Message from the President

By: Jeffrey P. Zane, Esq.

I am honored to serve as the new President of the Attorneys’ Real Estate Councils of Florida and look forward to picking up where my predecessor left off. Pat Nugent did an incredible job as President for the past two years and we would not be where we are without her. Thank you Pat!

As we look at the year going forward, 2020 is proving to be most unusual to say the least. I almost hate to say the word since it’s everywhere and we are all likely tired of hearing about it – COVID-19. I bring it up because it is having an impact on the Real Estate Councils. The RECs have been around in some cases for over 25 years and they’ve always been about bringing real estate attorneys together. We get together to learn, to share war stories and to promote our profession to consumers and real estate agents.

That was then. This is now.

It’s essential that we keep our RECs vibrant and offer our members value but how do we translate the collegiality and engagement of a REC meeting when in-person events are not possible? If you have not already, we encourage you to consider hosting your meetings on a videoconferencing platform. There are numerous options out there including Go to Meeting, Google Meet and WebEx but the most popular option is ZOOM. It’s simple to sign-up and even easier to use. Most importantly it provides the ability for interaction and engagement so your members can interact much like they would at a regular meeting. The Fund has obtained a ZOOM license for the RECs and will make it available on a first come first serve basis. So, if you are interested in taking your REC meetings online and need access to ZOOM, contact Rene’ Rutan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your meeting date and time. I also urge you to review the Latest REC News section of this issue of Council Connections so you can see how other RECs have leveraged this technology to deliver engaging programming. You may find a few ideas that work for your REC.

Of course, our regular work continues so I also look forward to working on two of our strategic objectives.


The Dashboard has been postponed a few times due to competing demands however, we hope to deliver it to the RECs later this year. When completed this new tool will allow REC leaders and administrators to manage their organizations in one simple application. Features will include Membership Management, Event Management, Calendaring and Communications.

Law Symposiums

The Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys Council (CFREAC) and the Attorneys’ Real Estate Council of Palm Beach County (PBREC) have been hosting Law Symposiums for real estate agents for years – over 28 in the case of CFREAC! These RECs partner with their local Realtor® Associations to present day-long education programs for agents. It has long been our goal to help every REC offer Law Symposiums like these in their geographic area. That is one reason we created the Realtor® Education Library of ready-to-use Realtor® education programs so you don’t have to develop a program from scratch. Contact us if you are interested in hosting a Law Symposium for real estate agents in your area. We would love to help.

Thank you and have a great summer!