As a Real Estate professional I find it critical to a successful career path to invest in my continuing education. After all, what other professional would anyone ever want to use if they did not keep up-to-date on the latest laws, trends and acceptable ways of performing their duties?
Certainly none that I would ever want to pay money for.
So, as a REALTOR® who specializes in the listing and sale of REO, or bank owned homes, in the Hemet – San Jacinto it is important that I continue my education – not only for my benefit, but so that my client is getting the very best listing agent of their bank-owned asset.
The National Foreclosure Sales Training Institute (NFSTI) offers a certification program that provided the basic backbone education of this REO specialty. After completing their training, I was awarded the professional designation of NFSTI Certified REO Specialist.
The concept of NFSTI is based on developmental adult higher education techniques. They are members of the American Society of Training & Development, so they take their role as information providers with the utmost care.
A statement on their website really sums these guys up when they claim, “dedicated to providing the most current and useful material available to assist the default industry in Elevating The Standards Of Operation".
Staying on top of the trends of the REO industry calls for attending numerous industry conferences, trade shows and educational events. In addition to attending the California Association of REALTORS® (CAR) Annual Expo every October, I have attended two major events that are very pertinent to the REO sector. These events provide the opportunity an REO REALTOR® to keep up with any changes in the industry, gather fresh knowledge as well as networking with other professionals from across the country.
In April, 2008, I attended REOMAC Spring Conference in Indian Wells, California where there were many educational sessions that allowed me to look at new innovative ways of conducting my business and serving the needs of my asset manager clients and ultimately the investors who own the properties I have been charged with liquidating.
The second event of major consequence was held just last month in Las Vegas when the California Mortgage Bankers Association (CMBA) gathered to examine the current market and collectively prepare for the events that are shaping and changing the real estate market and economy as we know it.
The event I regret not being able to attend this year is the Annual Five Star Default Servicing Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas. This event is all about training the REO Agent.
The Five Star Institute offers it’s industry respected certification program – perhaps the most respected designation a REALTOR can earn to show their proficiency in the field of REO real estate.
Fortunately, the Five Star Institute offers their certification through their website, online and I am in pursuit of the prestigious Five Star Certification.
Since one of the ways that I learn a topic is to write about what I have learned, I have decided to create a series of articles based on my quest and the courses that I enroll in. In no way will my articles be as thorough as the information that has painstakingly been presented in an extremely professional manner by the Five Star Institute, and of course my information will not lead to any type of recognized designation. However, I know that I will learn by sharing and am hoping that I may be able to answer some of the basic questions REALTORS ask about selling REO real estate.
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This article is part of a series based on my own experience and the lessons taught by the prestigious Five Star Institute in their “REO from A To Z” class that is necessary in order to obtain the coveted Five Star Designation, by far the most respected professional designation a REALTOR can earn in the specialty niche of listing and selling REO properties.