Time to CRS?

Real Estate Agent with Sierra Sotheby's International Realty BRE# 01279475

I am blown away by real estate acumen demonstrated by ARer's and am consistently seeing those who post with power have initials after their names. I've been a Realtor associate for seven years and have yet to work on any designations myself. This is a year of self-improvement for me so I am going to earn some designations but I am overwhelmed by the choices and have a feeling there is a progression I should follow. I did the five year college plan and don't want to repeat that mistake.....

Is there anyone who can shed some light on my next steps?  To help clarify I work in a primarily secondary home market with buyers and sellers who are US citizens doing business with their 2nd or third home that is either a vacation property or an investment.

Thank you,

Neil Morse

Tahoe City, CA Realtor 


Comments (4)

Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV
Neil, the e-PRO is a pretty easy one.  You can do it all from home, office, wherever -- so there are no travel costs involved.  Plus there are no yearly fees to keep the designation, which I really appreciated.  I did the whole thing in two days.  (They probably wouldn't want me saying that, but I'm kind of a geek and it was all familiar to me.)  You can also use the e-PRO as an elective towards the CRS designation, so you might want to look into it.
Apr 16, 2007 07:07 AM
Leigh Brown
Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive - Charlotte, NC
CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC

Sarah's right, ePRO is easy and doesn't have big requirements. CRS has done the most for my business overall.  ABR looks good, means nothing. CLHMS is starting to show benefits.  Definitely go after the CRS.  Whether or not consumers know what the abbreviations mean, they know it means you're out there learning and doing more than the average agent.  There's also a second home/resort market designation, I haven't looked into it because that's not my market at all.

Best to you.

Apr 16, 2007 07:14 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
If you want a designation with some POP behind it then go for CRS.  The training is superb and it is not a designation that every agent can get.  You have to have the experience, training and transactions to earn the CRS.  Join the council and get started.  If you are already computer savy, know how to use email and the web then you don't need the e-PRO designation.  Our clients expect us to be computer savy at this point and if we aren't then today's client isn't going to stick with us for long. 
Apr 16, 2007 08:18 AM
Klaus Nicholson
ROSE ANNE ERICKSON REALTY, LLC. Columbus Ga, Ft Benning, - Columbus, GA
Realtor, Columbus Ga Homes, Fort Benning Homes

Neil,  I like Leigh's idea, if it means something to you then go for the CRS.  I have none.  The e-pro is easy if you need CE and consumers will think it's cool.  Your fellow Realtors will know how it was earned.  There is always the various who's who options.

My advice is to get smart and stay smart, when time allows.  I compete with all the professionals and their designations.  I don't know all they know.

Raltor, Columbus Ga


Apr 16, 2007 08:32 AM