NJ Realtors® Circle of Excellence® Sales Award® Platinum

The NJAR® Circle of Excellence Sales Award® recognizes those members who have demonstrated excellence in the field of salesmanship. The NJAR® Distinguished Sales Club recognizes those members who achieved the NJAR® Circle of Excellence Sales Award® for ten or more years.

RSPS Certification / REALTOR®

RSPS is recognized as an official NAR Certification, and allows buyers and sellers to have confidence in the ability of a REALTOR® who specializes in buying, selling or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in a resort, recreational and/or vacation destination, to assist them with their search.

Accredited Buyer’s Representative / ABR®

The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is designed for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process

Seniors Real Estate Specialist® / SRES®

The SRES® Designation program educates REALTORS® on how to profitably and ethically serve the real estate needs of the fastest growing market in real estate, clients age 50+. By earning the SRES® designation, you gain access to valuable member benefits, useful resources, and networking opportunities across the U.S. and Canada to help you in your business.

Short Sales and Foreclosure Certification

Buyers and Sellers Benefit from REALTOR® Expertise in Distressed Sales
November 2010, Marion Romano with of the Van Dyk Group has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification. The National Association of REALTORS® offers the SFR certification to REALTORS® who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions, as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows. According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures. For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new “traditional” transaction. REALTORS® who have earned the SFR certification know how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities.

“As leading advocates for homeownership, REALTORS® believe that any family that loses its home to foreclosure is one family too many, but unfortunately, there are situations in which people just cannot afford to keep their homes, and a foreclosure or a short sale results,” said Jeff Gamble past president of the Ocean County Board of Realtors. “Foreclosures and short sales can offer opportunities for home buyers and benefit the larger community as well, by keeping home prices stable. The need for SFR certified realtors is vital in todays market.”

The certification program includes training on how to qualify sellers for short sales, negotiate with lenders, protect buyers, and limit the risks involved for all parties in these type of transactions.

To get more information about Short Sales and Foreclosures contact Marion Romano at:
201-394-6320 or email at mromano@vandykgroup.com.


Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

The highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers and brokers. CRS agents are among the top 3 percent of all real estate agents in the U.S. They have more experience, education and training than the average REALTOR® and are members of a community of agents dedicated to improving the real estate industry for homebuyers and sellers everywhere.


At Home With Diversity Certification (AHWD)

When buying or selling a home, you should work with a real estate professional who understands your unique circumstances and needs. As a REALTOR®, I know the importance of adapting and remaining relevant in today’s marketplace. By developing a business practice rooted in inclusion and equality, and backed by the At Home With Diversity® (AHWD) certification, I can help buyers of all cultural backgrounds achieve the dream of homeownership.

As an At Home With Diversity® certified real estate professional, I strive to create a more inclusive real estate business. As a result of the program, I am better able to assess the attributes of diversity in local markets, as well as their impact, which allows me to effectively serve all clients regardless of race or cultural background. With an increased awareness of cultural and personal biases, I understand how each can adversely shape perceptions and behaviors within a multicultural landscape.

As a REALTOR®, I recognize the significance of the Fair Housing Act and reconfirm my commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real estate.