"Joel has helped me in my search for unique properties and is an asset to have on your team. Although my criteria are very specific, he has analyzed my needs and presents the property opportunities that are pertinent to my search. I would recommend Joel without reservation for anyone looking for a real estate professional" Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
"Joel is by far the best real estate agent you can find. He was always letting me know of houses that met my requirements. This took months, but he was patient and never forced me into anything, or made me feel pressured. He actually liked showing me houses and was always the first to point out issues that I may have with it. He took a good amount of time to find out what I really wanted. When I finally found the house I wanted, I had to move fast. Joel kept up, with no issues, which really helped me during a rather stressful period. Then I had to sell my old house. Joel knew the area, priced it right and made some simple recommendations to get it to move fast. In a market where houses sat on average for 6-9 months, Joel had my house sold in 2 weeks, for a price I was expecting. It's not often you get to buy or sell a home, but I will definitely use Joel again when the time comes.” October 14, 2007 Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity
“I hold Joel in the highest regard. He represents his clients with professionalism, character, and high integrity . He has a thorough understanding of the market, which is demonstrated through all communications and details. He cares more for his clients than anyone I have worked with or met. I highly recommend Joel without reservation.” May 5, 2009 Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
“Joel, was conscientious, intelligent and patient in his role as my Realtor. I wouldn't have wanted to have worked with myself but Joel, patiently pursued opportunities with me and we found the perfect home for me. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a home. And those same qualities make him a great IT professional as well. Bill Meyer,” November 18, 2008 Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
Coon Rapids, MN, 2/16/2010 — Joel Friday with Keller Williams Classic Realty has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification. The National Association of REALTORS® offers the SFR certification to REALTORS® who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions, as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows.
According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures. For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new “traditional” transaction. REALTORS® who have earned the SFR certification know how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities.
“As leading advocates for homeownership, REALTORS® believe that any family that loses its home to foreclosure is one family too many, but unfortunately, there are situations in which people just cannot afford to keep their homes, and a foreclosure or a short sale results,” said 2009 NAR President Charles McMillan, a broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Dallas-Fort Worth. “Foreclosures and short sales can offer opportunities for home buyers and benefit the larger community, as well, but it’s extremely important to have the help of a real estate professional like a REALTOR® who has earned the SFR certification for these kinds of purchases.”
The certification program includes training on how to qualify sellers for short sales, negotiate with lenders, protect buyers, and limit risk, and provides resources to help REALTORS® stay current on national and state-specific information as the market for these distressed properties evolves. To earn the SFR certification, REALTORS® are required to take one core course, three Webinars and pass the certification exam. For more information about the SFR certification, visit www.REALTORSFR.org or call 1-877-510-7855.