QSC - Quality Service Certified
To become Quality Service Certified®, a real estate practitioner must complete the Quality Service Certification education program, pass a written examination and sign a commitment to follow a prescribed procedure that is presented and communicated in writing to every home seller and home buyer. Following the closing of each home sale or purchase, Leading Research Corporation sends the consumer a comprehensive survey asking critical questions about the details and overall satisfaction of service provided by the sales person and broker. The sales person's ability to maintain QSC status is dependent upon satisfactory service evaluation feedback from home buyers and sellers like you. A QSC professional commits to communicating and following a proven service process, provides a Guarantee of service performance and agrees to have his or her service evaluated after each closing through a customer satisfaction survey administered by Leading Research Corporation. Survey results and the record of past
clients' satisfaction are available to prospective clients. This means that for the first time YOU have the ability to identify the capabilities and the service performance record of a real estate practitioner from a qualitative rather than just a quantitative perspective.
GRI - Graduate Realtor Institute
5% of licensed real estate agents in Illinois hold the GRI® (Graduate EALTOR® Institute) designation. Members of the Illinois Association of Realtors ® obtain this designation by completing three undergraduate courses and passing tests on the course material. Each course is comprised of approximately 30 hours of classroom instruction, totaling 0 hours for the designation. Intense coursework includes license law, ethics and arbitration, agency and fair housing taxation, income investment properties and property disclosure. Each course is four days long and is divided into convenient two-day modules. GRI is the most recognized professional designation in the real estate industry. The designation is conferred on qualified individuals by the State Association of REALTORS®, with educational requirements established by the National Association of REALTORS®.
ABR - Accredited Buyer Representative
More than one million people in the United States are licensed to sell real
estate. Of these licensees, fewer than 2% hold the ABR® (Accredited Buyer Representative) designation. The ABR designation focuses on evaluating a client's specific needs and wants and searching out properties that fit those specifications. Market values are determined by many factors, such as the availability of similar properties at competitive prices, locations and conditions. An ABR representative is trained to provide market data to help you establish the best offering price. From the initial selection of properties, all the way through contract negotiations and settlement, ABR designees are specifically committed to representing your best interests when buying a home. To be awarded the ABR designation, one must complete a two day class as well as an additional one day elective. They must pass both exams and submit roof of buyer represented sales as well as be a member in good standing with the National Association of Realtors ®.
ASR - Accredited Seller Representative
Designation requirements include the completion of the 12 hour class and passing the course exam, submitting documentation of the required number of closed seller represented transactions and letters of recommendation from past clients. Unlike other sellers' agents, ASR® designees have a roven industry track record. Each designee must hold and exemplify a strong commitment to exceed seller expectations throughout all aspects of the real estate transaction. ASR Seller Agents are trained and committed to deliver to today's seller true "value added services." This has a major impact on the quality of representation to you, the seller, as well as potential possibilities to the financial bottom line. Remember, whenever possible, ASR Seller Agents are committed to providing exclusive representation to you, which simply means placing your interests above that of others in the real estate transaction. Committed to adhering to a stringent standard of ethics, ASR Seller Agents are to demonstrate complete honesty in pricing as well as thoroug research and preparation in completing and presenting the property market analysis. A further and most important commitment of ASR Seller Agents is to demonstrate ethical conduct and integrity in every aspect of their real estate career.
ALHS – Accredited Luxury Home Specialist
The Accredited Luxury Home Specialist designation is administered by the Luxury Home Council and is dedicated to providing high quality information and training to real estate professionals who work in the luxury home market. Through their affiliation with premier real estate training organizations, website, and marketing experts they have created a course specifically tailored to the unique needs of the luxury home market. ALHS designees must complete a two day course and pass a written exam as well as provide proof of transactions that meet the ALHS requirements and be a member in good standing with the Luxury Home Council. There are only 1500 members of the Luxury Home Council.
CNE - Certified Negotiation Expert
This designation's precise curriculum uses leading edge negotiation practices and techniques used by fortune 500 companies throughout the U.S. for years. Strong focus is placed on knowing how to get more and give less, building trust based relationships, how to draw information easily from the opposing side, how to turn learned information into knowledge, mastering innovative problem-solving techniques and lastly, how to persuade and influence the other side to accept opposing terms. The Certified Negotiation Expert Designation course focuses on providing proven approaches, techniques and tools for successfully negotiating the strongest outcome for Buyers and Sellers. The CNE designation is currently held by less then 4,000 Realtors nationwide