Coweta Realtors attend Realtors convention and trade expoFrom STAFF REPORTS
The annual convention, trade expo, and Board of Directors meeting of the Georgia Association of Realtors was held Sept. 5-8 at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans.
Among the members of the Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors in attendance were Tom Barron, president Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors; Rett Harmon, president West Georgia Board of Realtors; Karen Kurtz, NCBOR association executive; Cindy Taylor, president-elect NCBOR; Linda Mitchell, state director from NCBOR with Georgia Association of Realtors; and Luke Thompson, also a NCBOR member and GAR director. Also attending were Connie Clifton-Peacock, Gabe Long, and Jim Chancellor.
The trade expo was the center for many events and featured 33 vendors associated with the real estate industry. There were 13 “info bites” consisting of 20-minute sessions held by vendors at the trade expo.
Thirty-three nominees for Georgia Realtor of the Year were presented at the opening session, including John Thrasher of the Newnan-Coweta Board. Linda Jackson of the Walton-Barrow Board was awarded the honor.
National Association of Realtors President, Moe Veissi, addressed the Board of Directors prior to the business portion of the meeting. His message to Georgia Realtors was that the NAR is alive and well. “Ninety three percent of the public recognizes the Realtor brand,” said Veissi. “And many know that sales involving a Realtor produce 17 percent higher sales prices.” He touted homeownership as “the social fabric of our country,” stating that NAR statistics show that homeowners are healthier, have better jobs, live in neighborhoods with less crime, and have longer marriages.