Florida Realtors Come Together for Mid Winter Meetings in Orlando

Real Estate Agent with Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!

Make Magic in Real Estate" is the 2018 motto for Florida Realtors who are kicking off the year this week with the mid-winter business meetings and installation of 2018 officers. 

 Make Magic in Real Estate Florida Realtors 2018 Photo by Silvia Dukes


It's been a busy two days already for me with leadership planning meetings for the Residential Real Estate Council of Florida. What has been known as the Council of Certfied Residential Specialists has recently been renamed to Residential Real Estate Council (RRC) and the council is undergoing some rebranding. We have a great team of leaders who will work for the members in Florida and continue to offer top education, programs, and events throughout the year. 


Certified Residential Specialists Passing the Gavel 2018 Photo by Silvia Dukes


We also heard from top economists in the country and Florida about the economic outlook nationally and in Florida including an update on the residential resale market. 


2018 Florida Real Estate Trends The Future in Focus Photo by Silvia Dukes


Technology is always an important topic and this year is not different. In the technology workgroup, we discussed ADA compliance for websites. Florida Realtors also introduced a new communication tool for communities and leadership that is a private and closed system solely for the purpose of communicating with each other. 


How Self Driving Cars will Impact Real Estate Photo by Silvia Dukes


Especially interesting was a presentation about how self driving cars will impact real estate in the not so far away future! If you are thinking about buying a new car, you may want to wait a little longer as technology is rapidly changing. 


Today ended with Inaugural Banquet and the installation of Florida Realtors 2018 Officers, District Vice Presidents as well as Presidents of Florida's Chapters of NAR's Institutes, Societies and Councils. Food and entertainment was first class and among the distinguished guests were many NAR officials and former national presidents. 


Florida Realtors Inaugural Banquet 2018 Photo by Silvia Dukes


Mid winter meetings for Florida Realtors will continue tomorrow. 



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Comments (14)

Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Looks like a fun group of people, I am glad you are having a good time and I know you will make magic in 2018!

Jan 26, 2018 06:19 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

The idea of self-driving cars terrifies me.  It's not automated machines don't ever have issues.  I'll keep my 2011 Sonata as long as I can.

Jan 26, 2018 09:33 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Silvia, sure looks like you gained lots of valuable information and love these meetings.

Jan 26, 2018 11:59 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Silvia glad you gained a lot of valuable information at FL state meetings! All the best in 2018!

Jan 26, 2018 12:29 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

What a beautiful post on your local state RE meetings 

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Jan 26, 2018 02:57 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Silvia it sounds like a busy and productive Winter Meeting.  Thank you for sharing the pictures.

Jan 26, 2018 04:44 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I ahve always enjoyed ther state meetings and being able to commuinicate with such good friends I have made over the years.

Jan 26, 2018 05:31 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Brian England thank you, it was a good start to what will be a great year!

Chris Ann Cleland I don't even like the idea of not having an iginition key anymore. Somehow starting your car with a button is so "coffee machine"-like.

Joan Cox sure did, there is always something new to learn.

Jan 27, 2018 05:30 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB thank you and same to you! We'll have a great 2018!
Hannah Williams thank you for the group feature, I really appreciate it!
George Souto this time spent is definitely worthwhile.


Jan 27, 2018 05:37 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Joe Pryor yes, you are right, you develop a lot of relationships that way over time. 

Jan 27, 2018 05:38 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for the review, Silvia.  Looks like it was a rewarding event to attend.

Jan 29, 2018 05:38 AM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Silvia, Looks like the education is super for the Florida realtors and a really worthwhile event to attend!

Jan 29, 2018 01:54 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Silvia, it's really wonderful to see this kind of "magic" and camaderie amongst local realtors! I used to go to things like this in my marketing past, but gotta say, nothing like this is around here for those of us in real estate. I have to get that "magical feeling" through AR! 

Jan 31, 2018 02:35 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Silvia...we have fall and spring meetings. Our spring meetings will be in Vail this year. That's always a nice place to visit and work.

Feb 05, 2018 06:45 PM