Why Are Designations Important for Arlington VA Real Estate Agents to Have?

When you see Arlington VA real estate agents with designations it means they have invested their time and money to attend courses, take and pass difficult exams, and attain specified levels of professional achievement in order to earn each designation.

This translates into professional Arlington VA real estate agents with advanced education to assist you in protecting YOUR biggest asset!

To ensure that you're getting the very best when you work with Steve Hawkins, he participated in the advanced training to attain the following designations:


ABR is a professional designation from the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC), which a part of the National Association of REALTORS®. To obtain the ABR designation, Arlington VA real estate agents must be members of the National Association of REALTORS®, take a two-day course, pass a written exam, close multiple real estate buyer transactions, and receive letters of recommendation from previous buyer clients.


Old Town Alexandria VA real estate agents who earn a Certified Residential Specialist® (CRS) designation maximize their clients' profits by completing advanced training in listing and selling residential properties. The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest designation awarded to Old Town Alexandria VA real estate agents in the residential sales field. The CRS Designation recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education. Since 1977, the Council of Residential Specialists has been conferring the CRS Designation on agents who meet its stringent requirements. Currently, less than 4% of all REALTORS® hold the CRS designation.


The e-PRO designation is a certification course sponsored by the National Association of REALTORS®. It's designed to help real estate professionals like Old Town Alexandria VA real estate agents thrive in the competitive world of online real estate. e-PRO holders have completed a course covering essential elements of conducting a successful real estate business online.

GRI – Graduate REALTOR® Institute

GRI is a professional designation for those Old Town Alexandria VA real estate agents who have graduated from the REALTOR® Institute, also associated with the National Association of REALTORS®. While the real estate pre-license courses in each state cover the laws and general real estate information, the GRI courses go into much greater detail on the day to day skills needed to conduct business as true professionals. GRI is awarded to REALTORS® who have completed a comprehensive education program in residential real estate. The program's focus is on practical real estate training.

Senior Housing Specialist

A Senior Housing Specialist™ is a certified professional who has completed a comprehensive course of study on housing issues of the over-55 client. These issues include:

  • Housing Options
  • Universal Design and Aging in Place
  • Lifestyle Amenities
  • Effect of Retirement Benefits, Pensions, Social Security on Housing Choices
  • Health Issues, including Medicare
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Capital Gain and Property Tax Implications
  • Tax-deferred Exchanges
  • Equity Conversion Strategies
  • Reverse Mortgages

When you want the very best Arlington, Alexandria or Fairfax County real estate agent, look no further than Steve Hawkins. Contact Steve today to find out what he can do to help you achieve your real estate goals.