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Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)

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 (no dual agency) during a three-year period. This can include up to two leases.
  • 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.

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: FOR 2024 ONLY – FREE for NYSAR Members

Upcoming 2024 classes:

  • April 2-5 – SOLD OUT
  • August 12-15 – SOLD OUT
  • September 23-26 – SOLD OUT
  • November 18-21 – SOLD OUT

Register online

ABR Elective Course Options:

CIPS – 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: 7.5 hours, including 2 hours in Cultural Competency
Cost: $150 members/$350 non-members

Upcoming 2024 classes: June 3-4

Register online

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 make the transfer easier, faster, and less stressful.

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

CE credit: 6.5 hours
Cost: $125 members/$350 non-members

Upcoming 2024 classes:

  • March 7-8
  • August 22-23

To earn the MRP certification, pass the course, and submit an application with a $195 one-time fee.

Register online

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 members / $350 non-members

Upcoming 2024 classes:

  • June 10-11
  • September 23-24

Register online

Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA)

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.

CE credit: 6 hours
Cost: $150 for NAR members

Upcoming 2024 classes:

  • February 26-27
  • September 11-12

Register online

Short Sales and Foreclosure Resources (SFR®)

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/$350 non-members

Upcoming 2024 classes:

  • April 10-11
  • July 24-25

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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/$350 non-members

Upcoming 2024 classes:

  • March 18–21
  • July 11–14
  • October 16–19

Register online

Seller Representative Specialist (SRS)

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; including 2 in Agency
Cost: $295 members/$350 non-members

Upcoming 2024 classes:

  • April 16–19
  • August 5–8
  • October 21-14

Register online