Designations or Alphabet Soup? CRS Means Education Nearby Our Names

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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 UnionAffinity 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...

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Lynn B. Friedman I've always been a great promoter of real estate designations.... I had 9 of them when I was actively listing homes and subdivisions.... CRS was, in my opinion, the most valuable.... I gave out many referrals and even though the RE/MAX system has a broad range of agents, my only choice was to go to the CRS directory.... at that time, a very thick book.... and I never regretted my choice.... one must "earn" that designation...that's how it was 30+ years ago, and I assume the requirement are even stronger now....

it's sad to find that most agents denigrate the value.... that unfair criticism is due to the cost.... quality always has a cost.... 

Sep 21, 2019 03:29 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lynn. Alphabet soup or not, knowledge is power! Enjoy your day.

Sep 21, 2019 05:11 AM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We believe strongly in an educaion based practice and this is one of value.

Sep 21, 2019 05:18 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Lynn. Education is important in any field but comparing a designation with a graduate degree is a stretch. Being current in real estate is important though.

Sep 21, 2019 05:37 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lynn - education/learning does not stop for real estate licensees when that license arrives in the mail.  

Sep 21, 2019 07:30 AM #5
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


Lynn B. Friedman Thanks for the mention. So many letters. I wrote about all of these letters back in 2006 but some of the designations don't even exist. Good to see that Barbara Todaro did a reblog

Sep 21, 2019 08:27 AM #6
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lynn I am not a Realtor but if I were one that would be the designation I would strive to get first.

Sep 21, 2019 03:02 PM #7
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