Certified Finance Specialists Westbrook ME

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Michael Donahoe
On Course Financial Group, LLC
(207) 775-1177
14 Pleasant Street
Portland, ME
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Jill Boynton
Cornerstone Financial Planning, LLC
(207) 772-8133
70 Center Street, 2nd Level
Portland, ME
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Divorce Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CDFA, CFP®

Jeffrey Bogue
Bogue Asset Management
207-699-1331 Ext. 6331
415 Congress Street
Portland, ME
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Maine Credit Union League
(207) 773-5671
2 Ledgeview Drive
Westbrook, ME
 
Michael Donahoe
On Course Financial Group, LLC
(207) 775-1177
14 Pleasant Street
Portland, ME
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Thomas Rogers
Portland Financial Planning Group, LLC
(207) 771-8821
477 Congress Street, Suite 814
Portland, ME
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Karen Elise Kilbride
On Course Financial Group, LLC
(207) 775-1177
14 Pleasant Street
Portland, ME
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Susan Veligor
Cornerstone Financial Planning, LLC
(207) 772-8133
70 Center Street, 2nd Level
Portland, ME
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Mortgage Bankers Association of Maine
(207) 233-1919
116 Queen St
Gorham, ME
 
Jeffrey Bogue
Bogue Asset Management
(207) 646-2478
74 Merriland Ridge Road
Wells, ME
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, 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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