Top This: Broker Boasts 8 NAR Professional Designations

September 1, 1997

When Mark L. Levine, president of Levine Ltd., REALTORS®, Englewood, Colo., started a real estate business back in the 1960s, he sought to avoid the school of hard knocks.

One way, he figured, was to get as much education as he could. He took class after class until he ended up with eight REALTOR® family professional designations--more than any other reader who responded to the recent search by Today’s REALTOR® for the practitioner with the most National Association of REALTORS® professional designations.

Levine's name on his realty business card is followed by ALC, CCIM, CPM®, CRB, CRE®, CRS®, GAA, and GRI.

"My intent wasn't simply to collect designations," he says. "The goal was to gain knowledge."

Levine says all the work necessary to earn the designations was worth it. Besides acquiring knowledge, he also made valuable contacts that led to many business opportunities. "You learn to see the big picture when you diversify," he says.

In addition to having a realty business, Levine is also a lawyer (J.D.) with a private practice and a professor (Ph.D.) at the School of Real Estate and Construction Management, University of Denver.

If Levine had to hire someone and there were two candidates with nearly equal experience but one had a professional designation, he says he'd hire the one with the designation. "It tells you something about a person."

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