Greetings Fellow Realtors,
I have been very angry over this issue for quite some time! But, we are not being protected by our NAR against false CERTIFICATIONS!!! And, we are being targeted and preyed upon by misleading companies who are taking advantage of our desperation in this tough economy. Taking a class to educate yourself is always good. But do not be suckered into believing that if you do not take a specific course, that you will be doomed and not recognized as a professional. THESE ARE NOT NAR RECOGNIZED CERTIFICATIONS!!!! Realtors... think about this before you open your wallets. Beware! (Some of these provide excellent courses... that's not my issue) But NAR should stand behind the American Realtors who pay their dues and provide current education based on the economy that is standardized and complies with CE Education. None of us should be made to believe that we have to pay hundreds and thousands of dollars we do not have because companies are taking advantage of our bad economic times. Who has been harder hit then the SELF Employeed???? Where is our STIMULUS PACKAGE. NAR, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! NOW!
Please feel free to read my comments below that I posted today on the NAR Research Facebook page:
Update: THEY LISTENED!!!!
NAR Helps Realtors® Make Short Work of Short Sales
Washington, August 26, 2009
Nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures, according to National Association of Realtors® data. To help Realtors® meet the needs of home buyers and sellers who need these services, NAR has launched a new Short Sales and Foreclosure Certification Program (SFR).
"Foreclosures and short sales can offer opportunities for home buyers, but it's extremely important to have the help of a real estate professional like a Realtor® for these kinds of purchases," said NAR President Charles McMillan, a broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Dallas-Fort Worth. "Realtors® add value to the real estate transaction with their extensive knowledge and market insights, and this new certification will help them serve a growing need."
The SFR certification program is offered by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council of NAR. The program includes training on how to manage short-sale, foreclosure, and real-estate owned transactions, and provides resources to help Realtors® stay current on national and state-specific information as the market for these distressed properties evolves.
To earn the certification, Realtors® must complete a one-day education program, either in-person or online, as well as three one-hour Webinars. The certification program will be offered at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego, Nov. 13-16.
"As Realtors®, we believe that any family that loses their home to foreclosure is one family too many," said McMillan. "Unfortunately, there are situations in which people just cannot afford to keep their homes. A short sale can help families protect their credit by avoiding a foreclosure. When a foreclosed or REO property is sold, it helps the surrounding community by reducing the impact of those properties on home values in the immediate area."
For more information regarding the SFR Certification visit www.realtorSFR.org.
The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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