While the are a ton of ed sites on short sales and designations are being created out of thin air every day (or so it seems), let's share our insights and experiences.
Four of the better known out there (at least to me) are the Distressed Property Institute and it's CDPE, the Harris University short sale course and designation, Short Sale Genius and it's designation and last playing catch-up (my opinion) is the SFR of the National Association.
What do you think of these organizations? Have you taken more than one training? Is there one you took but wish you haven't (too elementary for example)?
Let's get an exchange going. And feel free to add other trainers if you feel that they should be mentioned. For good or bad.
I hear the short sale specialist network has a pretty good one coming out in a couple weeks... J/K. But seriously, people seem to like CDPE the best, and they seem to provide the most for the $$$. I'm still laughing at the fact that we had one CDPE call us a couple weeks ago and bluntly ask "how do I write an offer on this short sale".
You'll see all over our advertising as well that "there is no substitute for experience"! Couldn't agree more. With agents we refer stuff around the country to, the vast majority, like myself, don't have any designations. I kind of personally laugh at some of those agents with like ten different designations after their names. While they were taking a weekend class, I was on vacation while my buyers agents were selling homes to THEIR buyers... J/K...,
But seriously, I learned from good old experience, and I would refer a short sale listing to an agent who has closed a few short sale transactions before I referred it to an agent who has a designation who has never closed any.
Lee Honish from Short Sale Genius is the real deal. I can't comment on everyone else. I have had agents fight my recommendations at every turn on short sales, and to shut them up, I will ask, "How many short sales have you CLOSED in 2009?" If the answer isn't in the double digits, then stop your arguing, listen and maybe you will learn something.