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Prestigious Designation to Help Homeowners in Danger of Foreclosure

by Dean Kessler
DEAN KESSLER of THE KESSLER REAL ESTATE TEAM in EUREKA has earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales. This is invaluable expertise to offer at a time when the area is ravaged by “distressed” homes in the foreclosure process.
Short sales allow the cash-strapped seller to repay the mortgage at the price that the home sells for, even though it is lower than what is owed on the property. With plummeting property values, this can save many people from foreclosure and even bankruptcy. More and more lenders are willing to consider short sales because they are much less costly than foreclosures.
In the Humboldt County area, more than 96 homes are in danger of foreclosing. It is happening in all price ranges. Local experts say that even high-priced homes are not immune.
“This CDPE designation has been invaluable as I work with sellers and lenders on complicated short sales,” said Realtor Kessler. “It is so rewarding to be able to help sellers save their homes from foreclosure.”
Alex Charfen, founder of the Distressed Property Institute in Boca Raton, Florida, said that Realtors® such as Kessler with the CDPE designation have valuable training in short sales that can offer the homeowner much better alternatives to foreclosure, which virtually destroys the credit rating. These experts also may better understand market conditions and can help sellers through the emotional experience, he said.
The Distressed Property Institute opened in January 2008 and provides training on-site and online. The CDPE is the premier designation for Realtors helping homeowners in distress and handling short sales.
“Our goal is to educate as many people as possible so we can help as many homeowners as possible,” Charfen said.

Chicago, IL-  Kristi Rohweder, a Realtor of The Kessler Team in Eureka, participated in an intensive two-day Buyer Specialization course, instructing a select group of REALTORS on how to dramatically improve the services they render to real estate buyers; thereby enabling buyers to find the home value they’re looking for in less time and with fewer hassles.


This program was presented as part of Star Power University, the real estate industry’s only University-level series of intensive, comprehensive training programs.  There are many events that address a broad spectrum of issues, but only Star Power offers a series of four sharply-focused programs for specific aspects of the real estate business, from team and systems development to listing specialization and leadership.


The course was taught by Star Power Systems’ cadre of Stars; all top producers, whose annual production averages $43 million.


Star Power Founder and CEO, Howard Brinton, claims it is rare in any industry, and certainly in real estate, to find this level of commitment to clients.  “Kristi and her team have demonstrated a deep commitment to better serve their clients.  Their dedication is evidenced in their investment in this course, and the substantial expense involved to be here.  Kristi and her peers are something special, and the clients who are served by them are fortunate indeed,” he said.


A key element emphasized in the program is exceptional client communication and service.  To that end, Rohweder would like to make available to Eureka area residents, FREE of charge, a special report on The Nine Steps to Successful Home Buying.  Those interested in obtaining a copy of the report should call Kristi Rohweder at (707) 441-1765, or email a request to  Or, stop by her office at 537 7th Street, Suite 3 in Eureka.

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