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Judy Hicks Earns NAR’s Military Relocation Professional Certification

Military Personnel and Veterans Benefit from 

REALTOR® Expertise in Military Benefits, the Relocation Process, and Support

Jacksonville, FL - Judy Hicks with RE/MAX Coastal Real Estate has earned the nationally recognized Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification. The National Association of REALTORS® confers the MRP certification to REALTORS® who want to help military personnel and veterans find housing solutions that best meet their needs and allow them to take full advantage of their military benefits.

When military staff and their families relocate, the services of a real estate professional who understands their needs and timetables can make the transfer easier, faster and less stressful. REALTORS® who earn this certification know to work with active duty military buyers and sellers, as well as veterans.

“Homeownership is an important part of the fabric of America, and having a stable home environment is vital when men and women of the military are called away to serve their country. Working with a REALTORÒ who understands specific needs and timetables related to military service will help make their transfers easier, faster and less stressful,” said NAR President Gary Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty, in Villa Park, Calif. “The Military Relocation Professional certification will help REALTORSÒ hone their knowledge and skills for working with veterans and active duty military buyers and sellers to ensure that homeownership remains affordable and accessible to them.”

The certification provides NAR’s members with resources to accommodate current and former military service members at any stage of their military career, and is an approved elective for NAR’s Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR®) designation. To earn the MRP certification, REALTORS® are required to be in good standing with NAR; complete a one-day MRP certification core course; complete a pre-class readings to learn military background information and better understand important acronyms and military culture; and complete two webinars. For more information about the MRP certification, visit

Arnold Tritt Achievement Awarded to Judy Hicks

For 70 years, the Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) has been providing excellent service and connections in the Northeast Florida homebuilding market. At its annual awards event, Judy Hicks was presented with the prestigious Arnold Tritt Achievement Award. “To be recognized by your peers is the most sincere form of flattery. I’m proud to be a part of a remarkable group that leads an entire industry,” said Hicks. 

Named after longtime attorney and community advocate, Arnold Tritt, the award is reserved for NEFBA members who exude leadership, commitment and dedication in their field.

“Through her work with Remax and Daniel, Florida’s Oldest Child Care Agency, Judy exemplifies commitment to the community,” commented Pud English, broker associate at Palencia.

Dating back to 2006, past award winners are a virtual who’s who list in the Northeast Florida homebuilding community. Past winners include:

Judy Hicks

Richard Dostie

Naomi Lumley

Dick Browdy

Ken Keuster

Chester Stokes

Mary Louise Dungey

Rita Willaims

Greg Matovina

Charlie Clark

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Judy Hicks of RE/MAX Coastal Real Estate in Jacksonville, FL has earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales. This is invaluable expertise to offer at a time when the area is ravaged by “distressed” homes in the foreclosure process.

 Short sales allow the cash-strapped seller to repay the mortgage at the price that the home sells for, even though it is lower than what is owed on the property. With plummeting property values, this can save many people from foreclosure and even bankruptcy. More and more lenders are willing to consider short sales because they are much less costly than foreclosures.

In the Jacksonville area, more than 25% of homes are in danger of foreclosing. It is happening in all price ranges. Local experts say that even high-priced homes are not immune.

“This CDPE designation has been invaluable as I work with sellers and lenders on complicated short sales,” said Hicks. “It is so rewarding to be able to help sellers save their homes from foreclosure.”

Alex Charfen, founder of the Distressed Property Institute in Boca Raton, Fla., said that Realtors® such as Judy Hicks with the CDPE designation have valuable training in short sales that can offer the homeowner much better alternatives to foreclosure, which virtually destroys the credit rating. These experts also may better understand market conditions and can help sellers through the emotional experience, he said.

The Distressed Property Institute opened in January 2008 and provides training on-site and online. The CDPE is the premier designation for Realtors helping homeowners in distress and handling short sales.

“Our goal is to educate as many people as possible so we can help as many homeowners as possible,” Charfen said.

For more information about CDPE designation or to find a certified distressed Realtor in your area, please call 1-800-482-0335.