Charfen Institute Launches Fourth Quarter Campaign to Save Tens of Thousands of Homeowners From Foreclosure

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With more than 30,000 real estate agents trained on the Certified Distressed Property Expert curriculum, CDPE agents, who are a powerful force on the front lines of the real estate market's recovery, commit to a year-end outreach campaign to help financially strapped homeowners to avoid foreclosure.

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“For homeowners facing foreclosure, the holiday season is a time of anxiety and uncertainty, and that’s why now is the time to reach out with a message of hope and a fresh start." Alex Charfen

Alex Charfen, CEO of the Charfen Institute and author of the Certified Distressed Property Expert designation, announced today the launch of a multi-faceted campaign among CDPE designated agents nationwide, to change the course for tens of thousands of homeowners headed toward foreclosure.

“For homeowners facing foreclosure, the holiday season doesn’t represent a slowdown; it’s a time of heightened anxiety and uncertainty, and that’s why now is a critical time to reach out to the market every day with a consistent message of hope and a fresh start,” Charfen said. "Too often, financially strapped homeowners don’t know where to turn and who to trust and as a result, allow their home slip into foreclosure without reaching out for help," Charfen added.

The recent spike in foreclosures stands to swell the ranks of the 6.3 million homeowners who are already in some phase of the foreclosure process.

No stranger to exponential business growth, based on a ranking of No. 21 on the 2011 Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies and a three-year growth rate of 8,007%, Charfen’s message to CDPE agents is clear: “commit to a laser-sharp focus during the fourth quarter.”

“Heading into the holiday season, the majority of real estate professionals anticipate a slowdown and adjust their activities accordingly,” Charfen observed. “Those who leverage market-leading resources to become more disciplined and more determined, stand to change the entire growth trajectory of their business.”

CDPE agents who sign on for the Fourth Quarter Year-End Launch gain access to a strategic package of support that is divided into distinct activities and targeted resources every day.

“The potential of this campaign cannot be underestimated,” Charfen said. "The prospect of helping one just family to avoid foreclosure is extremely powerful and collectively, over the next three months, CDPE agents are positioned to reverse the course for tens of thousands families, while saving neighborhoods, communities, and our country, from the blight more foreclosed properties on the landscape.”

About the Charfen Institute
The Charfen Institute educates and trains real estate professionals and small business owners how to find opportunities in chaos – whether it be 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 Distressed Property Institute’s Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE) Designation (, the Certified Investor Agent Specialist™ (CIAS) Designation (, and LEAD Experience™ ( The company’s CDPE Designation is the fastest growing independent designation in real estate industry history, with close to 35,000 agents trained. Recent awards for Alex Charfen and the Charfen Institute include: No. 21 on the 2011 Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies; Best Places to Work in Central Texas 2009 and 2010; Alex Charfen for Austin’s Fittest CEO and the Austin Under 40 Award for Real Estate; numerous Telly and Omni Awards, and the 2010 Aegis Award.


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