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We know it is essential for you and your agents to meet the needs of today’s consumers. That’s why the Center for REALTOR® Development has been dedicated to offering safe, convenient and affordable ways to access valuable educational and networking opportunities since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

All of our programming has moved to a virtual format; live courses and networking sessions are being hosted online, and online courses offer additional remote learning opportunities whenever it is convenient.

Already a step ahead in the distance education sector, due to our expansive online course catalog and complimentary podcast, the Center for REALTOR® Development has also substantially discounted online resources via the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Right Tools, Right Now initiative. NAR members have enjoyed a multitude of educational offerings, with a value of $12 million to date.

Upcoming Courses
Looking ahead, three designation and certification courses are being offered in advance of the 2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. All three classes will be held as instructor-led, live virtual courses in October, ahead of the official convention dates. As an added benefit, course fees are significantly discounted as part of the Right Tools, Right Now initiative. I strongly encourage that you pass the information below onto your agents. The courses are an amazing opportunity that they won’t want to miss.

Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) Designation Course
Explore every aspect of residential real estate transactions from a buyer’s perspective. Learn how to attract additional buyer-clients and elevate your services to ensure you meet all your fiduciary responsibilities when representing buyers.
Dates: Oct. 8 – 9, 2020
Instructor: Brent Lancaster
Fee: $99

Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource (SFR®) Certification Course
Learn how to work with distressed sellers and the finance, tax and legal professionals who can help them. This course also helps agents develop a short sale package, negotiate with lenders, limit risk, protect buyers and safeguard their commission.
Date: Oct. 20, 2020
Instructor: Cynthia DeLuca
Fee: $39

Resort & Second-Home Property
Specialist (RSPS) Certification Course
Hone your skills for assisting buyers and sellers of investment, development, retirement or second homes in a resort, recreational or vacation destination (including property management considerations).
Date: Oct. 28, 2020
Instructor: Brett Brown
Fee: $39

To learn more and register, visit

Exclusively for Brokers
If you are not already involved in our Virtual Broker’s Edge events, I encourage you to join the remaining October session, Today’s Broker in a Virtual World, on Oct. 27.

Broker’s Edge is an excellent opportunity to compare notes with your peers and gain fresh thinking on tackling today’s challenges. Visit for additional details.

Marc D. Gould is senior vice president of Member Development for NAR, overseeing a wide range of professional development programs for REALTORS®, including the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC). REBAC is the world’s largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing the real estate buyer. With more than 27,000 active members, REBAC awards the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation to REALTORS® who have completed the specialized education and documented experience in working with consumers purchasing a home. To learn more, visit