Florida ARECS Sets Agenda for 2019

By Patricia A. Nugent, President, Florida ARECS

This past August I was honored to be elected President of the Attorneys’ Real Estate Councils of Florida, Inc. (“Florida ARECS”). I am a strong proponent of the Real Estate Councils and how they can be a vehicle for promoting the use of real estate attorneys in real estate transactions.

We face a tough environment out there competing with title companies who dissuade consumers from using real estate attorneys and Realtors® who don’t understand our value in a transaction. Just over four of every 10 closings in Florida are conducted by a real estate attorney so we need to continue to work together to educate consumers and Realtors® on the value a real estate attorney adds to the real estate closing process.

Under the steady leadership of our founding President Frederick W. Jones, we focused on establishing a strong foundation for Florida ARECS, adding three new RECs and growing the membership in the existing RECs. Further we raised the visibility among other industry organizations like the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar and Florida Realtors®. I would like to acknowledge his contribution, without which, Florida ARECS would not be as strong, respected and ready to take the next steps in reaching its Strategic Objectives, which are:
• Provide REC Members Opportunities to Develop Knowledge and Professionalism
• Promote Realtor/Attorney Relationships
• Enhance Interaction with Key Industry Organizations
• Provide Tools to Make REC Management Easier
• Increase Direct Outreach to Consumers

In 2019 we will focus on these key actions in support of those objectives:

Standardized Law Symposium

You may be familiar with the Law Symposiums or Legal Summits that some RECs host for their local Realtor® associations. They are day-long FREC-accredited seminars for real estate agents that provide attorneys with a unique opportunity to present themselves, in person, as an expert to agents who are in a position to send them business. Law Symposiums are currently offered in Broward, Central Florida and Palm Beach, and St. Lucie will be added in February. Today, most of the programs presented are created by individual REC members. That will certainly remain an option; however Florida ARECS would like to make it easier for more RECs to host Law Symposiums so we are working with The Fund’s Legal Education Department to create a package of Law Symposium sessions on issues of interest to real estate agents. Standardization will make it easier to share and distribute these valuable resources across the state. Look for more information on the Standardized Law Symposium in the first quarter of 2019.


Managing a Real Estate Council can be a lot of work but it’s about to get easier. If you’ve ever managed a REC, you probably keep a spreadsheet with a list of your members, another list is in your Outlook distribution and then there are meeting invitations and managing money. Well help is on the way! The new FLARECS.COM Dashboard will take care of all of these functions in one central location – the REC website. Testing will begin this month and it will be available to local RECs after the first of the year.

Feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.