The Highlights of Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) Class

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s yourself.”

The CDPE class sponsored by Greater Hartford Association of Realtors (GHAR) last week was an absolute success in many points and aspects. 

  • Our instructor Aaron Rice exuded with unbelievable energy and unpretentious persona. Because of these qualities, the knowledge he was imparting the students was digested with enthusiam by the class. His teaching method was an amalgamation of bravura–to fortify the key points; resilience- to acknowledge and listen to contention; conviviviality-to whisk away ennui, and the passion for music to invigorate the senses during breaks. Aaron was DYNAMIC. Hence, the synergy he created was inevitable. The audience participation was incredible. 


  • It was amazing to be joined by two septuagenarian realtors who never ceased to learn – Harriett and Bob. Harriett has  been in the real estate business for forty years and was still glowing with infectious energy and vibrant attitude. Bob was a delight to have in the class. He would interject with “speak louder” whenever students raised a question or whenever relevant experiences were voiced out. His abrupt but friendly interjection sparked anew the fire in some of the loitering attention. 


  • I had the opportunity to meet and interact with fabulous people, especially the women in our table: Sandra Maleton and Marta Arroyo of Century 21 HomeServices Richter in Stratford; Christina Walls of Keller Williams in Wallingford; and Jeanne Ruggiero of Century 21 Clemens & Sons. Sandra is a an associate broker at Century 21.  The short sale process is not an unchartered territory for her. However, she and her partner, Marta, are exemplary professionals who desire to achieve higher competency and skills to take the level of service up a notch. I would not be surpised to see these women again in the advanced CDPE class as they expand their business in this arena.


  • Don’t we feel good when we can prove to ourselves that we are correct without an inch of doubt in our minds. Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog “How Dare you to Tell me that it is None of my Business.” It is about a not-so-pleasant encounter with a listing agent for a short sale my  buyer is interested in pursuing. But because of her  lack of ability to disburse essential and critical information, I have advised my buyer to keep on looking as this property will drag on and my buyer does not have the luxury of time to waste. The CDPE class is FANTASTIC. It provided the attendees the questionnaire to use in interviewing short sale listing agents. And some of the questions I asked in the past encounter were right on. 


Kudos to Gina Micelotta for bringing the CDPE class to our region. The investment poured into this class is DEFINITELY WORTH IT!!!


About Maria Gilda Racelis

I am a full-time realtor and a no-nonsense individual when it comes to rendering services to my clients. I take my job and the responsibility it entails seriously. My clients come first. I ensure that they know and feel I am working for their best interest. However, I do not carry out tasks to compromise my principle. I conduct my business with pride, honesty and integrity. I will do whatever it takes to meet their goals while adhering to my principle. "And the connection I make with the clients throughout the process, that to me is how I define success." Buying and selling homes can be very stressful. It is my job to make the process easy and fun as can possibly be for my clients. I take personal gratification from the smile on the faces of highly satisfied clients. I have amassed 100% positive and rewarding testimonials from my clients after many years of experience in real estate business. To enhance competency in the field for my clients' benefit, I continually seek to further my knowledge and expertise. With this in mind, I hold the following designations and expect to add more as the need for them arise. If you are looking to work with a competent professional realtor who will put the best foot forward for your best interest, you have just read her profile. I am always available to listen to your concerns and questions. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.
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