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There will be two events held by Pinellas International Council at Pinellas Realtor Organization, both of which one must register.

The first one will be on this Wednesday, October 16th starting 3 pm. I will be speaking on why one should consider attending the National Association of Realtors conferences and attend global meetings, gather information on international properties, attend educational sessions and enjoy face-to-face networking with realtors from around the world without even needing a passport! If you can not attend the conference in San Francisco this November, this session will be good for planning for next year’s conferences. This is FREE but you MUST REGISTER.

The second event is on Oct 23rd starting at 9 am, when returning speakers Brent Barkway, Business Development Manager, and Marc Weintraub, Managing Partner of the Florida office of Bailey & Glasser, will address Helping your Global Clients Invest in the Tampa Bay Area. They will help you understand what the Tampa Bay has to offer including Foreign Direct Investments, export assistance  & updates in the economic developments. You will learn about which VISAs are best suited for International Investors so you be more knowledgeable for your investors. Remember to refer your buyers to the experts on these subjects. You MUST REGISTER and PIC members receive $5 discount on this event.

Hope to see you at both events!

 

Oct 16, 2019 Marketing Session NAR Annalisa

 

Oct 23, 2019 Helping your clients invest in the Tampa Bay

You don’t want to miss this. Today, Sept 21st, 2019 is FREE Museum Day in St. Pete!! 
The following museums are offering free or discounted admissions. Please check with the museums for hours & discounts.

Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast
Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Avenue
Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue
The James Museum, 150 Central Avenue
Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th Street South
The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Boulevard (Free admission for Pinellas County residents with ID only)

We’re so excited to have her back!! Please join us for a lively & informative afternoon with the one & only Larissa Ortiz! Make sure to register.

Register for the Florida Realtor Convention-attend Global meetings, learn about new ways to find buyers & sellers, new laws, attend ReBar camp, network with Realtors from around the state, visit the expo & see new products and maybe even meet me-Ryan Serhant!! As I say, “Expansion. Always, in all ways!”
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Tuesday, August 20-Sunday, August 25th, 2019
Florida Realtors Convention Aug 2019
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Hope to see you there!!

Thank you to all that presented and attended the Economic Development Forum held by the Pinellas Realtor Organization and the Pinellas International Council on June 11th. Great appreciation goes to St Pete City Council Members Brandi Gabbard Kunard, Alan DeLisle and Rob Gerdes as well as Tampa International Airport representative Danny Cooper for such an informative presentation. We would also like to thank our Pinellas Realtor Affiliate sponsors Christine Washick and Tommy Rex both from Affordable Lock and Vladimir Larivaud from Title & Abstract Agency.

In many places, spring got a late start this year. So it’s no surprise if you’re just now getting outside to look around at what Mother Nature left behind and decide on what you need to do to tune up your home for summer.
Here are a dozen to-dos to make certain that your home is in top shape – healthy, attractive, and performing well.
1. First impressions. Take a hard look at the impression your front entrance makes, especially if your house is on the market. Look at places like Pinterest and HGTV for ideas on how to make a better first impression. Some examples include adding a pop of color by repainting your front door, changing door hardware, adding lights, installing window boxes, and ensuring that your steps and railings are sturdy and look fresh. Learn about the value of doing outdoor upgrades and the projects that bring the greatest joy and ROI.
2. Winter damage. Do an exterior walk-around and check for winter damage. For example, be certain gutters aren’t clogged with leaves and debris. Inspect your foundation for cracks and openings that could allow bugs and vermin to get inside. Check decks and porches for loose boards, rot, and unstable railings.
3. Clean air. Tune up your air conditioner to keep it working at ideal capacity and save energy.
4. Leaks. Check your faucets, toilet flapper, and valves and fix any leaks. According to the EPA, a leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year – the equivalent to 180 showers. Also, turn your shut-off valves on and off to be sure they don’t get frozen in place.
5. Keep cool air inside. Check your weather-stripping to be sure it’s not dried out or falling down. Though it’s thought of as a winter project, weather-stripping also helps you keep cool air in and hot air out during the summer.
6. Purge chemicals. Hunt through your garage, basement, and cabinets and round up all the toxic chemicals, paint strippers, weed killers, toxic cleaning products, and so forth. Find a local recycler.
7. Lawn alternatives. Letting go of the lawn eliminates the need for maintenance and mowing, which buys you more leisure time. By replacing a chemical hungry lawn with native plants, you can save water (and money spent on your water bill) and eliminate pesticides and fertilizers, which is better for your family’s health and the environment. Learn more here.
8. Plant trees. Strategically placed trees on your lot can provide shade that reduces your energy costs by up to 25%, according to U.S. Department of Energy’s computer modeling. Learn to pick, plan, and maintain trees here.
9. Compost. Build a compost center and to reduce your garbage output and create a free source of rich nutrients for your garden.
10. Harvest water. Reduce your water bill by installing a rain barrel to capture rainwater that can be used for watering plants and flowers. Buy rain barrels or take a DIY approach.
11.  Mold. Maintain your house in a way that prevents mold growth. According to the University of Georgia, mold sources include:
Plumbing pipe and fixture leaks
Roof leaks
Flooding
High humidity levels from:
        o clothes dryer that is not properly vented
        o non-working exhaust fans in kitchen and bathrooms
        o a large number of indoor houseplants
        o unvented kerosene or gas heaters
        o water collection in crawl spaces or basements
12.  Leave your shoes at the door. Look closely at the sidewalks you walk on. Do you want to track dust, pesticides, cigarette ash, and dog waste into your house and on the floors where pets and kids play? See the University of Arizona study to learn about the gross, unhealthy things that come inside on the bottoms of your shoes.
Article written by Elyse Umlauf-Garneau

Please join PRO/CPAR and the Pinellas International Council in welcoming realtors from Brazil next week. We will be touring properties in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties, attending a special presentation tours of the Tampa International Airport and the Port of Tampa, visiting the Salvador Dali Museum, Dale Chihuly Collection, and the Tampa History Museum, Madeira Beach, John’s Pass, Clearwater Beach as well as a Starlight Cruise dinner. In addition we will hold an all day seminar with lunch at the Pinellas Realtor Organization building with speakers listed below on the flyer. The morning session will be held primarily in Portuguese and Spanish while the afternoon will be primarily held English. All are invited to attend both. Education and networking is a must!

Please Register in Advance. https://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

Hope to see you there for one day or all of the days! Thanks.

Brazil inbound trade mission for local realtors

Need to take a class or 2 in order to complete your course requirements for the CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist) designation? Or you want to start earning this distinguished designation? Please add these to your calendar and sign up now. April is just around the corner!
https://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

CIPS Flyer 2019

Do you need 3 HOURS of CE credit before March 31st?
Register NOW for Pinellas International Council’s 8th Annual Global Symposium.
Learn about the latest on FIRPTA & International Tax from Susan Poskus, Global Tools for Success with Michael Cobb, How MOU’s help us in Florida with Maria Grulich, the 411 on NAR Global Benefits from Lisa Calarco and then get 3 hrs of CE credit for learning about Foreign Investments for Immigration Purposes with Don Gonzalez.
Register at https://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

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