To better serve the growing second-home and resort real estate sector, the Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) is offered by the National Association of REALTORS®.
- 1 in 10 home buyers purchased a vacation home in 2009
- Sales of vacation homes increased by 7.9 percent in 2009
- The median vacation home price increased by 12.7 percent in 2009
- 48% of investment property buyers paid cash
As a REALTOR®, you are a leader in your community. You open the door to a person's dream of owning a home. What about opening the door to a person's second life? A second home can be the family cabin or the adventure life skiing on the water or slopes on weekends OR it can be the access destination to the local culture, night-life or sports events. Do you have properties for someone looking to escape to their second life on the weekends?
Resort and Second-Home REALTORS® facilitate the buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in a resort, recreational and/or vacation destination. How do you define this in your area? Isn't it time to diversify your market and expand your business to sell the lifestyle real estate in your community?
Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to broaden your business strategy and reach a new clientele - looking for their second-life destination home.
For more information on the 2010 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey click here.
Benefits of the RSPS Certification
Benefits exclusively for RSPS certificate holders:
Additional benefits for NAR members interested in the resort and second-home market:
- Access to the Resort Life Blog, featuring timely articles and tips for your business
- Network with clients and build your sphere of influence by joining RSPS on Facebook
- Weekly Resort ListServe providing industry information via e-mail
Resort & Second-Home Real Estate Committee - allowing members to discuss issues and concerns and recommend policy through NAR’s Board of Directors
Resort & Second-Home Real Estate Forum - An educational forum for members to learn about emerging issues in the resort and second-home market as well as learn about new business practices in marketing and branding
Earning Your RSPS Certification
Completion of the Resort and Second-Home Markets course is required of members in good standing with the National Association of REALTORS®, in addition to either completing two elective courses or holding a qualifying designation.
To learn more about the program and download an application, please log on to www.REALTOR.org/Resort, or contact NAR Resort Specialties at 1-800-874-6500 ext. 8393.
This course is also approved as an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) elective course.
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