Real­tor earns Se­niors Real Es­tate Spe­cial­ist des­ig­na­tion

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John Oh­ler, bro­ker/ owner of Re/Max Achiever Inc. of Col­legeville and Pottstown, an­nounces Rick Shep­pard, of the Col­legeville of­fice, re­cently earned his Se­niors Real Es­tate Spe­cial­ist, or SRES, des­ig­na­tion.

By earn­ing the SRES des­ig­na­tion, Shep­pard has demon­strated the nec­es­sary knowl­edge and ex­per­tise to coun­sel clients age 50-plus through ma­jor fi­nan­cial and life­style tran­si­tions in re­lo­ca­tion, re­fi­nanc­ing or mar­ket­ing and sell­ing the fam­ily home.

The SRES des­ig­na­tion pro­gram pro­vides pro­fes­sional train­ing and de­vel­op­ment and seeks to in­still knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of and em­pa­thy for age 50-plus real es­tate clients and customers. Ob­jec­tives in­clude:

• Eval­u­ate your mar­ket area at­trac­tive­ness to the age 50-plus mar­ket.

• Mas­ter the vo­cab­u­lary of the range of hous­ing op­tions for the age 50plus mar­ket.

• Adapt meth­ods for coun­sel­ing to age 50-pluis buyer and sell­ers.

• De­velop sen­si­tiv­i­ties to the age 50-plus is­sues and pri­or­i­ties when coun­sel­ing buy­ers and sell­ers, show­ing prop­er­ties and man­ag­ing trans­ac­tions.

• Learn about the uses, ben­e­fits, pro­ce­dures and is­sues in­volved in re­verse mort­gages.

• Learn about the uses of pen­sions, 401(k) ac­counts and IRAs in real es­tate trans­ac­tions.

• Gain an un­der­stand­ing of how Medi­care, Med­i­caid and So­cial Se­cu­rity im­pact age 50-plus real es­tate de­ci­sion.

• Rec­og­nize mort­gage fi­nance and loan schemes and scams that vic­tim­ize age 50-plus bor­row­ers.

Shep­pard earned his real es­tate li­cense in 1988, his GRI des­ig­na­tion in 1989 and his real es­tate bro­ker’s li­cense in 1996. Shep­pard joined Re/Max Achiev­ers in 2014 and re­ceived the 100% Club Award in both 2014 and 2015.

Shep­pard’s ex­pe­ri­ence with as­sist­ing con­sumers in home buy­ing, home sell­ing, land­lord­ing and leas­ing, com­bined with his pro­fes­sional des­ig­na­tions, has pro­vided him with the ex­per­tise to pro­vide a high level of ser­vice to his clients.

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