NAR SFR Designation

Services for Real Estate Pros with Sotheby's International Realty

I had the pleasure of attending the CRS training in Pleasanton this week for the SFR designation.  Frank Sirio and LeRoy Houser were the trainers. Foreclosure Avoidance is my specialty (and my passion) and I was eager to take this training.  I have completed more than 50 hours of training in short sales and foreclosure avoidance at this point and was eager to go.

I was not disappointed and would encourage anyone to take this course.  I always feel that if I get one good idea from any training it is well worth it and there were a lot of great ideas and good information.

I am now completing the webinars and they are also very informative.

One of the things I love most about this business is the willingness of Realtors to share information and ideas with each other. 

I was on a listing appointment yesterday and the seller commented to me that our business is so highly competitive.  I told them that it is but that we are also a small tightly knit community and rely on each other.  Without our mutual cooperation it is hard to imagine homes selling!

Foreclosure avoidance needs to be at the center of the solution to our current economic crisis.  Homeownership provides stability in a community and is the most reliable and proven path to building wealth.  Our ability to help a homeowner retain their home or avoid the auction block is critical.  I've been in the business for 30 years and I don't think I have ever been more proud to tell people I am a Realtor and I serve the community!

Comments (5)

Richard Mielke
RE/MAX Results - Gettysburg, PA
REALTOR, Gettysburg Pennsylvania Real Estate

I have taken CRS classes with both Frank and LeRoy. They are both excellent instructors.

Dec 04, 2009 02:27 AM
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Janet, I've not heard of the SFR Designation. I will have to check this out. Good for you getting the education that is so important in real estate. ;-)

Dec 04, 2009 02:29 AM
Dawn Uselding
A New Dawn Real Estate Services, LLC - Manitowoc, WI
Short Sale Assistant

Great Post.  I am not a Realtor, I am in a business that provides support services to Realtors, specifically for short sales   I agree, training is so important!  However I sometimes disagree with the designations that claim expertise after taking a class, such as CDPE.  To be an expert takes experience which you obvioulsy have!

Dec 04, 2009 02:35 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Glad to hear that the classes have been so good and have resulted in helping those who want to avoide foreclosure.  I think the more training we all get the better we will be in servicing our clients and helping them out.

Dec 12, 2009 05:49 AM
Carol Pease
JP & Associates Realtors - Bastrop, TX
CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320


There was not going to be a live class in my area so I took it online and I was disappointed.  No real nuts and bolts here,  just paper clips.

Feb 01, 2010 01:59 PM