AARE (Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate)

WHAT is AARE? AARE is NAA’s premier Real Estate designation. The three day class takes attendees through conducting a real estate auction from prospecting to closing after the auction (and explores opportunities if a property doesn’t sell).

Along the way, the class explores finance, marketing, proposals, sales, legal aspects of real estate, and working with traditional brokers and banks, among other topics.

AARE is designed so that anyone can get some benefit, but it’s particularly accessible for two groups: Auctioneers who are looking to move into real estate and real estate professionals with no auction experience.

HOW can you get the Designation?

  • Register for the AARE class.
  • Before the class starts, you’ll receive a link to the prerequisite course and exam. Before you come to class, you must pass the exam. (unless you hold another NAA designation)
  • Attend all three days of the designation class.
  • After the class, to obtain the designation, submit proof of ten auctions/closings or sales totaling $3 million as well as one auction summary report, and be licensed as a real estate agent in their state, even if your state does not require licensure.
  • All requirements must be completed within three years of taking the AARE course.


Earning any designation demonstrates your commitment to continuing education both to the public and members of the industry. It also enables members to network with like-minded individuals in the classroom and through additional networking events, but here are some specific benefits of an AARE designation.

The AARE designation sets graduates apart as a select group of auctioneers, “Although auction is the topic of the course, alternative methods of selling real estate are also considered,” says Manson Slik, CAI, AARE, CES. “In the current day quickly changing real estate industry, if you aren’t considering and implementing alternatives into your real estate business model you are greatly limiting your shelf life.” AARE helps students discover a multitude of ways to market their sales to different audiences, and provides the tools needed to succeed in this everchanging industry.

Mike Brandly, CAI, AARE describes the industry as representing high valued property which has a massive auction market upside potential. “Real estate at auction trends are complex, thus additional education is always prudent. Attendees learn key concepts, making them ready to leverage this marketplace,” says Brandly.  

WHO teaches AARE?


Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, CAI, AARE, CAS,  is an nationally-known auctioneer and speaker.  He works as an auctioneer across the United States, is faculty at the Certified Auctioneers Institute, and an approved instructor by the Ohio Supreme Court for attorney continuing legal education.  He as well is an auction law consultant/expert witness, frequently evaluating and testifying in auction litigation cases nationwide.

Braden McCurdy, CAI, AARE, AMM is an auctioneer who conducts over 600 auctions annually. He is credited for developing McCurdy Auction’s web-based content management system for real estate auctions to better handle large volumes of real estate auctions.  Braden has a long record of successfully guiding accountants, attorneys, bankers, and property owners with their real estate transactions.  


Manson Slik, CAI, AARE, CES