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Short Sale Agent Finder Offers Its Members Specialized Training Program

Short sales continue to rise along with demand for services provided by selling agents who have the knowledge and experience needed to successfully execute these complex, multifaceted transactions.

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Although short sales are becoming a bigger part of the housing landscape, ""ShortSaleAgentFinder.com"":http://www.ShortSaleAgentFinder.com, one of the country's largest directories of short sale real estate specialists, says there is a shortage of real estate agents skilled in the art of the short sale.

In response, ShortSaleAgentFinder.com has reached an agreement with the ""Five Star Institute"":http://www.thefivestar.com/ to offer its industry-recognized Five Star Short Sale Certification training program to members. The Five Star Institute has been providing professional education geared toward mortgage banking and default servicing professionals since 2005 and hosts the largest event in mortgage servicing, the ""Five Star Conference and Expo"":http://www.fivestarconference.com/, held annually in September.

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ShortSaleAgentFinder.com feels so strongly about the need for education in the short sale market that they have created a scholarship program for their members to earn the Five Star Short Sale Certification.

""We are dedicated to helping distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure, save their credit, and successfully short sell their home,"" said David Tal, founder of San Diego-based ShortSaleAgentFinder.com. ""Helping our agents achieve certification through the industry's premier training program will only further our fulfillment of that vision.""

ShortSaleAgentFinder.com was founded in 2011 as a way to connect homeowners that are underwater on their mortgage with local real estate agents who specialize in short sales. ShortSaleAgentFinder.com provides training and marketing solutions for more than 20,000 real estate agents in all 50 states.

""Too many short sales fail because of inexperienced agents making simple, avoidable mistakes,"" Tal said. ""We saw a way to help homeowners have the best possible chance to short sell their home by connecting them with qualified, experienced short sale specialists. Now that we've teamed up with Five Star, we can train thousands more agents and increase that impact even further.""

_Editor's Note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of_ DS News _and DSNews.com._

About Author: Carrie Bay

Carrie Bay is a freelance writer for DS News and its sister publication MReport. She served as online editor for DSNews.com from 2008 through 2011. Prior to joining DS News and the Five Star organization, she managed public relations, marketing, and media relations initiatives for several B2B companies in the financial services, technology, and telecommunications industries. She also wrote for retail and nonprofit organizations upon graduating from Texas A&M University with degrees in journalism and English.
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