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Alphabet Soup Part 1: The ABR Designation

Pat Smarto

Pat loves looking at houses and finding the right house for her buyers so she can make their home ownership dreams come true...

Pat loves looking at houses and finding the right house for her buyers so she can make their home ownership dreams come true...

Mar 22 3 minutes read

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Purchasing a home is one of the single largest financial transactions in your life. It is also a complicated process. When hiring a real estate agent to either help you purchase a new home, or sell your home, it’s important to look at which agent is the most qualified to help you.

One of the ways you can do this is to determine if they are ABR® Certified.

What Is The ABR Designation?

It is an Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR®). Real estate professionals need to constantly improve in their market, know what the latest trends are in real estate, how to handle situations and to overall be the best real estate professional they can be.

The ABR® designation provides a visible sign that the real estate professional has worked diligently to excel in buyer representation. Once they have achieved this coveted designation, they have access to a network of other highly trained professionals, marketing materials and have honed their impressive skill set.

The ABR® designation shows that the real estate professional has undergone extensive training, via classroom environment, comprehensive testing, and in-field processes with supporting documentation.

Once they have accomplished all of these things within a 3-year period, they submit their application. Based on a review of all of the documents and standards, it is then determined if the real estate agent qualifies for the ABR® designation.

Prior to receiving the ABR® designation, they must also remain active and good standing in the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) and the National Association of REALTORS®.

But their training and support does not stop at receiving the designation. Certification then provides access to networking with like-minded peers where they can constantly hone their skills by learning new techniques and trading referrals.

What Does This Mean To Buyers?

When you choose a real estate agent with the ABR® designation, you will have chosen a professional whose priority is your satisfaction.

Because they find this so important, these agents have undergone extensive and specialized training in order to deliver the best in buyer-representation services.

As you peruse the list of real estate professionals in your area, ask yourself, how do you choose one that you know will get the job done? Know has your best interests as their priority? Look no further than for the letters at the end of their name. ABR®.

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