Atlanta, GA – May 10, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Atlanta real estate agent Mark Spain and his team, who annually rank as oneof the top 20 RE/MAX teams in the world for closings, wanted to do somethingmore to help metro Atlanta homeowners, especially those in danger of losingtheir homes. In the last year, the Mark Spain Team has taken numerous steps to informthemselves so they could, in turn, educate and help homeowners.
According to a recent National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes soldrecently were either short sales or foreclosures. While that number is anational average and short sales numbers are slightly lower in Georgia, Mark Spain said it accounted for a small percentageof his business in 2009. His real estateteam had a total of 453 transaction sides last year for $105.5 million in grosssales.
In early 2009, Mark Spainearned his Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation. The CDPEverifies for homeowners that a REALTOR® has taken the initiative to become aneducated and prepared advocate on behalf of a homeowner in distress. Earned bycompleting a comprehensive curriculum via the Distressed Property Institute,real estate agents with the CDPE designation are equipped with the expertise tohelp distressed property owners avoid foreclosure.
This Spring, Mark traveledto Las Vegas to take part in the first-ever Five Star InstituteShort Sale Summit. He just received word that he passed his finalexamination to get Five Star Short Sale Certified.
He also recently earned thenationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) certification.NAR offers the SFR certification to agents who want to help both buyers andsellers navigate these complicated transactions. The certificationprogram includes training on how to qualify sellers for short sales, negotiatewith lenders, protect buyers and limit risk. It also provides resources to helpRealtors stay current on national and state-specific information as the marketfor these distressed properties evolves and changes.
“Having this trio of shortsale and foreclosure certifications means I am extremely committed to helpingpeople facing foreclosure by finding the right solution for their individualneeds and seeing the issue resolved,” explained Spain.
Wanting to continue to do more tohelp the public learn their rights and options, the Mark Spain Team started anadditional website devoted just to this topic, http://www.GreaterAtlantaForeclosureHelp.com. The site offers tips on avoiding the foreclosure process, provides details onhow a short sale differs from a foreclosure and offers free reports to helpinform Georgia homeowners who might be facing this difficult situation.
AnAtlanta native, Mark is a University of Georgia graduate. He is affiliated with the RE/MAX Greater Atlanta office at 5591 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road in Atlanta. The Mark Spain Team specializes in assisting homebuyers and sellers in the metro Atlanta region at all price levels.
Tolearn more or to get your questions answered about the short sales process,call 770-886-9000, toll free at 800-241-3970 or visit http://www.GreaterAtlantaForeclosureHelp.com for details on how to have your home considered for a short sale. The teamcontinues to host and regularly update their main site, http://www.markspain.com, as well wherevisitors can conduct an online home search of available metro Atlanta properties, request a free online home evaluation, orsign up for a free monthly e-newsletter about the real estate market.
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