Designations, Designations, Designations!

Real estate designations and certifications...Yeah, you've heard of them. Maybe you've given some thought to obtaining one someday. But are you aware of their benefits and how they can elevate your career? Let us break it down for you.

By earning a professional designation or certification from the ABoR Academy, you can stay on top of today's competitive industry, open doors to new clientele, earn more money, find a mentor through class discussions, stack up CE hours, and feel more confident in your career. To help you achieve success, the ABoR Academy is throwing down the gauntlet by offering FOUR certification and designation opportunities this month!

As always, ABoR members get discounted pricing on all ABoR Academy courses. So by earning a designation, you'removing your career forward AND saving money. It's a win-win! See below for some upcoming designation courses and register at

NEW! Texas Affordable Housing Specialist (TAHS)

The Texas Affordable Housing Specialist (TAHS) certification equips you with the knowledge to help first-time and underserved homebuyers and increase sustainable homeownership in Texas. The two-day, four-course certification consists of 12 CE hours, including the mandatory “United Texas: Housing Initiatives that Work” course. In ABoR's 2018 mid-year Market Report, single-family home sales in the Austin-Round Rock MSA experience strong and steady growth, displaying that it's more important than ever for you to become an expert in helping Central Texas homebuyers afford a home.

Upcoming Courses

Day One: August 15, 2018 at ABoR HQ
• 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | United Texas: Housing Initiatives that Work (TREC #32127)
• 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Fair Housing: Here is Where We Are (TREC #33813)

Day Two: August 16, 2018 at ABoR HQ
• 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | FHA Lending for Workforce Housing (TREC #31675)
• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Help for Homebuyers (TREC #31676)

Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI)

Earning the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation is a powerful tool for new agents looking to complete their first designation! Not only will you attract and build new business with the completion of a GRI designation, you'll increase your skill level across the entire landscape of real estate with in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. To earn the GRI designation, REALTORS® must complete the 90-hours of coursework in GRI Real Estate Brokerage, GRI Real Estate Law, and GRI Real Estate Marketing and they may be taken in any order.

Upcoming Courses

GRI Marketing, Business Skills
August 15 at ABoR South
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
TREC #0556 | 10 CE hours | Provider #0520, TAR

GRI Real Estate Brokerage
August 15 at ABoR South
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
TREC #0779 | 10 CE hours | Provider #0520, TAR

Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE)

Believe it or not, negotiation isn’t one size fits all; there are different styles such as psychology, persuasion, & methodology. Gain a sense of these negotiation styles in depth and when you've completed all three CNE courses, you’ll be eligible for Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE) Certification.

Upcoming Courses

Certified Negotiation Expert - Buyers Suite
August 16 - 17 at ABoR HQ
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
TREC #32227 | 12 CE hours | Provider #0002, HAR

RENE: The Power's Negotiator's Playbook

Speaking of negotiation, the Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) is a two-day certification course that provides REALTORS® with tips and tools needed to be a skillful advocate for your clients. You'll walk away feeling more confident on when and how to negotiate and how to craft a strategy for any situation while recognizing the patterns and negotiation tactics being used.

Upcoming Courses

RENE: The Power Negotiator's Playbook
August 27 at ABoR HQ
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
TREC #31624 | 16 CE hours | Provider #0001, TAR

Here are a few more courses to consider adding to your calendar!

Global Lunch and Learn: Mortgage Financing for Foreign Nationals
August 17 at ABoR HQ
11:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Social Media: Branding and Lead Generation
August 21 at ABoR HQ
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
TREC #32003 | 3 CE hours | Provider #0127, ABoR


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