Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist (CPRES)

Nobody likes losing a loved one. The loss of a family member is a hard thing to experience in any circumstance, but dealing with the legal hassles of wills and estates makes the grieving process even worse. A Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist (CPRES) designated agent has special training to deal with this very situation, and can help alleviate some of the difficulty of this unpleasant time.

How Does an Agent Become a Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist?

US Probate Services manages the CPRES real estate designation. US Probate Services is an organization dedicated to providing consumer resources for conservatorship and estate settlement. If you are dealing with any conservatorship and estate settlement issues, US Probate Services is a great resource for background information.

CPRES real estate agents have completed an educational program focused on wills, estate settlements, conservatorship, and the legal and financial implications of wills and trusts. These are top agents with a specialty in the entire probate process as it relates to real estate.

What are the Benefits of Hiring a CPRES?

When you lose a family member, the last thing you want to worry about is talking to lawyers about estate settlements. We want the execution of wills and to go smoothly, and complex probates can be both time consuming and expensive.

The last thing a family in mourning wants to do is deal with the probate court system, so having the right people on your team to help you manage the estate settlement process is key to alleviating stress and worry.

A CPRES Realtor has both education and experience dealing with estate settlement, and they can take the burden of dealing with legal and property issues surrounding inheritance and trusts. Whether you plan to keep an inherited home or sell it to share the proceeds, a CPRES designated agent can help you with the title transfer or selling the property for the best possible price.

Some of the benefits of working with a Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist include:

  • Courtesy and professionalism in your time of need
  • Support and expertise with your property and the probate process
  • Assistance liquidating properties owned by a trust
  • Knowledge of estate settlements
  • Trustworthy guidance in a difficult time

A well-qualified agent can make all the difference in your experience, so when it comes time to pick your next agent, be sure to pick one who is professional, responsive, and qualified to help with your unique needs.

How to Find a Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist?

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28 thoughts on “Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist (CPRES)

  1. CPRES. TRAINING for the state of texas. Can not find a course or certification recognized by even NAR. Can you help.

    • Try looking at your local Realtor office’s class schedules or third-party educators specializing in real estate classes. They often offer these classes. They may not be offered regularly, but they at least offer them annually or upon demand.

      I found one that’s scheduled for July 10, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at MTI Education – see

  2. I don’t understand how you can practice law or represent someone in court unless you are an attorney. Is the CPRES designed for attorneys, not just agents?

    • In these cases the agent is not practicing law or representing anyone in court. The designation means that the agent is an expert in this area of real estate. It may be possible with a CPRES to get by without an attorney, but certainly not in all cases.

      • The “Certification” is made up and holds no real value. It is not recognize by NAR and is simply a designation that Realtors pay money for. The logo they use is simply the owners family crest. I have worked for this company and they are a fraud ripping agents off. In fact the majority of “agents” in their list of certified agents are fake and were added in to make their company look larger and more respected than it is.

        • Hi Moureen,
          Thank you for posting this. Interesting. Our local realtor board had someone come out from MTI and of course they wanted to sell listing program which was $500. Are you saying that this certification is not necessary to be able to work probate? Is there any advantage to it at all? I can see how to do probate just by watching YouTube videos I’ve seen so far. Going to the courthouse we want to work for. So I’m guessing getting that designation means absolutely nothing correct? If not does not recognize it then can you really put it on your business card? Do attorneys and executors want someone who is a certified Who made specialist or do they even care about that designation? I appreciate your help and I hope you reply. If you are on Facebook look me up and send me a private message.

          • Denise:
            The only thing you need to sell real estate is a real estate license and if you want to list it on MLS, a membership to a local NAR board. Certifications only have value if the training to earn it provides useful info, or if the certification is well known and respected. Unfortunately most of the public has no idea what these certifications are or what they do, and the agents only know the popular ones. So, unless you learn something really valuable that could make a difference in how you perform, they’re probably only good for bragging rights around the Realtor water cooler.

            Just because NAR doesn’t recognize it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have value, just like not being listed in the BBB doesn’t make you an unethical business. They probably didn’t want to pay NAR to be recognized. Either way, you can put it on your business card if the cert allows it. If you can’t promote having it then what’s the point of having it.

        • Moureen:
          Thank you for the information. We’ll look into the info you gave us further and if it checks out we may produce an article about our findings. May we contact you?

  3. An agent who works a probate property, CPRES or not, isn’t practicing law but rather has the specialized training and education to know and understand the procedures and the timelines involved in a probate situation. By this he/she is better qualified to serve the estate.

    • It depends on where you live. If you can find a local investor group, they may know of a series of classes that teach probate based on your area. You can also take the CPRES courses too. The next step is to start reading the obituaries.

      • I am in San Diego and a broker. I sold bank listings and was short sale approved and recently asked to list a probate sale. I have never listed one if the 17 years I have had my license. Have any of you taken the CPRES course and is it worth the cost?

        • Patti:
          I haven’t taken any CPRES courses so I really couldn’t say. However, as a national cert, I doubt it could be as valuable as a local course due to laws and regulations varying between states and all the different types of estates possible from a legal standpoint. I’d probably ask title companies or even attorneys for their recommendation. Personally, I would just clear all the contracts and listing actions with the estate’s attorney and executor. I’ve been on the other end of the transaction, acting as executor, settling an estate. Other than who signed the contract, approved the contract, and where the money went at closing, everything else about the transaction went like a normal transaction. The biggest difference was that we had to go before a judge to allow the home to be sold before the estate was settled, but the lawyers did that part.

  4. Is there a course in Maryland District of Columbia ? If so I would like to take it . Thank you 301-452-6473

    • Derrick:
      I’m sure there is, or one close by. You’ll have to contact CPRES to find out their course schedules and locations.

  5. I don’t understand. Your blog has a hyperlink that usprobateservices.org is who to contact to get CPRES designation. In looking through their site, a)it doesn’t seem well done (a truly professional company in 2020 would have a nice robust website) and b)I cannot find anything that even mentions that they provide classes for that. I guess I could email them, but I’m leery of that because most organizations’ websites actually say what all they do. It seemed really “cheesy”. I have certifications in RSPS and MRP designations and they were easy to find “how” to find and take the classes. This seems like it’s made up. Like some organization that will send me some info to read and a “diploma” that I “graduated”. What am I missing?

    • Douglas:
      That’s kind of how certifications work. They basically are made up, so you really have to do your homework to see if its worth taking or not. I personally don’t see the value in most of them. And if the client doesn’t see value then there’s really no value regardless of what I think or not. Also websites providing info about these certs come and go.

    • Hey there! I took the MTI educational course to be a CPRES agent a few years ago and I tell people all the time that it was worth every dime. I say that for 2 reasons:

      1. I advertise to every single PR that files Probate in my county that I am a Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist. I had 7 years of real estate experience prior to taking the classes. It really did teach me so much and help direct me where to go to get additional information in my county.

      2. PR’s respond well to my mailers and call me specifically asking if I specialize in Probate. I feel confident in saying yes, honestly, and it brings a peace and trust to the table that I didn’t have before. There are so many things I did not know about common practices in the court with real property and working alongside attorneys to make sure the sale is compliant with the court orders before the class.

      The CPRES classes launched me into a niche market that I love! I sold 13 probates last year and have sold 5 this year despite COVID. Like any other certification, it is what you make of it. My team is doing well with it. Hope this helps! Best wishes!

        • Anna, this reply may no longer be relevant for you, but I want to share this anyway.

          The CPRES course is available online through MTI Education. (Mike Torres is the founder/instructor.)

          I just completed it and it is available to anyone in the US, although he happens to be based in Southern California, Long Beach, to be exact, but that shouldn’t matter to you. His teachings relate to probate sales all over the US.

          I think it’s very well done for the most part, very informative and a MUST if you’re new to probate sales. I also obtained a certification from the California Association of Realtors because I wanted a source that was widely recognized, even though the content, itself, is no better than MTI, even though it is taught by an attorney, and there is no marketing help whereas MTI has great marketing education and tips.

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