALTOR® University’s Master of Real Estate helps brokers and their agents differentiate themselves with concentrations that cater specifically to the practical needs of real estate professionals.
For more information, visit www.RealtorU.com.