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SRES Designation

Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Help mature clients make life-changing decisions

The National Association of Realtors® Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) designation is for REALTORS® who want to be able to meet the special needs of older customers when selling, buying, relocating, or refinancing residential or investment properties. Through earning the SRES® designation, REALTORS® are prepared to approach mature clients with the best options and information when assisting them in making life-changing decisions.

Through the SRES® designation course, REALTORS® will expand their knowledge, understanding and gain empathy for real estate clients and customers aged 50 and above.

Specifically, the course teaches:

  • The key differences in housing options including age-restricted communities to assisted living
  • How to utilize applications of the Housing for Older Persons Act (HOPA)
  • The ins and outs of reverse mortgages
  • How to use pensions, 401K accounts, and IRAs in real estate transactions
  • The ways in which Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security affect real estate decisions of clients over 50
  • How to recognize and protect clients from mortgage, finance, and loan schemes that target borrowers ages 50+

The Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) designation is the only one of its kind recognized by the National Association of REALTORS®.

“This is hands down my very favorite course from the National Association of REALTORS®. I love it. If you don’t take this class, you’re missing out because there are two things that seniors have – they have time, and they have money.” – Patti Ketcham

Earning the SRES® designation grants you:

  • 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+


To obtain the SRES® designation:


Candidates must successfully complete the two-day Seniors Real Estate Specialist® course in person or online. For the online course only, candidates need to pass the exam with a score of 80% or higher. The exam is also required by some states for continuing education (CE) credit.

Candidates must also be in good standing with NAR and their local REALTOR® association. In addition, they need to be in good standing in the SRES® Council.




The cost of the in-person course at NEFAR is $200 for NEFAR members and $225 for non-members. The price of NAR’s online course is $295.

SRES® Council annual dues run $99 per year with the first full year free.

A 10% discount is available through NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program for those desiring to take NAR’s online course. The SRES® Council has partnered with the REALTOR Benefits® Program to offer NAR members a 10% discount, which is delivered online through the Center for REALTOR® Development. Use the code SRESNOW to receive the discount.


Course Schedule:


October 3 & 4, 2023 - Register Here
8:00AM - 5:00PM
NEFAR Resource Center (Headquarters)