Karen Ogden Olmstead Earns NAR’s Military Relocation Professional Certification
Military Personnel and Veterans Benefit from
REALTOR® Expertise in Military Benefits, the Relocation Process, and Support
Alexandria, Virginia, November 21, 2013 — Karen Ogden Olmstead with Long & Foster Realtors, Springfield Office has earned the nationally recognized Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification. The National Association of REALTORS® confers the MRP certification to REALTORS® who want to help military personnel and veterans find housing solutions that best meet their needs and allow them to take full advantage of their military benefits. Karen is also a military spouse and resides in Mt. Vernon with her three boys (Braeden, Treavor & Dillon) and her husband CSM Frank Olmstead.
When military staff and their families relocate, the services of a real estate professional who understands their needs and timetables can make the transfer easier, faster and less stressful. REALTORS® who earn this certification know to work with active duty and reservist military buyers, and sellers, as well as veterans.
“Homeownership is an important part of the fabric of America, and having a stable home environment is vital when men and women of the military are called away to serve their country. Working with a REALTORÒ who understands specific needs and timetables related to military service will help make their transfers easier, faster and less stressful,” said NAR President Gary Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty, in Villa Park, Calif. “The Military Relocation Professional certification will help REALTORSÒ hone their knowledge and skills for working with veterans and active duty military buyers and sellers to ensure that homeownership remains affordable and accessible to them.”
The certification provides NAR’s members with resources to accommodate current and former military service members at any stage of their military career, and is an approved elective for NAR’s Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR®) designation. To earn the MRP certification, REALTORS® are required to be in good standing with NAR; complete a one-day MRP certification core course; complete a pre-class readings to learn military background information and better understand important acronyms and military culture; and complete two webinars. For more information about the MRP certification, visit http://www.militaryrelocationpro.org
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About Long & Foster® Real Estate
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. is the largest independent residential real estate company in the United States. The company is part of The Long & Foster® Companies, which also includes Prosperity Mortgage® Company, Long & Foster® Insurance, and Long & Foster® Settlement Services. Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. represents more than 10,000 agents in seven Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, plus the District of Columbia. The company sold more than $24.8 billion worth of homes and helped more than 75,000 people buy and sell homes in 2012. The combined sales and equivalents for The Long & Foster Companies in 2012 were in excess of $48 billion. Visit www.LongandFoster.com for more information.
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Local contact: Karen Ogden Olmstead
Realtor, Springfield Office Karen.Olmstead@longandfoster.com
Corporate contact: Lorraine Arora
Managing Broker, Springfield Office Lorraine@lnf.com