Real Estate Report

(Sept. 20, 2019) Real estate agents in Maryland are required to complete 15 hours of continuing education every two years.

In addition to continuing education requirements, many Realtors seek additional designations that help them become more knowledgeable within certain areas of expertise.

At Home With Diversity (AHWD) is an National Association of Realtors (NAR) certification program designed to present a picture of the changing face of the real estate industry.

Since 1998, the At Home With Diversity program has prepared over 20,000 Realtors to work effectively with and within today’s increasingly diverse pool of homebuyers.

The At Home with Diversity course is a six- to seven-hour class that can be taken online or in person and addresses the topics of diversity, fair housing and business planning development.

After successfully completing the course, Realtors are eligible to apply for the official AHWD certification, which conveys to clients they are working with a dynamic real estate professional with expertise that transcends cultural barriers.

The At Home With Diversity Course teaches Realtors how to:

• Assess and understand attributes of diversity in local markets and their impact on the real estate industry

• Understand basic competencies to earn the confidence of potential buyers and sellers, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, handicaps, familial status, or national origin

• Build a business plan that minimizes risk and successfully services all types of clients

NAR advertises almost 30 different designations on its website that Realtors can obtain including Resort & Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS), Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA), and Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI).

– Lauren Bunting is an Associate Broker with Bunting Realty, Inc. in Berlin.

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