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Welcome to the FORCE

Federation of REO Certified Experts


The Five Star Institute’s REO member organization helps grow your business and reputation.

  • Network: We’ll connect you with the clients you need
  • News: We’ll keep you informed with industry updates
  • Events: Gather with colleagues and hear from experts


Become a certified REO expert

Simply fill out the form and we’ll be in touch with the latest about the FORCE

An established network addressing broker needs

The FORCE is a recognized voice in the REO market

FORCE Membership Benefits



The FORCE verifies your compliance, and makes you a more reputable and valuable contact.


Access to critical industry information through members-only publications and news.


Webinars and certification programs to ensure you’re equipped to exceed expectations.


Co-marketing opportunities and editorial features showcase FORCE agents to industry clients.



Tap into the FORCE at our annual industry events

The Five Star Conference

The FORCE Rally

Single-Family Rental Summit

FORCE Webinar Series

Stay Informed

The latest IN REO news

From Mortgage Industry Publications


Online and print industry publications DS News and MReport ensure FORCE members are kept up to date with the latest default servicing and mortgage related news. 

FORCE members are highlighted in the annual REO RED BOOK – a special annual edition of DS News and the go-to guide for asset managers to find reliable REO agents who they know are certified, experienced, and pre-screened for excellence

  Print and digital publications read by thousands

  Members-only newsletters

  FORCE members-only webinars


To The Clients You want

Web advertising opportunities available on 3 main websites: TheFiveStar.com, DSNews, and MReport

  • Over 120,000 Monthly Sessions
  • Over 100,000 Monthly Users
  • Over 1.2 million Views Each Year

Be featured in our daily emails sent to a wide mortgage industry audience:

  • Over 2 million emails sent each month
  • Over 70,000 subscribers

Sponsorship opportunities are available for every Five Star event. Different tiers of sponsorship offer different visibility opportunities to event attendees.

The Five Star publishes two magazines – DSNews and MReport, the most comprehensive mortgage, housing, and default servicing publications.


  • DSNews focuses on default servicing news
  • MReport focuses on mortgage related news

“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

“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 Work Assignment Program is a great value to get listings from the affiliated FORCE asset management companies. This is a strong pipeline for business and demonstrates how my team can handle the work and secure the highest price in the least amount of time.”

Michael Santangelo, Robert Defalco Realty

“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

Interested in the FORCE?

Let us know and we’ll keep you in the loop.