When you’re choosing a REALTOR® to help with buying or selling a home, I encourage you to choose one with the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation. Here are three important reasons:
CRS is the highest professional designation awarded to REALTORS® in the residential sales field. REALTORS® who want to apply for the CRS designation must undertake between 16 and 80 credit hours of additional training beyond what was required simply to become licensed. Coursework ranges from listing strategies to financing solutions to utilizing technology to serve clients. Out of more than 1 million REALTORS®, only 4% (1 in 25) are Certified Residential Specialists. REALTORS® who are willing to devote time to this additional education – and the continuing education required to maintain the designation – are serious about their business and providing the very best knowledge and skills to their clients.
Applicants for the CRS designation must have 25-150 transactions. No dabblers or dilettantes here! This requirement is evidence that your Certified Residential Specialist is capable of applying his or her education in the real world and giving you the service and results you expect. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, there are financial risks, legal risks, even the risk that a home purchase or sale will fall through. A Certified Residential Specialist has both the training and the experience to help you avoid and minimize those risks.
Ethics are essential in a REALTOR®. Every Certified Residential Specialist is required to maintain membership in the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and to abide by its industry-defining Code of Ethics. When you work with a Certified Residential Specialist, you can be sure you’ll be dealt with in a fair and professional manner at every stage in the process.
You’d think that using a REALTOR® with the CRS designation would cost more than using one without it…but it doesn’t. In fact, the skills and know-how you get with a Certified Residential Specialist will likely save you time, money, and worry.
I am proud to be among the 4% of REALTORS®
who have earned the CRS designation. I would
be honored to put my knowledge, skills, and
experience to work for you!
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