CRS initials stand for Certified Residential Specialist
Well, you can leave this page. That only took 7 seconds – which is fortunate, since according to national statistics, you have just used up the amount of time an American will keep her or his attention on a subject. Still, if you are interested, read on. I’m fired up, having just attended my first CRS convention.
Which BTW is called CRS Sell-A-Bration
Fun take on a few words. Now, I like going to sales conventions because of two reasons. Really probably the same two reasons everyone goes in the first place, no secret there. I love learning new ways to be a better Realtor, to deliver better results to you. And I get fired up, with the possibilities to take my career to the next level.
Bonus of attending this event? The hotel had its own private water park and on Friday after (almost) all the official hoopla I managed to get a few laps on a lazy river and holler coming down the super slide!
International Appeal of CRS
The Phoenix event featured an international crowd. There was a big contingent from Spain, fifty plus. All in matching red fleece vests. Funny, while most of us from the ‘States were relishing the warm weather, the folks from Spain found it chilly. And perhaps there is an analogy there for realty as well.
I could just keep on doing what I’m doing, thinking to myself, “I’m all that!” but in reality, not growing as an agent. That is, there are plenty of real estate agents that think they are it, with a few that are growing to become better in the same mix. I’m part of that latter group – working to become a better Realtor to you.
So let me tell you about my experience in Phoenix, the hiking and dining as well as my two and a half days of CRS education.
Mini Work Vacation In Fun S-p-r-e-a-d o-u-t town
Julie and I made the quick flight to Phoenix Arizona, grabbed a rental car from an airport that reminded of Denver’s old airport and headed for our hotel, the Arizona Grand. I’m not certain I would recommend the spot, though we did have a room with a really pretty view.
Being as I’m ABC – always be closing – I asked for an upgrade when we checked in, and we traded a bigger space for a smaller one with an awesome view.
Unfortunately, the fellow checking us in apparently didn’t fill out all the right forms or hit the right buttons on his computer, because at 22 minutes past midnight, another guest tried to enter our room!!!!!!!! Let me tell, this freaked us out to no end. We wound up getting the night comped by the hotel, but it was a rather distressing affair.
Desert Hiking City Views
When I wasn’t in the conference, we managed to find some fun, close by desert mountain hikes. Great thing about leaving Colorado, you can hike forever uphill without running out of breath. Most of the hikes were across a mixture of dusty rock and river washouts. The desert starts right on the edge of the city, surprisingly close to where we were staying, so we always enjoyed great city views during our hikes. Julie went more frequently than me, as I was in classes most of the time, except for that first afternoon. Here are a few photos:
More Than One Phoenix Restaurant Had This Funny Idea
We dined all over – Tempe, Scottsdale, downtown Phoenix, the Marina district near ASU. Hey, if you have read my blog before, you know I enjoy dining out and writing reviews. I’ll probably post the reviews straight to Yelp and Trip Advisor, two sites that were immensely helpful on our visit.
The funny idea we saw a few places use – naming themselves after food. Near the hotel there was Aunt Chiladas. Fun name, we immediately avoided this spot based upon (a) name, proximity to our so-so resort, (b) Yelp reviews. There was also RigaTony’s in Tempe, which we saw on Yelp, but never visited.
We did dine at 24 Carrots – an amazing Vegan spot, really going to miss it. Matt’s Big Breakfast – delish food, the location we visited was in a futuristic office park. Barrio Cafe where – hand to God – I wasn’t sure my wife would get out of the car because of the amazing graffiti exterior. But inside, wonderful Latin American/Mexican food. You have to try the table side Guacamole with Pomegranate.
We found an Italian place near our hotel, can’t recall the name, Nice family spot but not amazing. What was incredible was Pollack Tempe Cinemas next door with several incredible pop culture memorabilia collections. And we really enjoyed Rehab Burgers, the interior reminded me of Dark Horse in Boulder with bicycles and such hanging from the ceiling while the pretzel buns are similar to the grub at Reuben’s.
Did Bob Gordon CRS Attend Any Education Events?
Yes. Emphatically. Great thing about traveling with my wife and best friend is that we managed to find plenty of fun dining and hiking when I wasn’t in class. But most of the day, I was learning plenty of great new ideas to implement on the front and back end of my real estate practice. I took a whole day program called Zero to Sixty to learn how to sell more homes. Bumped into a few other agents I know, like and respect from the Denver metro area while taking this program. One of my favorite ideas from this specific class – CTEV. Call, Text, Email, Video Text when responding to future online leads. You’ve been warned!
The next day and half were filled with ninety minute programs, an incredibly funny keynote presentation from author Jon Meacham, panels, networking, terrible hotel lunch options (for which, I’m so thankful to Julie for running out to 24 Carrots and getting us incredible Vegan salads) and more fantastic classes.
I’m working on several projects. A better newsletter to send via mail (leave a comment, I’ll send you a copy); a helpful program for every client I’ve ever sold a home to related to contesting your tax bill this Spring (watch for it in your mailbox); finding a full time assistant. This last one is kind of scary, but necessary. After twenty two years of being a solo practitioner with great office support, I’m looking to take my business to the next level and Step 1 is hiring an assistant. Know anyone looking for a career in a fun forward thinking real estate office?
Will also be working to create more videos and share the idea of building wealth through real estate investment. Nothing new here for me, I’ve been into both of these concepts for awhile. But, I can see where I need to be a bigger proponent of investment for you dear reader/future client and discovered some great ideas to make my videos pop. You’ll have to let me know if I succeed.
Now You Know All About Certified Residential Specialist – CRS
Actually, you know all about the conference. Let me quickly add, CRS requires a great deal of real estate sales production and education credits. I’m big on continuing education. I sometimes joke about how easy it is to get a real estate license. People jump into this business for the money and hours and they flee from the long hours and tough to earn money.
Staying highly educated and using the best systems, practices, newest ideas – like say consistently writing a blog — these are imho the hallmarks of a good agent. And you deserve a good agent. We’re talking about buying or selling your single largest investment. You deserve to have a Realtor representing that you that is experienced and highly educated. That is me, and I look forward to helping you with your next Boulder real estate transaction. Give me a shout to get started now.