Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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I suppose when you talk about leadersship in any state association, it depends on your particular state and/or how involved you want to be. I've always been of the school of thought that if you're not happy with how things are going, get involved and help change it for the better.

Feb 19, 2017 07:12 AM
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Bob Crane
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Another income stream for the CRS folks.

 

Feb 19, 2017 06:42 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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We no longer pay state dues since the realignment. Before that I did it because the fee was small and I wanted my voice heard.

Feb 19, 2017 10:37 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I'm new to CRS Dennis Swartz I'd defer to long time members like Jeff Dowler since I'm still exploring my membership and all the benefits, etc. My understanding is to have a local chapter for more state-focused info and resources since laws and customs vary state to state.

Feb 19, 2017 07:01 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Bob Crane nailed this one!

Feb 20, 2017 06:16 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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Another way to empty your pocket into theirs

Feb 20, 2017 05:57 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Dennis Swartz excellent answer from Nina Hollander ..

Feb 19, 2017 09:48 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

There is no separate State and National now - everyone who is a CRS is also a member of the state or regional CRS and no separate fees as in the past for a local Chapter. For me the value is the continuing education, some of which is free for members, an incredible network of people from around the country who are willing to share what works for them in their businesses, and an awesome referral network...but you have to participate by getting to know people, sharing (like we do here) and giving out referrals as well as positioning yourself for them. Participation on the local, state or national level is a terrific way to be more visible to the CRS commuity, and learn from others as well as developing your communication and leadership skills.

I'd be happy to talk further if you want, Dennis!

Feb 19, 2017 08:42 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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  Several have answered that the networking is valuable. 

    With respect, aren't there other ways to network without spending so much time and money to get and keep that designation?

Feb 19, 2017 06:54 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Do we really need the designations?

Feb 19, 2017 05:16 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Dennis there is no longer the same structure at the state level like there used to be for years.  Personally I find CRS connections & continual conversations to be extremely valuable on many levels. I give and receive referrals every year. We just had the CRS Sell-a-bration here in Phoenix and it was fantastic and a great networking opportunity as well.  I'm already booked for next years conference.

Feb 19, 2017 02:23 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Presumably they advocate on our behalf, but I think it's mostly a bureaucracy. Also, there are far too many local associations, which drives up our costs as well since each has its own staff and other overhead costs.  Even the NAR is encouraging consolidation. 

Feb 19, 2017 01:51 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I am not a CRS member but appreciate the responses provided by Nina Hollander and Debbie Reynolds.

Feb 19, 2017 12:05 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

any organization is as worthwhile as its members allow it to be....just like a real estate office....it's as good as its agents...

Feb 19, 2017 10:15 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Dennis,

I am off the same opinion as Nina Hollander stated.  A

Feb 19, 2017 09:17 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Honestly I don't even know if I am a member of my state chapter, I'd have to look.  I haven't been involved with CRS at all, but some here on AR are convincing me I should step it up to make the designation worth it and work for me. -Kasey

Feb 19, 2017 08:30 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I do not have a connection to CRS however I know many members here in the Rain do.  Jeff Dowler comes to mind. 

Feb 19, 2017 08:28 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

We don't give to them in IL as part of the state dues, etc.

Feb 19, 2017 07:35 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Dennis Swartz I am not a CRS, but I would think you get out of any organization what you put into it.

Feb 19, 2017 06:22 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good question.

Feb 19, 2017 06:21 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I pay the state fee too, but have no use to meet with other CRSs in Denver.   Have never seen the point.

Feb 22, 2017 01:38 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Looks like Jeff Dowler nailed this one!

Feb 20, 2017 09:44 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Agreed.

Feb 20, 2017 05:54 AM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Value is a matter of personal perspective. I would find other ways to spend my money.

Feb 20, 2017 05:34 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
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Our state CRS does a great job!

Feb 19, 2017 08:39 PM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Personally I find CRS a valuable networking group. I just attended a local luncheon where we had a respected local economist lecture on a forecast for Austin. I always like to hear him speak and I find their events very worth while. Only pay National dues and feel its definitely worth it.

Feb 19, 2017 04:23 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Dennis, I totally agree!

Feb 19, 2017 03:21 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I have earned a lot of designations over the years. CDPE, EIT, PE(other states), Black Belt ISO, etc... The ones that are important are graduate degrees. 

Feb 19, 2017 03:10 PM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

I was curious to read the comments about this. I guess it's a question of involvement and participation. 

Feb 19, 2017 02:45 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Another abiity to do networking. If you do not network then I agree. Personally I network.

Feb 19, 2017 02:33 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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I'll let Jeff Dowler and Anna Banana Kruchten, probably our most senior CRS MEMBERS speak to that.  I feel like I do get more out of the national association than the state organization though, Dennis Swartz

Feb 19, 2017 02:26 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

We do not have CRS fees unless you are a member. 

Feb 19, 2017 01:23 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I am not one, but know several members here are.

Feb 19, 2017 01:15 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The cable, tax and other bills just piggy-back on with their miscellaneous fees making it expensive when it shouldn't be...Your point included too

Feb 19, 2017 08:40 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

CRS's were great years ago, not sure now.

 

Feb 19, 2017 08:25 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I say to each their own Dennis Swartz  . I personally don't feel the need to have any initials behind my name but more power to those who do.

Feb 19, 2017 08:10 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not like to pay the annual dues either. 

Feb 19, 2017 08:06 AM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I don't like that you pay to take the courses and get the designation and keep paying to keep the designation.  Good thing college degrees don't work that way.  Hey, I think I just discovered a way to fund higher education... make graduates pay an annual fee to keep their degree valid.

Feb 19, 2017 07:55 AM