I Received the CRS Designation Recently

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

I have been licensed and selling full-time in Austin since 1997, so I'm fast approaching my 18 year anniversary in the business. Years ago, I remember seeing all of those letters after agents' names and I remember wondering what they were for: CRS, GRI, ABR, CCIM?

I have owned my own company since 2004 (just passed the 10-year mark), and I have trained dozens of agents over the years. I've even served as a paid coach/consultant in other markets around the country. 

For a long time, I didn't really see the inherent value in getting designations. I was interested in being a broker-owner managing agents and selling homes, and I figured that was good enough. Recently, one of my agents got his CRS designation. I had to sign off on his paperwork to verify his sales volume for the number of years he's been selling. During the process, I realized that with my level of sales and experience, I only needed a couple of classes to obtain this particular honor.

So I did it.

Had I known this sooner, I would have obtained it sooner.

EVERY one of the CRS agents I've talked to says that it's the very best designation to pursue. The events, education, and referral network are apparently unparalleled. There are several Facebook groups devoted to the CRS community. From anecdotal evidence, CRS agents seek fellow designees for referrals to other markets. Needless to say, I hope to see this firsthand in 2015 and beyond. 

It may or may not surprise you to learn that I've already started working on my next designation: SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist). We are in the process of launching a new division of our company dedicated to meeting the needs of senior buyers and sellers. I think this is an important demographic, and one that we enjoy working with as clients. 

There you have it. For my agent friends, have you found value in the CRS or other designations in your career?


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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I really didn't.  So I quit paying the fee.  But that being said, I have always found value in classes and learning.

Nov 21, 2014 12:11 PM #1
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Tammy Lankford - You are the only person (at least so far) who has expressed this to me. Interesting. Do you think it's because of the size/type of market you're in?

Nov 21, 2014 12:13 PM #3
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Congratulations Jason!

CRS is on my list as well as the brokers' designation/license.

Nov 21, 2014 12:14 PM #4
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Congratulations Jason, it sounds like you made the right choice in pursuing this designation.

Nov 21, 2014 12:46 PM #5
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Pete X with X Group Real Estate Advocates, Huntington Beach, CA 714.459.2017 OCLister.com - Go for it!

Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366 - I sure hope so.  :)

Nov 21, 2014 01:17 PM #6
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Good for you...I actually saw your facebook posting on this the other day too

Nov 21, 2014 11:49 PM #7
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Congratulations Jason. And much success to you in pursuing your SRES Designation.

Nov 22, 2014 02:03 PM #8
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Hi Jason - congratulations! After I saw your post on FB I am going to pursue it also, I am a firm believer in continuiing education.

Nov 23, 2014 12:06 AM #9
Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

I just got my CRS designation last week. Haven't seen any results so far, but I expect to. And I have had the SRES designation for a while and have had referrals from that.

Nov 23, 2014 12:08 AM #10
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Jason Crouch designations do indicate a level of formal education in real estate. But as you mentioned you recognized you only needed a couple of courses, due to your production and I assume other courses you'd already completed. So was it the courses that qualified you for CRS or more the body of work you did prior to CRS?

Jan 24, 2015 12:37 AM #11
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Congratulations Jason Crouch on your CRS, I finished mine in October and just became a member of the Austin Affiliation this month. Congrats to you.... see you soon.

Jan 24, 2015 07:46 AM #12
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I'm not a big fan of designations. I see agents with lots of them who aren't doing what I consider basic necessities like having a website. However, I recently took a CRS class and thought the education offered was very good. My goal is to complete the coursework this year for the designation.

Feb 04, 2015 06:00 AM #13
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

I just received my CRS designation today as well, and it's in pretty good company with my other designations of: CIPS, CREN, GRI, LMC, SFR, SRES and my broker's license. I think the education component of working towards a designation makes it more interesting, plus you meet more people. 

Feb 11, 2015 01:16 AM #14
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


Do you still find it valuable for your business? 

Do they have annual fee after you get it? 

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