NAR introduces new Military Relocation Pro certification

Members of the military have some different issues than the rest of us when it comes to moving. Now NAR is offering a certification for Realtors who are specially trained to help servicemen and -women (and their families) relocate.

In Virginia especially, this sounds like not only important information to have, but — let’s be honest here — a solid way to market yourself as well.

How does one (that is, you) get certified as an MRP? Glad you asked; it’s not hard.

0. Be a Realtor.

1. Pay $195 (discounted to $149 through the end of 2013)

2. Read a 15-page document that provides information about military culture and acronyms. (You’ll certainly want to know what PCS and BAH mean.)

3. Take the one-day core course. Right now, it’s being offered by the Alpha College of Real Estate in Hampton Roads, but other schools are likely to provide it as well. (There are a couple in North Carolina as well.)

4. Complete two one-hour webinars — one on financing for disabled military members and vets, and one on the VA Compromise Sale.?

That’s it. Even better, the core course is also an approved elective for the ABR designation.

Once you’re an official MRP, you’ll be able to download your official certificate and purchase a lapel pin — and have your designation appear on all your marketing materials.

Check out NAR’s militaryrelocationpro.org for details.

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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2 Responses to NAR introduces new Military Relocation Pro certification

  1. Cindy Jones says:

    I’ve looked through the pre-class materials and can say they are lacking on anything that would really help someone understand a military move. I’d be interested in knowing how NAR developed this course and whether they spent anytime with military family services or military families finding out what their top priorities are during a move.

  2. Dawn M West says:

    My personal observation on this: Why is it that the NAR.. has to “label” everything w/an expensive $$ for recognitions? Senior pro, GREEN pro, Military Pro, First time home owners.. PRO, and on, and on… I have been working w/Seniors and Veterans for near 13yrs, basically 95% of my transactions consist of one or the other or together… Pay $195 for a piece of paper & a pin? It just gets me…. someone is always dipping the hand into places it need not be. YOUR experience as a Realtor is all you need when working with clients/customers.

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