ABR Course Information
The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) Designation Course establishes a foundation of training, skills, and resources to help real estate professionals succeed as a buyer’s representative. This course is specifically designed to help you:
- conduct a buyer counseling session
- sign buyer clients to a written buyer representation agreement
- negotiate buyer clients’ offers
- bring the transaction to a successful close
Elevate your skills and knowledge in the eyes of homebuyers, and gain a competitive edge to build your buyer representative business with the Accredited Buyer’s Representative designation.
Upon completing the two-day course and successfully passing the exam, you will have achieved ABR® candidate status(link is external). You then have a three-year period during which you must fulfill the educational and experiential requirements to become an ABR® designee.
*Participants will earn 16-hours of Idaho continuing education credit. Course ID# D1000
Instructor Bio: Terry Watson
Terry goes by the nickname “The AHA Guy” because it’s his goal to give your audiences ideas they’ve never heard before… and that will drastically change the way they do business in the future.
As a CSP, Terry has been designated one of the world’s top speaking professionals. (Only 10% of the speakers who belong to the Global Speakers Federation hold this title – fewer than 600 worldwide.) His 20+ years of experience serving thousands of clients has made him a consummate professional in the world of wannabe speakers.
Terry’s style is bold, funny, and wildly entertaining – while still delivering real world lessons that resonate with your audience and solve real problems for his clients.
If your attendees aren’t often overheard in the halls saying, “I can’t believe I didn’t know that” or “I haven’t laughed this hard in years” or “I am so glad I was here”, Terry was not your speaker.
Why do I need the ABR designation?
Who is it for?
The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process.
What You Gain
- Valuable real estate education that elevates your skills and knowledge in the eyes of home buyers.
- Ongoing specialized information, programs, and updates that keep you knowledgeable on the issues and trends facing home buyers.
- Access to members-only publications, marketing tools and resources(link is external).
- Networking and referrals
How to Earn It
- Complete the two-day core designation course.
- Complete one of the ABR® elective courses.
- Documentation of five completed transactions in which you acted solely as a buyer representative.
- Membership in good standing in REBAC
- Membership in good standing in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
o Exception: International members of REBAC do not have to be members of NAR.
- For the online course only, pass the ABR® core designation exam with an 80% or better score. The exam is also required by some states for continuing education (CE credit).
- For the online course only, pass the exam for the ABR® elective of your choice with an 80% or better score. The exam is also required by some states for continuing education (CE) credit.
- Submit the designation application along with documentation of five completed transactions.
- Cost of courses
- REBAC Dues
o First year of REBAC membership is free
o Second year is $110, but prorated based on the month you joined REBAC
o $110 per year thereafter
For more information, visit the REBAC website(link is external).
ABR Elective Course Information
New-Home Construction and Buyer Representation – Professionals, Product, Process
Solid increases in single-family starts, still historically low interest rates, and high buyer demand point to healthy sales of new-home construction. Gain the product and transaction knowledge needed in order to guide buyer-clients through the steps and processes for purchase, construction, and customization of a new home. Learn how to interact with new home builders and sales representatives to protect clients’ interests while developing productive business relationships.
Instructor Bio:Kit Fitzgerald
Kit Fitzgerald is a full time Realtor®. She was Director of Sales for Red Barn Real Estate, and decided to take on the role of a Branch Broker at Equity Northwest Real Estate. She helped jump start Red Barn Real Estate in the fall of 2007 after a four year stint as the Sales Director at CBH Homes. She began her real estate career in January of 2003 selling new construction in one of Meridian, Idaho’s most successful planned communities, Woodbridge. Kit is a top-producing real estate agent whose clients range from first time home buyers to builders to investment purchases, and everything in between.
*Participants will earn 7.5-hours of Idaho continuing education credit. Course ID# D1004
What are the added fees?
There are 2 types of convenience fees: 1. Eventbrite Service Fee & 2. Payment Processing fee of 3%.
How can I avoid the convenience fees?
Simply send a check payable to: Idaho REALTORS®. Address the envelope to Amanda Pannell at Idaho REALTORS® 10116 W. Overland Rd. Boise, ID 83709. Be sure to write “ABR” in the memo.
What are my parking options for the class?
Parking is available onsite at Western Magic Valley REALTORS®
What can I bring into the classroom?
Feel free to bring snacks and drinks. There will be complimentary coffee and snacks as well. Lunch will not be provided. There will be a 1-hour lunch break for those who wish to go off-site. Feel free to bring your own lunch. Refrigeration is limited. Microwave is available.
What is prohibited during the class?
The use of any electronic devices is not permitted during class time, unless required as part of the course. This includes texting, checking messages, note taking, incoming and outgoing class, or any activities not related to the instruction of the course content.
What is the attendance policy?
According to IREC policy, “Regular attendance means 100% attendance at all sessions of a live prelicense or continuing education (CE) course.” A student who misses any portion (even a few minutes) of a course may not receive credit. The Commission obligates instructors and course providers to monitor student attendance and strictly enforce this attendance policy.
Can I bring my child?
No. Please arrange for childcare ahead of each class. No exceptions. You will be turned away.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please direct all questions to the Education Director, Amanda Pannell at (208) 342-3585 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s the refund policy?
30 days prior to the first class for a full refund.
Where can I find any additional information?
Please visit us at: IdahoRealtors.com