I updated my CRS website this morning, and I added the link from my CRS page to the links at the right on this page.
I feel the general public does not understand what these designations mean. Following is a description of the CRS designation, from the CRS website:
What's a CRS?
The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest Designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field. The CRS Designation recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education. Only 5% of Realtors nationwide earn this designation.
Since 1977 the Council of Residential Specialists has been conferring the CRS Designation on agents who meet its stringent requirements.
Why Use a CRS?
Today, home buying and selling is faster, more complex, and more competitive in every way. Our goal is to make the process a little easier for you. The first step is choosing the right REALTOR®.
Experience - To earn the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation, every REALTOR® must have significant experience and volume of real estate transactions.
Ethics - Every CRS Designee is required to maintain membership in the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and to abide by its strict Code of Ethics.
A Focus on Home Buying and Selling - To help make the home buying and selling process more rewarding, every CRS Designee must have a proven track record in the business, as well as advanced education in related areas like finance, technology and marketing. Work with the top 4 percent.
Technology Expertise - The training available to CRS Designees includes a strong focus on technology and its applications in the real estate business.
I took the classes and earned to designation to make me a better Realtor and to better serve my clients. Are there Realtors out there who do not have the designations and a doing more volume and deals than me? Definitely, Yes. Great for them; they work hard and they deserve it. I have to do what I feel is best for me and my career. I feel, you must learn before your earn...