About SFR®

The Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR®) Certification is presented by the Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD). CRD is devoted to lifelong learning, career advancement, and specialized credentials for real estate professionals.

With 10+ designations and certifications, over 100 microcourses, an award-winning podcast, and educational events, there is a learning experience for every real estate professional. CRD has educational offerings in nearly every real estate niche, from buyer representation to emerging technology and short sales. In addition, courses are offered online and in-person classroom formats for you to choose which style best fits your schedule.

The SFR® certification course provides an overview of the buy and sell side of the short sale and foreclosure process and knowledge to successfully guide clients through the complexities of these types of transactions. In the course, you will learn:


Distressed Property Overview

Information about current trends in short sales and foreclosures and how to develop this focus into a specialty that could grow and strengthen your business

Short Sales: The Listing Agent’s Role

Gain an understanding of the listing agent’s role in assisting distressed sellers and the steps involved in taking a listing.

Taking the Short Sale Listing

Advanced training in short sales and foreclosures to better assist consumers through this complicated transaction.

The Buyer’s Agent’s Role in Short Sale and REO Transactions

Learn best practices while gaining an insight into the complexities, timeline, and requirements involved in the buyer side of these transactions.


Short Sales from Contract to Close

Implement strategies of a comprehensive overview of the short sale process — from qualification to close.


REALTORS® with the SFR® certification gain exclusive access to:

Access to the SFR® networking & referrals Facebook group

Customizable Marketing Materials & Press Release

Listing in the SFR® directory and differentiation on nar.realtor and realtor.com®

Quarterly e-newsletter

Use of the SFR® logo and name

After the initial application fee is paid, there are no annual certification dues, although you must maintain membership in NAR to use SFR®.