Valerie Young CRS GRI ABR received her education from West Virginia University-Parkersburg (http://www.wvup.edu) and Hondros College in Columbus, Ohio (http://www.hondros.com). She is licensed to sell real estate in both the state of West Virginia and Ohio which gives her an advantage over agents who just carry a license for only one state. Valerie received the "Realtor of the Year" award from the Parkersburg Area Association of Realtors for 2005. This award reflects integrity and honesty in one´s dealings with the public and their fellow Realtors and is decided by the PAAR and the area brokers. Accredited Buyers Representative is a designation that Valerie carries which came from classroom hours and rigorous testing to prove competence for representing buyers in real estate transactions (http://www.rebac.net/Home.aspx). Valerie recently traveled to New York City and earned the Certified Residential Specialist Designation to better serve the customers in the residential market (http://www.crs.com/ ). Qualifying for this prestigious title required 48 hours of classroom time, challenging testing on the course content and a high volume of closed transactions. This designation is the highest a Realtor can earn and only 4% of all Realtors in the United States have earned this designation. Valerie has served as a board member for the Parkersburg Area Association of REALTORS in Parkersburg, WV which maintains the MLS service and is the governing body for the Realtors in the area.