by Sam Martinez, 323-250-3770 – Short Sale Specialist is a real estate Short Sale term that could mean many different things for the Short Sale Process.
There are many different organizations that will award a Short Sale designation. This article with highlight a few of the most widely known and sought after designations.
The National Association of Realtors has a Short Sale certification called the SFR. The abbreviation is for Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource. The SFR Certification courses are offered in just about every local Realtor Association or through online Real Estate School courses. This designation is sought after by REO Asset Managers when they select REO Realtor Applicants.
The Charfin Institute offers the CDPE, which is abbreviated for Certified Distress Property Expert. This is also a highly respected designation with REO Departments within Banks and REO Outsource Companies. On various REO Agent applications, this Designation is often listed as a check box selection on the REO Application.
Harris Real Estate University has the ASD, which is an abbreviation for Accredited Short Sale Designation. It is a online university course, with online content and live online interactive class sessions. Many students maintain their membership throughout the year, because the classes are constantly updated with the ever changing parameters of the Short Sale Process.
The Five Star Institute offer’s their Five Star Institute Short Sale Certification. The Five Star Institute is also highly respected, and it is considered a big player by the Real Estate Industry. Their periodic, live events (Conventions) are well attended, and offer a lot of advantages to realtors that actually show up and attend the programs.
Equator, the Bank of America platform, has three Short Sale Certification levels: Silver, Gold, and Platinum. These are all offered online, and they present some excellent training.
There are many other Short Sale accrediting organizations that offer different certifications. Any of the above Certifications will provide excellent knowledge and material. Also, many companies like Keller Williams, provide extensive training programs that are adequate for most Short Sale transactions. For the best advantages in the market place, a certification that offers weekly continuing education, like Harris Real Estate University, will give a real estate professional the best foundation possible in the Short Sale Process.
Sam C. Martinez is a Real Estate Broker, Commentator, and Advocate for Made in the USA. He can be reached at http://silverlakebroker.com