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Keeping abreast of the ever changing market is a crucial element to a Realtor’s success. Higher Education is a key ingredient that saavy real estate consumers expect from their Realtor.

The Nilson’s dedication to their Real Estate career is evidenced by the Designations and Specialist Certificates they proudly hold. By continuing their education they are poised to deliver successful transactions, even as we experience the most challenging of real estate climates in history.

Designations, Certificates held and their purpose:

Profile of a CRS Designee


To earn the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation, every REALTOR® must have significant experience and demonstrate volume of real estate transactions or gross sales, as well as complete rigorous educational requirements.

Every CRS designee is required to maintain membership in the National Association of Realtors® and to abide by its strict Code of Ethics.

Technology Expertise
The training available to CRS designees includes a strong focus on technology and its applications in the real estate business.

The Top 4 Percent
Less than 4 percent of all licensed Realtors® are Certified Residential Specialists.

Median Income Much Higher*
The typical CRS designee earns nearly three times that of a Realtor® who is a typical sales agent.

*Source: Council of Residential Specialists’ 2009 Member Survey

Gracie Nilson proudly holds the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation.

Why Choose a REALTOR® With a GRI designation?

Buying property is a complex and stressful task. In fact, it’s often the biggest single investment you will make in your lifetime. At the same time, real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated.

New technology, laws, procedures and the increasing sophistication of buyers and sellers require real estate practitioners to perform at an ever-increasing level of professionalism.

So it’s more important than ever that you work with an agent who has a keen understanding of the real estate business. The GRI program has helped the best and the brightest in the industry achieve that level of understanding.

GRIs are:

  • Nationally recognized as top performers in the real estate industry
  • Professionally trained
  • Knowledgeable
  • Dedicated to bringing you quality service

A GRI can make a difference

When you see the letters “GRI” after an agent’s name, you can count on receiving the knowledge and guidance you need to make your transaction go smoothly. In short, you can count on getting the best service available from a real estate professional.

Gracie holds the Graduate of Realtor’s Designation (GRI).

Who Are the Seniors Real Estate Specialists®?

What is a Certified HAFA Specialist?

The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) launched a program for real estate professionals to become Certified HAFA Specialists in California. The program was created in conjunction with AssetPlanUSA, a nationwide foreclosure alternatives solution provider. Program implementation date: April 5, 2010

California was hit hard by the housing downturn, and many homeowner’s are in distress.

This certification program identifies real estate professionals who have chosen to specialize in HAFA. The program will likely be the most important short sale program in the nation.

Short sales, are a foreclosure alternative and have become an increasingly important part of the California real estate market. Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) is a “Making Home Affordable” Initiative. In these transactions, borrowers are allowed to sell their home for less than the full amount due on their loan.

HAFA is the first program to set nationwide standards for how short sale transactions should be conducted. The HAFA program should increase the volume and success rates of short sales and will set an important precedent for the market: Lenders should forgive the deficiency for borrowers who are forced to short sell due to documented financial hardship.

More than 100 servicers accounting for more than 90 percent of U.S. home loans serviced are signed up for the HAFA program, which is expected to be the largest short sale program in the nation.

Gracie Nilson holds the Certified HAFA Certification.

Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification (SFR)

For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures represent the new “traditional real estate transaction.” Knowing how to navigate the complexities of short sales as well as how to identify the distinct real estate opportunities in foreclosure are not merely good skills to have in today’s market, they are critical.

The SFR course helps students evaluate all available options for distressed homeowners and identify the components of an effective short-sale package. This course looks at how real estate professionals can counsel buyer-clients in the purchase of foreclosure properties. And as a practical resource, this course shows students how consumers can avoid foreclosure in the future.

Gracie & Greg hold the SFR designation.

Thank you. We appreciate the time you invested to view our website and education profile. Our education is an ongoing journey, please check in as often as you like to view our latest accomplishments.

Warm regards,

Gracie & Greg