Many times professionals from the real estate industry are talking about certification, and of course there are so many opinions.
Not too long ago I was lucky to socialize and share a longer ride with one of my favorite real estate bloggers. Margaret Goss and Alan May were very kind to share their real estate experiences with me. One of the topics was about certifications and designations in our profession.
They comfirmed and encouraged me to read ... read .. enjoy the classes ....
Even if I would not use any of the abbreviation or the customer would not care for them, I would know what they stand for. How can more knowledege hurt any one, right ?
We all learn by the experience, etc. but I read so many comments that customers, clients don't really care about the initials that some of us in the industry promote. Well sure they might not care for the abbreviation but a customer would be happy to know that you read and breath real estate.
SFR stands for Short Sale & Foreclosure Certified Resource; or Someone is Faking Real estate blah blah blah ....
Usually when I read a comment against the certifications, it is from the people who have not spent extra time for their real estate education. Many successful real estate gurus, professionals, practitioners would not say anything against the extra schooling; whit-in the industry, but in my opinion only the ones that would never take an extra class to learn or just to confirm what they already know they would talk against it.
The bottom line: If you see any of the initials for some extra credentials that agents are promoting while trying to work for you; well they went an extra mile to learn and do a better service or work for you. Of course many of us do not have any of those letters after ... GRI, CRS, SFR etc ..... it might not mean nothing to you the customers, client, right ...
So ..... here it goes ... I became SFR but I could be ABVGD too; the second one does not mean anything.
A few weeks ago I got my first certification. I succesfully closed some short sales and I still learned more in the class. So .... these are my two virtual cents on certifications.
Need help with Short Sale and or Foreclosures? I can tell you a bit from my experience, from the certificate I earned, the help from my favorite attorneys and real estate colleagues that I know.