According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures. This is why I obtained the Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) certification. The National Association of REALTORS® offers the SFR certification to REALTORS® who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions, as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows.
“As leading advocates for homeownership, REALTORS® believe that any family that loses its home to foreclosure is one family too many, but unfortunately, there are situations in which people just cannot afford to keep their homes, and a foreclosure or a short sale results,” said 2009 NAR President Charles McMillan. “Foreclosures and short sales can offer opportunities for home buyers and benefit the larger community, as well, but it’s extremely important to have the help of a real estate professional like a REALTOR® who has earned the SFR certification for these kinds of purchases.”
The certification program includes training on how to qualify sellers for short sales, negotiate with lenders, protect buyers, and limit risk, and provides resources to help REALTORS® stay current on national and state-specific information as the market for these distressed properties evolves.
If you know of someone who may be facing foreclosure, please refer them to me and I would be happy to discuss the option of a Short Sale with them. And if you know of any investors or buyers looking for a good deal, let me be their Realtor to find them a great deal among the many foreclosures on the market. Thank you!
Seth Peterson – 608.320.9612 – firstname.lastname@example.org