Certified Residential Specialist Agents are like the PHD of REALTORS

Certified Residential Specialist Agents are like the PHD of REALTORS

Certified Residential Specialist logo  By Joanne Foxxe

When you want the BEST, CALL A CRS. Certified Residential Specialist. This is a special Designation of REALTORS, under the national Association of Realtors. CRS agents have completed hours of education and continual training to stay on top of this changing industry. We have educational courses for all agents, with top of the industry teachers and educators.
CRS agents are like the PHD of REALTORS, we are the top 3% of Realtors nationwide. The benefits of working with a CRS are many. One of which is the networking capability which comes into play frequently in the islands. For example, if I have a client selling on Maui, wanting to move anywhere in the US, I have a directory and network of agents from which to choose. I used to live in California, and was President of the CRS northern California chapter in 2006. Having that experience, I know many Ca. agents personally with whom I could refer. If my clients were moving somewhere that I was not familiar, I would go to CRS.com web site and search the database by location. Each Realtor has a biography on the web site, and of course contact information. I usually contact 2-3 Realtors and see which would be the best fit for my clients. When you refer to a CRS agent you know that person has sold a certain dollar volume of sales AND has completed a certain amount of Educational Courses to obtain the designation. Your clients will be in good hands.
CRS and all Realtors can take CRS educational courses in the areas where buyers may move from. In this instance, Realtors who live let’s say on the West Coast. I would take courses in those areas, and meet Realtors of like mind. We all exchange business cards. Real Estate is all about the connections and relationships developed over the years. Many of our large real estate offices, which have newer agents, will ask the more experienced agents for advice. This expands the CRS network even more.
When I moved to the Hawaiian Islands, i was receiving referrals for other islands. The mainland agents don’t realize where the cities and towns are located, or that we are separated by ocean!
The Aloha CRS Chapter is active on all the islands. We are a large group that refer inter island. We advertise in publications. We have Educational Courses on all the islands, which create those networking opportunities. Our courses are top of the line, bringing in instructors from all over the country. Last month at our Real Association on Maui, Chris Bird, a TAX expert taught at our General Membership Meeting and also taught a course on Taxes in the afternoon. It was well received and informational. He worked for the IRS in his past life.
I am the Maui Director for the Aloha Chapter. I would love to help agents achieve their
designation.
Remember if you are buying or Selling your largest investment, you want to call the
PHD of Real Estate, a CRS.