DEBBY BRAUN EARNS PRESTIGIOUS DESIGNATION TO
HELP HOMEOWNERS AVOID FORECLOSURE
ATLANTA, GA, For Immediate Release – Keller Williams Realty, The Rawls Group, is pleased to announce that Debby Braun has become a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE). CDPE experts better understand market conditions and are equipped to help sellers through what can be a very emotional experience. After completing the course, Debby is amply prepared to assist homeowners in sidestepping foreclosure.
In a short sale transaction, homeowners sell their property for less than the mortgage amount while eluding foreclosure and even bankruptcy. A short sale is much less impactful on their credit scores than a foreclosure or bankruptcy. Now, more than ever before, lenders are willing to consider short sales because they are much less costly to manage than foreclosures. According to the National Association of Realtors®, more than 45 percent of existing home sales in the fourth quarter of 2008 were foreclosures or short sales. More than 80 percent of short sales that are managed by CDPE designated Realtors® are approved.
In the Metro Atlanta area, approximately 10,000+ homes are in danger of foreclosure. It is happening in all price ranges. Local experts say that even high-priced homes are not immune. “Sadly, many of the homeowners that lost their property to foreclosure did not understand that they may have had alternatives. They never knew that the Bank might entertain anything other than a foreclosure. Bad loans and bad economies happen to good people and I’m delighted to help them evaluate their options.” says Braun.
Shaun Rawls, Operating Partner and Broker of Keller Williams, The Rawls Group, noted “Negotiating a short sale for a distressed seller is not a simple task. In order for these sellers to be served at the highest level, we believe it is important that our agents are armed with the proper knowledge. The CDPE designation gives us the systems and solutions to get a higher percentage of these transactions to the closing table.”
Founded in January 2008, by dynamic real estate veteran, Alex Charfen, The Distressed Property Institute provides training on-site and online. The CDPE is the premier designation for Realtors helping homeowners in distress and handling short sales. “Our goal is to educate as many people as possible so we can help as many homeowners as possible,” Charfen said. For more information about CDPE designation call 1-800-482-0335.
Keller Williams Realty, The Rawls Group, holds the highest per capita of agents with this designation in Georgia. The Rawls Group offices ARE changing the way you THINK about Real Estate. Led by Operating Partner Shaun Rawls and General Manager Jeri Moran; Offices include: Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta, Sandy Springs; Keller Williams Realty Peachtree Road; Keller Williams Realty Smyrna Vinings; Keller Williams Realty Buckhead; Keller Williams Realty East Cobb; Keller Williams Realty Perimeter North Dunwoody and Keller Williams Realty Peachtree Battle. www.RawlsGroup.org. Keller Williams Realty is the fastest growing and third largest residential real estate firm in the United States.