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Education and Designations

One of the top reasons for hiring a Realtor is to benefit from the knowledge that professional has built through years of education and experience. When real estate became my second career (I was a journalist, then in marketing and PR), I had already bought and sold 10 homes of my own … I thought I knew as much as any Realtor I might hire! Perspective is everything, though … now that I have closed more than 150 home purchases and sales in Vermont, I can honestly say … no two sales are alike; I learn something new in every transaction. My clients — who may be facing their first home purchase, or the first time they’ve sold a home in 30 years — benefit from every bump past clients and I encountered along the way, and how we set it right.

Whether challenges emerge due to inspection, financing, covenants, or unique requirements of the people involved, an experienced, educated Realtor may be your best defense against something running afoul when you are transacting what is, for most people, the largest single investment of their lives. My job is to anticipate problems and know how to arrange  solutions. My credibility — and the success of your transaction — depend on it.

Part of my track record for resolving issues comes from skills built in my first career — journalism — where, just like in real estate, it was up to me to “get the facts” — through research, locating the right experts, understanding the issues, and being able to communicate “what’s going on” to others. I take pride in holding the designations that validate my knowledge and experience: the CRS, attained by just 5% of Realtors, and the ABR, geared toward working as a buyer’s representative in a state where Realtors, by default, otherwise are working “for the seller.”

Here’s how I’ve spent my “classroom time” when I’m not out helping you find, or sell, your home:

  • Why Choose a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) (click here to understand what this means for you)
  • Why Hire an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) (click here to understand what this means for you)
  • Why It Pays to Work with a Realtor (click here to see how your bottom line benefits)

Recent Coursework: 

2012:

    • Making Winners Out of Sellers – 3/13/2012
    • From Residential to Commercial Real Estate – 10/2/12
    • Optimizing the Features of Innovia – 10/24/12
    • NAR Code of Ethics – 10/25/12
    • Everything You Wanted to Know (and More) About Purchase and Sale Contracts – 12/12/12

2011:

    • Dollars & Sense: Understanding Financing & Respa – 9/27/2011
    • What It’s Worth – 9/27/2011
    • HAFA Short Sales – 9/28/2011

2010:

    • Pricing Listings in a Changing Market – 10/12/2010
    • Contract Matters: Mandatory Course Vermont 2010-2012  —  10/6/2010
    • Helping Buyers Navigate a Buyer’s Market  —  1/27/201

2009:

    • Ethics: Mandatory Course 2008-2010 —  10/1/2009
    • Cancellation Mania  (101 Ways to Get Out of  a Real Estate Contract) —  2/10/2009
    • Representing Sellers in a Changing Market  —  9/30/2009
    • RESPA:  Real Estate Settlement Procedure Act  —  9/29/2009
    • Mortgage Financing in a New Age  —  9/30/2009
    • “Cancellation Mania” – 2/10/09

2008:

    • Introduction to Finance  —  3/18/2008

Previous Continuing Education Credits:

  • November 28, 2007 “Code of Ethics” 4 hours
  • November 27, 2007 “Vermont Real Estate Brokerage Laws” – 4 hours
  • November 16, 2007 “Ninja Selling” – 4 hours
  • September 12, 2007 “Conflict Resolution Skills” – 4 hours
  • September 12, 2007 “Green Home Construction” – 4 hours
  • September 11, 2007 “Smart Growth” – 4 hours
  • September 12, 2006 “Helping Your Clients Succeed at the Negotiating Table” – 3 hours
  • April 10-11, 2006 “Creating Wealth Through Residential Real Estate Investments” – 4 hours
  • October 3, 2005 “Principles ofNinja Selling” – 4 hours
  • October, 2005 “CRS 200-Business Development for the Residential Specialist” – 16 hours
  • April, 2005 “CRS 210-Building an Exceptional Customer Service Referral Business” – 16 hours
  • March, 2005 “Agency Issues— GRI-1 02
  • March 4, 2005 “Innovative Marketing”
  • March 2-3,2005 “Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)” – 12 hours
  • October, 2004 “CRS 201-Listing Strategies for the Residential Specialist” – 16 hours
  • October 25-26, 2004 “Listing Strategies for the Residential Specialist” – 8 hours
  • September 10, 2004 “Environmental Issues (REC Mandatory Course)”-  4 hours
  • March, 2004 “CRS 202-Effective Buyer Sales Strategies” – 16 hours
  • March 25-26, 2004 “CRS Course 202-Effective Buyer Sales Strategies” – 8 hours
  • February 3, 2004 ‘Vermont Housing Finance Agency Financing Options” 2 hours March 19, 2003 “Fair Housing Law Compliance and Real Estate Taxation” – 4 hours
  • February 6&13, 2003 “8 Hour Broker’s Course”