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First Time Buyer Specialist Certification

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The First Time Buyer Certification (FTBS) courses teach you how to build trust with today's First Time Buyers and make them your customers for life. Earning the FTBS Certification sets you apart and indicates to clients that you can offer higher quality service to today's home purchasers as well as those trying to come back into the market. You can confidently deliver information to them on available mortgage programs to help them overcome the financing obstacles they experience and turn their challenges into rewarding opportunities for your business.

After all requirements have been met (see below), students may apply for an official certificate. Once certified, students may add the certification to business cards, websites, email signatures, blogs, promotional materials, and more.

FTBS Applicants must attend and successfully complete both courses listed below:


Master The Market (FTBS1) 3 N/A
Be The Go-To Agent (FTBS2) 3 N/A C.A.R./OnlineEd



To register for an upcoming LearnMyWay® webinar or live lecture course near you, visit the C.A.R. Education Calendar .

To register for an online course, visit  store.car.org/car-education/ftbs.html


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First Time Buyers Specialist (FTBS) Certification available as a Bundle:
The FTBS Certification can be earned by taking both of the courses listed above.  Buy both FTBS courses in one bundle and save more NOW!


First Time Buyers Specialist Bundle


Renewal Requirement:
Members who took Certification courses and received their certification in 2018 and prior years (i.e. 2017, 2016, etc.) are encouraged (but not required) to take the renewal course since information within the real estate industry is constantly being updated and changing. Members who take the Certification courses in 2019 and beyond (i.e. 2020, 2021, etc.) will be required by C.A.R. Education to take a renewal course every two years to maintain their certification.


Course Details:

Courses may be taken in order. You can take courses Online or LearnMyWay® or in any combination. Any mandatory courses that you have successfully completed within the past six (6) months are applicable towards earning the FTBS Certification.


Who should attend:
Any real estate professional who wants to understand the advantages and overcome the challenges of working with First Time Buyers.


LearnMyWay® Instructors:
George Lawrence


To register for an online course, visit  store.car.org/car-education/ftbs.html


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NOTE: Some professional Certifications mentioned here may not be affiliated with or endorsed by the National Association of REALTORS®.


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