STEVE:  Hi.  This is Steve Westmark, Counselor Realty.  Thanks so much for watching my video blog this week.  I thought I’d talk to you a little bit about a very well-known designation called the certified residential specialist.  In the United States, of the million realtors that are out there, there are 35,000 of us that have received this designation. 

In order to get the designation of the certified residential specialist, you have to have a minimum of 150 transactions, taken five courses through the certified residential specialist, and had other credits that you gain in real estate, whether it be serving on your board, doing other things, and learning about real estate so that you know when you begin to work with a certified residential specialist you’re working with a person that’s gained a lot of knowledge; they’ve done a lot of transactions; and they also are very interested in service in the community.

CRS is a great thing to have.  There’s 35,000 of us in the United States.  I’d love to help you if you want to buy a house or sell a house.  Thanks so much for watching today.  Make it a great day.