By Mary Lynn Gibbs

Residential Real Estate Council (RRC), formerly the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS), is the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS comprised of more than 33,000 members, supporting them with education, networking events, practitioner developed tools and mentoring. It awards the CRS Designation to experienced REALTORS who have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate.

In November 2017, it was announced that the name was changing in an effort to minimize the confusion between the organization’s name and the CRS designation — which is not changing.

Lana Vukovljak, CEO, Residential Real Estate Council says, “We’ve grown significantly, and our new name reflects our commitment to deliver the highest level of knowledge and professionalism in the industry. As an organization, we are committed to providing premier education and fostering innovation to the brightest and most successful leaders in real estate.”

The Council stated that the renowned CRS Designation symbol has been updated with a more contemporary look and feel.

The Council’s education programs and referral network provide CRS designees with the superior knowledge, connections and tools to be more productive.

So how do you get this prestigious designation? There are two paths to the CRS designation, designed to meet you wherever you are in your career. You can choose which way you would like to attain it. The 60/30/30 Program requires 60 transactions or $30 Million in volume over the most recent/last three years and 30 hours of RRC Education (from CRS live classroom or eLearning courses or Sell-a-bration). The Pro Program requires 10 or more years as a licensed real estate agent, 150 transactions total (or an average of $1 million per year with at least 40 transactions), and 16 hours of RRC education. Designees are required to maintain their designation status with two-hours of continued education within a calendar year, in addition to paying their dues, to maintain their designation standing.

The new requirement takes effect for the 2018 renewal period. CRS designees have the entire calendar year prior to renewal to earn the two-hours of education credit they need. The two-hours can be fulfilled by taking any RRC classroom course, eLearning course, elective course, live or recorded RRC webinar, approved State RRC or Local Network event, or by attending Sell-a-bration.

Council members represent the top three percent of all REALTORS in the country. With 33,000 members, you are immediately connected to a professional network of top producers for best-in-class education, networking, valuable referrals and more.

When you join the ranks with the most accomplished agents and brokers in the U.S., you gain the credentials and advanced professional knowledge that commands the trust and attention of your clients and peers. You will set yourself on the path to earning the most prestigious designation in real estate.
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