I, Bill Edge, ABR, Arbitrator, CRS, e-PRO, Intermediate Tax, QSC Platinum REO Certified, TAHS, Texas Veterans rank as one of Houston’s top real estate producers. Since Boarding school when I had to put the bed against the door to keep fellow students from asking me to do their homework. I have been known as the person who knows everything. According to the Houston Association of REALTORS® there are 52,872 agents in Houston and the surrounding counties but less than 482 agents have the big three designations of ABR, CRS, and GRI
The quest for knowledge is a lifetime task for today’s top real estate agents and myself. You simply cannot know enough to handle the complex and stressful transactions facing buyers and sellers today. In fact the value that an agent adds to a transaction is their knowledge. The National Association of REALTORS® tells us “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.”
Acquiring Real Estate Designations and Certifications provided by the National Association of REALTORS®, Texas Association of REALTORS® and other governmental agencies show home buyers and sellers. They are hiring a specialist who understands the complexities of the housing market. Many of the designations have minimum performance standards that agents have to meet before taking the course. Agents completing courses such as GRI and CRS are the best REALTORS® in the community. They do the most transactions while operating at a high ethical and legal level.
Accredited Buyer's Representative® / ABR®
The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is designed for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process.
A qualified Arbitrator Included on the Arbitrator Registry maintained by the Comptroller of Public Accounts, an agency of the State of Texas.
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers and brokers.
(NAR) developed the e-PRO® certification program to teach members how to effectively use real estate technology to grow their business.
Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI)
(GRI) designation is a way to stand out to prospective home buyers and sellers as a REALTOR® who has gained in-depth knowledge on technical subjects as well as the fundamentals of real estate.
IRS VITA/TCE Certification
For successful completion of the VITA/TCE Certification Course.
Quality Service Certified® Platinum
All Real Estate Agents Are Not the Same - Be Confident You Are Working with the Best - you need a Quality Service Certified (QSC) real estate professional.
REO Certified Designation
REOCertified designees will know how to accurately value distressed properties and have a total understanding of the complex timelines, guidelines, and tasks that the Outsourcers/Banks/Lenders demand to perform.
Texas Affordable Housing Specialist
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.
Texas Veterans Housing Assistance Program
The VLB strives to provide efficient, quality programs and services to all Texas military members and veterans, and is proud to partner with the Texas real estate community to achieve those goals.