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Jupiter Realtor® Installed As District Vice President of Florida's Largest Professional Association

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 31, 2011 – Joan Alipo, sales associate, Coldwell Banker in Jupiter, has been installed as District 3 vice president of Florida Realtors®, the state's largest professional association. Alipo will serve her fellow professionals in District 3, which encompasses Martin, Okeechobee, Glades, Palm Beach, Indian River and St. Lucie counties. She is a member of the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of Realtors.

"With a slow U.S. economy and lower home prices, Florida is a prime location for international buyers and investors," says Alipo, who is active in residential brokerage. "I see foreign buyers as a prime marketing opportunity for our members in 2011."

A leader in regional, state and national real estate organizations, Alipo was 2007 president of her local association, 2010 chair of the Global Business Committee, and liaison to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Ambassador Association. On the state level, Alipo has also served as a director since 2005 and was the 2010 chair of the Global Networking Forum and member of the Inbound Trade Mission Task Force, Convention Global subgroup and Global Business Committee. In 2009, through a NAR international program, she took part in a briefing for Danish Ambassador Friis Arne Peterson. She was also a NAR director in 2008.

On a local level, Alipo has been involved in Habitat for Humanity, and affordable housing programs in the Town of Jupiter.

As district vice president for the state association, Alipo will focus on enhancing Florida Realtors' services and support for real estate professionals. "Sales associates should increase their credentials, since education is the key to success in any market," she says. "There is also a great deal of value building personal networks with other associates who are taking part in educational programs."

Alipo adds that Realtors must continue to be leaders in their Florida communities. "By volunteering their time, collecting donations for the Armed Forces, helping to build homes, awarding scholarships and investing in the future, our members help build strong communities," she says.

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