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

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The Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) Designation, from the Charfen Institute®, provides tools, processes, and education to agents to help the growing population of distressed homeowners in California find alternatives to escape unmanageable mortgage debt via short sales.

Local real estate professionals learn how to help homeowners facing financial hardships.

agents earning the CDPE designation and assisting distressed homeowners are helping to solve the foreclosure crisis

Since 2008, 3.7 million Americans have lost their homes to foreclosure according to a recent report by Corelogic. While there have been recent improvements in the market thanks to agents and homeowners being better informed about foreclosure options, short sale & foreclosure education is still critical to helping distressed homeowners in California. To serve the needs of real estate professionals who represent California homeowners in distress, the Charfen Institute is bringing their industry-leading course to California this September to the following locations:

  •     Bakersfield, CA – September 6 & 7
  •     Downey, CA – September 10 & 11
  •     San Diego, CA – September 17 & 18
  •     Fairfield, CA – September 20 & 21
  •     Los Angeles, CA – September 20 & 21
  •     Palm Desert, CA – September 27 & 28

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 borrower’s 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. “California 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 California or an event nationwide visit

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

About the 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 40,000 agents trained since 2008. In 2011, the Charfen Institute ranked No. 21 on the Inc. 500 List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies.

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