WASHINGTON (September 16, 2013) – Realtors® have always been invested in helping military service professionals find housing solutions that best meet their needs and allow them to take full advantage of their military benefits. Now Realtors® can enhance the services they provide for those who have served our country through the National Association of Realtors® Military Relocation Professional certification.
“Homeownership is an important part of the fabric of America, and having a stable home environment is vital when men and women of the military are called away to serve their country. Working with a Realtor® who understands specific needs and timetables related to military service will help make their transfers easier, faster and less stressful,” said NAR President Gary Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty, in Villa Park, Calif. “The Military Relocation Professional certification will help Realtors® hone their knowledge and skills for working with veterans and active duty military buyers and sellers to ensure that homeownership remains affordable and accessible to them.”
The certification provides NAR’s members with resources to accommodate current and former military service members at any stage of their military career, and is an approved elective for NAR’s Accredited Buyers Representative® designation. To become MRP certified, Realtors® must meet a few basic requirements:
- Be in good standing with NAR;
- Complete the one-day MRP certification course;
- Complete pre-class readings to learn military background information and better understand military culture, and;
- Complete two one-hour webinars.
After the basic requirements are completed, Realtors®® can apply for the certification at a discounted rate of $149 through December 31, 2013; after that the application fee will increase to $195. A portion of the application fee will be donated to a homeless veteran’s service organization that serves military veterans and assists with their housing needs.
The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.