The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has developed a Military Relocation Professional certification, which will help Realtors assist military service professionals with housing solutions that meet their needs, and allow them to take full advantage of their military benefits.
“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,” said NAR President Gary Thomas, broker/owner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, Calif. “Working with a Realtor who understands specific needs and timetables related to military service will help make their transfers easier, faster and less stressful. 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 be in good standing with NAR, complete a one-day MRP certification course, complete pre-class readings to learn military background information and complete two one-hour webinars.
The certification will be available for a discounted rate of $149 through December 31, 2013; and after that, it will be increased 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.