The Realtor Code of Ethics requires Realtors to be truthful in their dealings with the public. One specific injunction is that they not use professional designations which they’re not entitled to use.
Standard of Practice 12-13 of the Realtor Code of Ethics provides:
The obligation to present a true picture in advertising, marketing, and representations allows REALTORS® to use and display only professional designations, certifications, and other credentials to which they are legitimately entitled. (Adopted 1/08)
One of the more commonly misrepresented credentials is the ABR designation: Accredited Buyer’s Representative.
You can search the Real Estate Buyers Agent Council (“REBAC”) site for members entitled to use the ABR designation. If you're considering working with an agent who claims to be an Accredited Buyer's Representative and don't find his or her name in the REBAC database – move on to another agent. Agents who lie about their credentials will lie about other things, and that's not something you want to risk in a home purchase.