The Tallahassee Board is constantly changing and improving for your benefit. If you have not been on the TBR campus in the last couple of months, you have missed a lot. There are weekly opportunities for learning, experiencing, and growing. Make learning a priority…talk to some of your peers and ask them if they went to any of these events and you will be disappointed you didn’t attend. Pick one a month, or, at a minimum, one a quarter. If you don’t see anything you like, let TBR know. Remember, they are here for you! These are some of the things you have missed, and future offerings you won’t want to miss:
CATRS 2013 Technology Forum & District 8 Summit. This sold-out forum included a fun way to breeze through some of the technology affecting and helping REALTORS®. There was a discussion on everything from iPads to IMAPP, and even some discussion on the most useful apps. It was a blast and only cost $5! There was a packed house of over 100 REALTORS®. Don’t miss out on next year’s event which is already in the planning stages.
REP: Introduction to iPad. A discussion on how to use and make the iPad work for your business—if you missed the May class, don’t wait to register for the November 13 class. It’s free with REP pass or $25 for members.
“Having just purchased an iPad mini I was anxious to attend the class. I was not disappointed!! The information presented was thorough and pertinent. As always the instructor was well-informed and open to questions. The TBR classes are invaluable to me and the efficient operation of my business.” Kathy Eubanks Rivenbark, PrimeSouth Fezler, Russell and Ferrie
Lunch & Learn: REOs and Foreclosures. Our own REALTORS® that are experts in the REO/foreclosure field showed how to present your best offer and the differences between the Big Three – Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HUD properties. This one was so popular, we have scheduled another class on August 29 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
“I appreciated the open dialogue and structure of the lunch and learn. Each presenter did a nice job of presenting their materials and trying to associate with the other presenters. It’s always helpful to hear “real world” examples from both presenters and the audience.” Your Fellow REALTOR®, Kevin Hattaway, Linda Dix Realty
Lunch & Learn: Hurricanes & Insurance. We had a great discussion on insurance and everyone learned a lot on how to assist clients to buy the property they want, without insurance getting in the way. Fantastic information about how to keep everyone informed on the many facets of insurance.
“The most helpful thing to me was hearing how difficult it will continue to be to insure older homes. The need to bring them up to code on certain things and higher insurance costs. Clarifies that pre-listing four point inspections will be the way to go, and educating sellers and buyers on this, since I sell a lot of older homes.” Terry Kant, Kant Realty.
“I’m so thankful for our TBR Affiliates hosting the recent Hurricanes and Insurance Lunch & Learn workshop. The host exceeded all expectations by serving us a southern style delicious lunch, plus, they offered unique wisdom and hands-on knowledge and even encouraged us to use these tools in our respective businesses. Personally, after attending the event, I suggested to a new home-buyer client: ‘You might want to consider ordering the classic home inspection and the four point home inspection at the same time.’ And, it saved them money. Because, later their insurance agency required the four point inspection. This one small suggestion resulted in a happy vendor and a happy client, too! Thank you, Lunch & Learn – TBR Affiliates!” Joan E. Smith, BuyerSide Realty.
“Thank you for suggesting this luncheon. It was a great opportunity to hear Mary Katharine and Will speak about securing insurance in Florida during the hurricane season. Most of the situations and examples used during the discussion I had not previously heard of or encountered. I particularly enjoyed the outline of how to prevent buyers from losing out on their home purchase because of insurance inspections.” Rebecca M. Bollmann, Landmark Real Estate Company.
IMAGINE Tallahassee Visioning Forum. A group of REALTORS® met at the Tallahassee Board of Realtors® on June 20 for a two-hour visioning session of what they envision as greatness in Tallahassee in the future, and brainstormed ideas for how to achieve the ideas that the group agreed would make Tallahassee a more desirable place to visit and live.
“Imagine Tallahassee is:
- A grassroots citizens’ initiative
- Financed with private funds
- Supported by Leon County and the City of Tallahassee
- Advisory to the Leon County Sales Tax Committee
The Goal: A long-term community vision and strategy for allocating up to 15% of future infrastructure sales tax revenues for economic development investment.
The Imagine Tallahassee Vision Plan will consist of three elements:
- Existing Conditions Report Card
- Vision Statement/Strategic Directions
- Prioritized Economic Development Initiatives
Once the branding process is complete, Imagine Tallahassee will provide the Sales Tax Committee, and ultimately the County and City Commissions, a compass for future economic development investment in our community. Following the Imagine Tallahassee initiative, the Sales Tax Committee will determine its final recommendations relating to the allocation of funds toward economic development and infrastructure projects.”
You can view the recommendations from the TBR visioning forum exercise by logging in to the members-only portion of our website.
COMING UP IN JULY! Register right away for your favorites.
Lunch & Learn: Short Sales, Thursday, July 11, noon 1:30 p.m. Don’t be afraid of the BIG BAD short sale! Come have lunch and discuss how to approach short sales from both sides of the table with fellow REALTORS® Mike Carlos, Keller Williams Town and Country Realty, and Matt Hale, Capital City Real Estate Group, whose businesses thrive on dealing with short sales. Come with questions and stories! Enjoy lunch provided by Smith, Thompson, Shaw, Minacci & Colon, P.A.
REP: Contract I: Learn Our Sales Contract (6 hours CE), Thursday, July 18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The class provides a clause-by-clause examination using “real life” situations and practical examples and focuses attention on the effective drafting of the Tallahassee Board of REALTORS® Contract for Sale and Purchase.
REP: Roadmap to a Successful Closing (4 hours CE), Friday, July 19, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. This course will help real estate professionals understand the importance of knowing who is responsible for the various parts of the closing, how to overcome the problems that may be encountered, and getting to the closing table and ensuring that the REALTOR®’s fees are received without obstacles or road blocks.
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