Crye-Leike’s Irma Shepherd Claims Coveted ABR Status

Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) has named affiliate broker Irma Shepherd of Crye-Leike, Realtors an accredited buyer representative, the only nationally recognized designation for buyers’ agents and signified by the ABR designation.

The ABR designation denotes specialization in real estate buyer representation and demonstrates to Shepherd’s clients that she has taken steps to continue her education and has proven experience and training to deliver ethical and professional services to real estate buyers. Requirements for this ABR  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.

Shepherd is affiliated with Crye-Leike’s East Brainerd branch office, located at 1510 Gunbarrel Road in Chattanooga. She specializes in residential real estate as well as first-time homebuyers and relocating families to the Greater Chattanooga area. With over 10 years of real estate experience, Shepherd meets the real estate needs of buyers and sellers in and around Hamilton and Catoosa counties, including the East Brainerd, Lookout Mountain, North Georgia, Ooltewah and Signal Mountain areas.

In addition to holding the ABR designation, Shepherd is a graduate of the Realtors Institute, which signifies specialization in residential brokerage and denoted by the GRI designation

Crye-Leike (, a full service real estate company for 28 years, is the nation’s 10th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South.  Crye-Leike of Chattanooga, Inc. has nine branch offices and eight franchise offices with over 400 sales associates who market residential and commercial real estate in 13 counties throughout East Tennessee in Bledsoe,

Bradley, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, McMinn, Meigs, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Sevier and Washington counties, including Catoosa County in North Georgia.

The Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) is an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. The National Association of Realtors is the nation’s largest professional trade association, representing over 1 million members involved in all aspects of the real estate industry.  Currently, over 30,000 real estate professionals in North America hold the ABR designation, with over 1,700 active ABR members in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, where Crye-Leike has a market presence. Among Crye-Leike’s sales force of 2,800, over 300 Crye-Leike sales associates hold the ABR designation.