Professional Credentials and Associations


Buying & Selling Homes

Seniors Real Estate Specialists
® are REALTORS® qualified to address the needs of home buyers and sellers age 50+. The SRES® Council awards the SRES® Designation to those members who have successfully completed its education program.

By earning the SRES® designation, your REALTOR® has demonstrated necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50-plus through major financial and lifestyle transitions involved in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home. Your REALTOR® has received special training, gets regular updates, and is prepared to offer the options and information needed in making life changing decisions.

Moving & Downsizing

The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) is a 501(c)(6), not-for-profit, professional association of organizations dedicated to assisting older adults and families with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing, relocating, or modifying their homes. As the only professional association in North America devoted to helping the rapidly increasing 55+ population with middle and later life transition issues, NASMM members are committed to maximizing the dignity and autonomy of all older adults.

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Certified Relocation and Transition Specialists are dedicated professionals who provide a spectrum of moving and age-in-place services for senior clients, their families and caregivers. Certified Transition Specialists include many residential service providers including aging services specialists, senior living administrators, home care providers, movers, senior move managers, professional organizers, home staging professionals, Realtors® and more.

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Aging In Place

The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation is the result of the work of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers -- in conjunction with the NAHB Research Center, 50+ Housing Council and AARP.

Demographic trends indicate that home owners who plan to stay in their homes as they get older instead of making other housing accommodations are one of the fastest growing segments of the residential remodeling market. Many of these households can be expected to call on remodelers to adapt their homes to their changing needs and lifestyles in order to maintain their independence.

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A Universal Design Certified Remodeler (UDCR) is a remodeling contractor who has successfully completed the certification program of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI.) This is the association's recognition that the contractor has met certain criteria for experience, commitment to ethical conduct and professionalism.

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The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) is a group of about 4,200 professional organizers dedicated to helping individuals and businesses bring order and efficiency to their lives. Our mission is to develop, lead, and promote professional organizers and the organizing industry.

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The ICD explores, develops and communicates information organizing techniques and solutions to professionals and the public.

The term challenging disorganization describes disorganization that poses a problem for an individual. For many people challenging disorganization may be a lifelong problem. But for others, it may be a problem brought on by circumstances. The Institute for Challenging Disorganization provides strategies to help anyone who is challenged by disorganization. 

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Legal & Financial

The National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association is the national voice for lenders and investors engaged in the reverse mortgage business. NRMLA fulfills several roles, which include educating consumers about the opportunity to utilize reverse mortgages, training lenders to be sensitive to the needs of older Americans, developing Best Practices and enforcing a
Code of Conduct to make sure lenders participating in the program treat seniors respectfully.

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The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others who work with older clients and their families. Established in 1987, the Academy provides a resource of information, education, networking and assistance to those who deal with the many specialized issues involved with legal services to elderly and people with special needs.

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The Federation of Exchange Accommodators (FEA) is the only national trade organization formed to represent qualified intermediaries (QI's), their primary legal/tax advisors and affiliates who are directly involved in Section 1031 Exchanges.

The FEA Certification Council, with the assistance and advice of professionals in relevant fields, has developed a credential that recognizes accepted levels of expertise in the profession with the goal of improving professional standards in Section 1031 exchange services.

A Certified Exchange Specialist® (CES) designation demonstrates to a property owner considering a 1031 exchange that the professional they have chosen possesses a certain level of experience and knowledge. Just as when one selects an accountant or REALTOR®, it's important to review the credentials of any professional advisor prior to beginning a business relationship.

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Other Professional Designations

A professional Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a health and human services specialist who helps families who are caring for older relatives. The GCM is trained and experienced in any of several fields related to care management, including nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology, with a specialized focus on aging and elder care.

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The Society of Certified Senior Advisors educates professionals to work more effectively with their senior clients. We believe that the right kind of planning, recommendations and referrals can make aging a state to be savored instead of a fate to be feared. For those who work with seniors; that means understanding the key health, social and financial factors that are important to seniors and how these factors work together.

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Other Organizations

Caregivers Handbook

This handy guide provides resources, checklists and worksheets
 - all in one place.