Realtor® News

On August 27th, the Attorneys’ Real Estate Council of Palm Beach County held an online webinar for the Realtors® of Broward | Palm Beaches | St. Lucie entitled Support Animals 2020.  It featured Palm Beach REC President Michael J Posner, a shareholder with Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson & Bleu.  Over 340 real estate agents registered to attend, making it the largest single Realtor® event we have ever held!  The program will be presented two more times, September 3rd and 17th.

The Attorneys’ Real Estate Council of Palm Beach County and the Broward Attorneys’ Real Estate Councils’ Annual Law Symposiums for the Realtors® of Broward | Palm Beaches | St. Lucie has been scheduled for October 20th and it will be our first online.  In addition, these two RECs will be hosting a new Global Alliance Law Symposium featuring topics important to agents serving international clientele and that event will be held on November 5th.

Fund Regulatory Compliance Counsel Robert Rohan reported that the changes to the proposed rule announced at the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) Board meeting on August 19th were published in the Florida Administrative Register September 1st.  The rule, if approved, would extend the period for offering distance learning of previously approved live, in-person course offerings to January 1, 2021.  The significant change is a requirement the provider have the ability to video monitor attendance.  The portion of the rule which affects our presentations is shown below with the new language underlined.  The current emergency rule is set to expire Oct. 6th and it is unclear when the proposed rule will become effective.  The emergency rule does not include the video monitoring requirement.   

61J2-3.009 Continuing Education for Active and Inactive Broker and Sales Associate Licensees.

(9) Use of Live Streaming Technology for Delivery of Approved In-Person Education Courses.  Any other provision of this rule notwithstanding, from the effective date of this subsection {insert effective date from adoption certificate}until December 31, 2020, a provider or school may offer any Commission-approved continuing education course, previously approved by the Commission for in-person / live delivery, through live streaming / online webinar / videoconferencing technologies. Providers or schools utilizing this option shall ensure the live streaming content is offered through a synchronous platform that allows for video monitoring of attendance.  Providers or schools may only utilize this process during the effective period of this subsection.  After January 1, 2021, providers or schools must apply, following current procedures, to continue offering an approved in-person/live course through live streaming technology. 

It's important to note that this proposed rule change would impact only those presentations where you intend to provide continuing education credits to real estate agents.  Non-accredited presentations would be unaffected.  Visit http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/real-estate-commission/meetings-and-workshops/ for further details.