Veterans, active-duty members of the military, or those getting ready to transition out of the military and their spouses have an opportunity to become real estate agents with the help of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty’s Real Heroes program.

The program covers up to $2,500 in upfront costs, including training, licensing exams, errors and omissions insurance, membership fees for real estate associations, and some marketing costs.

In return, participants must sign a two-year agreement to work as a professional sales agent with BHHS PenFed Realty. The program is available in the Washington metro area.

Ashleigh Wehmeyer, a Real Heroes recruit, joined BHHS PenFed Realty in September 2014. To date, she has sold 11 homes worth a total of more than $6 million and is a Northern Virginia Association of Realtors top producer.

Wehmeyer and her husband graduated from West Point, where she studied psychology. Her husband stayed in the Army while she took time off to raise a family and do some freelance work.

They moved 20 times because of her husband’s deployments, living in 18 states and three countries, including Spain, making her an expert in moving and adjusting to new environments.

Wehmeyer says BHHS PenFed Realty’s focus on training and mentoring was the key to her early success. “What also helped is that I understand the stress in selling and buying a home, since my family has moved numerous times,” she said. “I know how it feels to sit at the settlement table. I understand the importance of listening and establishing an open line of communication. And it doesn’t hurt that I have a degree in psychology.”

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