Impressed . . . or Just Perplexed?

Joan H. Doe

CIPS, TRC, ABR, RELO-Specialist

It would certainly be nice if some of the Realtor credentials above — pulled verbatim from a Realtor’s newspaper ad the other day — were as recognized as, say, “MBA” or “CPA.”

But they’re not.

Until they are, I think Realtors who append a long string of “alphabet soup” acronyms to their names look more silly and self-important than impressive.

P.S.: for the record, here are the definitions:

CIPS: ‘Certified International Property Specialist’
ABR: ‘Accredited Buyer Representative’
TRC: ‘Transnational Referral Certification (trust me, no one’s heard of this)
Relo: ‘Relocation’
About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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