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Rod Roath
Money Matters, Inc.
(952) 935-0707
5666 Lincoln Drive
Minneapolis, MN
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Dana Hornquist
Hornquist Financial
(952) 856-4896
5775 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 700
Saint Louis Park, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Laurie Laner
Financial Designs, Inc.
(952) 843-0300
5354 Parkdale Drive Suite 106
Minneapolis, MN
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Kathleen Longo
Accredited Investors, Inc.
(952) 841-2222
5200 West 73rd Street
Edina, MN
Expertises
Women's Financial Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CAP, CFP®

Nate Wenner
Wipfli Hewins Investment Advisors, LLC
(952) 548-3404
7601 France Avenue South, Suite 400
Edina, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, Women's Financial Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CIMA, CPA/PFS

Jerry Wade
Wade Financial Group Inc.
(763) 797-9577
5500 Wayzata Blvd
Minneapolis, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CFS

Robert Smrekar
Wade Financial Group Inc.
(763) 797-9577
5500 Wayzata Blvd
Minneapolis, MN
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®

Timothy Brown
Brown Wealth Management, LLC
(952) 303-6715
12100 Singletree Lane
Eden Prairie, MN
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Middle Income Client Needs, Socially Responsible Investments, Tax Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFA, CFP®, MBA

Richard Epple
Epple Financial Advisors, LLC
(952) 470-5049
1000 Twelve Oaks Center Dr., Suite 101
Wayzata, MN
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Medical Professionals, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Christopher Revak
Christopher R. Revak, LLC
(952) 583-4588
7760 France Avenue South
Edina, MN
Expertises
Divorce Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Become a Finance Specialist

by Blanche Evans

As real estate agents search for new ways to brand themselves as specialists in the real estate transaction, training in the financial aspects of real estate buying and selling is more important than ever. A designation offered by the Residential Financing Council could be an important factor for agents who want to keep themselves at the center of the transaction.

The "Certified Finance Specialist (CFS(r) designation is designed to signify competence and experience in the area of real estate finance, says says Charles Dahlheimer, president of North American Consulting Group, Inc., and former president of REBAC and cofounder of the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designation. Open to real estate and mortgage professionals, the designation is designed to bridge the link between the growth of buyer agency and a new focus on financing.

"The successful agent of the future will be recognized as a professional counselor and negotiator, one who can help the consumer interpret and evaluate information, provide advice and counsel, structure negotiating strategies and manage all aspects of the real estate transaction," says Dahlheimer.

As consumers become empowered with vast amounts of property information via the Internet, their confidence in agents hasn't necessarily grown. Brokers and agents complain across the country of commission compression, and competition from limited service or discount brokerages has put more pressure on traditional agents to distinguish themselves from low-cost competitors in new ways.

According to the "Future of Real Estate Brokerage," a study commissioned by the NAR, the number of real estate transactions has increased, but brokers are not reporting a comparable rise in profitability. In order to restore and enhance profitability, the broker will employ higher-cost technologies to serve consumers more efficiently and develop ancillary services to reduce dependence on commissions as revenue generators, all of which could result in a "a shift of power away from the agent toward the brokerage firm."

Dahlheimer sees an agent well-versed in finance as an asset to the consumer and the brokerage. The proliferation of loan products and the increase in unprincipled lenders using predatory practices, and the rise in buyer's agency all point the way to him that finance is the next great consumer opportunity.

"If the real estate agent is truly representing the buyer's best interests in the transaction, it is necessary for the agent to know what options may be available and to counsel the buyer not only in seeking out the best options, but also in helping them interpret the data that is available," says Dahlheimer.

The designation course is designed to teach agents how to detect and assist the buyer to challenge "junk" fees, to educate them about credit scoring and "A", "B" and "C" paper loans, and how to help buyers pick the loan that's best for their circumstances. Seller's agents are instructed to off...

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