The current market situation has become a new reality. The days of double digit appreciation are well behind us and we have been paying the price. The reality now in the Durango Area is not as gloomy as some other areas, in fact, we are down right lucky in our area to have had a "softer landing" as a real estate market in general. Unfortunately, there are situations that this market has pushed some people into that leave them with two options: foreclosure or short sale. We have had many transactions with both types of these situations. Alicia wanted to take the extra step to educate herself beyond what most other Realtors know and recieved her CDPE (Certified Distressed Properties Expert) designation. www.cdpe.com

If you are a seller who has encountered a financial hardship and need to sell your home it won't hurt to talk to a Realtor with the CDPE designation in your area.