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

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Raj Taj
RE/MAX - Lake Bluff, IL
Drive By Blessings!

My designation as a probation violator expires soon, glad to have that off of my record.

Apr 02, 2018 04:03 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Yes - there comes a point where the expense cannot be justified. And semi-retirement looms!

Apr 02, 2018 04:40 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

If I was a residential agent, CRS would be the one I would retain.
I have earned many designations that I don't use and have basically abandoned. The knowledge is the value.

Apr 02, 2018 04:22 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

No I do not.

Apr 02, 2018 06:54 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I suspect that your clients will not notice.

Apr 02, 2018 08:47 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I just debated the same thing, back in December. I finally relented and paid my CRS. I am in agreement that they seem to tell us what we can hope for, but things rarely seem to come to fruition for me. 2018 may be the year. Not to mention the new education requirement seems like a way to get more money out of members for the classes. (I know there are some free classes, but they all seem dull and a rehash of the same old information, to me.

Apr 02, 2018 07:43 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I don't/didn't have any "advanced designations ". At least I don't YET.

Apr 02, 2018 06:54 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It has come where the cost and time does warrant the return. Most buyers have no clue what the letters mean. The market is flooded with new aents and time spent providing great service pays off more for me than taking any more designation training

Apr 02, 2018 05:23 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

My degrees and higher education certificates do not expire. I pay handsomely for them however it is a one-time fee. 

Apr 02, 2018 07:56 AM
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 worked hard for them, they are quite active. Well, actually my Winforms Trainer one did expire when we became Zipforms with C.A.R. and by then they just did webinars, not live trainings.

But all the rest are active:

  • RCS-D
  • CRS
  • CDPE
  • ePRO
  • MRP
  • Sales Ninja
  • Peak Performer
Apr 02, 2018 07:09 AM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   They may have had value back in the day, but not so much anymore.  Why throw money at them?

Apr 02, 2018 06:24 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Yes, enjoyed the education but General Public doesn't have a clue about them

Apr 02, 2018 06:23 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Yes I have. Not worth keeping them up.

Apr 02, 2018 05:54 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I would have done the same as you.

Apr 02, 2018 05:27 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes. Too expensive.

Apr 02, 2018 04:12 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I will do so next year. I agree it is expensive.

Apr 02, 2018 04:04 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've let some expire. Not sure what you mean by "promises." I don't recall every being promised/guaranteed anything.

Apr 02, 2018 03:41 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Dennis! No, I keep them - the education is valuable to me and my clients benefit from the continued education as well. I've heard of many beginning to let them expire though, lately. 

Apr 02, 2018 08:21 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I took only one that requires annual fee: Green. I keep paying for it.

Apr 02, 2018 11:36 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I have one that I don't really promote and use. The others I have uses for and especially in marketing and listing appointments they often give me an additional edge. CRS is the best and I am receiving and sending referrals frequently through the network. I welcomed the new educational upkeep requirement, there's nothing wrong to stay up-to-date and it differentiates the designations from others. On the other hand, I am actively involved with the network, just like everything else, you get what you put in. 

Apr 02, 2018 10:59 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Yes, It seemed that no one knew what they stood for, or they didn't care what they stood for, and never asked. No one ever called me based on and designations. I think they have gotten out of hand with the amount of designations being offered, and there weren't really any noticable benefits from having them. Some might be worthwhile though.

Apr 02, 2018 10:02 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Dennis ~ I have let some of the designations I earned early in my career go, but the only one I kept is my CRS.  It has the best value and educational component, as well as some referrals along the way.  Other than that one it seems that they keep creating new ones to better drain agent bank accounts.

Apr 02, 2018 09:36 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

yes...all nine of them, when I decided to become a marketing agent and no longer a listing agent.

Apr 02, 2018 09:18 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Every year I think about letting them lapse and then in the end I don't. However, this may be the year where I do get rid of a few. -Kasey

Apr 02, 2018 07:19 AM
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

For me, designations were always about the knowledge.  The general public doesn't have a clue what any of them mean.  For active agents, the only one that might be worth keeping would be the CRS because CRS agents seem to like to refer to each other.  Other than that, I say spend your money on education not the right to use the designation.

Apr 02, 2018 07:09 AM
Ruth Grainger-Starr
Grainger Realty - Cripple Creek, CO
providing AWESOME real estate adventures

I have let my CRS go for sure. but that one was just draining my account and it was not benefiting me in any way. 

Apr 02, 2018 07:01 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

I did - but since reinstated them

Apr 02, 2018 06:29 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

The 2 I have do not expire.

Apr 02, 2018 05:05 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

CRS is the only one I still pay for.

Apr 02, 2018 04:35 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I never got them just for the reasons of having them

Apr 02, 2018 08:32 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I did.  Felt like I was being fee'd to death.  I got the education and that was really the point for me.

Apr 02, 2018 01:46 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The one who earned them gets to keep them if they were mastered

Apr 02, 2018 11:36 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I let my CRISC and CISA go last year.  I'll still claim them since I was certified at one point, just say they are inactive.

Apr 02, 2018 09:03 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Degrees do not expire while these designations do.


Apr 02, 2018 07:23 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Did not need them in the first place.

Apr 02, 2018 07:19 AM
MaryKay Shumway
The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948) - Sister Bay, WI
Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert

I think about this every year in December.  I dropped SRES---I've actually seen value out of my ABR in getting buyer clients and CRS has been good for referrals (but I make the same debate every year).  I didn't really like the CRS changes for 2018.

May 01, 2018 11:49 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Personally I find it ridiculous to have to continue to PAY for a designation. When I received my degrees I wasn't told that they would disappear if I didn't pay an annual ransome. As Candice A. Donofrio and others mentioned the value is in the KNOWLEDGE the majority of the public have absolutely no idea what the letters or nor do most of them care.

Apr 30, 2018 10:50 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

I never bought into the alphabet soup

Apr 08, 2018 06:38 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I still have mine but thinking of dropping them next time around.


Apr 06, 2018 05:02 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I let my ABR go by the wayside, have kept my CRS for now, still seeing referrals.

Apr 05, 2018 08:24 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Dennis Swartz - oh yes. CDPE and CIAS.

Apr 02, 2018 10:00 PM