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Professional designators provide advantage over competition.

Competition is a fact of life in business, especially in the fast pace of change driven by today's technological advances. Professional designations can provide an advantage over your competition by providing you with specialized training and programs through the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

The purpose of the NAR is to enhance the ability and opportunities of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically, and to promote the preservation of the right to own, transfer and use real property. If you are active in the real estate industry, membership in a Realtor Board has many advantages.

Membership in NAR begins with a local Board, followed by the State Association. The Bronx-Manhattan Association of Realtors (BMAR) is the local Board for Manhattan and The Bronx, representing the National Association with over 720,000 members. Through local membership, brokers and agents are automatically members of the New York State and National Association of Realtors, with programs, services and benefits at each level of membership.

NAR offers a variety of designation programs for professional growth including the Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) delivered through its state associations, and the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS); General Credited Appraiser (GAA); and Residential Accredited Appraiser (RAA). The Commercial & Investment Certificate Program is also offered by NAR.

Institute of Real Estate Management

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) was established in 1933 to advance professionalism in property management. It awards the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation to property. and asset managers who meet its standards of experience, education, and ethical conduct. IREM also awards the Accredited Management Organization (AMO) designation to property management firms, and the Accredited Residential Manager (M) recognition to residential managers.

Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute

The Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute (CIREI) confers the CCIM designation through completion of an extensive curriculum and professional experiential requirements. This reflects not only the caliber of the program, but why it is one of the most coveted and respected designations in the industry.

Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIMs) are recognized experts in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation, and investment real estate analysis. CCIMs form a business network encompassing 1,000 markets throughout North America, and also practice internationally in Asia and Europe. Of the 125,000 commercial real estate practitioners in the United States, only 5,500 currently hold the CCIM designation with an additional 5,000 currently pursuing the designation. Courses leading to the CCIM designation are now offered throughout the world.

Additional designations include: Counselors of Real Estate (CRE); Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC); Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR); Certified Residential Specialist (CRS); Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB); Realtors National Marketing Institute (RNMI) and Women's Council of Realtors (WCR).

Joining the Bronx-Manhattan Association of Realtors provides a broad range of opportunities, including access to the many specialized designations available from the National Association of Realtors Membership in a local Board such as the Bronx-Manhattan Association of Realtors is a prerequisite to the designations and membership in the National Association of Realtors.

Brokers and agents who join BMAR are also eligible to utilize the Realtor logo, which is a restricted trademark of NAR. The term Realtor has come to connote competency, fairness and high integrity resulting from adherence to stringent moral and ethical conduct in business relations. Consumers know that by working with a Realtor, their transaction will be handled professionally and their rights in real estate activities are protected by the Realtor Code of Ethics.

Types of professional active in BMAR include: licensed real estate brokers, salespersons, managing agents, property owners, attorneys, appraisers, banks, leading institutions, title companies, building service companies, contractors and vinous other companies involved in the real estate industry throughout the Greater New York area.

For more information on professional designations, membership or networking opportunities, call (718) 892-3000 or (212) 242-4343.
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Title Annotation:Focus On: Property Management; National Assn. of Realtors' specialized training and programs
Author:Del Greco, Nunzio
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Apr 29, 1998
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