Feel free to call or email with any questions.
Amy Givoni, Broker
Givoni Realty Corp.
I am a firm believer of Realtor education. I wish others did the same. It would help us all.
I take most every training that has come down the pike and enjoy it. ( if I can find time )
In answer to your question,....
The certification no biggie.
The advanced, in my opinion not worth it.
The education mixed with other short sale education helps.
I would bet short sales go by the wayside ( For the most part ) by end 2012.
I know the tax benefits do for both the state of CA and the FED. ( consult a CPA for tax advice )
I will say this about you getting a CDPE,... it shows you do your part in learning to help others during their time of need.
I will also say it is usually much easier for me as an agent to rep a buyer to engage in a short sale knowing the listing agent is a cdpe.
If you ask me it should have been provided by our local board at a reduced rate and mandatory when this all began so we, as agents, could all be on the same page.
FYI CDPE requires you pay 99/year to keep the designation as well.
You will also find CDPE markets you for their other designations a fair amount by email and phone.
If you ask me the best designation above all others is the GRI.
Harold Sharpe - Broker
So Cal Homes Realty
California Department of Real Estate Broker License # 01312992
I took the course work for the CDPE course and wasn't that impressed. They instruct their students to fax in 70+pages to the lenders for short sales...really? I've had them completed with as few as 20 pages. This course may be right for some, but not for me.
All the best!
My wife and I were one of the first in the country to become CDPE Certified. As a matter of fact, I even began teaching the class and was on a path to teach the program across the country. This being said, the education is fantastic, but in today's market the Advanced program is not needed. We used the advanced program for over 3 years and never received a lead or further our education. The key to Short Sales is staying connected with the banks and knowing what local and federal laws are currently in place.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
If you specifically want short sale training, also look into the Short Sale and Foreclosure (SFR) certification to contrast and compare to the CDPE.
We are not doing the advanced program now. The advanced program opens up the ability to use their postcard and flier templates (geared at specifically promoting the CDPE status, I assume). There are additional webinars too but there is barely enough time to keep up with the regular ones...I just don't see the need right now.
Overall still pleased we spent the money.
We don't deal with 3rd party negotiation companies or recommend that our clients hire them.
Best of luck to you!