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

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 31, 2011 – Matey H. Veissi, broker-owner, Veissi & Associates in Miami, has been installed as District 4 vice president of Florida Realtors®, the state's largest professional association. Veissi will serve her fellow professionals in District 4, which encompasses Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys. She is a member of Miami Realtors®, formerly the Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches.

"A strong market opportunity in 2011 will be international investors, who are buying properties for all cash, rehabbing them and renting them for a long-term income stream," says Veissi, a 32-year veteran who is active in residential and commercial brokerage.

A leader in regional, state and national real estate organizations, Veissi has chaired virtually every committee in her local association and was named its Realtor of the Year in 1996. She was the creator and charter member of the association's International Council and a founding member of its Honor Society. She received a lifetime achievement award in 2005. Veissi is a director of the state association, and has chaired the Business Trends and Technology, Strategic Planning, Professional Development and Business forums. She was also chairperson of the Florida Real Estate Commission in 2003. Veissi is chair of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Global Business and Alliances Committee, and has served as presidential liaison to the real estate associations of Jamaica and the Bahamas.

Veissi is an associate professor at Florida International University's College of Finance and a member of FIU's Real Estate Institute Advisory Board and Women's Mentoring Program. She is a member of the Women's Council of Realtors (WCR), Master Brokers Forum, Camillus House for the Homeless, Habitat for Humanity and March of Dimes.

As district vice president for the state association, Veissi will focus on enhancing Florida Realtors' services and support for real estate professionals. "To thrive in 2011, our members must educate themselves," she says. "Our association provides many opportunities for sales associates to seek out experts and ask for advice." Veissi adds Realtors must continue to be leaders in their Florida communities.

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