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What is a CCIM?

A Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) is a recognized expert in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate. A CCIM is an invaluable resource to the commercial real estate owner, investor, and user, and is among an elite corps of 7,500 professionals across North America who hold the CCIM designation -- the "Ph.D. of commercial real estate." Recognized for its preeminence within the industry, the CCIM curriculum represents the core knowledge expected of commercial investment practitioners, regardless of the diversity of specializations within the industry. The CCIM curriculum consists of four core courses that incorporate the essential CCIM skill sets: financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis, and investment analysis for commercial investment real estate. Additional curriculum requirements may be completed through CCIM elective courses, transfer credit for graduate education or professional recognition, and qualifying non-CCIM education. Following the course work, candidates must submit a resume of closed transactions and/or consultations showing a depth of experience in the commercial investment field. After fulfilling these requirements, candidates must successfully complete a comprehensive examination to earn the CCIM designation. This designation process ensures that CCIMs are proficient not only in theory, but also in practice. With such a wide range of subjects to be mastered and in a dynamic business such as real estate, the educational process doesn't end once the designation is earned; there is a strong commitment among CCIMs to continuing education. Only 6 percent of the estimated 125,000 commercial real estate practitioners nationwide hold the CCIM designation, which reflects not only the caliber of the program, but also why it is one of the most coveted and respected designations in the industry. The CCIM membership network mirrors the increasingly changing nature of the industry and includes brokers, leasing professionals, investment counselors, asset managers, appraisers, corporate real estate executives, property managers, developers, institutional investors, commercial lenders, attorneys, bankers and other allied professionals. Through this business network and through enhanced communication with the CCIM electronic network, CCIMs successfully complete approximately 156,000 transactions annually, representing more than $400 billion. Certified Commercial Investment Members are in more marketplaces in North America -- 12 CCIM regions representing 1,000 cities -- than all major real estate companies combined. Regions and chapters provide designees and candidates the opportunities to promote business and educational goals through local and regional forums and meetings. Conferred by the CCIM Institute, the CCIM designation was established in 1969. Courses leading to the designation are now offered throughout the world. For more information, call (800) 621-7027.

NAR's CIPS Network

The Certified International Property Specialist Network (CIPS Network) is the specialty membership group for international practitioners of the National Association of REALTORS¨, the world's largest trade association. The CIPS Network is comprised of 1,400 real estate professionals who deal in all types of real estate, but with one common element: they are focused specifically on the "international" market. Whether traveling abroad to put deals together, assisting foreign investors, helping local buyers invest abroad, or serving an immigrant niche in local markets, CIPS members are consumers' best resource to ensure they are dealing with a professional skilled in the unique aspects of international real estate. Through NAR's alliances with 58 national and regional Cooperating Associations around the globe, the CIPS Network is attracting a growing number of members from outside the US. The Network has close to 1000 CIPS designees (individuals who have completed a week-long education program on international real estate) with approximately another 200 CIPS Network members working to complete their course work and other requirements for designation status. 300 CIPS Network members live and work outside the US and belong to one of NAR's international partners. You can locate a CIPS Network member through the online directory at this site, using the search features to locate someone with specific business, location and/or language specialties. This site includes information about NAR's Cooperating Associations, market profiles of more than 40 international markets, U.S. international local councils, CIPS Network membership information and resources and more. The majority of this site is open to the public, but there are a few pages available only to NAR members and visitors will be prompted for their NAR Realtor.org password to proceed.

What is the C-CREC Designation and Why is it Unique?

The Consumer-Certified Real Estate Consultants (C-CREC TM) designation is the first international designation focused on results-oriented skills required by consumers - not what the real estate industry chooses to deliver to them. More than a decade of information was gathered directly from consumers via mail, one-on-one interviews, surveys, home fairs, etc. about the help they need from the real estate professionals as well as services they felt were redundant or unnecessary. After sifting through the issues, the results were incorporated into the C-CRECTM designation curriculum. Not only is the training a unique departure from other types of real estate training, it allows the participant to customize the materials to address his/her individual marketplace needs. NARECTM, (The National Association of Real Estate ConsultantsTM) is the parent/sponsor organization of the C-CRECTM designation and will serve as the advocate and "changemaster" for unbundling the real estate transaction and integrating consulting into the marketplace. Unlike any other designation program, the C-CRECTM designation is taught solely by the nation's most prestigious instructors, DREI designees (Distinguished Real Estate Instructors.)