April 9, 2010
Anyone who knows me, knows how much I enjoy being around positive people, and I was overjoyed to be around so many this week. Tuesday and Wednesday were the Florida Association of Realtors'® Great American Realtor® Days at the Capitol. Realtors® from around the state convened to meet one another and discuss legislative issues that would impact the industry, the real estate market and the economy.
When I met with the Florida Realtors®, I was impressed with how positive and upbeat the group was—even in spite of the fact that each one told me how the market in their areas has suffered. Clearly, real estate professionals are a dedicated group of people who are committed to their profession and have faith that the economy will rebound.
I had a chance to speak at-length with two people who embody the strength group. They were Chip Boring and Darla Furst. As Governor Charlie Crist's most recent appointments to the Florida Real Estate Commission, we are happy to have their enthusiasm and commitment in serving the real estate professionals and consumers of Florida.
It was a great opportunity for us at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to open our doors to our licensees and show them firsthand how we do business.
We took two groups of real estate professionals on tours of the agency. Recently, we launched a project for first-time real estate applicants that allows them to apply completely online, saving time and money for the customer and department. An application submitted in this manner skips seven processing steps, reducing processing time by two days.
Also, one great statistic we shared with our licensees is that hold times for our recent real estate renewal period have improved, they’ve decreased by 30 percent compared to last year.
We're still working on doing things better and helping our licensees in their careers; however, it was gratifying to share that we are making progress.
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