Monarch Beach, CA  January 2011 – Cheryl Marquis with Altera Real Estate Services has been awarded the Accredited Buyer Representation (ABR) designatio by the Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT Council, Inc. (REBAC) of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR).

“Today’s real estate brokers and agents want to provide a full menu of services for their clients, whether they are buyers or sellers,” explains Terrence M. McDermott, President and CEO of REBAC. “The ABR® designation, the benchmark of excellence in buyer agency service, demonstrates to clients that the agent has taken steps to continue their education in the field of buyer representation, and has the proven experience and training to deliver ethical and professional service to real estate buyers.”

Cheryl Marquis joins more than 24,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the ABR designation. The requirements for this coveted designation include a comprehensive two-day course in buyer representation, a written examination on legal and practical aspects of client representation, and practical experience in the field of buyer representation.

REBAC was founded in 1988 and currently has more than 34, 000 members throughout the world. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is the nation’s largest professional trade association, representing nearly 720,000 members involved in all aspects of the real estate industry.