Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827)

Spam prevention
Rainmaker
2,691,172
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Its like a diploma...Its what you do with it

Aug 03, 2017 12:40 PM
Ambassador
3,402,519
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Yes absolutley!  I've been a CRS for quite a few years and not only is the education stellar the networking is fantastic. I recently took on the Phoenix CRS Chair postion and look forward to creating a lot of excellent events for agents around the metro area.

Aug 03, 2017 12:54 PM
Ambassador
4,743,483
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Yes it is but a big piece of it is what you do with it - networking, making referrals, educating clients on the value. Education is top notch as is the sharing in the CRS community. Like here!

Aug 03, 2017 02:03 PM
Ambassador
2,608,498
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Those who have the CRS designation say, "Yes".  But it appears that they spend a lot of time networking, and a lot of money (annual fees or something) to renew it.

Aug 03, 2017 02:22 PM
Rainmaker
1,708,245
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The education is worth it. It is also my first place for referrals.

Aug 03, 2017 01:59 PM
Rainmaker
529,171
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Like everything the ROI depends on how much effort you put into it...Networking is the key!

Aug 03, 2017 01:01 PM
Rainmaker
4,490,321
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Yes, it is.

Aug 03, 2017 12:48 PM
Rainmaker
1,183,850
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Any kind of license, inspector, loan, appraiser or degree(mba) is worth the investment. For $99 I can get a certificate in online auction realtor and get paid bidding homes online as more and more sellers (banks esp) do not want to pay buyer agent a coop fee. Buyer need to pay their buyer agent. 

Aug 03, 2017 12:42 PM
Rainmaker
7,033,883
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The education will not hurt. Paying for the designation is another consideration.

Aug 03, 2017 12:23 PM
Rainmaker
1,430,221
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Is this a market sector you wish to focus on or do you just want fancy initials after your name?  You don't need it to do the job, my Broker was the sole relocation agent for Ventura County and part of LA County in the 90s for one of the largest relocation companies in the country, plus in the Clinton era base consolidations he was the sole relocation agent for the US Navy for all of eastern Ventura County!  Never had a CRS, never needed it.  Never lost a single penny of business for not having it.

 

If you want the education, great.  I've heard many people here say they get business from having the designation.  Personally, I've never looked for it.  I'm more concerned with can you do the job and how you'll treat my client/friend.

Aug 03, 2017 03:00 PM
Rainmaker
4,385,921
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Absolutely!! I've had a my CRS for some time and what great educational opportunitites and networking!

Aug 03, 2017 02:22 PM
Rainer
65,968
Lee Keadle
Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Keadle Real Estate Group

I've never had any designation other than Realtor because I'd rather focus my time showing homes, talking on the phone to clients, attending inspections in person, etc.  There are only so many hours I can work in a week!

Aug 03, 2017 12:30 PM
Rainmaker
259,861
Kathy Denworth
Century 21 Schwartz Realty - Islamorada, FL
Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo

I earned my CRS designation. I agree, the education is second to none. I kept paying the almost $200 per year for about 6 years. In that period of time, I never received a referral although I did send a few out. Yes, I networked and met some great Realtors.

I think the area you serve is important. When buying in a resort area,  I think most people don't talk about it until they have already purchased. 

Aug 31, 2017 01:32 PM
Rainmaker
617,801
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Dave ~ You are the second one to ask this recently and it definitely is worth it.  This designation is worth more than all the others put together in my opinion, as the educational courses and annual Sell-A-Bration meeting are extremely valuable.  As for referrals, it is my best source of incoming referrals and great agents to refer clients to when they relocate. 

As others have said, what you get out of it depends on what you put into it... it isn't a silver bullet.

Aug 04, 2017 02:17 PM
Rainmaker
2,153,027
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

YES

Aug 03, 2017 09:45 PM
Rainmaker
1,231,605
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Great classes.

Aug 03, 2017 01:11 PM
Rainmaker
5,767,466
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Dave,

I have heard pros and cons on the subject.  It depends on the marketplace!  A

Aug 03, 2017 12:46 PM
Rainmaker
2,310,414
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I think it is always good to expand your knowledge but I am not sure the general public knows what it means.  Sure you can tell them, but will they specifically search out a CRS? 

Aug 03, 2017 12:31 PM
Rainmaker
5,323,059
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I think it was more worthy years ago, and received MANY CRS referrals.   with the Internet, not sure as many REALTORS are seeking a CRS first.

Aug 06, 2017 10:15 AM
Rainer
299,386
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

I think the only "designation" the public recognizes is Broker. Everything else is a learning experience. 

Aug 05, 2017 12:26 PM
Rainmaker
849,202
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

You might learn something and use it well.

Aug 05, 2017 06:23 AM
Ambassador
3,983,359
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I can only speak for myself and it has more than paid for itself

Aug 04, 2017 06:11 PM
Rainmaker
627,508
Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

John says yes; Kat is not so inclined...

Aug 04, 2017 04:14 PM
Rainmaker
4,333,471
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Any education is worth the time I think

 

Aug 04, 2017 10:53 AM
Rainmaker
1,672,115
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

AS 'The Professor',  Richie Alan Naggar wrote!

Aug 04, 2017 06:32 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,732
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't know.

Aug 04, 2017 06:14 AM
Rainmaker
945,423
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Not for me it isn't

Aug 04, 2017 05:56 AM
Rainmaker
3,070,984
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

It is - but IMHO it's not worth the annual renewal fee

Aug 04, 2017 05:34 AM
Rainmaker
4,350,159
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

For some yes, for others no

Aug 04, 2017 04:50 AM
Rainmaker
2,054,599
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

For newer agents

Aug 04, 2017 04:22 AM
Rainmaker
2,011,715
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I loved the classes for CRS - they are the best out there

Aug 04, 2017 03:44 AM
Ambassador
4,316,215
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Dave Halpern - I am not a CRS - so do not know the real answer.

Aug 03, 2017 09:22 PM
Rainmaker
1,357,492
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

YES!

Aug 03, 2017 08:10 PM
Ambassador
3,987,010
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Best education or designation out there. I was reading my Residential Specialist magazines along with my Realtor Magazine and it was by far higher quality.

Aug 03, 2017 07:42 PM
Rainer
86,514
Mike Kelly,CRS,CIPS
The MJKelly Team - Santa Rosa, CA
"One of Sonoma County's Natural Resources"

There was a time when it was THE only designation worth having for the residential specialist. However, today we have a virtual tower of babal of designations. CRS is trying desperately to find its relevance with the newer Realtor. Older boomers like myself can point to fabulous business connections and many referrals gleaned from my holding of this coveted designation. I was in a statement wide referral group of RE/MAX agents for years and you HAD to hold the CRS designation. We all did a ton of business and eventually many joined KW and referrals still go on. However, our networking meetings have been dramatically altered here in California when they made us ONE Chapter instead of Northern/Southern. I sincerely belive they reipped the heeart out of our Chapter. A friend of mine, Steve Goddard, RE/MAX Beaches, has so many designations his business card looks like an accordian! 

Aug 03, 2017 06:51 PM
Rainmaker
3,986,000
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

yes, but not to the public.

Aug 03, 2017 06:43 PM
Ambassador
5,752,579
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Probably, I have heard good things about the training.

Aug 03, 2017 05:49 PM
Rainmaker
608,970
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I don't have this, but for those I know who do, they say it is amazing.

Aug 03, 2017 05:44 PM
Rainmaker
280,499
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Yes, it was one of the first things I did as a rookie.  It didn't take me long to figure out that what I studied for the test had little to do with the actual business of real estate.

Aug 03, 2017 05:32 PM
Rainmaker
554,078
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

I agree with Joe Pryor - the education is terrific and so are the network of referrals.  It's one of the best educational investments I've made.

Aug 03, 2017 05:05 PM
Rainmaker
1,707,899
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

I'm a big fan of education, but many of the designations I've had meant nothing to my clients. I'd rather invest in my education, and let the designations go. 

Aug 03, 2017 04:42 PM
Rainmaker
1,525,405
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I don't have that one, so I can't help.

Aug 03, 2017 04:26 PM
Rainmaker
1,558,335
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

You need to ask yourself a question: why do you want/need it? To learn something new? ~ go for it, impress your clients? ~ waste of money and time. 

Aug 03, 2017 04:17 PM
Rainmaker
5,580,884
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

yes... of all the designations, this one is worth it.... ask Jeff Dowler 

Aug 03, 2017 04:11 PM
Rainmaker
4,567,028
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The education is terrific, but the life long continuing cost questionable!

Aug 03, 2017 04:06 PM
Ambassador
2,111,792
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Absolutely yes! 

Aug 03, 2017 03:51 PM
Rainmaker
1,766,546
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

No, we just discussed this the other day. I found the realtor light bulb designation enlightening.

Aug 03, 2017 03:42 PM
Ambassador
3,158,154
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Those who have it will likely say yes.  

Aug 03, 2017 02:59 PM