"We are CRS" - Recap of Sell-a-Bration Event in Dallas

Real Estate Agent with Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!

My mind is still spinning from all the CRS Sell-a-Bration events, networking, and education sessions over the last few days!

I  I just returned from Dallas where I attended Sell-a-Bration, the annual real estate conference for Certified Residental Specialists.

It’s been a whirlwind of informative education sessions addressing topics such as video marketing for real estate, listing and marketing strategies, luxury real estate auctions, tax issues affecting real estate investments as well as tax changes for the real estate practitioner, and how to use IRAs to invest in real estate, just to name a few.

The opening session featured a top national, motivational speaker, Mel Robbins, talking about how to take control of your life -  “5-4-3-2-1 GO” was buzzing throughout the rest of the two day event!


CRS Sell-a-bration 2018 Opening Session with Mel Robbins Photo by Silvia Dukes


CRS Ambassador Silvia DukesAs a CRS Ambassador, I – together other with attending CRS Ambassadors from around the nation - was also a volunteer “host” during the event. Since we were in Texas, we were outfitted with Cowboy hats and together, we made our grand entrance at the opening session right after the balloon drop, throwing “We are CRS” T-shirts into the crowd, before being introduced. It was a bit crazy and a lot of fun!

As a host, we were to help other attendees finding sessions, answering questions, helping with the event app, and generally lend a helping hand when needed. For me who is normally a bit reserved around people I don't know, it was a great way to interact and meet other people!

Sell-a-Bration took place at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas – a fantastic venue! The hotel is built around a huge Atrium with walkways, landscaping, and several restaurants.

The entire Atrium was designed with Texas in mind - certain elements reminded me of the Carlsberg Caverns, the River Walk in San Antonio, and the various landscapes found throughout the great Lone Star State. The greatest focal point however, was an interpretative replica of the Alamo! The photo below was the view from my room!


Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas Photo by Silvia Dukes


Next year, Sell-a-Bration will take place in Las Vegas. I'm sure it will be another great event jampacked with great information and education to the real estate business and not to mention some awesome networking opportunities with a 1000 or so of the top real estate professionals from around the country.

It's an event where you won't get lost in the masses and will easily be able to connect with other agents and brokers. Think referrals! You do not have to be a CRS to attend (although after experiencing a Sell-a-Bration event, you may want to become one!) – so give it some thought and hopefully, I will see you there!


We are CRS Sell-a-Bration 2018 Photo by Silvia Dukes

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Comments (11)

Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Lakeland, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

Looks like a great event where everyone had fun. Thanks for the info on CRS Sell-a-bration

Feb 07, 2018 08:30 AM
Corinne Fitzgerald
FITZGERALD Real Estate - Greenfield, MA
Realtor/Broker/Owner, FITZGERALD Real Estate

Looks like a great event. Glad you got so much out of it and found time to have fun.


Feb 07, 2018 08:35 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Sounds like a great time! That is quite a view from your hotel room! Everything is bigger in Texas!

Feb 07, 2018 08:49 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Silvia- What a fun event!!! Love the picture from your room and so very proud that my home state of Texas got to show off!!!  And, that cowboy hat looks good on you!

Feb 07, 2018 08:53 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign


                 Congratulations Silvia, you've been featured in the group Bananatude.      

Feb 07, 2018 09:11 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


How nice you are an ambassador for the event!  I am sure you were the hostess with the mostest.  Happy Wednesday.  A

Feb 07, 2018 09:47 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Ben DeHaven thank you, it definitely was education and fun!
Corinne Fitzgerald Someone once said if you can't have fun, there's not sense doing it!

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty It was an awesome hotel to stay in. And a little closer to home, there is the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee!


Feb 07, 2018 12:13 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Kathy Streib thank you for your comment and the group feature!  I don't normally wear hats but maybe I need to rethink that!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel It was a great experience, I didn't know until a couple of days ahead of time that CRS Ambassadors were going to be hosts and didn't know what to expect.  Quite truthfully, I had a blast and would do it again in a heart beat!

Feb 07, 2018 12:15 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

CRS is always just a fabulous collection of learning opportunities - I think it is a great organization and it sounds like they did not disappoint this year

Feb 07, 2018 02:52 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

From your pictures I can see the wonderful environment that the Gaylord provided for all those attending, Silvia.

Feb 07, 2018 04:50 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Wow what an amazing time Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES  so many wonderful people and so much to learn

Feb 09, 2018 08:47 PM