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Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)



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

Awarded to REALTORS who:

  • Complete the ABR required 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.
  • Maintain 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.

    Click here to see what some recent participants had to say.

    Click here to watch a video from ABR instructor Roseann Farrow. 
  • 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. Satisfies New York State two-hour agency coursework requirement. 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
    • February 20 -21 in Utica
    • June 12 -13 in Syracuse
    • August 01 -02 in Rochester
    • October 28 -29 in Corning
    • October 28 -29 in West Babylon
    Register online or click here for a registration form. Click here for the calendar of events and classes.

    Elective Course Options

    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:
    • February 27 in White Plains
    • October 01 in East Elmhurst

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

    Global Real Estate: Transaction Tools

    This course explains the concepts and tools to serve clients in a global market including: how to research markets; convert metric measures; monitor currency trends; and alert clients to tax and visa matters effecting their transactions.

    This course covers:

  • Researching foreign and local markets and compiling dossiers of market information.
  • Alerting clients to currency, fund transfer, and financing issues, and guide them to seek expert advice.
  • Convert and combine currency, area, and time calculations.
  • Alert foreign clients and customers to tax considerations of real estate transactions.
  • Compile, organize, and present financial data so that clients can make informed decisions
  • Identify properties that meet the personal and investment objectives of clients and customers

    CE Credit: 7.5 hours 

    Cost: $150 members/$175 non-members

    Upcoming classes:
    • February 28 in White Plains
    • October 02 in East Elmhurst
    Register online or click here for a registration form. Click here for the calendar of events and classes.  


    Military Relocation Professional (MRP)

    Serve those who serve our country.
     When military staff and their families relocate, the services of a real estate professional who understands their needs and timetables makes the transfer easier, faster and less stressful. 

    This certification course teaches you to how to help current and former military service members find housing solutions that best suit their needs and make best use of their available benefits. 

    CE credit: 6.5 hours

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

    To earn the MRP certification, complete pre-class assignment, pass course, view two one-hour webinars and submit application with $195 one-time fee.  This course may be used as an elective for the ABR designation.
     

    Click here to register or call 800-239-4432 x219. To register via mail or fax, click here for a registration form in PDF format.

    Upcoming classes:

    • April 05 in Watertown
    • April 11 in Goshen
    • October 21 in East Elmhust
    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:
    • June 04 in Riverhead
    • September 18 in Staten Island
    Register online or click here for a registration form. Click here for the calendar of events and classes. 

     

    Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) Certification
     
    Enhance your skills in pricing properties, creating CMAs, working with appraisers, and guiding clients through the anxieties and misperceptions they often have about home values with NAR’s Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) certification.  
     
    To earn the Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) Certification:
  • Be a member in good standing of NAR.
  • Complete the Pricing Strategies course.
  • Complete two free webinars.
  • Submit a one-time application and fee of $179.
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    Certificate holders may be searched on REALTOR.com and REALTOR.org and receive a monthly e-newsletter.
     
    Pricing Strategies: Mastering the CMA Course
    6 Hours CE credit 
    Cost: $150 for NAR members
     
    Description: The 21st century has presented multiple challenges to the real estate industry, notably a housing boom and rising property values in the early 2000s, followed by economic decline, mortgage defaults and a very unsettled marketplace that has only recently begun to stabilize.  Determining property values depends more than ever on professional expertise and competence, the best use of technology tools and a commitment to approaching the pricing assignment from all relevant perspectives.  This course is designed to help residential real estate agents and brokers enhance their skills in providing clients property pricing guidance, creating CMAs, working with appraisers and educating clients on potential misconceptions about home values.
     

    Upcoming classes include: 

    • February 06 in White Plains
    • May 21 in Staten Island
    • July 12 in Rochester
    • November 14 in Riverhead
    • June 04 in Riverhead
    • September 18 in Staten Island
    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:
    • June 27 in Riverhead
    • October 17 in Johnson City
    Register online or click here for a registration form. Click here for the calendar of events and classes. 
    Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES)

    Gain the unique skills necessary to provide professional real estate consultation services to the fastest growing and wealthiest segment of the population - those 50 and older.

    Awarded to REALTORS who:

    Complete the two-day SRES designation course and maintain SRES Council membership ($99 annually).

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

    Regular updates and marketing tips, electronic newsletters, and exclusive invitations to free webinars and events.

    SRES Course (Required)
    12 hours CE

     
    Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) Course

    Develop the business-building skills and resources for specialization in the 50+ real estate market by: expanding your knowledge of how life stages impact real estate choices; connecting to a network of resources and fostering empathy. This course also provides elective credit for the ABR designation. Tuition includes your first year's SRES Council dues.

    CE Credit: 12 hours

    Cost: $295 members/$320 non-members.

    Upcoming classes:
    • April 11 -12 in Albany
    • August 06 -06 in Woodbury
    • September 11 -12 in West Nyack
    Register online or click here for a registration form. Click here for the calendar of events and classes. 

    Sellers Representative Specialist (SRS)

    This designation provides the skills, training and resources you need to represent the interests of sellers in today's market. 


    By earning this designation, you'll:

    Increase your listings and grow your business.
    Demonstrate and communicate your value package to seller clients.
    Apply the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice in your dealings.
    Comply with state license laws when representing sellers.
    Provide the support and services sellers want and need.

    To earn and maintain the SRS designation, complete the two-day course and one elective, provide documentation of five completed transactions, complete the one-page application and maintain REALTOR and SRS membership ($99 after the first year). For more information on the SRS designation, click here

    Click here to watch a video about the SRS designation. 

    Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) course

    From effective prospecting, generational marketing, compensation policies, listing models and preparing for the presentation all the way through to closing, this course will provide a blueprint for a successful transaction. Satisfies New York State two-hour agency coursework requirement.

    CE credit: 15 hours

    Cost: $295 NYSAR Members/$320 Non-members

    Upcoming classes:

    • May 07 -08 in Albany
    • June 17 -18 in West Babylon
    Register online or click here for a registration form. Click here for the calendar of events and classes. 
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