Since the company’s founding in January 2008, the company has grown quickly while maintaining its core values of Stability, Integrity, Dream Big, Expression and Service. The Distressed Property Institute was even listed among the Best Places to Work in Central Texas for 2010 as determined by the Austin Business Journal. The company’s executive team represents some of the most experienced and dynamic leaders in real estate, technology, education and product development.
Co-Founder and CEO
As Co-founder and CEO of the Charfen Institute, Alex Charfen has redefined the standard of success for business leadership. Charfen’s determination and passion for success come in part from 20 years as an entrepreneur, in which he’s achieved great success and weathered failure, from bankruptcy to the Inc. 500. Not only has Charfen reshaped the entire real estate industry by authoring the Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE)—the fastest-growing independent designation in real estate history—and the Certified Investor Agent Specialist™ (CIAS) designations, but he has educated, coached and developed numerous small business owners through the revolutionary LEAD Experience.
Charfen is a professional coach, author and keynote speaker at events across the country. He has been a featured speaker for numerous industry organizations, including: RE/MAX Coaching Hall of Fame; STAR POWER Systems; Keller Williams; the Women’s Council of Realtors® (WCR); Number 1 Expert; The RedEX; Tour Factory; and the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS). Additionally, Charfen makes regular appearances on network television, including Fox and CNBC, as an expert housing market analyst. He was also a participant in the U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA) 2009 Short Sale and Deed-in-Lieu Roundtable, which laid the groundwork for the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program.
Co-founder and Executive Vice President
Cadey Charfen co-founded Charfen Institute in 2008, and currently serves as the company’s Executive Vice President. She oversees the company’s training events and conferences, course instructors and the LEAD Coaching Program. Prior to establishing the Institute, Charfen was a licensed Realtor® in the State of Florida and a top-performing agent concentrating on distressed property sales.
In 2007, during the housing crisis in South Florida, Charfen’s thriving real estate business could not withstand the strain and she and Alex were forced to declare bankruptcy. This left them at a professional stopping point, facing strong financial challenges. It was then that Charfen and her husband used her unique expertise with distressed properties to create the Certified Distressed Property Expert® Designation, helping provide a solution for the foreclosure crisis that had affected them personally. In the span of three years, the Charfen Institute has grown from a husband-and-wife team of to a multi-brand, multi-million dollar company with over 70 employees, all while remaining completely debt-free and profitable.
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