Military Residential Specialist program nears 2,500 agent certifications

Program's referral system can be beneficial to agents
  • Certification is achieved via a one-day class and one-time $225 fee.
  • MilRES notifies local military bases when an agent obtains certification and also runs ads in military publications.
  • Most agents don't know what is required of veterans.

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Aimed at helping agents better serve veteran and active-duty buyers, the Military Residential Specialist (MilRES) program has certified roughly 2,500 agents since 2010. A significant percentage of those agents operate in Florida and California. With six upcoming classes set up in Florida it appears the state will continue to account for more MilRES certifications. It was recently announced that Joe Robaina of Keller William Realty Coral Gables - Coconut Grove became the first Miami-Dade County agent to receive the certification. The certification requires that agents must take a one-day, $225 class, according to Buddy West, MilRes' CEO and president, adding there are no monthly or yearly renewal fees. Once receiving the certification an agent can take it a year from now, as a refresher, for free. Military Residential Specialist agents become part of a community Possibly the program's most beneficial aspect for agents is its referral system. According to West, onc...