Late last week, it was brought to our attention that two members of our board of directors had Accredited Buyer Representation (sic) (ABR®) designations that had expired with the NAR granting institution, Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC). In both instances, there was no question that each had previously earned the ABR®. We immediately contacted the two REALTORS® and REBAC, and both situations have been resolved.
The REBAC search still does not reflect that either of the agents in question is entitled to use the ABR designation. This may be a simple matter of the database being out of date, but one would think that REBAC would expedite an update for the CAR Board President.
As we noted in a comment on our earlier post, CAR has removed the ABR designation following Matt Silver’s name on its Board page, but Silver continues to refer to himself as an ABR at his company’s Web site.
What does CAR mean by “resolved,” and how serious is it about compliance? Has CAR ever sanctioned anyone for non-compliance regarding the ABR?
ADDED: Within a matter of hours after this post, Matt Silver’s @properties Web page was amended to delete the ABR claim and add the following language, which would seem to indicate that Silver had been improperly claiming two professional designations:
In addition, Matt held the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation from 2000 through 2003 and the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) from 1999 through 2004.
Silver hasn’t been entitled to claim the ABR since 2003? Or the CIPS since 2004? Ouch!
In response to my earlier post CAR contended that it had erroneously identified Silver as an ABR on its Board page. How does such an error happen?