Designations or Alphabet Soup?
CRS Means Education Nearby Our Names
Designations or alphabet Soup?
What do you think of when you see LOTS of initials after the names of Agents? Some are commonly known such as MA or MBA - Master's Degrees. For the Real Estate community, there are many others including ABR, AHWD, ALC, BPOR, CCIM, CIPS, CPM, CRB, CRE, C-RETS, e-PRO, GAA, GREEN, GRI, MRP, PMN, PSA, RAA, RENE, RCE, RSPS, SIOR, SFR, SRS and SRES. Hmmm, how many is too many after one's name?
Jeff Dowler, CRS once told me that for referals, he always goes to his Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Directory first. He explained that when a real estate professional earned that Designation, he was confident in reaching out to them wherever they were located. And Jeff is known throughout AR as the "Southern California Relocation Dude"!
Being up-to-date on a variety of topics is crucial to a professional delivering excellent Client service. In fact, having earned the CRS, membership currently includes access to Inman Select News. By reading entries on Inman, agents can access cutting-edge information.
Although membership requires an annual fee and Continuing Education, many discounts are available to members as well as access to other benefits. Your CRS Designation includes benefits from a Credit Union, Affinity Insurance and Travel Agency Discounts with membership.
Most real estate professionals must take continuing Education courses although what is required may vary by each state. CRS members may take discounted classes to meet those requirements. Often the annual fee is balanced out by savings on required classes.
The Real Estate Negotiation Institute offers another important Designation, MCNE, which follows the names of AR members Sheri Sperry - MCNE® and Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland. Margaret said she found that the training very valuable. Another good opportunity to check out...