Leslie R Lewis
Coldwell Banker Realty

What it Means to be a REALTOR®

A REALTOR® is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

Code of Ethics

The Code establishes time-honored and baseline principles that come from the collective experiences of REALTORS® since the Code of Ethics was first established in 1913. Those principles can be loosely defined as:

Loyalty to clients;

Fiduciary (legal) duty to clients;

Cooperation with competitors;

Truthfulness in statements and advertising; and non-interference in exclusive relationships that other REALTORS® have with their clients.


CRS  Certified Residential Specialist

The CRS designation is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers, and brokers. On average, CRS designees earn nearly three times more in income, transactions, and gross sales than non-designee REALTORS®.

To earn a designation, a REALTOR® a real estate agent has taken coursework and demonstrated specific skills, performance and knowledge in a particular area of the real estate industry


GRI Graduate of the Realtor Institute

The Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation.

Buying property is a complex and stressful task. In fact, it's often the biggest single investment you will make in your lifetime. At the same time, real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated.

New technology, laws, procedures and the increasing sophistication of buyers and sellers requires real estate practitioners to perform at an ever-increasing level of professionalism.

GRI designees:

Have pursued a course of study that represents the minimum common body of knowledge for progressive real estate professionals.
Have developed a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to navigate the current real estate climate—no matter what its condition.
Are recognized nationally.
Act with professionalism and are committed to serving their clients and customers with the highest ethical standards.

e-PRO Internet Marketing Certification

Why Use an e-PRO®?

Social media is evolving every day. An agent with NAR's e-PRO® certification is dedicated to making the most of today's social media and technology to help you with your real estate needs, whatever they may be.

e-PRO® is the only technology certification to be officially recognized, endorsed, and conferred by the National Association of REALTORS®.

Agents with NARs e-PRO® certification demonstrate:
Advanced training in using the latest technology and social media to promote your property or find your next home
A clear understanding of the ways that e-office strategies, rich media and social networking can benefit today's consumer in a real estate transaction
Excellence in adopting, implementing, and promoting technology best practices
Ethics with commitment to use technology in fair and responsible manner
Professionalism by completing an education program designed to keep ones technical knowledge and skill sets up-to-date

BPOR Broker's Price Opinion Resource

The current housing market presents many challenges to our real estate industry, few more important than valuation. Evaluating properties depends more than ever on professional expertise and competence, the best use of technology, and a commitment to approach the valuation assignment from all pertinent perspectives. “BPOs: The Agent’s Role in the Valuation Process” is specifically designed to help residential real estate agents and brokers enhance their skills in creating BPOs, reducing risk, and applying alternative valuation techniques.

According to industry estimates, more than 10 million BPOs are performed annually throughout the country. BPOs provide critical information for decisions, and have been widely adopted as a valuation tool in the mortgage industry and – increasingly – for government programs intended to aid the economy and help homeowners avoid foreclosure. A useful summary of how BPOs are utilized is available here.

Military Relocation Professional

NAR's Military Relocation Professional certification focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support.

1. Training on how to best counsel U.S. service members and their families to find housing solutions that best suit their needs in a military relocation—called a permanent change of station (PCS)

2. How  eligible active-duty service members and veterans can leverage VA financing benefitsin the purchase of their home

Seniors Real Estate Specialist®


AHWD At Home with Diversity

Agents with this certification are able to:

1. Examine cultural stereotypes, assumptions, and biases to increase awareness of such thoughts and attitudes, and learn how to value individual differences.
2. Explain that inclusion is the aim of diversity sensitivity, and how it will increase business and enhance risk management.
3. Communicate more effectively, and provide equal service to clients in their multicultural local markets.
3. Apply and practice One America Principles and fair housing laws.
4. Build and expand understanding of cultural differences.
5. Develop professional and sensitive guidelines for working with people of different cultures. Identify personal objectives and review potential strategies to create business plans that include diversity.
6. Research and interpret data to assess cultural attributes in their local markets.
7. Access and analyze U.S. demographic information to understand the impact of current trends on the real estate industry.
8. Modify marketing and selling strategies to attract and service multicultural and international clients in their local markets.
9. Develop a business plan, based on inclusion and diversity, to address specific needs of clients in the local multicultural and international markets.


BBA in Business Economics & Quantitative Methods

Business Economics is concerned with economic issues and problems related to business organization, management, and strategy. Issues and problems include: an explanation of why firms emerge and exist; why they expand: horizontally, vertically and spacialy; the role of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship; the significance of organizational structure; the relationship of firms with the employees, the providers of capital, the customers, the government; the interactions between firms and the business environment

Business Economics is a field in applied economics which uses economic theory and quantitative methods to analyze business enterprises and the factors contributing to the diversity of organizational structures and the relationships of firms with labor, capital and product markets. A professional focus of the journal Business Economics has been expressed as providing "practical information for people who apply economics in their jobs."

Quantitative Methods - Statistics is the most widely used branch of mathematics in quantitative research. Statistical methods are used extensively within fields such as economics, social sciences and biology. Quantitative research using statistical methods starts with the collection of data, based on the hypothesis or theory. Usually a big sample of data is collected this would require verification, validation and recording before the analysis can take place. 

1. Demonstrate the ability to analyze information critically, regardless of form.
2. Demonstrate the ability to analyze complex, unstructured qualitative and quantitative problems, using appropriate tools and technology.
3. Demonstrate comprehension of the fundamental principles of essential business functions.
4. Demonstrate comprehension of the relationship of business to individuals, government, society, and other organizations.
5. Express ideas clearly, logically, and persuasively in oral and written communication.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of working effectively with other people in a diverse environment.
7. Demonstrate comprehension of how ethical issues and responsibilities affect decisions and actions.
8. Demonstrate knowledge of the role of community service in their future professional careers.