The Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation.

Buying property is a complex and stressful task. In fact, it's often the biggest single investment you will make in your lifetime. At the same time, real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated.

New technology, laws, procedures and the increasing sophistication of buyers and sellers requires real estate practitioners to perform at an ever-increasing level of professionalism.

GRI designees:

  • Have pursued a course of study that represents the minimum common body of knowledge for progressive real estate professionals.

  • Have developed a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to navigate the current real estate climate—no matter what its condition.

  • Are recognized nationally.

  • Act with professionalism and are committed to serving their clients and customers with the highest ethical standards.

The Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) certification is for REALTORS® who specialize in buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in resort, recreational, and/or vacation destinations.

RSPS is recognized as an official NAR Certification, and allows buyers and sellers to have confidence in the ability of a REALTOR® who specializes in buying, selling or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in a resort, recreational and/or vacation destination, to assist them with their search.

The Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) certification is specifically designed to enhance skills in pricing properties, creating Comparative Market Analyses (CMAs), working with appraisers, and guiding clients through the anxieties and misperceptions they often have about home values.

PSA Cerificate holders master:

  • The purpose and benefits of CMAs, and how to guide clients through them

  • Terminology of pricing and valuation

  • The Code of Ethics as it relates to pricing

  • How to identify appropriate comparables, and where to find information about them

  • The role of supply and demand in pricing

  • How to adjust comparables

  • Specific challenges and special situations in making adjustments

  • How to work with appraisers

  • How to hone pricing skills and practices

A REALTOR® is a licensed real estate salesperson who belongs to the National Association of REALTORS®, the largest trade group in the country.

Every agent is not a REALTOR®, but most are. If you're unsure, you can ask your agent if they're a licensed REALTOR®.

REALTORS® are held to a higher ethical standard than licensed agents and must adhere to a Code of Ethics.

Some REALTORS® are brokers, while some are agents. There are some differences.

Brokers are usually managers. They run an agency and have agents working under them as salespeople. They might own a real estate brokerage or manage a franchise operation. They must take additional courses and pay additional fees to maintain their state-issued broker license.

An agent, on the other hand, is a salesperson selling on behalf of the broker.

Agents are also state licensed and must pass a written test before legally acting as a real estate agent.

Available exclusively to SMDRA Realtor members, the SMART designation is awarded to those who have earned at least 24 SMART points over a calendar year.  Points were awarded to classes, including those that did not qualify for Continuing Education credit, and attendance was tracked throughout the year.

Part of an elite group of Realtors who are committed to constantly improving their industry knowledge and growing their professional skill set. Realtors who are truly dedicated to providing the highest possible level of care and service for their clients. 

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