March & April - Message from the Board

It has been a very busy time at Florida ARECS! First, we welcomed a brand new REC to our coalition. The Historic Coast Real Estate Council will serve real estate attorneys located in St. Johns and Flagler counties. In mid-January we hosted a Leadership Luncheon for the First Coast Real Estate Council in Jacksonville to help them identify new leaders to grow their board. We were joined by Fund President & CEO Jimmy Jones, along with Melissa Murphy, The Fund’s Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. Florida ARECS President Fred Jones explained to attendees that the Florida ARECS Board of Directors is looking forward to working with them to support attorneys in Duval and Nassau Counties. At the other end of the state, we welcomed the Florida Keys Real Estate Council into the Florida ARECS family. Monroe is Florida’s most unique county and Florida ARECS will be there to provide them the resources they need to meet their objectives. If you would like to learn more about these or other RECs visit

The Bay Area Real Estate Council (BAREC) held their annual Economic Outlook Luncheon on February 17 at the Straz Center in downtown Tampa. George Ratiu, Director of Quantitative & Commercial Research with the National Association of REALTORS® in Washington, D.C. spoke to over 100 members of BAREC and the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS®. Dr. Ratiu manages a research portfolio focused on macroeconomic trends, commercial real estate and global investments and is responsible for NAR’s Commercial Real Estate Outlook. He discussed economic trends and provided industry insights for both residential and commercial real estate markets in the Tampa Bay area.

The Attorneys’ Real Estate Council of Miami-Dade County and the North Dade & Beaches Real Estate Council combined efforts for their second joint REC event. They welcomed Manuel Farach of McGlinchey Stafford, Fort Lauderdale, who presented Recent Real Property Case Law and the Impact on Your Practice to a sell-out crowd. These Councils are an excellent example of the positive effects that result when Real Estate Councils work together.

Finally on February 24, Florida ARECS hosted a special reception for members of the Bay Area Real Estate Council (BAREC) and the Sarasota-Bradenton Real Estate Council at the Meeting of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar in Tampa. Florida ARECS Board Members, REC Members, and RPPTL leaders had the opportunity to socialize and discuss challenges facing real estate practitioners. Attendees were given an update on the Florida ARECS resources now available to them including the new consolidated REC website, marketing materials, social media campaign and the Realtor Education Library. This was the fifth such event held in conjunction with the Real Property Section and it provides both organizations a unique opportunity to work together to support Florida real estate attorneys.

To learn more about any of the resources mentioned, please contact Rene’ Rutan, the REC Relations Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Together we all succeed.

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