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How do I become SFR® certified?

Follow these steps:

  1. Be a member in good standing with the National Association of REALTORS®
  2. Take and pass the one-day Short Sales and Foreclosures course offered by REBAC
  3. View three one-hour Webinars on related short sale and foreclosure topics
  4. Complete the certification on this Web site

Note: You may not promote yourself as SFR® certified until NAR awards the certification to you.

What are the benefits of the SFR® certification?

  • Education in classroom and online formats that fit your schedule and wallet
  • Access to an electronic toolkit with practical forms and worksheets
  • Free Webinars that you can download anytime and anywhere
  • SFR logo and marketing materials to promote your certification
  • Differentiation as an SFR at REALTOR.org and REALTOR.com®
  • Access to an exclusive online networking environment to share ideas and resources with fellow SFR certificate holders.

Bonus! The one-day Short Sales and Foreclosures courses available from REBAC is an approved electives for the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation.

I'm ready to get started with my coursework. Where do I begin?

Which learning format do you prefer?

  • Classroom: To find classes in your area, visit Training4RE.com for the REBAC Short Sales and Foreclosures: What Real Estate Professionals Need to Know course
  • Online: To learn more about the online learning experiences available to you, visit and register at the Center for REALTOR® Development for the online version of the REBAC course, "Short Sales and Foreclosures: What Real Estate Professionals Need to Know."

Are you working toward or interested in pursuing the following?

 

What is the price of the course?

I have completed my one-day course, where do I find the Webinars?

Please visit the Webinars page of this site to view the available options. If you are interested in the certification, you will need to complete three free Webinars on supplemental short sale and foreclosure topics.

Must I complete the one-day course before taking three one-hour Webinars?

No. You may watch the Webinars at any time.

Do I have to pay annual dues to maintain the SFR® certification?

No, there are no recurring dues in order to maintain the SFR® certification, as long as you maintain membership in NAR.

 

Where can I find the application?

The application to receive the SFR certification is located on this Web site.  All requirements must be completed prior to submitting the application.

Is continuing education (CE) credit available for the Short Sales and Foreclosures courses?

  • For the REBAC course, "Short Sales and Foreclosures: What Real Estate Professionals Need to Know," CE credit varies depending on the course provider.  The course provider is the company that is hosting or making the course available. You may choose a course near you, then contact the course provider directly regarding registration for the course and CE credit availability. To find a course location near you please log on to training4RE.com or register online at the Center for REALTOR® Development.

I already completed a REBAC course on foreclosure and short sales. Do I automatically qualify for the certification?

Those who have completed the “Short Sales and Foreclosures: What Buyer’s Representatives Need to Know” are well on their way to meeting the education requirements of this certification. In addition, students only need to complete the three Webinars and submit the application and fee to earn the SFR® certification.

I’m not sure if the foreclosure or short sales class I took previously was from REBAC. How can I tell?

Contact REBAC; our Member Service Team will be happy to help you. You can reach REBAC by phone at 1-800-648-6224. Member Service Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST. You may also contact REBAC via e-mail at REBAC@realtors.org.

I have substantial education and/or experience in short sales and foreclosures. Can I test out of all the requirements of NAR’s SFR® certification?

While we are encouraged that individuals bring considerable education and experience as prospective students to NAR’s SFR® certification program, it is not possible to test out of the program’s requirements. We need to ensure that everyone who earns NAR’s SFR® certification has the same core or baseline education. NAR's SFR® certification is the only short sale and foreclosures training program for real estate professionals recognized and endorsed by NAR. It is therefore essential that all students complete course training from NAR.

How can I become an instructor for the REBAC Short Sales and Foreclosures course?

Those interested in becoming instructors for the REBAC Short Sales and Foreclosures: What Real Estate Professionals Need to Know course should contact Dawn Headtke at 312-329-8488 or visit the REBAC instructor section for more information.

I am a course provider. How do I bring the REBAC course to my area?

Those interested in becoming a course provider for the REBAC Short Sales and Foreclosures: What Real Estate Professionals Need to Know course or co-sponsoring with a licensed provider should contact Dawn Headtke at 312-329-8488 or visit the REBAC course provider section for more information.

Do I have to be a REBAC member to earn SFR®?

No. However, you must be a member in good standing with the National Association of REALTORS®.

How soon can I begin using NAR’s SFR® certification in my marketing materials?

You may begin using NAR’s SFR® certification when you have been informed by NAR that your application has been approved and you have been awarded NAR's Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification.

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