What Is an SRES® Designation, and Who Is It For?

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. By earning the SRES® designation, REALTORS® are prepared to approach mature clients with the best options and information for them to make life-changing decisions.

Benefits of Becoming an SRES®

  • Access to the online SRES® member database
  • Access to the members-only section of the SRES® web site
  • Consumer marketing materials
  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Marketing letters
  • Scripts and concepts for contacting clients age 50+

How to Earn the SRES® Designation

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How REALTORS® in the U.S. Earn the SRES® Designation



  • For the online course only, pass the exam at the end of the course with an 80% or better score. The exam is also required by some states for continuing education (CE) credit

Professional Affiliation

  • Member in good standing of NAR or cooperating association
  • Member in good standing in the SRES® Council


  • None


  • Online version of the course*
    • $295
  • Classroom version of the course
    • Varies by provider
  • SRES® Council annual dues
    • First full year is free
    • $99 per year thereafter

How International REALTOR® Members Earn the SRES® Designation


  • Complete the Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) 2-day course online or in the classroom.

Professional Affiliation

  • Membership in good standing in a cooperating association outside the U.S. which is party to a Bilateral Cooperation Agreement with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).


Cost/Maintaining Your SRES® Designation

  • Once you've earned the SRES® designation, you will also be an International REALTOR® Member of NAR for the balance of that calendar year.
  • Maintaining your NAR International REALTOR® membership with one yearly fee of USD $75 will keep all of your NAR designations and certifications active.
  • Please note that if your International REALTOR® membership goes inactive, so will your SRES® designation.

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For more information, email or visit the SRES® website.

*Course discount available through the REALTOR Benefits® Program.

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