Florida Realtors® Hosts 2012 Real Estate & Economic Forecast Event

Florida Realtors<sup>®</sup> Hosts 2012 Real Estate & Economic Forecast Event

 ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 30, 2011 – The real estate market plays a vital role in Florida’s economy, and figuring out what may lie ahead in 2012 is a key question for policymakers, residents and Realtors alike.

Several nationally known economists will share their insights on the state’s real estate market and economy during Florida Realtors® 2012 Real Estate and Economic Forecast Conference on Dec. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The conference takes place at Florida Realtors headquarters, 7025 Augusta National Drive, Orlando, FL 32822.

“Florida Realtors is bringing together expert economic forecasters to discuss what they see happening in Florida and nationally in 2012,” says Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. John Tuccillo. “It’s an opportunity to find out what may be in store for the real estate sector and the economy in general.”

Speakers include Dr. Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of research at the National Association of Realtors®; Mark Vitner, a managing director and senior economist at Wells Fargo; and Dr. John Tuccillo, chief economist for Florida Realtors. Dr. Yun’s remarks will kick off the conference at 8:40 a.m.

Following the featured speakers, a panel of Florida real estate professionals will discuss the outlook for several sectors of the real estate market. Panelists include Clark Toole, president and COO, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc. in Florida, covering residential real estate; Cynthia Shelton, 2009 president of Florida Realtors and a director at Colliers International in Orlando, discussing the commercial market; and Dean Saunders, accredited land consultant and broker-owner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate in Lakeland, covering the market for land and undeveloped property.

“This is the first event of its kind hosted by Florida Realtors,” says 2011 Florida Realtors President Patricia Fitzgerald, manager/broker-associate with Illustrated Properties in Hobe Sound and Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart. “It’s definitely going to be exciting to hear what trends may be developing for next year.”

Florida Realtors®, formerly known as the Florida Association of Realtors® , serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 115,000 members in 64 boards/associations.

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