Connect Magazine May/June 2019 - Page 5

Message from the President Outlook is Positive as Influx Continues Dear Members, their bottom line in the real estate business It has been an exciting start to 2019 for immediately. I highly encourage you to take as our Royal Palm Coast Realtor ® Association many of the modules as you can. I assure you it members. As many of you know, we ended will be well worth your time. last year and started this year off a little slow • on the transactional side. However, things Committee launched our first “Realtors ® seem to have picked up and we were trending Corner” and the “Realtor ® Riff Raff” podcast much closer to last year’s sales numbers in series. Both are now being recorded monthly in March. In April, townhouse and condo sales our Fort Myers studio. were particularly strong, with closings up 7% • year-over-year. I believe we have entered our outlook remains mostly positive for 2019, Josh Burdine, 2019 President Global Ambassador to The America’s, along with others who moving into Lee County every year. will help our attending members understand how they can Some of the many accomplishments that our Realtor ® better do business internationally and what the international Association leadership team and committees had in the first Our Public Policy Delegation making their way up to Tallahassee for the annual Great American Realtor ® Days. Realtors ® from across the great state of Florida celebrated many victories this session, including legislation to help prevent Assignment of Benefits fraud, record levels of funding for water quality projects, a decrease — for the second consecutive year — in the commercial lease tax and remote notarization. All of these are great wins for Realtors ®. • real estate picture looks like right now. • This year we celebrate 50 years of RPAC, and I would like your attendance on Friday, June 21, at the Sidney-Burns Davis Art Center in Downtown Fort Myers. This will be a 60s-themed party and is free for all members. The event will include lots of raffle and auction items to benefit the Realtor ® Party, which supports all things legislative, for our Realtor ® members. No political party affiliation — just issues that matter to Realtors. I would love to see as many new faces as possible, so please, don’t be shy. Mark your calendar for a night of 60s fun, Our MLS Board of Directors and MLS Committee had been networking, food and prizes with me and many others on the working diligently for many months and I am proud to say evening of Friday, June 21. Hope to see you there! the launch of our newest member benefit Remine has been Happy selling in Q2! a huge success and we saw record numbers of members attending last month’s training sessions. • host information-packed sessions with guest president of the Bahamas Realtor ® Association, and NAR’s bulls and bears, but more on the 20,000 or so additional people quarter include: titled “International Day.” On this day, they will speakers such as the mayor of Fort Myers, the don’t focus so much on the wrestling of the • Our Global Committee is ramping up for its largest event of the year on June 6, “new normal” market. As the economy shows continued jobs growth and the economic Our Technology and Productions Our Professional Development Committee has rolled out our newest training series, titled “The Success Series.” This 14-module series is designed to help members increase 2019 Royal Palm Coast Realtor ® Association President, — Josh Burdine