CRS, ABR and SRES – what do they mean?

Those designations after my name – Regina Acosta Tobin, CRS, ABR, SRES – they’re a good thing!

The Certified Residential Specialist® (CRS) is the highest designation awarded in the residential sales field. Essentially, it’s like a Master Degree for real estate agents. CRS agents must meet stringent education and experience requirements.

For buyers and sellers, that’s important — statistically, CRS agents are 3 times more successful than the average REALTOR. Nationally, only 3% of agents are Certified Residential Specialists. In Columbus, just 45 have earned this designation.


The Accredited Buyer’s Representative® (ABR) is the benchmark of excellence for real estate agents who work directly with buyer-clients. ABR holders have a unique understanding of home buyer’s needs and how to serve them best.


The Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES) designation is for REALTORS who want to be able to meet the special needs of maturing Americans when selling, buying, relocating, or refinancing residential or investment properties. REALTORS with the SRES designation are prepared to approach mature clients with the best options and information for them to make life-changing decisions.

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