Latest REC News - November

Florida real estate agents are subject to one of two continuing education deadlines based on their license renewal dates – March 31 or September 30 so late summer is a busy time for our real estate councils who provide Realtor® education accredited by the Florida Real Estate Commission.  

The Broward REC kicked things off on August 17th at the Weston Country Club with their Law Symposium presented to RAPB+GFLR’s Broward members. The program covered a wide range of topics and offered agents 4 hours of specialty continuing education credit.

On September 6th the Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys’ Council (CFREAC) held their 28th Annual Legal Summit at the Wyndham Orlando Resort. This day-long event offers 8 hours of specialty credit to licensed real estate agents and 9 hours of CLE, including ethics and technology to real estate attorneys. Topics included the FR/BAR Comprehensive Riders, HOA Liens and a panel discussion entitled What Would You Do?, that provided an interactive discussion of common difficulties Realtors® encounter in transactions.

Then on September 14th, the Palm Beach REC took their turn with RAPB+GFLR’s Palm Beach County members. The agenda was the same as Broward and included sessions on FIRPTA, Service and Emotional Support Animals and Cyber Fraud.

While Realtor CE is important, it is not always essential for creating opportunities to educate and network with area real estate agents. Sometimes it’s about pot, planes and (real estate) projects.

Powered by Pot: How Marijuana is Changing Florida Real Estate, a program presented by the Volusia Real Property Council, lured over 80 real estate attorneys, Realtors®, law professors and municipal leaders to a panel discussion addressing the issue from all sides. The panel of speakers included Tara Tedrow, Esq., Co-chair of the Cannabis and Controlled Substances Practice Group, Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, P.A., Emily Hanna of the City of Casselberry and Nicole “Nikki” Fried, Esq., candidate for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture.

Later that evening, the Southwest Florida Real Estate Council welcomed Matt Beelner, Vice President of Sales & Resort Development, Sunseeker Resort, and Kaley Miller, Marketing & Communications Manager, Punta Gorda Airport, who addressed the status and future plans for these two significant Charlotte County developments. The event attracted a wide-ranging audience that included real estate attorneys, real estate agents and bankers.

The Bay Area Real Estate Council (BAREC) hosted Selling the Salt Life: Expert Panel on Waterfront Property to members of the West Pasco Board of Realtors® on October 24th. The panel, which featured an appraiser, inspector, surveyor, insurance agent and The Fund’s Linda Monaco, presented a 360 degree view of issues that arise in transactions involving waterfront property.