nathan's education, designations & certifications

In order to keep current with new laws and trends as well as to deepen and expand my real estate business knowledge, I have made continuing education a priority. As a result, I have earned numerous designations and certifications. 

When you are ready to start interviewing Denver area REALTORS, consider each agent’s commitment to their clients by asking them about their continuing education.

Real estate Designations & certifications Nathan Hart has earned

The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide range of programs and services that help members increase their skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses and experience.  The following are the REALTOR® designations and certifications that I have earned.

certified residential specialist (CRS)

Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation certificate
Why Choose a Realtor® With a CRS designation to help you buy or sell or Denver area home?

Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers, and brokers. 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 real estate agents who meet its stringent requirements. These requirements include taking intense courses, passing exams for each course, and having a high level of residential real estate sales experience.

  • Less than 4 percent of all REALTORS® have earned this prestigious credential.
  • CRS education is considered “top shelf” among the experts.
  • CRS designees have access to one of the best networking systems in the country to help relocating clients.
  • CRS designees get information about the latest sales and marketing techniques, and changes in the law that benefit home buyers and sellers.

With only 4% of all REALTORS® having this CRS designation, there is a big difference between a CRS and other agents. You can learn more about the Certified Residential Specialist designation and the Council of Residential Specialists here.

Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE)

RENE Certification

The Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) certification is the first and only negotiation credential recognized by the National Association of REALTORS®. It is designed to elevate and enhance negotiating skills so that today’s real estate professionals can play the game to win. The certification is conferred by the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI).

The RENE curriculum provides interactive experiences to help negotiators elevate their game! The course examines all types of negotiation formats and methods as well as a full spectrum of tips, tools, techniques and advantages so you can provide effective results for your clients.

Take the fear out of negotiating
Improve your confidence and communication skills
Learn the tools for a successful negotiation
Improve your ability to read body language and negotiate effective in-person, on the phone and by text

Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR)

Accredited Buyer's Representative Designation

Why Denver home buyers should choose a Realtor® With an ABR designation?

The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is designed for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home buying process. The ABR designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. This coveted designation is awarded through the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC), an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®, to real estate practitioners who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria. The Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council was founded in 1988 to promote superior buyer-representation skills and services.

Pricing Strategy Advisor

pricing strategy advisor PSA

Whether you are buying or selling a home in Denver, a REALTOR® with a the PSA certification adds a valuable perspective to your transaction while taking the guesswork out of pricing. Gain the confidence that the home you buy or sell has the most accurate price.

Determining property values depends more than ever on professional expertise and competence, the best use of technology, and approaching the pricing assignment from various perspectives. This certification helped me enhance my skills in pricing properties, creating CMAs, working with appraisers, and guiding clients through the anxieties and misperceptions they often have about home values. The Pricing Strategy Advisor Certification is awarded by the National Association of REALTORS®.

electronic pro (e-pro)

Electronic Professional Certification

Denver buyers and sellers, give your search the e-PRO® advantage.

Social media is evolving every day so it is vital that REALTORS® embrace the new technology and online resources that have become an integral part of the home buying and selling process. Agents who earn the e-PRO certification are dedicated to making the most of today’s social media and technology to help consumers with their real estate needs by leveraging the power of technology to connect buyers and sellers. The Electronic Pro Certification is awarded by the National Association of REALTORS®.

take a look at some of the recent classes i have taken:

  • Creating Value For Your Clients (8 credit hours): Learn how you can set yourself apart with clients by being more effective from the first listing presentation to negotiating on their behalf at closing.
  • Foundations of Negotiating (2 credit hours): Your performance during negotiations will stick in your clients’ minds and often serve as a key difference. Superior communication skills are a core requirement for successful real estate agents, and at no time is communication more critical than during negotiations. Whether you are negotiating a listing contract with a seller or the price of a home with a buyer, your negotiation skills directly influence the results you get.
  • Negotiations – Understanding People (2 credit hours): To be successful in a negotiation, an agent must come in prepared. As a trusted advisor, expertise and knowledge will gain you the edge. Learn how you can start identifying, and how to separate, interests from positions.
  • Negotiations – Evolving Client Expectations (2 credit hours): What your client wants can change over time. This course will better equip you to help your clients negotiate the unexpected.
  • Negotiations – Managing Difficult Situations (2 credit hours): Hone in on specific goals for finding common ground that can be built upon during the negotiation between clients, For instance, recognize when a negotiation is going in the wrong direction and identify responses to common objections. You will see how to bring parties together so that everyone feels like they won.
  • Colorado Annual Commission Update (4 credit hours): In this course we will first discuss the latest issues regarding real estate professional practice and compliance to the latest changes in the rules, statutes and the standards of care. We will then update the learner with latest changes to forms and contracts that the licensee will need to be aware of to ensure the timely delivery of services to the consumer. We will then discuss guidelines under the latest trust and escrow accounts that real estate professionals will need to be aware of. We will finally deal with the latest changes in the rules and statutes that regulate professional real estate practice.
  • Accredited Buyer Representative Course – Part 1 (12 credit hours): The overall goals of the ABR® designation course are to educate and prepare buyer’s reps to provide the kind of service and fidelity to buyers that sellers have always enjoyed, and to offer methods for building your buyer representation business. In each course module, you will examine a different topic, and together they create a comprehensive guide to help you become an effective, efficient, and profitable buyer’s representative.
  • NAR’s e-PRO Certification Course (12 credit hours): This course provides high-level digital marketing theory, with practical suggestions for its consistent implementation. In the second half of the course you will learn about the importance of data privacy and security as well as how to develop data privacy policies and procedures and fulfill legal responsibilities.
  • Pricing Strategies – Mastering the CMA (6 credit hours): This course gives you the knowledge base and skills needed to successfully complete a comparative marketing analysis (CMA) and to clearly communicate it to your client(s). It is specifically designed to help residential real estate agents and brokers:
    • employ best practices for pricing properties
    • choose appropriate comparables
    • prepare and present comparative marketing analyses (CMAs)
    • work with appraisers and read an appraisal report
    • guide clients through the anxieties and misperceptions they often have about home values
  • REALTORS Code of Ethics Training (3 credit hours): This course must be taken every 3 years as part of my maintenance to remain a REALTOR® member, it consists of 3 modules.
    • module 1 emphasizes how the REALTOR® Code of Ethics applies to them. Students will examine: the aspirational concepts in the Preamble of the Code of Ethics, the concept of general business ethics and how it compares and contrasts with the duties established in the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and how professional standards are enforced by local associations of REALTORS®.
    • module 2 explains the important concepts of the Articles of the Code of Ethics. Students will review case studies and scenarios, examine Standards of Practice and learn to identify possible violations of the Articles.
    • module 3 explains “Pathways to Professionalism”, a list of professional courtesies and discusses how it can enhance relations between REALTORS® and how it ensures professional services to clients and consumers.

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” ― Maya Angelou

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