Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)



Earn the most well-known designation for REALTORS who represent buyers.

Awarded to REALTORS who:

  • Pass the ABR course.
  • Pass an elective course or hold the GRI, Green or SRES designation or e-PRO certification.
  • Act as a buyer's representative in at least five closed transactions during a three-year period.
  • Mantain Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC) membership ($110 annually).
  • And, complete the designation application (see REBAC.net).

    Designees may be easily located at REALTOR.com by consumers and at REALTOR.org for referrals. Earn the ABR and receive:

  • Regular updates and marketing tips.
  • Today's Buyer's Rep monthly publication.
  • And, exclusive invitations to events.

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  • Course Descriptions:

    Required Course

    Accredited Buyer Representative

    Discover how to become an efficient and profitable buyer's representative, providing the quality of service and degree of fidelity today's buyers expect. You will:

    • Gain a thorough understanding of agency relationships, policy options and disclosure requirements.
    • Learn how to avoid conflicts of interest and reduce your legal liability.
    • Develop negotiating skills and build buyer commitment.
    Course tuition includes your first year's REBAC dues - a $110 value.

    CE Credit : 15 hours

    Cost: $295 members/$320 non-members
    Register online or click here for a registration form. Click here for the calendar of events and classes.

    Elective Courses

    BPOs: The Agent's Role in the Valuation Process

    Evaluating property values depends more than ever on professional expertise and competence, the best use of technology, and a commitment to approach the valuation assignment from all pertinent perspectives. This course will help you enhance your skills in creating BPOs, reducing risk, and applying alternative valuation methods. This course also provides elective credit for the ABR designation.

    Applicants must:

    • Be licensed for a minimum of three years.
    • Maintain an E&O Policy with coverage of at least $500,000.
    CE credit: 6 hours

    Cost: $125 members/$150 non-members

    Upcoming classes:

    Register online or click here for a registration form. Click here for the calendar of events and classes.  



    Global Real Estate: Local Markets

    Last year, foreign buyers invested more than $82 billion in residential real estate in the U.S., paid $100,000 more on average than the overall U.S. median price, and the majority paid all cash. Local Markets will show you how to connect with this client base and help you uncover global opportunities in your local market. This course provides elective credit toward the ABR designation and the RSPS certification as well.

    This course covers:

  • The advantages of international investment in the US market.
  • How to position your local real estate market in a global economy.
  • Serving foreign-born clients.
  • Building a global presence.

    CE Credit: 6.5 hours 

    Cost: $150 members/$175 non-members

    Upcoming classes:
  • Register online or click here for a registration form. Click here for the calendar of events and classes.  


    HAFA Short Sales

    This ABR elective explains the similarities and differences in the U.S. Treasury, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) programs designed to streamline and unify the short sales process.

    CE Credit: 6.5 hours

    Cost: $125 members/150 non-members 

    Upcoming classes:
    Register online or click here for a registration form. Click here for the calendar of events and classes. 

     

    Resort & Second-Home Markets Course

    Many areas include prime second-home markets and, along with resort markets, these have weathered economic changes. This course gives you the knowledge and skills you need to specialize in; buying, selling, or managing second homes in a resort, recreational, and/or vacation destination; and properties for investment, development, or retirement. This course provides elective credit for the ABR and CIPS designations.

    CE credit: 7.5 hours

    Cost: $150 for members / $175 for non-members

    Upcoming classes:
    Register online or click here for a registration form. Click here for the calendar of events and classes. 


    Short Sales and Foreclosures: What Buyer’s Representatives Need to Know

    Provides the framework for understanding how to: qualify sellers for short sales; develop a short sale package; negotiate with lenders; tap into buyer demand; safeguard commissions; limit risk; and protect buyers. This course also provides elective credit for the ABR designation.

    CE credit: 6 hours

    Cost: $125 members/$150 non-members

    Upcoming SFR courses:
    Register online or click here for a registration form. Click here for the calendar of events and classes. 
    REO: Responsibilities, Education, Opportunities for Real Estate Professionals

    Real Estate Owned (REO) asset managers want to partner with real estate professionals to sell their foreclosed assets.  By learning the responsibilities, characteristics and opportunities of REO property, you can be a partner of choice, helping banks improve their balance sheets and matching buyers with a home.  In this one-day course, you’ll learn the skills to accurately list assets, manage and present properties and understand REO property laws. You’ll leave knowing how to participate in and take advantage of business opportunities presented by the REO property market, particularly single-family homes and small multifamily properties – and access a new revenue stream.  

    CE Credit: 6 hours

    Cost: $125 for members/$150 for non-members

    This course may be used as an elective for the ABR designation.
    Register online or click here for a registration form. Click here for the calendar of events and classes. 
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    Find out more about the all-new Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI)

    The all-new GRI designation is the foundation for your success. It's designed to: increase your productivity; reduce your risk; maximize your resources; and provide solutions to your toughest challenges. Find out more and get started taking classes by visiting the GRI designation page of NYSAR.com. To apply for your GRI designation once you've satisfied all requirements, contact NYSAR directly at 800-239-4432. Please note that a $25 application fee applies. Need financial assistance? Click here for information on REALTOR scholarships.

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