SILVAR will be offering the class CRS 200: Business and Marketing for the Residential Specialist on February 12 and 13, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at SILVAR. REALTORS® who take this two-day course can earn 16 education credits toward a Certified Residential Specialist® designation. This course also can count as an elective toward a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation.

SILVAR is offering an early bird registration price of $250, if you register before January 31. After January 31, cost is $300. SILVAR Class Pass and member discount applies. Members may call SILVAR at (408) 200-0100 for details.

The CRS 200 course will be taught by Mark Given, a certified instructor for The Council of Residential Specialists (CRS). Given is a Ninja Selling Master Instructor, and has been a GRI Instructor for many states. He is author of the CRS elective “Going Green” course. He has served as a keynote speaker for private companies and state conventions, taught at the National Association of REALTORS® Convention and Mid-year meetings and is a practicing REALTOR® in Roanoke Rapids, NC.

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

With the CRS designation, you will be able to:
• Differentiate yourself as part of an elite group (3 percent of all REALTORS® hold the CRS designation).
• Increase your earning potential.
• Take advantage of a strong referral network.
• Attend specialized conferences and meetings.
• Have access to current industry news and information.

Since 1977, the Council of Residential Specialists has been conferring the CRS designation on agents who meet its stringent requirements. In 2010, CRS Designees earned nearly three times more than those REALTORS® who serve as sales agents.

To find out more about earning a CRS designation, visit