According to the 2001 National Association of REALTORS® Member Profile survey:
Thirty-three percent of REALTORS® have a professional designation, a slight increase (one percentage point) from the 1999 Profile. The most frequently cited designations held by REALTORS® were GRI (Graduate, REALTORS® Institute) and CRS (Certified Residential Specialist, RMNI). As with affiliate membership, professional designations can significantly increase a REALTOR®'s income. Sales agents holding professional designations have incomes that are $27,000 higher, while brokers with designations earn $18,900 more per year.
Professional Designations —
REALTORS® Enhancing Their Value
A brief overview of the value of continuing education for the top real estate practitioners. Find information about the various designations and links to their websites, as well as the two NAR certifications, At Home with Diversity and e-Pro: Internet Professional.
Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI)
This national designation, delivered by the state REALTOR® associations, is designed primarily for members whose main business activity is residential real estate.
Master of Real Estate, (MRE)
Master of Real Estate could be just what you need. The Professional Development KRA created this Society to recognize members' educational accomplishments and provide you with a tool to market your accomplishments to the public.
2002 MRE Society Roster
Designation graphics & logos Are your professional designations on your business card? If not, you can easily download many of the REALTOR® family designation logos as well as the REALTOR® "block R" from NAR's online graphic standards manual.
Online education is usually delivered in two ways: learner-directed (anytime, anywhere -self study format) and teacher-directed (instructor/sponsor determines the place and direction). Build your own schedule and set your own goals.
How to Obtain C/E Credit for Distance Learning Programs
REALTOR® University Online
offers on-line courses for continuing education, professional development and designation certificates. This site also contains a calendar of course offerings by association and NAR's affiliated Institutes, Societies and Councils as well as facts, figures, resources and trends in real estate education.