Todd Phillips, Buyer/SellerRep,CashOffers,Wholesale,Photography (AZHouseAZHome - Realty Executives)

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

there are no cons.... as far as I'm concerned, it's the only designation worth having....

Jan 15, 2018 03:45 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

It's the most prestigious designation, the highest level of expertise and competency in residential brokerage.
Most of the CRSs I know will only refer to other CRSs unless impossible.

Jan 15, 2018 03:56 PM
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2,054,547
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Todd, I agree with Barbara, no cons but many pros. I'm a CRS Ambassador and happy to talk to you about it. You can also call CRS at 800-462-8841 or email them at crshelp@crs.com. All the best!

Jan 15, 2018 04:00 PM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 The only designations that matter might be CRS and CCIM

Jan 15, 2018 07:32 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

What Barbara Todaro said.

Jan 15, 2018 07:28 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Todd, the education is wonderful and if you only get one CRS referral each year, you've paid for the fees (which I don't personally think are bad). They are far more cutting edge than most organizations and I've been happy with the continued education that I've taken through CRS. 

If you only get one designation, I would have it be the CRS designation. 

Good luck with whatever you decide!

Jan 15, 2018 07:16 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I find it very valuable to me. The education is top notch and the networking with other agents is alone worth the annual fee.

Jan 15, 2018 06:10 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

No idea.

Merry Christmas to All!!

And a Very Happy New Year!!!

Dec 22, 2018 08:12 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

No idea. 

Happy Holidays.

Dec 22, 2018 07:10 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I consider it the PhD of real estate... hard to earn. Earn it and make hay with it in your presentations.

Jan 16, 2018 03:47 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

More education, and a few referrals from other CRS agents.

Jan 15, 2018 08:27 PM
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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

Somewhat agree with Barbara
I will say there are other designations I have that I find very valuable but CRS is definitely top dog in my book. My military and Investor designations represent a lot of hard work in education and years of experience too.

Jan 15, 2018 08:16 PM
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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

There are no cons to any designation that I know of.  They mean little to the general public, though.  CRS's do tend to refer to each other if possible.

Jan 15, 2018 07:35 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I am not big on designations.  I will hold my own and then some with anyone with a CRS designation.  One must factor in all other experience prior to and outside of real estate.  I don't need no stinkin designation 

Jan 15, 2018 06:05 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Damn fine education.

Jan 15, 2018 05:51 PM
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Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Go for it! Anything good does cost money. The CRS designation should help in obtaining referrals by other agents who wouldn't know you otherwise. With the CRS, most agents would know that you're more than qualified as it has transaction & educational qualifications, it sets you apart from most other agents.

Jan 15, 2018 05:00 PM
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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 have a few designations, and would value CRS at the top.   In years past I have received many referrals (one year 18), but with the Internet searches, have not seen as many now.   I too try to refer to CRS also.

Jan 18, 2018 10:32 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

Candice A. Donofrio nailed this one!

Jan 16, 2018 05:23 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Todd Phillips - one should go for it. I have not - yet.

Jan 15, 2018 11:29 PM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

While the education you receive when taking the CRS class is something I found valuable.  This past year I allowed my CRS designation to lapse because they charge a significant renewal fee each and every year for the honour of keeping those three letters, without the benefit of providing ... well, anything.

I found that consumers do not understand, nor value, the alphabet that comes after our names, and I've never received a single referral by being in the CRS book for the past 15-20 years.

Jan 15, 2018 04:59 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Pros are education. Cons are the fees.

Jan 15, 2018 04:41 PM
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John Woodward
Sarasota Real Estate Group - Sarasota, FL
Broker - Sarasota Real Estate

 I've had it for over 15 years. Can't say there has been any closed business for at least the past 7 years...I've been thinking about not renewing for the past several years...business has changed a lot and with the new rebranding and required education, this is the year I stopped. No one asks about it.

Mar 27, 2018 11:59 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It depends on the individual. 

Mar 13, 2018 09:43 PM
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Katina Olmstead
Re/Max of Eagle River, Inc. - Eagle River, AK
Eagle River Alaska Real Estate Expert

CRS designation is valusable - if referring someone out of state I always check and see if they are a CRS. 

Feb 01, 2018 03:22 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I think you get more education from them that will help you out so much.

 

Jan 18, 2018 01:03 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Great source of knowledge and opportunity to network with some of the best! 

Jan 16, 2018 07:32 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

My office has had a lot of relocation clients, including the US Navy and never had a CRS.  I'm of the view that designations don't open magical doors to business, success and ability does.

 

With that said, the CRS is one of ones that people tend to like and there does tend to be an "elitist" mentality there of only refering to other CRS members.  My view is anyone can take an exam and pass it, that doesn't make you the person to hire.  I refer to people of like mindset, people with proven track records, people I know and trust, not to people simply because they have a magic letter after their name.

Jan 16, 2018 09:32 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Take this image and present it to everyone you meet this week.

Ask those citizens which of these mean ANYTHING to them. The only one that actually means anything to the citizen is not a designation but a license type and not shown in this graphic.

The value, you will realize, is what ever you can fabricate. Of  course there is the networking aspect for with you must pay to maintain access every year.

Jan 16, 2018 06:53 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Todd Phillips Pros: You have learned something by earning this designation. Cons: No one outside of the REALTOR® community really cares.

Jan 16, 2018 06:33 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

It all depends on the designee.

Jan 16, 2018 05:33 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Expensive to keep it .

Jan 16, 2018 02:46 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

In 20+ years no one person has asked me for mine

Jan 15, 2018 07:21 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When I was in college, we all knew that getting a degree was important. However what to do with it remains to be seen. Same with resumes, designations and promises made. It is only as good as the person behind it

Jan 15, 2018 05:32 PM