More than four dozen Brunswick County REALTORS® have spent the first five months of 2021 earning various National Association of REALTORS® affiliated designations and certifications.

“REALTORS® are committed to a higher standard of excellence, and it is gratifying to see so many of our members going the extra mile to increase their knowledge and skills,” said BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh. “Earning these certifications and designations demonstrates their dedication to the high standard of professionalism that sets REALTORS® apart.”

Designations are specialized credentials that provide REALTORS® with enhanced knowledge and training in specific areas related to the real estate profession. For this reason, maintaining a designation requires annual dues and continued membership in NAR. Certifications are also specialized credentials for REALTORS® that require only an application fee and continued membership in NAR, but no annual dues. Both designations and certifications hone in on specific things in the industry to allow REALTORS® to better serve their customers.

Designations earned include: Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®), Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®), and Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS). Certifications earned include: Military Relocation Professional (MRP), Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR®), e-PRO, and At Home with Diversity® (AHWD).

BCAR members and staff who earned certifications:

Melissa Bell, Keller Williams Realty, MRP, 01/25/21
Gloria Mitchell, Wilkinson Triad Realty, SFR, 2/18/2021
Katie Simmons, BCAR, e-PRO, 2/23/2021
Brittany Booker, BRG Real Estate, SFR, 2/18/2021
Charley Axsom, BCAR, AHWD, 3/7/2021
Katie Simmons, BCAR, AHWD, 3/7/2021
Ben Styers, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, AHWD, 3/7/2021
Laura Lefevre, Southport Realty, AHWD, 3/10/2021
Mark Lindsey, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, AHWD, 3/10/2021
Cynthia Walsh, BCAR, AHWD, 3/15/2021
Renny Diedrich, RE/MAX, Southern Shores, AHWD, 4/12/2021
Stephen Apple, Coastal ERA, e-PRO, 4/30/2021
Kimberly Fleming, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, AHWD, 5/2/2021
Paul Bridgeman, Realty One Group Liberty, SFR, 5/10/2021
Sylvia Pate, Proactive Real Estate, AHWD, 5/19/2021
Donna Smith, Margaret Rudd & Associates, AHWD, 5/19/2021
Pedro Lopez Chaco, Margaret Rudd & Associates, AHWD, 5/19/2021
Claire Yoder, Sea Trail Realty, AHWD, 5/19/2021
Lisa Bacon Tomak, Art Skipper Realty, AHWD, 5/19/2021
Amber Alderton, BCAR, AHWD, 5/19/2021
Gary Gimbert, Coastal Development & Realty, AHWD, 5/19/2021
Joseph Holleman, Keller Williams Realty, AHWD,5/19/2021
Brian Spadaro, Keller Williams Realty, AHWD, 5/19/2021
Jim Goodman, Margaret Rudd & Associates, AHWD, 5/19/2021
Chanteau Guillen Cruz, Southeast Properties Real Estate, AHWD, 5/20/2021
Melissa Bell, Keller Williams Realty, AHWD, 5/20/2021
Karen Mitchell, Proactive Real Estate, RSPS, 5/19/2021

BCAR members who earned designations:
Karen Wirzulis, Margaret Rudd & Associates, GRI, 1/25/21
Anne Arnold, Proactive Real Estate, ABR, 2/16/2021
Karen Mitchell, Proactive Real Estate, SRS, 2/25/2021
Phillip Bishop, Realty ONE Group Dockside, ABR, 2/16/2021
Elvira Ruebel-Gilbert, Margaret Rudd & Associates, ABR, 2/16/2021
Joan Elder, Keller Williams Realty, ABR, 2/16/2021
Virginia Black, RE/MAX at the Beach Calabash, ABR, 2/16/2021
Deborah Parker, Deborah Parker Realty Inc, ABR, 2/25/2021
Kristine Fuller, Realty ONE Group Dockside, ABR, /25/2021
Martha Lee, Martha Lee Realty Co LLC, ABR, 2/25/2021
Brittany Booker, BRG Real Estate, SRES, 2/18/2021
Kemp Nash, Century 21 Coastal Lifestyles, ABR, 2/25/2021
Linda Given, Century 21 Coastal Lifestyles, ABR, 2/25/2021
David Wray, Intracoastal Realty, ABR, 2/25/2021
Sandra Jimison, Weichert Realtors, ABR, 2/25/2021
Kim Smith, Weichert Realtors Team Metro, ABR, 2/25/2021
Lori Lentz, Coastal ERA, ABR, 2/22/2021
Gail Clements, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, ABR, 2/22/2021
Kirk Nobles, RE/MAX Southern Shores, ABR, 2/20/2021
Linda Register, Intracoastal Realty, ABR, 2/23/2021
Tracy Swanson, Swanson Realty, ABR, 2/20/2021
Teresa Boyd, Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty, SRES, 2/18/2021
Vera Almond, Margaret Rudd & Associates, GRI, 3/9/2021
Gloria Mitchell, Wilkinson Triad Realty, SRES, 3/10/2021
Elvira Ruebel-Gilbert, Margaret Rudd & Associates, GRI, 3/22/2021
Clifton Cheek, Keller Williams Realty, SRES, 4/6/2021
Pinckie Robinson, RE/MAX at the Beach, SRES, 4/6/2021
Vera Almond, Margaret Rudd & Associates, SRS, 5/14/2021
Gay Atkins, Proactive Real Estate, ABR, 5/19/2021