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Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) Designation

Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) Designation

The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) designation is for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every state of the home buying process. The designation course is designed to educate and prepare buyer representatives. Earning the ABR designation will help to set you apart, showing buyers that you have the specialized training to meet their needs providing them with the highest level of service. By examining different topics to create a guide to become a more effective, efficient & profitable buyer’s representative.

Earning the ABR Designation – What are the requirements?

Four requirements must be met:

  1. Education
    • Successful completion of the two-day ABR designation “core course”
    • Successful completion of the ABR elective courses. For a full list of elective courses visit the REBAC website

The exam is required for online classes only

  1. Work Experience
    • Documentation verifying five completed transactions in which you acted solely as a buyer’s representative (no dual agency). Any transactions closed prior to taking the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) Designation Course or closed within three years after completing the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) Designation Course are eligible for credit. Documentation necessary for each of your five (5) completed transactions
    • Copy of the signed buyer agency agreement OR purchase/sale agreement OR settlement statement/closing disclosure.
    • Copy of the settlement statement/closing disclosure or letter from your broker verifying that each transaction closed
  1. Professional Affiliation
    • Membership in good standing in REBAC
    • Membership in good standing in the National Association of REALTORS (NAR)

Exception: International members of REBAC do not have to be members of NAR

  1. Application
    • Submit the designation application along with documentation of five completed transactions

What are the costs involved with receiving the ABR designation?

  1. Cost of classes
  2. REBAC dues
    • First-year of REBAC membership is free
    • Second-year is $100 but prorated
    • $110 per year thereafter

ABR Core Course information

Cost = $269

Time = 8:00am – 5:00pm each day

Renewal Credit = 12 hours Agency Law, and 3 hours Real Estate Legal Issues

Course topics:

  • Evolution of Buyer Representation
  • Agency Relationships
  • Office Policy, Standard of Care & Risk Management
  • Agency Disclosure
  • Services Provided
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Protecting the Buyer
  • Building a Buyer Representation Business
  • Marketing to buyers
  • Negotiating as a buyer’s rep

Instructor

Curtis Hall, ABR, CRS, SRS, GREEN The “Frozen Faced” & The Country’s First ABR®

When taking the ABR® course, why not take it from the very person who wrote the book? Curtis Hall co-authored the ABR® course in 1993 and is a full-time real estate practitioner in Phoenix, Arizona. This ABR® course is a real-world learning experience in which Curtis demonstrates his unique methodologies used in his own active real estate practice to differentiate his services from the competition. Curtis has sat on more than twelve local REALTOR Association and NAR committees and was awarded REALTOR of the Year by his local Association. As a participant on several Professional Standards committees and with his expertise in all aspects of risk management, Curtis is called upon frequently by the legal community as an expert witness.

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