Education & Designations

At Talka International Realty we are committed to ongoing education and certification that keeps us ahead of the ever-changing Real Estate market. Both Jason Felker and Stephanie Lund graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arizona State University with the distinction of having achieved Summa Cum Laude.

When selecting a REALTOR® for your home buying and home selling needs, you can rest assured that the professionalism, experience, personalized attention, and commitment you receive with Talka International Realty is second to none.

Jason and Stephanie are proud to have earned the following Real Estate designations in order to serve your specific needs:


Recognized as the mark of accomplishment in luxury markets around the world, the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation assures affluent buyers and sellers that the agents who have earned it have the knowledge, experience, competence, and confidence they require.

As members of The Institute who hold the CLHMS designation we have documented performance in the TOP 10% of our markets, and have successfully demonstrated our expertise in the luxury home and estate market.

Why work with you as a CLHMS?


Members of The Institute are knowledgeable professionals who have undergone extensive training in analyzing the luxury home market, providing quality service, and achieving effective results in the high-end residential market.

By choosing a member of The Institute as your real estate professional you know you are getting someone who actively seeks out the latest training in marketing strategies, stays on top of the changing market conditions, and knows how to handle the special needs of elite clientele.

Why work with you as a Member?


Million Dollar Guild members are specialists who have certified success in the million-dollar and above market.

Your exceptional property demands an exceptional professional. As Guild members we have established our expertise and abilities in helping individuals buy and sell the world’s most exclusive residential homes and estates.

Why work with you as a Guild Member?


The Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) is the highest designation of its kind specifically for REALTORS® and real estate professionals. It provides a comprehensive range of foundational concepts, planning and research tools, and applied techniques.

This results in better results for clients. Negotiation is a blend of collaborative approaches to help identify and create value for all parties, and competitive approaches that help capture wanted value components. Using the dynamics of collaborative and competitive negotiating help achieve better results for clients.


The Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Designation is the only designation of its kind in the real estate community. It’s synonymous with advanced expertise, a global perspective and distinct understanding of a global buyer, and comes with powerful brand recognition with designees in nearly 40 countries. By working with a CIPS certified REALTOR®, you instantly align yourself with the best in the business, and gain exposure to our influential network of international professionals. With Talka International Realty, we take your listing to the global level.


The Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) is an education-based certification program. Launched in 2006, the RSPS Certification was created by the National Association of REALTORS® to better serve the growing second-home and resort real estate market and now has over 1,300 elite members. RSPS is recognized as an official NAR certification and allows buyers and sellers to have confidence in the ability of a REALTOR® who specializes in resort and second-homes to assist them with their search.


The Accredited Buyer Representative ABR® designation is only awarded to licensed real estate professionals who complete specialized training that gives them the edge in understanding a buyer’s perspective and protecting and promoting their buyer-clients’ interests. Before earning the ABR® designation, buyer’s reps must also demonstrate proven experience in representing buyers. Further, they are committed to maintaining their professional edge by staying current on the latest issues and trends in buyer representation. When you work with an ABR®, you’ll be served, not sold. Your interests become their interests. They’ll make your home buying experience go as smoothly and successfully as possible.


Seniors Real Estate Specialists® or SRES® designees are REALTORS® qualified to address the needs of home buyers and sellers age 50+. The SRES® Council awards the SRES® Designation to those members who have successfully completed its education program.

By earning the SRES® Designation, your REALTOR® has demonstrated the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions involved in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home. Your SRES® has received special training, gets regular updates, and is prepared to offer the options and information needed in making life changing decisions.


A Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE) has a thorough understanding of complex issues in today’s turbulent real estate industry and knowledge of foreclosure avoidance options available to homeowners. CDPEs can provide solutions, specifically short sales, for homeowners facing market hardships.

Homeowners regularly proceed without guidance of any kind through the often financially and emotionally devastating prospect of foreclosure. Speaking with a well-informed, licensed real estate professional is the best course of action for a homeowner in distress. Through comprehensive training and experience, CDPEs have the tools to help homeowners find the best solutions for their unique situations and to avoid foreclosure through the efficient execution of a short sale.

Living through financial difficulties poses a challenge for any family, so why make the process of finding a qualified real estate professional difficult too? Select an agent with the CDPE Designation to ensure you have a trained professional to address your specific needs. For more information, contact a CDPE in your area. CDPEs don’t merely assist in selling properties, they serve and help save their clients in need.


A Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource (SFR) certified REALTOR® is a real estate professional with specific understanding of the complex issues confronting the real estate industry, and the foreclosure avoidance options available to homeowners. Through comprehensive training and experience, SFR REALTORS® are able to provide solutions for homeowners facing hardships in today’s market, specifically if you are in a distressed or negative-equity situation.

The SFR designation is the benchmark of excellence in seller representation. These three letters after a REALTORS® name tell you that you’ll be working with someone committed to your best interests, someone who has made real estate education a career priority, and has also demonstrated the experience needed to provide the finest in seller representation.


The Certified Short Sale Negotiator (CSSN) is verification that a REALTOR® has taken the initiative to become an educated and prepared advocate on the behalf of a homeowner in distress. Earned by completing a comprehensive curriculum via the Real Estate Negotiation Institute, a Division of Negotiation Expertise LLC, real estate agents with the CSSN designation are equipped with the expertise and training to understand and satisfy each parties need in the short sale system.


The Transnational Referral Certification (TRC) was developed to help real estate professionals better serve clients and customers who are looking to buy or sell real property outside their own country and who will benefit from working with a real estate professional in that foreign market. TRC certified real estate professionals are trained not only in the mechanics of cross-border client referrals, but also in how to work in the client’s best interests in the same manner they would a domestic client. All TRCs adhere to a national professional code of conduct.

Cross-border transactions can be complex, so it is important to involve a professional who understands local market business practices and market conditions. TRC REALTORS® are well prepared to provide quality service to buyers and sellers with international property interests.

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