Photo Courtesy of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Photo Courtesy of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

I recently attended the Annual Conference for the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.  Leading RE, as it is informally known as, is the largest network of Independent Real Estate Companies in the World.  It consists of over 500 Companies, with 4,000 offices and roughly 120,000 agents in 40 different countries.

About 2,500 members from 20 different countries descended on the Wynn and Encore Resorts in Las Vegas for the Annual Conference.  It featured 140 member panelists and 40 guest speakers including Stephan Swanepoel, author of the annual Swanepoel Trends Report, and Matthew Ferrara  of Matthew Ferrara and Co. a leading industry Trainer, Speaker and Writer.

Daniel Pink, who has authored 5 books about taking a fresh new look at selling, delivered the Opening Session Keynote Address to a packed house, and gave some great tips into the changing environment of Sales.

In addition to the Annual Conference, there were 4 Pre-Conference Events.  MarTech for Marketing and Technology Professionals, Sales Manager Summit for Real Estate Sales Managers, Performance Summit for Sales Accociates, and Luxury Portfolio Summit for Luxury Sales Associates and Staff.

I was really looking forward to attending this year, as I had not attended the Conference in the last couple of years, and I was not disappointed!  The Sessions and Keynotes were informative and fun, and I took a lot away from each of them that I attended.  But perhaps my favorite part is connecting with the attendees and speakers.  Whether it was new connections, or old friends from previous Conferences, it was great to connect with people from all over the country, as well as all over the world.

The Van Dyk Group has been part of this network for close to 30 years, and we could not be happier that we are a part of it.  In being able to recommend top agents from across the country and around the world, we can help you, family members, or friends who are moving or relocating from the area.  We can provide a list of top agents in whatever area you are looking to move to.

Just let your Van Dyk Agent know that you are moving out of the area, and we will help you find a top agent that will fit your needs in the area you are looking to move.

It really is that simple!

We want remind everyone as many of you are planning to travel, that many states are enforcing “MOVE OVER “ laws.

When you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road these laws require motorists to slow down and move into an adjacent lane if it is safe to do so. More and more states are now enforcing these laws on interstate highways.

Please remember that besides slowing down you must move a lane away from the emergency vehicle. Failure to do so could earn you a ticket and higher car insurance. The good news is that as more people are aware of this law it will help protect our first responders who risk their lives protecting the public.

Consumers and businesses along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts keep an eye on hurricane season so they can batten down their hatches before the storms hit. These adverse events are no small issue, as seen by 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, which resulted in 7.9 million businesses and households without power in 15 states and the District of Columbia, according to CNN, a major news outlet. In addition to lost business revenue from unexpected closings due to power outages, hurricanes can result in property damage. So it’s vital to have the proper insurance coverage to recover from hurricanes.

To keep an eye on the hurricane forecasts to best prepare, here’s what to watch for in 2017:

What’s on the Horizon?
The Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, is the subject of many forecasts. According to Colorado State University’s (CSU) Tropical Meteorology Project, the Atlantic coast will see the following in 2017:

  • A “slightly below-average” season.
  • Eleven named storms.
  • Four named storms developing into hurricanes.
  • Two major hurricanes with winds in excess of 111 miles per hour.

These predictions are consistent with forecasts from other sources. AccuWeather, a global weather media company, expects 10 named storms, five of which will be hurricanes. AccuWeather predicts three major hurricanes will form.

What Will Actually Impact the U.S.?
While 10-11 named storms may form, they won’t all make landfall. The CSU researchers expect a 42% chance of major hurricanes’ reaching the entire U.S. coastline. Both the Gulf and East coasts have a 24% chance. Meanwhile, AccuWeather foresees three named storms making landfall.

What Can You do to Prepare?
Even when you know storms could be in the forecast, you may not be able to prepare your home or business against all threats. This possibility doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a plan.

The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a nonprofit organization that provides property insurance information, cites the creation of a disaster recovery plan as a crucial step in preparing for a hurricane. With proper preparation, your business can limit disruptions when hurricanes occur. The IBHS also provides a property protection checklist to help you inspect your space in preparation for windstorms. These steps include examining structures for rust and loose bolts.

Don’t forget flood insurance. With the right coverage, you can get your business back up and running in no time. Talk to us about your insurance coverages before a storm is in the forecast, as flood insurance goes into effect 30 days after a policy is created.

If you are interested in more information click to request a Home/flood insurance quote 
 or call our Insurance Service Center at 800-222-0131


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