State REALTOR® associations of Guam, Texas, Colorado, and South Carolina were the first to sponsor the new Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification core course for their members. Developed by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ Center for Specialized REALTOR® Education, the certification is intended to demonstrate REALTORS®’ commitment to helping armed service members find housing solutions that best meet their needs and allow them to take full advantage of their military benefits.
“Home ownership 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,” says NAR President Gary Thomas.
The course curriculum includes one daylong live class and two one-hour webinars on topics from understanding military benefits to working with active-duty military buyers and sellers and with veterans. A portion of the $195 application fee will be donated to a service organization that assists veterans with housing.
An online version of the daylong classroom course will be introduced this fall and is expected to become certified for continuing education credits in early 2014. Members can also take the MRP Core Course at the 2013 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco.
Associations can also earn nondues revenue by becoming a REALTOR® University affiliate (at no cost) and providing a link on their Web site to the certificate course. For more information on nondues revenue, contact Colleen Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on sponsoring the certification course at your association, contact Dawn Headtke at email@example.com. Also visit www.militaryrelocationpro.org for more details on the certification.