For more than 25 years, Frank Serio has been an integral part of the area’s real estate market, and his dedication, knowledge and commitment was recognized and honored last month, as he was inducted as the 2011 president of the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) in New Orleans.
The organization is the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. Overseeing nearly 40,000 members nationwide, the CRS awards experienced Realtors who have completed advanced professional training and have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate.
“It truly is a humbling honor in the sense that you’re overseeing an organization of 38,000 of the nation’s top Realtors in the business,” said Serio. “The organization has given me a lot over the years, since I became a member in 1992, so there was no question whether or not I was going to give back to them.”
Currently an associate of Re/Max by the Sea in Bethany Beach, along with his wife, Audrey, Frank Serio has worked his way up the ranks, from sales associate to top producer and sales manager/trainer. In 1997, he served as president of the Coastal Association of Realtors, and he was named Realtor of the year in 1994. He has served on several committees for a number of real estate professional organizations at local, state and national levels, and has conducted real estate courses and seminars since 1998.
Although the new position as president of CRS comes with more responsibility, Serio said he is up for the challenge and is eager to take on the role.
“Traveling to different markets and hearing about the distinctive challenges agents face gives me some insight that not many Realtors have,” he said. “This knowledge helps me to formulate solutions to problems facing real estate agents today and into the future.”
Among those problems is a recovering economy, but, as he noted, the real estate market adheres to a survival-of-the-fittest mentality.
“Agents need to adapt to the changes and face the challenges with good business practices,” he said. “Those who do will succeed and lead their markets out of these tough times.”
Educating others in the real estate market is among his priorities as president of the CRS.
“We need to create a new version of ourselves,” Serio said. “We have the best minds in real estate among our membership. By tapping these ‘best of the best,’ we can develop new exciting programs, delivery systems and products to raise the bar in real estate education. We are positioning ourselves to do just that, and I will work to champion this movement throughout this year and for years to come.”