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Real Estate Designations

Did you know that at least one professional designation can add an extra $27,300 per year to your income? That's what the National Association of Realtors determined in a recent survey – adding a designation provides you with more than a real estate license; it provides increased value to your career. Take the steps to create your niche in today's competitive real estate market. Your specialized knowledge will set you apart, so why wait?

Benefits of Professional Real Estate Designations

  • Increase your earning potential
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Differentiate yourself from the competition
  • Get more referral business
  • Benefit clients with your expertise

Short Sale Specialist

  • Available Nationally

Do you find yourself with buyers that are interested in purchasing short sale properties? With short sales accounting for one in five distressed sales in 2009 and short sale markets comprising as much as 75% to 80% in certain areas, you need to know the ins and outs about completing the right forms and being short sale compliant. And that's where Allied can help!

Allied's Short Sale Specialist designation focuses on the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA). HAFA has established the short sale and deed in lieu of foreclosure (DIL) as alternatives for borrowers to avoid foreclosure.  Be informed – learn about the policies, procedures, and forms that are designed to simplify and streamline the short sale process.

What You'll Receive

  • 100% Online
  • 1 Module
  • Online Final – 25 multiple-choice questions

About the Designation

  • Learn about the importance of HAFA to today's real estate agents, what borrowers and loans qualify for HAFA, and who benefits from the program 
  • Distinguish between U.S. Treasury HAFA Guidelines and GSE HAFA Guidelines 
  • Understand the overall importance of HAFA and the various benefits that can be gained from this program
  • Learn about specialized HAFA forms, including when they are required and how to complete them in their entirety

Contract Forms Specialist

  • Available in California Only

As a real estate salesperson, the use of forms and contracts is paramount in your career! This paperwork is what makes a sale binding and how a home buyer becomes a homeowner or a seller sells a house. Not all sales are the same – it is essential that you know exactly which form or contract is needed in which instance. That's where Allied can help!

Allied's California Real Estate Contract Forms Specialist designation helps you understand which forms to use when obtaining a listing or writing up an offer. With your client base comprised of buyers and/or sellers, you must quickly know how to fill out and explain the paperwork used in every circumstance, including listing contracts, sales contracts, agency disclosures, and other disclosure forms. Make sure you're prepared!

What You'll Receive

  • 100% Online
  • 1 Module
  • Online Final – 25 multiple-choice questions

About the Designation

  • Read four case studies that focus on specific real estate transactions
  • Learn how to identify the different types of real estate contracts and forms and determine which contract or form to use in specific circumstances
  • Find out how to properly and effectively complete today's real estate contracts and forms in your career

eNetworking Specialist

  • Available Nationally

From online social networks to blogs and beyond, today's networking opportunities have greatly expanded. So when it comes to your real estate career, which networking technologies will be most beneficial to your career? Allied can help.

Busy real estate professionals often do not have time to understand the latest and greatest forms of technology. However, this designation will provide you with the knowledge needed to integrate technology into your working lives efficiently and successfully. The purpose of this designation is to show that a moderate modification, such as adding a blog to your Web site, may help you to grow, prosper and continue to carry on in a real estate field that continues to change.

What You'll Receive

  • 100% Online Course
  • 1 Module
  • 1 Online Final – 25 multiple-choice questions

What You Will Learn

  • Real Estate Technology
  • Web 2.0
  • Podcasting
  • Blogging
  • Maximizing Commissions
  • Maintaining Momentum
  • And More

Green Specialist


  • Available Nationally

As the amount of people who are becoming more “green conscious” grows, it is important for those in the real estate industry to become knowledgeable about green homes and products.  In order to list and show a property effectively, you must know its green attributes and amenities. Allied can help you learn what to look for!

Allied's Green Specialist designation is designed to help you gain better insight into what makes a building product green.  Many homebuyers are going green and their main motivating factors are: reducing energy costs, maintaining family health, and protecting the environment. As a real estate salesperson, you can be prepared to meet these green homebuying needs. Set yourself apart with an awareness of what constitutes a "green" home.  As a Green Specialist, you'll be prepared!

What You'll Receive

  • 100% Online
  • 1 Module
  • Online Final – 25 multiple-choice questions

About the Designation

  • Learn about green ratings and the professional associations and government agencies that play significant roles in the standardization of green guidelines
  • Understand the entire green industry from what materials are required in the construction of a green building to the rules and regulations that must be observed
  • Learn about energy programs, rebates, and incentives

FHA Specialist


  • Available Nationally

As an FHA Loan Specialist you have the potential to close more transactions. The FHA loan program has helped people become homeowners since 1934, by insuring the loans, so lenders can offer potential homeowners better deals with low down payments, low closing costs and easy credit qualifying for single-family homes and condominiums. This standard FHA loan is considered a traditional loan product. However, few people are aware of the amazing variety of non-traditional home loan programs that are available as well.

Having knowledge of the variety of FHA loan programs could help you close more transactions simply because your homebuyers may qualify for an FHA loan that will finance the purchase. This course is not intended to make you a loan originator, just help you close more deals.

What You'll Receive

  • 100% Online
  • 3 Modules
  • Online Final – 25 multiple-choice questions

About the Designation

  • Covers first-time homebuyers for 1-4 unit properties
  • Fixer-uppers and Energy Efficient Home Loans
  • Manufactured Housing and Mobile Homes
  • Graduated Payment Mortgages
  • Growing Equity Mortgages
  • Loan Programs for Indian Reservations and Hawaiian Lands
Upon successful completion of the modules above, you will receive instructions from Allied detailing how to download and use your real estate designations.

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