Lancaster County PA Realty Check: SRES Candidate - Seniors Real Estate Specialist

SRES Candidate - Seniors Real Estate Specialist

I have recently completed training for the SRES designation of Seniors Real Estate Specialist(R), and am now a candidate for the designation, pending the results of the final examination and acceptance by NAR.  I had the privilege of taking this 14-hour course as part of the very first class ever held in the brand new RAYAC headquarters (Realtors Association of York and Adams Counties) in York, PA. 

Seniors Real Estate Specialists are Realtors(R) qualified to address the needs of home buyers age 50-plus.  Those Realtors who earn the designation have demonstrated the knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50-plus through major financial and lifestyle transitions involved in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home.  Seniors Real Estate Specialists get regular updates and are prepared to offer the options and information needed in making life changing decisions.

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Comment balloon 28 commentsBrian Schulman • November 13 2007 08:33AM

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Congrats on this achievement Brian!
Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) about 11 years ago

Brian, Congratulations on all the time and work you put into your goal of achieving the SRES. Best of luck in the final exam....although I'm sure you sail right through it.

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith about 11 years ago

Thank you, Jason!

Jo, I feel comfortable that I was well prepared for the final exam.  Still, you never know for sure until they notify you of the results.  I should know sometime in early December...

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago
Brian, congrats!! I am one of about 20 agents in my area that has this designation.  It was such a great class!!
Posted by The All Pro Team (EXIT Realty Leaders) about 11 years ago
It definitely was a great class - the best I've taken since ePRO!  I found 31 SRES holders (out of about 1,000 Realtors) within a ten mile radius of my Lancaster County, PA marketing area.  However, there is only one other competitor that I know of who maintains a high SRES profile.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago

Good for you.  Agents who get this designation are going to be on the leading edge of a huge market.

WE'RE TAKING OVER!!!!

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Brian, way to go! I see you are a believer in continuing education as am I. I hope to get many designations as I move through my real estate career. Your designation shows your commitment to excellence!
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago

Lenn, we're right on the edge of the early senior years of the largest generation in US history.  This is the place to be!

Gary, I've been continuing my education pretty much all my life.  There's always something more that can be learned...  Good luck with your own future designations.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago
Brian- Congratulation!  I took it even before it was picked up by NAR.  I found the information from the course valuable.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 11 years ago
Congrats, Brian! I just took the course in Maryland last month.  It was an eye-opening experience about the impact that these buyers and sellers will have on the real estate industry over the next 20-25 years.  I wish you great success! 
Posted by Demetria Scott, Baltimore, MD -- SRES, ABR (Long & Foster Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Congratulations. It is a good designation to have as the boomers are looking to move into maintenace- free homes..
Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 11 years ago

Brian,

I got my SRES designation ths year as well; I found the course very helpful, and the designation has  landed me on the preferred Realtor list for a popular retirement community, as well has having the opportunity to present downsizing seminars.  It's a great tool in today's market.

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) about 11 years ago

Jennifer,

I noted previously on your home page that you hold the SRES designation.  I hope it's been helpful with your interactions with seniors!

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago
I wish you the best success, too, Demetria.  I believe that SRES will soon become the gold standard that seniors look for when they need informed real estate counseling.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago
Carol, congratulations to you, too, for achieving the SRES designation.  I also hope to become a preferred Realtor(R) for a local retirement community.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago
Thanks, Gita. With life becoming busier and time scarce, maintainance free living is becoming a great goal for many of us even before we reach our senior years!
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago
I have been building and selling homes geared for seniors since 1980 and feel I need this course. Was it difficult?
Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) about 11 years ago
Congratulations Brian on your SRES.  That's one of the designations I'm hoping to start working on soon.  It's a pretty popular one in my area.
Posted by Lisa Ryan, Selling Princeton,West Windsor and Montgomery Town (Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty) about 11 years ago

Hi Trey,

I thought it was a great course!  We were lucky enough to have a really good instructor as well (Pat Moyer).  The class is not difficult if you're paying attention - a lot of it makes sense, especially if you're not a kid yourself any more.  After taking the course, you still need to find all the senior resources available in your particular market area - but if you've been selling to seniors for a long time, you probably know much of this already.

I guarantee, though, that you will be given some places to go for resources from the classes that you didn't know about.  The course has been newly revised this year.

By coincidence, there was a large Seniors Expo in Lancaster, PA the day after my class, so I was able to gather quite a large number of resources in one place that otherwise would have taken me quite a while to put together. 

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago
Thanks, Lisa.  I think the SRES is going to be increasingly well known as the population ages.  Pennsylvania and New Jersey already have sizeable aging populations.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago

Brian,

Congratulations, :) Now, you will give better service to these senior consumers :) I am glad that you took it, hope that I will take someday in the near future designations :) I love to learn. Keep the good work and Nice to see you.

Ray Saenz

 

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) about 11 years ago
Thanks, Ray.  I'm looking forward to continuing to develop my seniors real estate programs and resources.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago

Brian

Congratulations.  Just recently we had the two day program in our area.  Unfortunately I was unable to attend this session.  I am hoping that I will be able to find another class after the first of the year.  Those agents that attended from my office were excited with the information that they received.

Posted by Dave Shockley, Putting my clients needs first Roy Wheeler Realty (Independent Contractor) about 11 years ago
Dave, the course had been updated as of January.  I, too, thought it was great information.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago
Brian, How wonderful! SRES is just what I need. I about freaked when I got an AARP discount on an eye appointment yesterday!!!!!!!  Argh! We all need to learn who we are and where we need to go. I am looking forward to learning about this. Thanks for the info. Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago
Hi Deb - AARP has been trying to recruit me for years.  Now that I'm an SRES, I'm finally planning to join, if only to be up on the latest seniors issues published in their magazine...
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago
Congrats, Brian!  This is one of my goals for the upcoming year.  Hopefully it can help me with my own, downsizing parents! 
Posted by Jeannie Kontis about 11 years ago
Hi Jeannie - I'm sure the downsizing options that SRES outlines would be useful for you to have -
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 11 years ago

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