Certified Residential Specialist

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The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the professional designation offered by the Residential Real Estate Council. The highest designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field, the CRS designation recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education. 

Upcoming courses 

CRS One-day Course: Power Up on Smart Home Technologies

April 9, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


What qualifies as a "smart home," and do you have the knowledge and skills to advise your clients on the proper valuation of smart home technologies? What are the common security and legal considerations with buying and selling smart homes? In this CRS course, you'll find out the answers to those questions and dive deep into the topics of smart home technology in relation to real estate marketing strategy, security considerations and more. 

Course topics

You'll learn about these topics and many more in this course:

  • Why smart homes: Internet and smart home growth and trends, smart cities, consumer behavior, buyer/seller demographics and more.
  • All about technology: Categories of smart home device types, such as security systems, lighting, temperature control, appliances and more.
  • Marketing a smart home: Angles of promotion of smart home technology, using smart home technology to aid with aging in place, and grabbing the smart home niche in your market.
  • Security and ethical concerns: Recordings of showings, disclosures of smart home monitoring, and ethical considerations with smart home technologies.
  • Closing and conveying: Directions and advice for sellers upon closing, the buyer/seller handoff of a smart home and more. 

Course takeaways

You'll walk away from this course prepared to do the following:

  • Identify what is needed for a house to be considered a smart home.
  • Apply promotional ideas to make a house stand out as a smart home​.
  • Apply marketing ideas to your business and stand out in the market​.
  • Assess the value of smart home features​.
  • Address security issues when selling/buying smart home technologies​.
  • Recognize the moral, ethical and legal obligations that come with showing homes with smart technologies.
  • Develop a smart home selling toolkit​.
  • Develop a smart home transition checklist.

This course is also part of the new RRC Smart Home Certification package.

Course details 

  • Date/time: April 9, 2019 / 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Location:  WRA headquarters live / classroom webcasts to Eau Claire, Kenosha, Mosinee, Sheboygan and Woodruff. 
  • Instructor: Matthew Rathbun.
  • Credits: This course qualifies for 8 CRS credits, one GRI live elective credit and is approved for 6 hours of 2019-20 CE credit in lieu of courses 5 and 6.  
  • Course sponsor: Courses are co-sponsored with the Wisconsin CRS chapter.  
  • Lunch sponsor: Knight Barry Title Group.  
  • RRC member discount: If you are a Residential Real Estate Council (RRC) member, you qualify for a $20 course discount. Call to register. 
  • New CRS online testing format: RRC now requires you to take the final exam online. Take your mobile device or laptop to the course(s) to take the test and receive your results immediately. No hard-copy exams will be available. A CRS online account is not necessary. 


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