RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

NOV 2014

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136 November 2014 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE Specialized Learning Leads to Increased Sales Increased marketability is a key beneft REALTORS® gain when they secure an NAR designation or certifca- tion. According to the 2013 NAR Member Survey, the median annual income of REALTORS® with no designa- tion 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 certifcations that enable REALTORS® to become experts in a variety of real es- tate specialties. While you may be familiar with some of our more popular programs, take time to explore other options designed to keep your offce on top of today's changing markets: 8 Certifed 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. 8 Military Relocation Professional (MRP) The newest NAR certifcation, MRP educates REALTORS® about working with current and former U.S. service mem- bers, veterans and their families to fnd the housing solu- tions that best suit their needs and to help them take full advantage of available benefts and support. Covered are the basics of VA fnancing and an understanding of the processes and procedures involved in military relocation. 8 Seniors 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 refnancing residential or investment properties. By earning the SRES® designa- tion, REALTORS® are prepared to approach mature cli- ents 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 offcial designation and certifcation courses through REALTOR® University. It's the perfect time for you and your agents to increase your profes- sionalism, marketability, profciency and income through pursuance of an offcially endorsed NAR designation or certifcation. re:source 8Visit www.REALTOR.org/designations to learn more about all NAR designation and certifcation courses and continuing education opportunities. Master of Real Estate REALTOR® University offers a Master of Real Estate de- gree 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 differenti- ate themselves with concentrations that cater specif- cally to the practical needs of real estate professionals. To learn more, visit: www.RealtorU.com . RE S uccessful 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 certifcation programs designed to help busy REALTORS® stay ahead of the curve, maintain ethical practices, and manage proftable businesses that are built to last. {re: Real Estate} REALTOR ® DESIGNATION AWARENESS MONTH EMPHASIZES BENEFITS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION "REALTORS® have access to advanced education, designation and certifcation programs, tailored to virtually every real estate specialty. Beyond building skills, knowledge and productivity, these prestigious programs enhance the professional image of REALTORS® and take our members to the next level." - Vicky Hammond 2014 Chair of the Professional Development Committee

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