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BHHS PenFed Realty Offers Training for Military Families

Real Heroes Have you ever thought about a career in real estate? If so, and you or a member of your family is or has been a member of the armed services, this could be the perfect program for you.

The Real Heroes Program, offered through Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, is designed to support veterans, military spouses, and active duty men and women in their transition from the military to a civilian career in real estate.

Financial Barriers Removed: program covers up-front costs to secure a real estate license, up to $2,500.

  • Real estate training and licensing exams
  • Insurance (for real estate errors & omissions)
  • Membership in applicable real estate associations
  • Marketing support
  • A two-year commitment is required for the funding*
  • A career in real estate offers valuable freedom and flexibility to suit an entrepreneurial lifestyle to build your own business.
  • Once you become a sales professional, our company continues to provide on-the-job support & mentorship to help you launch a successful, satisfying career.

The program has been such an incredible success that the Washington Post ran a feature article entitled, Brokerage offers training for military families to become real estate agents showcasing PenFed Realty’s incredible “Real Heroes” program.

To participate in The Real Heroes Program or to find out more information give us a call at 703-836-1464.

Prudential PenFed Realty pays start up costs for military and their spouses

Everyone who knows me knows I think Prudential PenFed Realty is the most awesome company out there. The programs they offer for their members are simply head and shoulders above what any one else has available. Now they have gone and surprised me again with their awesome “Real Heroes” program which helps retired veterans and their spouses, and active-duty men and women as they leave the military, begin a career in real estate. The program covers the cost of training, certification, licensing, and materials to become a Prudential PenFed Realty Sales Professional.

Lots of companies offer to pay for your real estate class but to the best of my knowledge we are the only one that actually pays for the class and your start-up costs.

What does this mean in dollars and cents? About $2500!

Yep, you read that correctly! Prudential PenFed Realty will cover the cost of real estate school, state licensing, first year’s dues for the association of REALTORS, fees to join the multiple listing service, errors and omissions insurance, and company fees – up to $2500!  This is an outstanding, unprecedented opportunity for anyone in or married to a current or past member of the US Armed Services.  The only real condition is that you commit to PenFed Realty for two years – that it!Real Heroes

Interested in learning more?  Call Maxine at 703-836-1464 or drop us an email!

Choose Your Broker Wisely

In my day to day encounters with real estate agents and the public alike I have people frequently ask me what makes Prudential PenFed Realty different. New agents oftentimes ask why they should work with a company with a commission structure such as ours when other companies offer 100% commission splits for a small monthly and per transaction fee. One thing that many people simply do not put a high enough value on is having a broker that has solid industry experience. So many times I see cases brought before the board that really could be avoided if the agent simply had some strong guideance.  Each time I see one of these cases I keep remembering this article written by Florence Daniels, a long time leader in the real estate community, entitled Choose Your Broker Wisely.

After a recent incident where an agent I know personally could have landed in a bunch of trouble I went and dug up an old copy of the VAR newsletter to keep handy.  Florence says it so much better than I can.  I hope you enjoy the read.

This article is not written to bash brokers but to give a wake-up call to salespersons that remain with brokers who fail to provide adequate training and supervision. Although this article is directed primarily to new salespersons, it will also benefit experienced salespersons.

The Board has considered a number of recent disciplinary cases involving salespersons who violated one or more of the Board’s laws and regulations. In many of these cases, the salespersons claimed that the violation(s) occurred because their brokers did not train them properly or prepare them for the unique set of circumstances that led to the disciplinary action.

This claim carries little weight with the Board. All salespersons are responsible for choosing a broker who will help them avoid risky decisions that could lead to disciplinary action or harmful civil consequences.

During the past five years the real estate profession has witnessed a proliferation of real estate business models which provide different levels of services. No longer is the traditional brokerage firm offering “full service” real estate services the only game in town. Many non-traditional firms now offer “limited” real estate services. Salespersons now have the choice of working with a traditional or non-traditional firm.

Unfortunately, many new salespersons choose the glittering prospect of fast money over building a solid clientele through rigorous training, hard work and sound business practices. Salespersons whose top priority is more compensation or a higher split often fail to seek a broker and firm that would provide the requisite training to enable them to become competent well-rounded real estate professionals.

There are a number of important reasons for a salesperson to choose a broker who values training and supervision. First, new salespersons are generally inexperienced and subject to numerous potential traps associated with the complexity of the real estate business. Rigorous and effective hands-on training can help new salespersons avoid these traps and help them develop into competent real estate professionals. Many firms have their own real estate schools or mentoring programs to accomplish this.

If these options are unavailable, new salespersons still must select a broker who will help them understand complex real estate transaction documents, office policy, how to handle the money or deposits of others, real estate laws and regulations, agency and limited service agency, fair housing laws, how to conduct a listing appointment, and the multitude of principles, practices and nuances involved in real estate.

New salespersons should not expect to learn all this on their own – there is just too much to learn. A broker should be there to train and guide the salesperson, and the salesperson must expect this from their broker. After all, the broker will usually share in any compensation that is generated from the salesperson’s efforts.

As licensees, we should all strive to update our knowledge. And as we continue to learn, our businesses will grow. And most important, we will serve our client base well and reap the referrals for such exceptional service and knowledge.