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Affiliation: REBAC
Format: Classroom, Online
Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR®) Course

Course Credits:

Duration: 2 Days

Format: Classroom, Online

Course Objective

The overall goals of the Accredited Buyer's Representative(ABR®) Designation course are to:

  • Prepare real estate professionals to represent buyer-clients in real estate transactions and provide the quality of service and degree of fidelity to buyers that sellers have customarily enjoyed.
  • Offer ideas and methods for building a buyer representation business.
  • Develop a self-customized tool for conducting a buyer counseling session.

Upon completion of the two-day course and successfully passing the exam, you will have achieved ABR® candidate status, a three-year period during which you must fulfill the educational and experiential requirements to earn the Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR®) Designation awarded by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council, Inc.

Course Outline

Chapter 1: Forward

  • About The Real Estate BUYER'S AGENT Council, Inc.
  • REBAC Membership Benefits
  • The ABR® Designation: A Market Distinction
  • ABR® Benefits
  • New Designees
  • Take up to 3 Years To Complete Requirements
  • When Can You Start Using the ABR® Designation?
  • FAQs about the ABR® and ABRM® designations?
  • Course Goals
  • Learning Objectives

Chapter 2: Agency Relationships

  • What is Buyer Representation?
  • Evolution of Buyer Representation
    1. Elimination of subagency
    2. Vicarious liability
    3. NAR policy changes
    4. Buyer Representation Trends
  • Parties in a Real Estate Transaction
  • Types of Relationships
    1. Single agent
    2. Dual and designated agency
    3. Facilitator and transaction broker
    4. Finder
  • Office Policy

Chapter 3: Creating an Agency Relationship

  • How Relationships Are Formed
    1. Express agreements: Written and Oral
    2. Implied agreement
  • Agency Disclosure
    1. Timely
    2. Meaningful
    3. Written
  • How We Work With Buyers
  • Advantages of Buyer Representation
    1. For the buyer
    2. For the seller
    3. For the buyer's representative
    4. For Sale By Owner (FSBO) properties E. Buyer Representation Issues
  • When Agency Relationships Change
  • Compensation

Chapter 4: Client and Customer Relationships

  • Fiduciary Duties to Clients and Customers
    1. Responsibilities to a client
    2. Responsibilities to a customer
  • What is Reasonable Care and Diligence?
  • Controversy
  • Agency Conflicts
    1. Imputed knowledge
    2. Imputed notice
    3. Vicarious liability
  • Recognizing Conflicts of Interest in Fiduciary Relationships
    1. Single agency
    2. Disclosed dual agency
  • Limiting Scope of Services
  • Penalties for Breach of Fiduciary Duties

Chapter 5: Buyer Service

  • Services Buyers and Sellers Want
  • Buyer Services Provided in a Real Estate Transaction
  • Needs Assessment
    1. Needs assessment with a buyer-client
    2. Needs assessment with a buyer-customer
  • Property Selection
    1. Needs assessment with a buyer-client
    2. Needs assessment with a buyer-customer
  • Viewing Properties
    1. Needs assessment with a buyer-client
    2. Needs assessment with a buyer-customer
  • Negotiating the Purchase and Sales Agreemen
    1. Needs assessment with a buyer-client
    2. Needs assessment with a buyer-customer
  • Follow-through After the Purchase Agreement
    1. Needs assessment with a buyer-client
    2. Needs assessment with a buyer-customer
  • Providing Lists of Other Professionals
  • Finding Properties
    1. Resources to find properties
  • Working with FSBOs
  • Foreclosures
  • New Home Construction
  • Risk Reduction and Management
  • Subprime, Predatory, and High Risk Lending: What Buyer's Representatives Need to Know
    1. Subprime loans
    2. Mortgage fraud
    3. Predatory lending
    4. Why are buyers attracted to these loans?
  • Non-traditional Loan Programs
    1. Choosing the right loan
    2. Interest-only loans
    3. Buydown mortgage
    4. Graduated payment mortgage (GPM)
  • Adjustable Rate Mortgages
    1. Convertible ARM
    2. Fixed-period ARM
    3. Two-step mortgage
    4. Option adjustable rate mortgage (Option ARM)
  • Fair Housing and the Buyer's Representative
    1. Which law prevails?
    2. Statement of fair housing policy
    3. Fair Housing Self-Assessment Questionnaire

Chapter 6: The Buyer Counseling Session

  • Goals of a Counseling Session
  • Conducting a Buyer Counseling Session
    1. Prepare a presentation packet
    2. Build rapport with the buyer
    3. Disclose agency obligations
    4. Determine previous home search efforts
    5. Perform a needs assessment
    6. Determine the buyer's price range
    7. Determine the level of motivation
    8. Discuss financing with the buyer
    9. Determine if you want to represent the buyer and if the buyer wants client or customer level service
    10. Explain the advantages of buyer representation
    11. Obtain commitment
    12. Review the buyer representation agreement
    13. Provide client-level services
  • Modes of Compensation
  • Relocation Buyers
    1. After-the-fact referral fees
  • Buyers to Avoid
    1. Unmotivated buyers
    2. Unqualified buyers
    3. Buyers with unrealistic expectations
    4. Buyers whose actions create a conflict of interest
    5. Under no circumstances represent buyers who expect you to perform unlawful acts

Chapter 7: Offers and Negotiation

  • Creating an Offer
  • Preparing the Buyer
  • Protecting the Buyer's Interests
  • Working Toward a Purchase Contract
    1. Present your client's offer
    2. Create a friendly atmosphere
    3. Explain the offer
    4. After the offer has been presented
  • Adhering to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics
  • Handling Multiple Offers
  • When You Cannot Present an Offer
  • Negotiation "Know-How"
  • Strategies for Buyers' or Sellers' Markets
  • Identify the Buyer's Objectives
  • Plan a Negotiation Strategy
  • Assess the Big Picture
  • Follow-Through

Chapter 8: Building Your Buyer Representation Business

  • Developing a Personal Marketing Plan
  • Finding Qualified Buyers
  • Reaching Out to Potential Clients
    1. Develop a presentation package
    2. Author articles for newspapers and magazine
    3. Create a newsletter
    4. Consult with a publicist
    5. Conduct telemarketing
    6. Market to new and relocating companies
    7. Develop relationships with property management firms
    8. Present home buying seminars
  • Ramp Up Your Web Site
  • Use your ABR® as a Marketing Edge Ethics
  • Marketing Support for REBAC Members
    1. REBAC national consumer marketing
    2. Marketing tools for the buyer's representative
    3. Find a Buyer's Representative Referral Network
  • Next Steps
    1. Complete one ABR® Designation elective course
    2. Document five transactions
    3. Maintain REBAC membership

Chapter 9: Exam

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Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR®)

The Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR®) designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council ('REBAC') of the National Association of REALTORS® who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria.

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The goal of Military Relocation Professional Certification Core Course is to educate real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs as sellers or buyers and take full advantage of military benefits and support. Students will learn how to provide the real estate services at any stage in the service member's military career that meet the needs of this niche market and win future referrals.

NAR's e-PRO® Certification

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RSPS - Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist

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Seller Representative Specialist (SRS)

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Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource (SFR)

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EAH

This course will empower you to expand your outreach in your community, teach you how to find resources and partners, and plan initiatives to contribute to a vibrant community. You will learn how to work with local employers to discuss employer-assisted housing (EAH), EAH's benefits, and three options employers can implement to help their employees become homeowners or afford a home close to work.

EHO

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ePRO

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GLOBAL

Diversify your clientele, expand your business, and globalize your network with NAR Global. Offering the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Designation and other programs, we provide the research, tools and connections to help you succeed.

GREEN

NAR's Green Designation teaches real estate professionals about energy efficiency and sustainable building practices. Complete the 3-day program to have access to a wealth of benefits providing marketing support, ongoing education and industry guidance.

MRP

The goal of Military Relocation Professional Certification Core Course is to educate real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs as sellers or buyers and take full advantage of military benefits and support. Students will learn how to provide the real estate services at any stage in the service member's military career that meet the needs of this niche market and win future referrals.

NAR

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PSA

In the one-day Pricing Strategies: Mastering the CMA course, learn how to select appropriate comparables and make accurate adjustments, guide sellers and buyers through the details of comparative marketing analyses (CMAs) and the underlying pricing principles that inform them, and interact effectively with appraisers.

REBAC

The Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC), f. 1988, promotes the superiority of a buyer's representative's skills and services. REBAC's membership is the world's largest organization of real estate professionals concentrating on buyer representation.

REBAC

The Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC), f. 1988, promotes the superiority of a buyer's representative's skills and services. REBAC's membership is the world's largest organization of real estate professionals concentrating on buyer representation.

REBAC

The Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC), f. 1988, promotes the superiority of a buyer's representative's skills and services. REBAC's membership is the world's largest organization of real estate professionals concentrating on buyer representation.

REBAC

The Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC), f. 1988, promotes the superiority of a buyer's representative's skills and services. REBAC's membership is the world's largest organization of real estate professionals concentrating on buyer representation.

REBI

RESORT

The REALTOR® Resort specialty is designed to appeal to real estate practitioners who facilitate the buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in a resort, recreational and/or vacation destination.

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SRES

The Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC), f. 1988, promotes the superiority of a buyer's representative's skills and services. REBAC's membership is the world's largest organization of real estate professionals concentrating on buyer representation.

SRS

The Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation course is the premier credential in seller representation. It is designed to elevate professional standards and enhance personal performance. The designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB) who meet specific educational and practical experience criteria.