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Weichert Realtors Porter Properties
January 20, 2010

Local Auburn AL REALTOR®, John Cope, Receives Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource Designation

John Cope receives SFR designation from the National Association of REALTORS®

Auburn, AL, 01/20/10 -WEICHERT, REALTORS® – Porter Properties real estate agent, John Cope, has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) designation. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) offers the SFR certification to Auburn AL REALTORS® who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions, as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows in the Auburn AL area.

According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures. For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new “traditional” transaction. REALTORS® who have earned the SFR certification know how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities.

“Foreclosures and short sales can offer opportunities for home buyers and benefit the larger community, as well, but it’s extremely important to have the help of a real estate professional like a REALTOR® who has earned the SFR certification for these kinds of purchases.” said 2009 NAR President Charles McMillan, a broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The certification program includes training on how to qualify sellers for short sales, negotiate with lenders, protect buyers, and limit risk, and provides resources to help Auburn AL REALTORS® stay current on national and state-specific information as the market for these distressed properties evolves. To earn the SFR certification, REALTORS are required to take one core course and three SFR certification, REALTORS Webinars.

WEICHERT, REALTORS® – Porter Properties is located at 472 North Dean Road, Suite 200 in Auburn, AL, telephone (334) 887-2070. Visit them on the web at