August 8th 2012
New York’s top brokers have taken to the information super-highway to help “raise the bar” in residential brokerage.
In partnership with The Real Estate Board of New York, the Executive Committee of New York Residential Specialists (NYRS) has launched www.nyrs.net, an online home for REBNY’s NYRS program and its agent network. The site includes a directory of nearly 200 agents from more than 25 different companies who have achieved the NYRS designation.
The new professional credential, the highest awarded by the Real Estate Board of New York, identifies those who have achieved an advanced level of study and the top tier of success in residential sales.
The site includes a blog with posts from agent contributors, as well as links to entries on Facebook and Twitter and announces its underlying purpose on the homepage: “Raising the Bar in Residential Real Estate.”
“For the industry, the new designation and website are all about maintaining high standards of professionalism, ethics and leadership. For consumers, the credential is the industry’s quality control and veritable seal of approval,” said co-chairs Shirley Hackel (Warburg Realty) and Frank Russo (Halstead Property) during a celebratory launch party attended by more than 125 industry leaders and supporters.
Sophia Cicilioni, sales manager at The Marketing Directors, added: “In this new market of evaporating inventory, with more and more agents looking for a piece of the same pie, we need to rise above the pack to show that NYRS brokers are truly a cut above and have the expertise and co-operation of a top broker network in New York.”
Web developer Jared Seeger of Knightsbridge, said the NYRS website empowers agents to connect to one another, reach potential buyers and sellers, and distribute relevant information to industry leaders. It isn’t a monologue, but a dialogue in which anyone can participate.”
Limited spaces are available for the fall semester which begins October 1, 2012. Participants must be recommended by their managers and meet qualifying criteria.