REALTOR® Related Terminology

Here are brief descriptions of various terms and designations that you may see associated with a REALTOR®.

These persons are usually the owner, partner, or corporate officer of a real estate firm. They must be actively involved in the real estate profession.
These persons are actively involved in the real estate profession but are usually affiliated with or employed by a REALTOR®.
ABR — Accredited Buyer Representative
These persons have passed the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) ABR course and provided documentation of buyer agency experience.
ABRM — Accredited Buyer Representative Manager
These persons have passed both the REBAC ABR and ABRM courses, and provided documentation of management experience.
ALC — Accredited Land Consultant
These persons have specialized in one of 5 land brokerage areas: farms and ranches; undeveloped tracts of land; transitional and development land; subdivision and wholesaling of lots; site selection, and assemblage of land parcels. Completion of specific REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI) courses and extensive experience is required.
CRB — Certified Real Estate Brokerage Management
These persons have completed the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers educational and professional requirements in brokerage management.
CRS — Certified Residential Specialists
These persons have completed advanced training in selling residential properties. They must also have extensive experience. Council of Residential Specialists.
GRI — Graduate REALTOR® Institute
These persons have completed coursework in areas such as marketing and servicing listings and real estate law.


Prepared for Corning Credit Union by Remar Sutton & Associates, July 2004. Reviewed and updated May 2007. All rights reserved.

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