Several agents and brokers from Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty, Inc. in Bloomsburg and Benton recently completed a highly specialized course conducted by the Council of Residential Specialists of the National Association of Realtors. This two day course was presented in State College by the nationally acclaimed real estate instructor, Coach Jackie Leavenworth.  The Listing Strategies course, CRS 201, is one of the required courses in order to qualify for the completion of the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) Designation. This designation, considered the “Mark of Excellence”, is the highest credential awarded to residential agents, managers, and brokers, and is the only one based on production and education.  The course included techniques in seller counseling, pricing and positioning, client servicing, marketing techniques, and other specific programs designed to close sales on residential properties.   

Agents completing the class in State College were:  Angela Young, Carla Farley, Theresa Krasucki, Dan Young, Melinda Newhart, and brokers Sue Barchik and Dot Rhone. Having already completed all the requirements and earning the CRS designation in 1997, Rhone, broker/owner of Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty, Inc. completed the rewritten CRS 201 course once again with the group.  “Our industry has changed more the last five years than it has in the previous 50 years, and although I had successfully completed the course many years ago, I felt it necessary to join our agents in class to learn the latest new and unique ideas to better serve our clients,” said Rhone.  

All of the attendees from the company joined the Council of Residential Specialists as members and are in the process of completing their designation requirements.  The CRS Designation is awarded to experienced agents who have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate.  Out of more than 1,000,000 Realtors in the U.S., less than 3% are Certified Residential Specialists.  The CRS Designation signals to consumers and other real estate professionals that designees are one of the best of the best!  CRS represents the most successful Realtors in the U.S, and have completed best-in-class educational opportunities.  To sum it up best Barchik said, “We are so proud of our agents’ dedication and commitment to raising the standard of excellence in the real estate industry for the benefit of the clients of Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty, Inc.”