Georgia Real Estate Professionals Receive Training to Help Local Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

Duluth, GA (PRWEB) May 03, 2012

After high demand at distressed property education course in Atlanta April 26-27, the Charfen Institute brings its industry-leading course back to Georgia starting this June:

Duluth June 21 & 22
Savannah July 25 & 26
Merritta October 1 & 2

By earning their Certified Distressed Property Expert? (CDPE) Designation, local real estate professionals learn how to help homeowners facing financial hardships by understanding their individual circumstances and how to navigate foreclosure alternatives, including short sales.

In a short sale transaction, the lien holder accepts the sale price of a property, even if that amount is less than the borrowers mortgage balance.

Economic conditions continue to shift in communities nationwide, and it has become the responsibility of real estate professionals to provide real solutions to struggling homeowners, Alex Charfen, CEO of Charfen Institute, said. The agents earning the CDPE Designation and assisting distressed homeowners are helping to solve the foreclosure crisis, one homeowner at a time.

Since 2008, mortgage delinquency, unemployment and underemployment figures have been at or near record highs. Recent estimates show that more than one in five homeowners nationwide owe more on their home than it is currently worth, making apparent the need for more agents with specific training in short sales and foreclosure avoidance options. To find out more about the events in Georgia or an event nationwide visit

Homeowners who are struggling to make their mortgage payments can get free assistance from a CDPE-designated real estate agent in their area by visiting:

About Charfen Institute

The Charfen Institute educates and trains real estate professionals and small business owners to find opportunities in chaos either by providing solutions to the foreclosure crisis or empowering entrepreneurs with strategies to embrace their companies full potential. The company produces more than 300 educational events each year through various divisions, including: the Certified Distressed Property Expert? (CDPE) Designation (, the Certified Investor Agent Specialist? (CIAS) Designation (, LEAD Experience, and its annual Breakthrough Conference ( The CDPE Designation is the fastest growing independent designation in real estate industry history, with more than 38,000 agents trained since 2008. In 2011, the Charfen Institute ranked No. 21 on the Inc. 500 List of Americas Fastest-Growing Private Companies.