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Melissa Marro among first to earn new Certified Military Housing Specialist Designation.

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team

Melissa Marro among first to earn new Certified Military Housing Specialist Designation.  

CMHS Course educates Realtors on the unique circumstances of the military homebuyer 
St Augustine, FL – 09/21/22 - USA Cares has launched a new education course designed to provide loan officers, Realtors and housing professionals with a clear understanding of how to work with military clients. Watson Realty Corp is pleased to have Melissa Marro graduate this new program and be among the first housing professionals to offer this level of expert customer service to military men and women. Through the USA Cares Certified Military Housing Specialist Course offered by USA Cares.org The CMHS Course provides the tools and knowledge needed to effectively work with military borrowers, especially in a fast-paced and competitive market. The course includes timely advice for housing professionals regarding foreclosure prevention, including tips they can give their clients to help them avoid mortgage delinquencies in the future.
certified military housing specialistThe CMHS  course aims to put greater numbers of military families into affordable homes through knowledgeable professionals who understand the unique circumstances brought about by military service.
The course’s author, Beverly Ray Frase, has a strong background as loan officer, real estate broker and career army wife.  “I’ve been on all sides of the home buying process,” says Beverly.  “I know where the speed bumps are, especially for our military men and women.  Working with a certified housing professional should move them down the path to an accurate and timely closing.”
The course helps all housing professionals make sense of the military language, rank and pay system. It even outlines what happens when a service member is injured, and explains how their pay will continue during hospitalization and treatment. Earning the Certificate of Completion for the CMHS Course indicates a significant knowledge base that active duty service members and veterans can rely on for prompt and accurate service of their housing needs. Certified Housing Professionals will adhere to specific Standards of Practice, representing a commitment to provide quality service to military borrowers. 
USA Cares is no stranger to supporting the homeownership goals of military families. “We’ve paid out over one million dollars to save military family homes in the past three years,” said Beverly, Program Manager for the CMHS Course. “This new effort will help reduce the need for such assistance by supporting military borrowers and their lenders as they work together to make affordable and sustainable housing decisions.”
Watson Realty Corp is a proud supporter of our military service members and their family, and sponsors programs like US Military on the Move, powered by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Military on the Move™, a free real estate rebate* and information program developed for active duty, retired military and wounded warriors.
When military members buy or sell a home through Military on the Move™, they’ll not only have access to the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, they’ll receive a cash rebate* based on the actual sales price – not a fixed amount based on a range of values – and you’ll receive your rebate at settlement!
About USA Cares 
usa caresUSA Cares is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that helps post 9/11 military families bear the burdens of service with financial and advocacy support. Its mission: To help with basic needs during financial crisis, to assist combat injured Veterans and their families and to prevent private military home foreclosures and evictions. In eight years, USA Cares has received over 31,000 requests and responded with more than $8 million in grants. Military families anywhere in America can apply for assistance through the USA Cares web site, http://www.usacares.org/ or by calling 1-800-773-0387.   For more information on the CMHS Course go to the USA Cares website or email Beverly.frase@usacares.org.  
*Rebates are not allowed in all states. In some states, a gift card or commission credit at closing may be provided in lieu of the Cash-Back bonus. You must register with U.S. Military on the Move™ before contacting a real estate agent and be represented by the assigned real estate firm at closing to qualify. All real estate transactions are negotiable. Other terms and conditions may apply.
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 Author Bio: Melissa Marro, Home Staging Industry leader, Realtor, and entrepreneur offers a unique perspective on New Home Construction, Resale Residential Real Estate, and Home Staging

For more information on buying or selling in the Fleming Island, Orange Park, or Jacksonville, area, visit StageListSellNEFL.com or call Melissa Marro (marro.melissa at gmail.com), Keller Williams First Coast Realty, for more information (904-466-2093).



Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Melissa,

Good for you for stepping up and making it a priority to earn the Certified Military Housing Specialist Designation!!

Sep 21, 2012 11:45 PM
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Thanks Dorie. My husband is a disabled Naval Submariner, so it is near and dear to my heart. 

Sep 21, 2012 11:51 PM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Congratulations, Melissa.  This will be very valuable in helping your military clients. 

Sep 22, 2012 05:20 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Congratulations on adding that designation to your list. Hope it comes in handy.

Sep 22, 2012 05:45 AM
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Sally & Barbara-Jo - Thank you!

Sep 22, 2012 06:24 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Congratulations.  That is definitely a designation worth pursuing, particular given the unique set of circumstances when dealing with military personnel.

Sep 22, 2012 07:53 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Melissa- with everything else you have on your plate, I congratulate you for taking the time and making the effort to become a Certified Military Housing Specialist. 

Sep 22, 2012 09:47 AM
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Charita & Kathy - Thank you! Because we spent the first 15 years of our married lives in the military, I have a pretty good understanding on how it all works and a deep desire to help those who are still trying to figure it all out. Nearly every house I've ever owned we've used a VA loan on. 

Sep 22, 2012 10:21 AM
Michele Cadogan 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -


Congrats on achieving your Military Housing Specialist Designation- im sure that you will be quite helpful to the  our military members and their  famililes in your area.

US military members and families looking to buy , sell or lease real estate in St Augustine, St Johns, Jacksonville or Ponte Vedra florida

 visit StageListSellNEFL.com or call Melissa Marro, Watson Realty, for more information (904-466-2093

Wishing you much success.

Sep 22, 2012 11:02 AM
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Michele - Thanks for the little SEO boost there.

Sep 23, 2012 03:05 AM