By now you may have noticed that I have more letters after my name than most Realtors. But what do they all mean, and what’s in it for you?
First, they show I’m curious and creative enough to never stop learning and innovating. I’m not complacent, I’m not ready to rest on my laurels, and I’m never going to stop learning and growing as a real estate professional. The more I know, the more effectively I’ll be able to market your lake home or cabin. And the more I know, the better I’ll be able to guide you through the buying or selling process.
Specifically, here’s what each of those certifications or designations means:
CRS: The Certified Residential Specialist® (CRS) designation is a symbol of excellence in real estate. The highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers, and brokers, CRS certification recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education.
ABR: The ABR®designation is awarded to licensed real estate professionals who complete specialized training that gives them the edge in understanding a buyer’s perspective—and also in protecting and promoting their buyer-client’s interests. In addition to completing certain courses, I also needed to document the long track record I already had in successfully representing buyers. When you work with me, you can feel confident that you’ll receive the highest possible level of buyer representation services.
SRES: A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES) is a Realtor® who’s met certain educational requirements that help us better address the unique needs of home buyers and sellers age 50+. By earning the SRES® designation, I’ve demonstrated the knowledge and expertise required to counsel clients age 50+through major financial and lifestyle transitions when they’re relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home or cabin. Given our current demographic trends here in NW WI (especially in our local lake home and cabin market), these skills benefit a large percentage of my buyers and sellers.
RSPS: The Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) certification is awarded to Realtors who complete additional CRS coursework related to the buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in resort, recreational, and/or vacation destinations. Since I specialize in northwest Wisconsin lake homes and cabins, this extra background in recreational properties and second homes benefits a large percentage of my buyers and sellers.