About Us


The Residential Specialist is the exclusive magazine of the Residential Real Estate Council, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®. This professional network comprises more than 32,000 residential real estate agents—the top 3 percent of REALTORS®—who have met rigorous educational, production and experiential qualifications to earn the Certified Residential Specialist Designation.

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The magazine covers a wide breadth of real estate topics, and focuses on practical information and ideas that members can use to grow their business, use their time more efficiently, and become leaders in the real estate industry. The Residential Specialist offers members a unique opportunity to share their expertise and to learn from others within the organization.


2016 APEX Award Winner
Grand Award for Magazines, Journals & Tabloids
Award of Excellence for Design & Illustration, Design & Layout

2016 Content Marketing Association Award Winner
Design – Best Column or Section Design


Kimberly Cure
Communications Manager, RRC

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Chuck Gekas
Director of Business Development, RRC

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Publishing Manager
Phil Malkinson

Art Directors
Ivette Cortes
Eliane Mangoubi
Scott Oldham

Web Design and Development
Megan Kramer, Digital Project Manager
Greg Ledger, Digital Design, Development, and Maintenance


Michael Burkhard, CRS

Richard Waystack, CRS

First Vice President
Alex Milshteyn, CRS

Immediate Past President
Gary Williams, CRS

Kim Cameron, CRS
Shawn Cunningham, CRS
Maura Neill, CRS
Dan Steward
Jen Ward, CRS

Chief Executive Officer
Lana Vukovljak

Staff Liaison
Patricia Stodolny


The Residential Specialist is published for Certified Residential Specialists, General Members and Subscribers by the Residential Real Estate Council.

The magazine’s mission is: To be a superior educational resource for CRS Designees and Members, providing the information and tools they need to be exceptionally successful in selling residential real estate.

The Residential Specialist is published bimonthly by the:

Residential Real Estate Council
430 North Michigan Ave.
Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60611-4092.

Periodicals postage paid at Chicago, IL, and additional mailing offices.

Change of address? Email requests to the help center, call Customer Service at 800.462.8841 or mail to RRC at the above address.

The Residential Specialist (USPS-0021- 699, ISSN 1539-7572) is distributed to members of the Council as part of their membership dues. Non-members may purchase subscriptions for $29.95 per year in the U.S., $44.95 in Canada and $89.95 in other international countries.

All articles and paid advertising represent the opinions of the authors and advertisers, not the Council.

POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to:

The Residential Specialist
c/o Residential Real Estate Council,
430 North Michigan Ave., Suite 300,
Chicago, IL 60611-4092.

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