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The Federation of REO Certified Experts (FORCE) is the Five Star Institute’s REO member organization comprised of pre-screened, certified, and experienced REO agents.

Focused on the improvement of REO agent performance through lender and servicer driven education, the FORCE acts as a conduit of communication between the REO agent/broker community and the servicing shops they serve.

Through significant investment in broker oversight, education, and communication delivery the REO servicing industry can obtain tangible, bottom line benefits when using this established network to address their brokerage needs.


As a member of the FORCE, your compliance is verified, making you a more reputable and marketable contact.



FORCE members have access to critical industry information through the Voice of the FORCE newsletter, DS News magazine, email blasts, and social media and text message alerts.


FORCE members can exceed expectations by staying up-to-date with the latest industry changes and educational offerings through the FORCE Webinar Series and Five Star’s certification programs.


The FORCE will work with you to grow your business through co-marketing opportunities and annual exposure in REO Red Book, the official membership directory of the FORCE and the industry’s most trusted guide to the highest qualified agents and brokers.


We continuously strive to provide inclusive opportunities and productive partnerships for FORCE members.

FORCE Testimonials

“I have been an REO agent since 1993, and I attended the Five Star Conference for the first time in 2019. This event generated new clients that assigned assets to us before I had even returned home. My new assignments also doubled directly from my FORCE membership.”

Thomas Bohlmann

Bohlmann Realty Group

“I’ve been attending the Five Star Conference since its inception, and I could not recommend it more. I go every year with my team, Icon Properties, and we enjoy both the networking and the education opportunities. I gained my first client after attending and have built an incredible REO career from there—strongly recommend! If anyone is thinking of going, I would jump at the chance and hope to see you there.

Raquel Fernandez

Icon Properties

“I wanted to personally thank you for making my first conference a very pleasurable, memorable, and productive experience. I thought the overall layout and flow of how the conference happened, all the side meetings available, and how well organized it all was made it productive.

Your staff was extremely friendly, helpful, and well informed.”
Ryan Knab

Coldwell Banker

“I’m only in the REO business because of the FORCE Network. It all started with a Five Star Conference, and it brought me two clients afterwards that opened the doors for me. Now I’ve built an extraordinary experience with the business and I continue to grow professionally from the group’s educational opportunities. If you want to conquer the distressed market industry, you have to use the FORCE as a resource.”

John Lajar

RE/MAX in the City

“The Five Star Conference is the largest conference I attend, year after year, without fail, and I have also sent my staff. Thanks to my attendance at the 2019 convention, I recently gained a new client that assigned assets both last quarter and in Q1 2020.”

Steve Meeker

Meeker Real Estate, Inc.

“My FORCE membership is a critical part of my REO business. I have gained so much from attending the conferences, which are always professionally produced and filled with information and valuable networking opportunities. The education is on point with today’s market and tomorrow’s forecasts. Not only am I able to provide excellent service to my asset managers because of this relationship, but I continue to meet more of them through the many clients the FORCE has on board.”

Adrienne Meijer

Jmeijer Real Estate

The goal of the FORCE is to become a recognized voice in the REO market by forming strategic alliances that provide transparency and facilitate communication between agents and clients in asset management, investment, and servicing. The FORCE provides guidance to help members retain their client base and focus on new relationships. Create quality connections and have your voice heard.