My CRS Designation

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Managing Real Estate Broker with eXp Realty RB-19250

CRS LogoThe discussion on designations came up on a few of my blog posts on professionalism.  My last post: MY GRI Designation talked about my experience in getting the GRI designation.  The post will focus on what I consider an extremely important designation and the one I that is the most meaningful to me the CRS designation.

My experience in getting the CRS designation was positive experience.  I learned a lot, met many top agents, made friends and now belong to an organization that continues to help me in my career.

I selected the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation as a goal for a few of reasons:

  1. It is the most respected designation in our industry
  2. I was told it had the best classes
  3. The organization is referral based
  4. Most of the top agents in my community that I respect have the CRS Designation
  5. The average agent with a CRS designation earns about 4 times the industry average.
  6. Only about 4% of all agents have a CRS making it somewhat special.

The CRS designation requires not only taking a series of two day classes, but having transactional experience.

The first 2-day class I took was on real estate investment.  The instructor was Tina Daniels from Arkansas.  The class was excellent!  I learned so much.  There was a CPA and a lawyer in my group from other states.  They learned also indicated that some of the material was new to them also.  At that point I was hooked on CRS.

My next class was in Maui.  The instructor was Ed Hatch, he taught a class on building a referral based business and also covered how to build your business beyond what you can handle yourself.  He put together a business plan on hiring and working with assistants. He has been my inspiration.  I bought his CDs on several other topics and am now in the process of hiring my first assistant and building a team.

Since Ed's class I have taken several others.  The last two day course I took was in Columbia Missouri.  You read that right.  I flew from Hawaii the Branson and drove up with my brother Russ Prothero who attended a great class with me.  That was the last one I needed to earn my designation.

Now that I have gotten my designation, most would think I would move on; not true.  I have taken several other classes since.  I also attended our local Sell-a-bration and the National CRS Sell-a-bration in Las Vegas.  The only complaint I have heard came from a couple of new agents in Las Vegas that felt the classes were a little too advanced for them.

Next year our Hawaii Chapter will be hosting the 2008 CRS Sell-a-bration at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki.  I am planning an Active Rain gathering during the same time as the event do to the large number of Active Rain members who will be in town.

Without question the CRS classes and designation is something that has helped my business.  I highly recommend joining the CRS Council, especially to all agents who are planning to make a full time career out of selling real estate.

Before closing I want to mention one more benefit of the CRS designation besides the wonderful training is the referral network.  CRS has a directory of agents across the country, which has their CRS designation.  When looking for an agent in another state I start with the directory.

I will be going after my ABR and e-PRO later this month.  I will write a similar report on each of them as I go through the process.

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Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

eXp Realty

Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"

Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.  His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

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Rainmaker
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Ray Saenz
Exit Realty Laredo - Laredo, TX
Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor

Hey Great Randy, I am planning them to take the GRI and the CRS

in the near future :)

 

Jun 27, 2007 04:43 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Ray - The CRS is great.  I will probably always take the classes in the future even though I already have the designation.
Jun 27, 2007 05:09 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

Randy,

I just finished a CRS course two months ago and I enjoyed it tremendously.  I especially like the options they offer, more education-less production and vice versa, as you mentioned.  It gives newer agents opportunity to earn the designation.  That Sell-a-bration sounds like a lot of fun, but maybe next year.

Jun 27, 2007 05:44 PM #17
Rainmaker
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner
I will take the Wealth Building and Referrals in August and then fly over to Maui for the Listings course. I already have the transactional requirments so this is all that I still need.  I just love more education! 
Jun 27, 2007 05:48 PM #18
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Yvonne Brown
Century 21 Northwest - Gilbert, AZ
Randy I appreciate you taking the time to share about this. This is an important topic to me as there are more designations out there than I have time and money for. It's really helpful to have your experiences to consider when making my decisions.
Jun 27, 2007 06:05 PM #19
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Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent
I'm with Sharon.  The CRS courses and designation are great.  It's a wealth of information.  Not just the course, but the c ommentary and interaction of a room full of real estate agents.  Many of whom are quite accomplished and share ideas and tricks of the trade.
Jun 27, 2007 09:57 PM #20
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Yolanda - Sell-a-bration was really good this year, I am looking forward to the 2008 one.

David - Both classes were really good when I took them.

Yvonne - You are welcome.

Jun 27, 2007 10:14 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Chris - One of the things that stand out the most was lunch and dinner with top agents from other parts of the country.
Jun 27, 2007 10:16 PM #22
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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate
I would love to get my CRS Designation. That's the one I've had my eye on for years. Unfortunately, with Fibromyalgia, I can't sit through 2 day courses. Even with my regualr schedule, I fatigue easily and have to plan appointment times carefully :(
Jun 28, 2007 04:31 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Lisa - The classes are long.

Jun 28, 2007 07:21 AM #24
Rainmaker
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Neal Bloom
eXp Realty - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Hey Randy,

I just got confirmation last night that i passed the never ending CRS204 so I should now have completed the requirements..just have to send in my app fee and my affidavit. So hopefully I will be in the book with you very soon! WEW!

Excuse my plagiarism below but....

Neal Bloom,

Congratulations! You have successfully passed the exam for the Wealth Building Course (CRS 204) course you attended. Credit for completion of this course has been posted to your Council record.

Jun 28, 2007 11:06 PM #25
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Steven Shewell
Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. - Ephrata, PA
The Mortgage Maverick

Continuing education is important; it tells the public you are serious about your career.  Keep learning and earning more designations and you will find your income growing with your knowledge.]

Congratulations on your hard work to earn the designations.  I wish you continued success with earning the others.

Jun 29, 2007 12:01 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Neal - very cool, welcome to the fraternity.

Steven - Thank you

Jun 29, 2007 04:54 AM #27
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Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

Randy, my heart is beating as I read your blog. It sounds like a good challenge for me. Not sure if it's up for it.

Jun 16, 2009 02:19 PM #28
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Loreena - It has been a couple of years since I wrote this post.  Since then I have benefited from CRS.  Every event I have attended has been great.

Jun 16, 2009 05:45 PM #29
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Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

Randy - I'm back, so many months later. I just finished my first CRS class. The instructor was Ed Hatch. I tell ya - that guy is something, isn't it? For the first time, I constantly put into lessons (and role playing) what Ed taught in the class. I will continue to support and go for the CRS designation. It's been an awesome experience. Not just the class materials. I will have to wait until March next year before I take another one of Ed's class.

Oct 10, 2009 09:58 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Loreena - I bought all of Ed Hatch's CDs and listened to them in my car.  He is a great motivator!

Oct 12, 2009 10:41 AM #31
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Judy Weinstock
The Judy Weinstock Team at Keller Williams Realty - Chapel Hill, NC
Realtor, ABR, CRS, GRI

Hi Randy!

Loved your blog.  When I studied my 2009 numbers last year and created my 2010 business plan, I realized of the 25% of my revenue was generated by Broker to Broker referrals, and 3/4 of those referrals were from CRS designated agents!

Whenever you know of someone in need of outstanding real estate service in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, please send me their name and phone number.  It will be our pleasure to help them! 

 -Judy
The Judy Weinstock Team
Keller Williams Realty
Chapel Hill, NC
www.seejudy.com

 

 

Feb 04, 2010 05:07 AM #32
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

CRS is the most relevant designation to conducting business in real estate, and one of the most demanding.  Randy P. is one of the gurus here to take guidance from.

Feb 07, 2010 02:51 PM #33
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Judy - I definitely have you on my list.  I enjoy receiving your cards in the mail.  Please remember HawaiiRandy if you have someone moving this direction.

Tony - Thank you for the kind words.  I hope to see you at one of the conferences this year.  I am planning to attend the CRS Sell-a-bration if I can.

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