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New Feature – Real Estate Questions and Answers for Crofton Home Buyers and Sellers

Seniors on ComputerProspective home buyers and sellers in today’s Crofton real estate market are do-it-yourselfers. 

You like to search online for homes at your own pace and find answers to your questions online without engaging with a real estate agent.  It might be a few weeks or months until you’re finally ready to take the step from “just browsing” to “Let’s get serious!” 

I respect that –  and it’s one of the reasons you’re going to start seeing  a weekly feature of real estate questions and answers on this blog.


Q.  I’m confused by all those letters real estate agents use with their names in advertising.  What do they mean?

A.  Most people don’t give a second thought to initials following the names of medical doctors (MD), accountants (CPA), professors (Ph.D.), and nurses (RN) because we’re accustomed to seeing them used. 

Initials indicating membership in professional organizations and advanced training for real estate agents are less familiar, however, so consumers are not always sure what they indicate.  While it’s perfectly okay for you to ask your agent about any unfamiliar terms, including the initials following their name, here’s a tutorial to help you make sense of the alphabet soup of various REALTOR® designations (Just click on the link next to the bowl of alphabet soup):



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Some real estate professionals who have earned professional designations don’t advertise them. 

While many agents proudly display these badges of advanced training, others are concerned that consumers may be confused or intimidated by this alphabet soup of letters.  Still other agents may have completed the training but don’t consider it a priority to invest limited time and resources in the sponsoring organizations.  In fact, these are two reasons you rarely see a list of letters following my name in advertising.

Additionally, there are other resources for advanced training that do not offer a professional designation, including most of today’s technology classes.

In the end, I suspect your choice of a Crofton real estate agent will probably be very personal –  someone you know, like and trust – and probably not depend at all on the list of letters after their name. 

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