Luxury real estate professionals from around the world gathered in South Florida last week, as Leading Real Estate Companies of the World hosted its annual gathering at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
Pam O’Connor, Chicago-based Leading Real Estate’s president and CEO, told The Real Deal that her group chose Miami to accommodate its members on the U.S. East Coast, Europe and other parts of the world. She noted attendance was up 10 percent for the annual conference,
“Miami is amazing,” O’Connor said. “It’s really incredible to think about what happened here during the recession of how prices went to 50 percent or less and how its come back up.”
Ron Shuffield, president of EWM Realty International and a Leading Real Estate co-founder, said the conference is an opportunity for Miami real estate professionals to network with colleagues from more than 30 countries who deal with ultra-wealthy global buyers.
“Everybody wants to be in Miami,” Shuffield said. “And everyone wants to know about the value Miami has to offer compared to their home countries. We have people here from London and Paris, places that are much more expensive than Miami, who are genuinely surprised when they hear our value.”
Monday’s morning session was highlighted by guest speaker David Gregory, the former host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” morning show, who shared his insights into the political rise of New York real estate celebrity mogul Donald Trump.
The event was open exclusively to brokers, managers and relocation professionals affiliated with LeadingRE, a global network of 500+ market-leading real estate firms representing more home sales than any other real estate network. The conference gave attendees the opportunity to explore timely issues impacting the real estate market and address ways to best meet the needs of today’s buyers and sellers.
Source: Leading Real Estate Companies of the World