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James Watt
James L. Watt Financial Advisors, Ltd.
(970) 225-1440
6248 Buchanan Street
Fort Collins, CO
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Tax Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Arlen Olberding
Guidepost Financial Planning
(970) 419-8212
19 Old Town Square, Suite 238
Fort Collins, CO
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Middle Income Client Needs, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Colleen Miller
Finance by Design Inc.
(970) 212-4720
123 N. College Avenue, Suite 200
Fort Collins, CO
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, JD

James Watt
James L. Watt Financial Advisors, Ltd.
(970) 225-1440
6248 Buchanan Street
Fort Collins, CO
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Tax Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Arlen Olberding
Guidepost Financial Planning
(970) 419-8212
19 Old Town Square, Suite 238
Fort Collins, CO
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Middle Income Client Needs, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Steve Martin
Martin Wealth Management, LLC
(970) 443-1873
3400 Rosetone Court
Fort Collins, CO
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Matthew Kelley
Gold Medal Waters, Inc.
(720) 887-1299
1200 S College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Entrepreneurs, Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Socially Responsible Investments, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, AIF, CFP®

Gary Nearpass
Nearpass Financial Counseling, Inc.
(303) 733-0354
460 S. Marion Parkway #303-C
Denver, CO
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CRPC, MA, MS, PhD

M. Shannon Lunsford
Lunsford Financial Planning, Inc.
(303) 666-6442
4845 Pearl East Circle
Boulder, CO
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BSEE, CFP®, EA

Mary Brooks
Brooks Financial Planning
(719) 492-1833
34 South Sierra Madre Street
Colorado Springs, CO
Expertises
Financial Issues Between Generations, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, M.Ed.

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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