The Distressed Property Institute (http://www.cdpe.com) trains real estate professionals to engage with and assist homeowners facing hardships. The Institute has developed a curriculum to provide the tools and knowledge to handle distressed properties, including short sales, deeds-in-lieu, mortgage modifications, forbearance, refinances, reinstatements and, if that fails, how to help homeowners through the foreclosure process. After completing a comprehensive on-site or online course, graduates are awarded the Certified Distressed Property Expert® Designation.

The CDPE Designation provides real estate industry professionals with detailed information on how to engage with and assist homeowners in distress. The CDPE designation has been endorsed by top U.S. institutions, brokerages and industry icons, including: Bank of America; CENTURY 21; Keller Williams Realty; RE/MAX, LLC; the National REO Brokers Association (NRBA); Brian Buffini, founder of Buffini & Company; Howard Brinton, founder of STAR POWER® Systems; Joe Stumpf, founder and national spokesperson of By Referral Only®; Allen Chiang, Chairman of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA); and Tino Diaz, Chairman of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP).

For more information about The Distressed Property Institute and the CDPE Designation, visit http://www.cdpe.com.