The Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) is the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® with more than 30,000 Members.  The Council was created to recruit and retain those REALTORS® and international real estate professionals seeking the knowledge, tools, relationship-building opportunities and referral opportunities they need to maximize their income and professionalism in residential real estate.


The Council was founded in 1976 and has four objectives:

  • To create and provide superior educational opportunities that enhance professional competency.
  • To provide and promote benefits which enhance the economic and other values of membership in the Council.
  • To develop an organization that reflects the diversity of real estate consumers and provides its members with tools to serve their clients. 
  • To create and maintain organizational systems and alliances with appropriate organizations to ensure the integrity of the Council of Residential Specialists. 

The Council of Residential Specialists is an organization which certifies residential real estate career  professionals who are, or aspire to be, respected industry experts and value the education, credentials, and opportunity that certification  provides.  Unlike other residential real estate professional membership organizations, CRS has stringent requirements for designation, including education and market experience,  and is the internationally recognized industry gold standard, providing superior education, exceptional referral and networking opportunities, and relevant, timely resources to keep dedicated professionals and those they serve on THE PROVEN PATH TO SUCCESS.


The Certified Residential Specialist Designation (CRS), awarded by the Council of Residential Specialists is the highest professional designation awarded to REALTORS® in the residential sales field. The CRS Designation recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education. Less than 3% of all REALTORS® hold the CRS® Designation.


Since 1977 the Council of Residential Specialists has been conferring the CRS Designation on agents who meet its stringent requirements. Currently, there are more than 30,000 active CRS Designees worldwide. The Council currently offers International students options to earn the CRS Designation by offering Education credit through the Real Estate Advanced Practices (REAP) Course as well as CRS eLearning online courses.


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