Why Choose A Certified Residential Specialist?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX 4000 FA100032580

 Why Choose a Certified
Residential Specialist (CRS)

The Answers You Need

In the current marketplace, you need more than just a REALTOR®. You need a professional with the unique training and know-how to create opportunities, identify potential pitfalls up front, and make your home-buying or-selling experience an unqualified success.

You need a Certified Residential Specialist.

Why CRS?

What is a Certified
Residential Specialist (CRS)?

A Certified Residential Specialist is a REALTOR® who has earned certification from the Council of Residential Specialists by completing a rigorous course of advanced training and by meeting significant experience requirements. It's this rare combination that makes a Certified Residential Specialist more than just another real estate agent. It's the ability to make a real difference in the purchase or sale of your home that places them among the best in the business. Discover the difference for yourself. And discover how enjoyable and successful a real estate relationship can be.

Benefits for Home Buyers and Sellers:

Less than 4 percent of the more than one million REALTORS® in business today hold the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation, the highest professional designation awarded to REALTORS® in the residential sales field. That's because just one in 25 has the experience, the commitment and the hours of advanced training necessary to call themselves a Certified Residential Specialist. Yet, despite all the extra expertise you get, a Certified Residential Specialist doesn't cost any more than any other REALTOR®. In fact, the skills and know-how you get with a Certified Residential Specialist may actually save you time and money.

And that's just the beginning. Here are some of the other reasons you should consider hiring a Certified Residential Specialist when you buy or sell a home.

4 Reasons to Work With the Top 4%


A hallmark of the Certified Residential Specialist isn't just the advanced training and education they receive. Just as important is the marketplace expertise they bring to the sale or purchase of your home. To earn the Certified Residential Specialist Designation, every REALTOR® must have significant experience and a number of real estate transactions. These strict requirements are your assurance that your Certified Residential Specialist is able to apply his or her education in the real world, giving you the knowledgeable, skilled service you expect.


Ethics aren't just important in a REALTOR®. They're essential. That's why every Certified Residential Specialist is required to maintain membership in the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and to abide by its strict Code of Ethics. That means, when you work with a Certified Residential Specialist, you can rest assured you're dealing with a trained real estate expert who will treat you fairly and professionally every step of the way.

A Focus on Home Buying and Selling

Whether you're looking to buy or sell a home, you face many risks along the way - financial risks, legal risks, even the risk that a home purchase or sale will fall through. A Certified Residential Specialist is trained to minimize those risks.

With that in mind, a Certified Residential Specialist is prepared to bring you the benefits of their significant experience and variety of successful real estate transactions. That expertise, combined with advanced education in areas like finance, technology and marketing, lets you know that your Certified Residential Specialist is able to make your home purchase or sale a success in every way.

Technological Expertise

Technology is changing the face of real estate. Computers, the Internet, mobile communications - each has helped make the market more efficient, and at the same time, more daunting. More than ever, the success of your home purchase or sale depends on the ability of your REALTOR® to harness that technology and make it work for you. For that reason, the training required of your Certified Residential Specialist focuses extensively on technology and its effect on the real estate business. You can count on a Certified Residential Specialist not just to understand technology, but to use it to make your home purchase or sale a worry-free experience.

Note: The above is from CRS and available to any CRS as a "Tab" on their Facebook Business Account. It took me less than 5 seconds to create a tab on my Facebook Business Page.  Doing this helps people who find your page see the benefits of doing business with you!

Comments (7)

Mark Nehs
Mortgage Loan Officer Waukesha Wisconsin - Pewaukee, WI


You are certainly in the top 4% of Realtors.  Fernly Nevada buyers and sellers are lucky to have you.

Thanks for the explanation on the CRS.  I kind of had an idea what a Certified Residential Specialist was but now I know for sure.

Feb 17, 2011 02:36 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices


Thats what I do when I am referring my friends in other areas. Training is what important

Feb 17, 2011 02:40 PM
Sandra Mathewson
RE/MAX 4000 - Grand Junction, CO

Mark and Jon,

Thank you for your comments.  The CRS designation is definately a plus to business and professionalism.  You both just validated it!



Feb 17, 2011 03:21 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Sandra - Thank you for the quality information on why choose certified residential specialist. Excellent blog.

Feb 17, 2011 04:41 PM
Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL
SaraMana Properties - QuickFreeMLS.com - Bradenton, FL
QuickFreeMLS.com - Listings In Paradise

Great blog post Sandra! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

Feb 17, 2011 06:20 PM
Sandra Mathewson
RE/MAX 4000 - Grand Junction, CO

Thanks to all of you for your comments.  As an update to my post, if you are a CRS Designee you can put a tab on your Facebook business page that is exactly like my post. It only took me 3 seconds.

I think it is a great way for people who visit your business page to see the benefits of doing business with you.

Feb 18, 2011 04:46 AM
Robert Hammerstein -
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Hi Sandra,

I am a CRS and would like to start using this Tab in my AR profile.  This is a fantastic post.  You did a great job.  Sorry I missed it when you did it but glad I found it now!



Aug 09, 2011 04:49 PM