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We'll See YOU at the Florida Realtors Convention & Trade Show!

Pick any hot real estate topic – algae, flood insurance, iBuyers, service animals – the annual convention is a once-per-year chance to change talk into action.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida Realtors® is “the voice for real estate in Florida” because it’s made up of 187,000 individual member’s voices. The association advocates, sometimes strongly, for laws that benefit homeowners, stricter rules that protect the environment, and real estate business laws, such as spending money to root out unlicensed activity or minimizing the mandatory disclosure burden home sellers may face.

The process isn’t invisible. Realtors who give up a few days of their time to attend Florida Realtors Convention & Trade Show this week have a chance to voice concerns, offer opinions and lobby for action.

Realtors worried about algae problems, for example, get the latest updates. What’s happening now? What can we expect next year? How can the impact be mitigated? Members can speak their mind and, if appropriate, suggest tactics the association can pursue to solve the problem.

The same is true for fast-changing marijuana laws, service and emotional pet guidance, new competition from iBuyers and a host of other disrupters in a fast-changing industry.

The convention offers two ways to take action: Education sessions, which provide updates and projections for the future, and committee meetings that help Florida Realtors’ board of directors decide which positions the association should advocate.

Committee meetings (Aug. 23-24) follow the two-day convention (Aug. 21-22) held this year in Orlando at Rosen Shingle Creek resort. Pre-registration has ended, but all 187,000 members of Florida Realtors are encouraged to attend – simply register onsite upon arrival.

Hot topic educational sessions at this year’s convention

  • 7 steps to keep your business safe from data breaches
    Real estate businesses have become targets for cyber criminals. Learn critical tips and tricks to safeguard your business from ransomware, phishing attacks and wire fraud.
    Featured Speaker: Burton Kelso
  • Florida residential and economic trends
    Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Brad O’Connor will present the latest data from the association’s Research Department and offer his insights into current trends in Florida's housing markets and economy.
  • Holy smokes! What Florida’s evolving cannabis laws mean for the real estate market
    Florida residents voted overwhelmingly to allow medical marijuana, and just recently Gov. Ron DeSantis repealed legislation that had banned smoking it for medicinal purposes. What does this mean for real estate?
    Featured Speaker: Andre Bourque
  • Florida’s water crisis: The battle for our future
    Decades of poor environmental decisions have spawned persistent outbreaks of blue-green algae and red tide, threatening Florida’s water supply, tourism and economic vitality. This session will explore how we got here and what needs to be done to save our waterways.
    Featured Speaker: Stephen “Pepper” Uchino
  • Datashock: Artificial intelligence, connectedness and readying for the big data future
    Artificial Intelligence (AI) will drive the future. How will it affect or even replace some human tasks? How could it alter long-standing industry practices? Where do business opportunities lie, and how can organizations prepare?
    Featured Speaker: Jennifer Golbeck
  • Infinity war! Voice assistants & smart speakers – the coming of a voice first world
    Voice assistants and “smart speakers” are more than just home automation gadgets, and big tech firms are clamoring to become ingrained into daily routines. The way we interact with technology, search for content and consume information is changing. Learn how to make it work for you.
    Featured Speaker: Kevin Tengan
  • Clarifying service animals
    Get the latest regulations, and ins and outs of renting to tenants with service animals and emotional support animals – and learn how to work with customers that want to buy in a condo association that doesn’t allow pets. (3 hours CE credit)
    Featured Speaker: Cynthia Deluca
  • The rise of iBuying companies – What’s the truth?
    Learn about the iBuying phenomenon and what it means to the real estate industry. Is this the winds of change, the ultimate disruption or the same old, same old? Get the facts before you decide.
    Featured Speaker: Bill Lublin

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