Anne Mayhew of Sandpiper Rentals Inc. has successfully completed the Realtor e-Pro course to become one of a select few real estate professionals to earn the prestigious certification offered through the National Association of Realtors.

The course is designed to provide real estate professionals with the technology tools needed to assist consumers in the rental, purchase or sale of a home.

More than 70 per cent of consumers begin their real estate research on the Internet.

“The real estate industry has undergone a fundamental change over the past several years,” said Ms. Mayhew in a prepared statement. “A majority of consumers are taking the time to conduct their own research prior to contacting an agent. In turn, real estate professionals must be knowledgeable of how technology can assist them in serving the needs of the buying and selling public.”

The certification course is presented entirely online.