Sussex Realtors attend national conference in San Francisco

A contingent from the 1,300-member Sussex County Association of Realtors spent several days in the San Francisco area recently, participating in the annual convention of the National Association of Realtors.

SCAOR 2013 President Bob McVey, President-Elect Brad Riedle and former President Sandy Greene were in the San Francisco Bay area Nov. 8-11, undergoing intensive training and participating in programs and discussions considered of importance to Realtors from throughout the United States.

Classes and sessions were held on a variety of topics, including new home construction, employer-assisted housing, property management, real estate investing and technology.

“This annual gathering is a great opportunity for the Realtor community to come together, compare notes and further our education about the industry in a group setting,” said McVey, whose term will conclude at the end of the calendar year. “It’s also important that Sussex County is represented on a national level. We have a unique market here in southern Delaware, a market that many Realtors from around the country find an interesting study.”

Every November, Realtors from across the United States, as well as many from other countries around the world, come together for the annual four-day conference and expo. The gathering includes more than 100 educational sessions, as well as speakers and industry experts.

There are also hundreds of vendors on hand, presenting tools for Realtors, as well as networking opportunities and special events. This year’s theme was “Rise to New Heights,” meant to build on the positive growth enjoyed in the nation’s real estate markets in recent years.

“This year’s theme was perfect because we are all trying very hard to take the positive trends we’ve seen in recent quarters and build on those moving forward,” said McVey. “We’re seeing a fantastic real estate rebound in Sussex County, as are many markets around the country. It’s time to continue that momentum, and Realtors from coast to coast coming together to discuss ways of doing that can only be beneficial to everyone involved.”

While final attendance numbers were not yet available last week for the 2013 conference, more than 20,000 guests attended the 2012 conference in Orlando.

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