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Laurie Stegenga
Foresight Capital Management Advisors, Inc.
(734) 709-3771
7029 Noble Road
Saline, MI
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Middle Income Client Needs, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®, CPA, PFS

Todd Kephart
Retirement Income Solutions, Inc.
(734) 769-7727
455 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Robert Oliver
Oliver Financial Planning, LLC
(734) 926-0022
1207 Packard Street, Suite S-1
Ann Arbor, MI
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, College/Education Planning, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, MBA

Michael Rudy
Wolakota, LLC
(734) 480-6211
878 South Grove Road
Ypsilanti, MI
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA, MA

Wayne Titus
AMDG Financial
(734) 737-0855
684 Deer Street
Plymouth, MI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, AIFA, CPA/PFS, CISA

Ronald Shaw
Shaw Financial Strategies, LLC
(734) 769-3927
3135 S. State Street, Suite 203
Ann Arbor, MI
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Frank Moore
Vintage Financial Services, LLC
(734) 668-4040
101 N. Main Street, Suite 800
Ann Arbor, MI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MS

Savvas Giannakopoulos
Arbor Financial
(734) 761-6626
5340 Plymouth Road, Suite 102
Ann Arbor, MI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, EA, MBA

Sam Fawaz
Y.D. Financial Services, Inc.
(734) 447-5305
47969 Inveraray Road
Canton, MI
Expertises
Tax Planning, Divorce Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, College/Education Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BBA, CFP®, CPA, MST

Elizabeth Baer
Elizabeth Rutter Baer, CFP INC
(517) 321-4832
334 Geneva Circle
Lansing, MI
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

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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