Mary Brundage, Residential Sales in Southern NH/Northeast MA (Keller Williams Realty/Southern NH)

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David Popoff
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Hi Mary I took both the SRS and ABR courses in October/November 2014. Both provide useful information. But the main reason I did them was to distinguish my self from other agents. I did them both online at my own pace since no live classes were close by. If you have any specific questions call or e-mail ~ dave

Jan 30, 2015 01:01 AM
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Sham Reddy CRS
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Designations are dime a dozen, some you work for it, some you pay a subscription for it.  Being in the business 22 years, I realized that the alphabet soup looks good next to your name, but I doubt it has much relavance in our business.  It makes you feel good for yourself, but doubt it matters much to clients/customers or even the co-op agents.  But I take a lot CE courses to advance my knlowledge but necessarily to get more designations.  The only designation I care about and proud of is CRS.

Jan 30, 2015 07:53 PM
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Joni Bailey
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I love to take classes and almost always leave with something beneficial for my business. I love to represent sellers and would enjoy hearing how you  feel about the course once you are done. 

Jan 30, 2015 11:04 AM
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Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Capistrano Beach, CA
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It helps the business in terms of your additional knowledge, Mary, but not so much with getting more clients.  Consumers don't look for designations, and don't know what they mean.

Jan 30, 2015 10:28 AM
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Debbie Laity
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I have quite a few designations. I haven't seen where this has brought me much business. I think the consumer doesn't really know what all of those letters after our name means. Although the education I've received from each course is priceless. 

Jan 30, 2015 06:15 AM
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Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

I completed the courses for BPO and ABR.  I left each course feeling more confident in my abilities and refreshed in my knowledge of our industry.

Jan 30, 2015 05:39 AM
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Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
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CRS has a mixed bag of courses.

The recorded seminars with various speakers is GREAT!!

- BUT -

Their Technology courses are VERY VERY VERY outdated - some material from 2009 (which you know is a lifetime ago as far as computer stuff goes and pretty much useless) and many dead-links as well as one live link to a Russian Google site. Had to "disinfect" my computer after it went there, because it kept going BACK there. I complained a few times, but got NO response, so DON'T waste your money on those courses!!

NO referrals, but it's only been a year, so....

 

Jan 30, 2015 04:35 AM
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Jason & Amber Gardner
Hasson Company, Realtors - Sherwood, OR
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I recently earned my ePRO Certification from Realtor University.  Admittedly, I wondered if it would be worth my time, after all, we feel we're tech savvy and already have a good understanding of digital marketing with consistent implementation, our techniques have proven success, we work primarily by referral, our numbers are great and I wasn't in need of credit hours... So why? Because I believe as real estate professionals we constantly have a craving for knowledge and more information. Just like our clients do.  I had the nagging urge to get my certification even tho I felt I had a good foothold on what I'd potentially discover in the course. I was happy walking away with ONE good nugget. However, what I found was many things I was already doing, ways I could do it better and plenty of new ideas. I walked away with more value than that one nugget I was hoping for. 

So here's three good reasons why I think you should listen to your instincts and go for your designation...

1. Curiosity leads to great things.

2. As agents (no matter our level of experience or expertise) we always have something to learn.

3. If you need continuing education hours or may want to work towards something greater, this is another step in that direction.

 

Good luck! Would you mind sharing the link to your course? I'd be curious to look into it too :)

Amber Gardner, AHS, ePRO
Realtor in beautiful Sherwood, Oregon

Jan 30, 2015 12:53 AM
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The education is fantastic.  The little letters behind the name cluttered up my card and that was all I got from that.

Jan 30, 2015 02:04 PM
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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If you're just starting out I think ANY course is good to take.  Designations don't mean anything to the general public, IMHO.  They think all a listing agent does in put a For Sale sign in the front yard and all a buyer's agent does in unlock the front doors with their magic keys.  

Jan 30, 2015 11:10 AM
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Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
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I think it depends on your market...here it wouldn't mean too much, but the education that it entails might make you stand out from the crowd.  I don't think consumers would be more inclined to think a lot of it.

Jan 30, 2015 07:18 AM
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Jeanne Kozak
RE/MAX In Action - Martinsburg, WV
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I do not have it, but would be interested in your thoughts once you do take it. I believe that education in this business is never a bad thing. Some courses are more valuable than others, and being accredited for CE does not always make it good it just gets you CE credit. What it does is keep you thinking ahead and shows that you are interested in being a better real estate agent

Jan 30, 2015 01:52 AM
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Deedar Ghatehorde
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Hi Mary,

 

I do not have the designation.  I also want to do it?  Where do you plan to do it?

Jan 30, 2015 12:33 AM
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
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Just reading some of the answers and it is an interesting perspective.  I do not think in this business it will mean much to the general public, but what you learn will be of value.  Do it for yourself.  

Feb 04, 2015 01:36 AM
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Paul Walker
Equity Fifty Five Realty, LLC - Scott AFB, IL
Scott AFB IL Area Realtor

I've taken the SRS designation online probably 6 or 7 years ago. The information and knowledge you gain is minimal. Frankly speaking nobody knows what the SRS designation is including Realtors. It is not one that stands out. It is of course the equivalent of the ABR, but instead of for buyers it is for sellers. Ask any Realtor what the ABR designation is and what it stands for and they will know. Ask most Realtors what the SRS designation is and very few know. Well if Realtors don't know then certainly the public wont know.

I'd spend my money on a different designation personally as the SRS course just has never taken off. At least that is my opinion. Better designations are CRS, GRI, perhaps CDPE. Education is always good, but I found the course to be overall simple. 

It is not my intention to give it a poor review, but it seems that so few agents have it that it is rare. I believe there are just over 6100 Realtors with the SRS designation. The desination has been around since 2006. 

Perhaps I should say it is a good course, but it is not a popular course. You should always learn and take away something of value from your education.

It covers how to handle multiple offers situations in a way to not scare off any potential offers that may be getting ready to come in, so that your sellers will receive ALL offers for review. That can be very important to know and understand, especially since your are working for your sellers to get the highest and best in those situations.

See you can always learn something!

Feb 01, 2015 05:48 AM
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Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
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I just hate to pay for a designation that clients really do not care about or know what the designation means 

Jan 31, 2015 08:15 AM
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Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
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I do not think consumers care about the designations, but any class will give you some new tools...

Jan 30, 2015 01:34 PM
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John Rakoci
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All education can be beneficial, especially when it relates to our business. Is the ongoing annual cost of a designation worth it? Doubtful in most cases in my opinion.

Jan 30, 2015 10:24 AM
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Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay

Hey great comments!  Thaks for bringing up the idea. I like what Helena said.

Jan 30, 2015 04:26 AM
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Beth Paisley Realtor with Long and Foster Webber
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I highly recommend the GRI designation for all Realtors.

Jan 30, 2015 03:05 AM
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
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Dear Mary,

I do not have that designation, but any course that expands your knowledge may be worth it for its own sake. However, I have yet to find a client, who cares one whit about the alphabet soup of my designations. If it makes you a better agent, take the course, but not because people will be impressed. They are not.

Jan 30, 2015 02:35 AM
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Bandele Oguntomilade, Top REALTOR
Bogun Realty and Luxury Homes - Woodland Hills, CA
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Is the Seller Representation Specialist a National Association of Realtor's course?

Jan 30, 2015 02:20 AM
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Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
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I'm glad you asked this as I am thinking of doing the same thing. It isn't offered online here and there are very few live class so it will be about timing so I want to make sure it is worth it. 

Jan 30, 2015 01:52 AM
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Thomas McCombs
Century 21 HomeStar - Akron, OH

I think it may be worthwhile because it boosts your self confidence level.

And it may give you more credibility within the Realtor community.

There is no downside that I can see unless you consider the cost in time and/or money.

Jan 30, 2015 01:30 AM
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Liane Thomas -Top Listing Agent
Professional Realty Services® International - Corona, CA
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Following this one, I've been thinking about it, too. Seems like a great way to set myself apart from the competition.

Jan 30, 2015 01:21 AM
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Pat Braithwaite
Braithwaite Realty - Marietta, GA
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Mary, I am considering obtaining the Seller's Designation also and would appreciate recommendations also. 

Jan 30, 2015 01:10 AM
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Helena Gentile
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Levittown, NY
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I am in need of my continuing education credit. Always like to go for the designation, was planning on going for the green designation, but this one also interests me. Thanks for bringing it to mind.

 

Helena 

Jan 30, 2015 12:34 AM
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Bob Crane
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If the classes are good you may gain skills to help with this, I doubt anyone will care about the designation though.

Sep 26, 2019 10:06 PM
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Dipti Thakkar
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Good luck.

Jun 10, 2018 11:32 PM
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Praful Thakkar
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Good Luck, Mary.

Feb 09, 2018 09:12 PM
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Ajay Pandya
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Whatever you learn, always helps.

Jan 28, 2018 08:55 PM
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Gabe Sanders
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I have not.

Nov 22, 2017 06:18 AM
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Lyn Buchmiller

Mary,

Great question!  As a broker, I always encourage my agents to get as many designations as possible.  Our company, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties participates in the cost of our agents education.  I hope you will peruse the Seller Representative Specialist desigation.  You will have the added advantage.  Good luck Mary! 

Feb 04, 2015 09:51 AM
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Marla Yost
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I don`t think the consumer really cares but you do get something out of most classes that helps with your business if you apply it.

Feb 03, 2015 01:31 AM
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Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
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Mary, I learn so much when I take designation classes. One thing they do for me is give me confidence in my real estate business. In all aspects of life "knowledge is power".

Feb 01, 2015 10:40 AM
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Trumps Elite
Keller Williams Realty Acadiana - Lafayette, LA
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I've had mine for years and i did learn a lot from getting the designation, I agree the clients may not know what it means unless we show them, which I do and it often gets me the listings! And I do get referrals from other agents because of my designations all the time!

Feb 01, 2015 04:52 AM
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AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
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Mary - I haven't taken this recently created designation, but as has been said many times the real value is in the education you take from it, not sellers banging down your door as soon as you add the designation.  Of all the designations, the CRS designation is the one of value to me.  Not because consumers look for it, but because of the referrals and outstanding education seminars/instructors.  It is so valuable, I will be heading to Las Vegas in a couple of weeks for Sell-a-Bration, which has an incredible amount of actionable ideas that it is tough to keep track of them.

Best wishes for your Seller Representative Specialist class and look at CRS down the road.

Feb 01, 2015 03:48 AM
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Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
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I can't say specifically it added any business. Which is to say that when I'm doing my listing presentation it is a part of that presentation. FOr the people that decided to work with me I doubt any would say it was because of the designation.

That being said I felt it was worthwhile from an education perspective and it gave me a few tools to help me with my clients.

Feb 01, 2015 12:41 AM
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Rick Snow - Selling El Paso TX
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The designations mean more to other agents than consumers, but the education you get is worthwhile

Jan 31, 2015 10:42 PM
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Mary Brundage
Keller Williams Realty/Southern NH - Nashua, NH
Residential Sales in Southern NH/Northeast MA

Thank you so much for all the thoughtful responses! (and yay me, I got featured on my first question here). I have decided to sign up for a course offered in March. Like many of you mentioned, I feel it might be worth it for my own knowledge. I am only two years into the business so anything that will increase my knowledge and, subsquently, boost my confidence certainly can't hurt! I have the time now to do it, so why not?

I will keep you posted after I take it and let you know how it goes!

Jan 31, 2015 06:02 PM
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James (Jim) Lawson, DBA
DomainRealty.com LLC - Bonita Springs, FL
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Many potential clients don't have a clue about what the letters in a given designation mean. Write it out and it not only becomes more understandable so s(he) can see if it connects to their needs. When it does-bingo, it probably will help bring business. Do admit that writing it out is not practical on some promotional materials, especially if you have a lot of them.

Jan 31, 2015 12:25 PM
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Mary Brundage
Keller Williams Realty/Southern NH - Nashua, NH
Residential Sales in Southern NH/Northeast MA

Deedar - I am taking it at a local Realtor board in MA. 

Helena - I was interested in the green designation as I have background in that area. I am thinking the SRS has a broader appeal, though.

Amber - You're right! Curiousity can lead to great things :-) I know a lot of real estate agents bemoan taking CEU's but I love it! Here's the link: http://www.emarealtor.com/?product=srs-seller-representative-specialist-designation-course-with-jody-obrien

Dorte - very good point, most clients probably wouldn't give two hoots about it. I am seeing it as a way to be more confident in my business not to boast to people.

David - That was some of my thoughts. It's relatively new designation so I am thinking it is a good way to set myself apart as a lot of agents don't have it around here. Unfortunately, it's not offered on line where am I at. There's a course coming up in March and it might be my only opportunity for another year or so.

Thanks everyone for your feedback! I will let you know what I decide.

 

Jan 30, 2015 04:03 AM