Success strategies from top industry leaders, the latest in high-tech devices and a chance to network with other real estate professionals: That’s what the Florida Realtors® 2019 Convention & Trade Expo offers – opportunities to boost business and the bottom line.
This year’s Convention & Trade Expo takes place Aug. 21-22, 2019, at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, with the popular REBarCamp slated to kick off the event on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Then Realtor members will get down to the business of the state association and wrap up the week with governance meetings, Aug. 23-25, 2019.
“Florida Realtors 2019 Convention and Trade Expo is the one business event this year that every Realtor should attend,” says 2019 Florida Realtors President Eric Sain, a Realtor and district sales manager with Illustrated Properties in Palm Beach. “Over the course of just two days, Realtors have the chance to learn successful business strategies from top industry leaders, get new marketing tips, hear inspirational speakers offer advice from the trenches, network with colleagues and enjoy exciting entertainment. Florida Realtors’ annual convention provides outstanding value to anyone interested in the latest trends, technology and best practices. I’ll be there – will you?”
The 2019 convention features more than 40 education sessions from top industry speakers on various topics such as new trends in real estate, disaster recovery planning, Florida’s water crisis, how to make the most of the home-share trend, video marketing, Florida’s evolving cannabis laws, best practices for brokers and much more.
- REBarCamp: Aug. 20, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; registration sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m.
This year marks the 10th year for the event’s peer-to-peer learning and sharing. However, industry powerhouses are on tap to facilitate sessions, including: Sean Carpenter, Jay Thompson, Nick Baldwin and Tristan Ahumada with Lab Coat Agents to name a few. More than 500 Realtors attended last year’s REBarCamp. Cost for day, which includes lunch and the After Party, is $15. Register through Eventbrite to guarantee a ticket.
- General Session Keynote: Aug. 21, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Songwriter and Grammy-nominated Top 40 singer John Ondrasik, also known as Five for Fighting, brings home his message of “Harnessing Inspiration and Creativity to Design the World You Want” on piano and guitar. One complimentary ticket is included with full convention registration. One additional ticket can be purchased by full convention attendees for $30.
- Dance Party with “Party on the Moon”: Aug. 21, 8 – 11 p.m.
Returning for the 5th year in a row, American’s No. 1 Party Band, Party on the Moon delivers a high-energy evening of the latest dance music, ’80s classic rock, Latin, disco/funk, R&B and Motown. This 13-piece band – with singers, musicians and dancers – has performed worldwide. One complimentary ticket for the party is included with full convention registration. Additional tickets can be purchased by any attendee for $30.
- Awards Luncheon, featuring entertainment by the Funkywunks: Aug. 22, noon – 1:30 p.m.
Florida Realtors honors Realtor excellence and service at this ticketed event, including recognizing the Humanitarian of the Year and Realtor of the Year and other award winners. Orlando dance troupe the Funkywunks was a contender on the World of Dance TV show in 2018, making it to the third week of the duels. Judges praised their high-energy, funky and entertaining routines, specifically noting the group’s commitment and innovative choreography. Tickets for the Awards Luncheon are $50 and will be sold until noon on Aug. 22, or as long as they’re available.
- Closing Session Keynote with Ryan Serhant: Aug. 22, 4 – 5p.m.
Learn Serhant’s professional secrets, as the super sales broker and Bravo TV star tells his rags-to-riches story: “The Four W’s: How identifying Your Way, Work, Wall & Win Leads to Success.” One complimentary ticket is included with full convention registration. One additional ticket can be purchased by full convention attendees for $30.
- The Trade Expo, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Aug. 22, 8:30 a.m. – 4 pm.
The expo features more than 200 industry experts and exhibitors showcasing the latest marketing and technology products. Attendance to the Trade Expo (Expo only admittance) is free!
Some of the sponsors for the 2019 convention include: Title Sponsor, BoomTown!; Titanium Association Sponsors, RAPB +GFLR, (Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors) and Miami Realtors; Titanium Sponsors, Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, RealtyWEB.net, Metro Market Trends and Stellar MLS; Diamond Association Partner, Orlando Regional Realtor Association; Ruby Association Partner Sponsor, Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association; Gold Partners, Century 21 and realtor.com; Sapphire Association Partner Sponsor, Naples Area Board of Realtors; Vehicle Sponsor, FCA – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; Emerald Association Partner, Greater Tampa Realtors and Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee; Popcorn Sponsor, Form Simplicity; Registration Bag Sponsor, Florida Realtors PAC; Notepad Sponsor, Find a Mortgage Broker.com; Interactive Wall Sponsor, wizehire; General Sponsors, American Home Shield, America’s Title Corp., gte financial, Realtors Association of Citrus County, Dot Loop, HomeSnap, HomeTeam Inspection Service, Freedomtax International, Loan Genuis, NARPM, Supreme Title and Escrow and Tenantreports.com.
Register online through Aug. 12 for the Florida Realtors convention or by calling 1-800-669-4327. The full event registration fee for members is $150 through July 19 and $160 from July 20 – Aug. 12, 2019. The cost is $175 for non-members through July 19 and $185 from July 20 – Aug. 12. After Aug. 12, registration will be handled at the convention site. For more info, check out http://convention.floridarealtors.org/.
Florida Realtors® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its more than 187,000 members in 52 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.
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MEDSiS Announces the Launch of “Maxwell” Stablecoin in Brazil, Making it the Second Country and Currency Added to Their Global Ecosystem Within Two Weeks
In the same week that MEDSiS announced the official advancement of their Maxwell stablecoin in Argentina with their partner WTIA, a second country now officially comes on board toward their global strategy. With current contracts in Brazil that include more than 10 million individuals immediately, and with plans to incorporate Maxwell as the backing of future contracts into South America’s largest country, Maxwell now adds a second currency to its portfolio and secures itself as one of the largest cryptocurrencies ever launched. In addition, MEDSiS has plans to announce a US partnership, as well as three more countries in Central and South America.
“We’ve been fortunate to have a team and partnerships in Brazil that have weathered the storm and the delays that it’s taken us to get to this point. Our partners in CLASP have been amazing, and it’s finally time that we’ll be able to fully honor the commitments that have been long standing.”
– Dax Cabrera, CEO of MEDSiS
Though Brazil has not fully endorsed cryptocurrency as an investment mechanism, what Maxwell is bringing to its customers is quite different than the conventional “cryptocurrency”. Using a stablecoin model, Maxwell will be an added value to the Brazilian customers in which they will automatically be able to participate and take part in a regulated and secured portal to the global economy.
MEDSiS’ Brazil contracts are based on large-scale payment programs, tied to pre-paid payment cards branded by Visa or Mastercard for benefits and other types of government or individual spending. The inclusion of Maxwell provides stability and one issued coin to every customer that registers and begins using the payments platform. The integration with the multi-currency payments platform, provided by Rijndlepay, is the engine to which the payments can be processed, and the fiat and blockchain based currencies create a regulated ecosystem which will provide consumers with trust and additional incentives to use the program.
“Rijndlpay’s vision is to enable real-time transactions and settlement between all the stakeholders of any payment ecosystem with any currency, be it fiat or crypto or cross border remittances. The platform can scale to about 15,000 transactions per second. We have developed on hybrid technology that can scale to any model that customers and compliance demands of each country.”
– States Mitish Chitnavis, architect and CEO of Rijndlepay
As one of the newest Unicorn companies in the FinTech space, MEDSiS’ investments will bring their current contracts to date and be able to provide new jobs, new sources of revenue, and stability in the payments platform.
“The MEDSiS platform will usher in a new era of business management and intelligence for our largest Brazilian customer, CLASP,” says MEDSiS co-founder and chairman of the board, Patrick Mulcahy. “Our platform paves a technological highway to access the most advanced business intelligence and security available today and in the future. And by building it into the financial platform framework of our contracts, we expect our ecosystem will set a new standard for the payments industry.”
In a time of economic uncertainty, MEDSiS and the Maxwell stablecoin currency are stepping up in at least two major markets to be the first wide-scale blockchain currency applied to both public and private contracts. MEDSiS is currently partnered with CiaGroup in Brazil for card issuance, and is expanding their partnerships to include and absorb other licensed financial entities, setting a new, highly regulated and secure model for the rest of the Americas.
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Blox Survey Indicates Few Crypto Investors Accurately Disclose Assets to Tax Authorities
Blox.io, an industry-leading platform for crypto accounting, management and tracking, has released new research on the challenges faced by crypto holders and CPAs when accurately reporting to regulators. The report, titled “The Crypto CPA Insights Report,” is one of the first in-depth looks at the nascent crypto accounting industry, compiling insights from CPAs on the current hurdles that both individuals and businesses face when tracking and managing digital assets. As the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) begins to crack down, the Blox report suggests that only 5% of CPAs believe their clients – both businesses and individuals – are able to accurately or completely disclose assets and transactions for tax reporting.
However, this lack of disclosure may or may not be wilful, as 98% of the CPAs surveyed stated that missing or inaccurate data was the number one crypto accounting mistake. In addition, almost all stated that a lack of understanding of crypto tax rules was a key challenge, and that more government regulation and guidance was needed to direct prudent clients trying to do the right thing.
Sharon Yip, Founder of Crypto Tax Advisors, said: “If a business created 1,000 transactions per day, to 100 different wallet addresses, for 30 different departments, organizing and searching for those transactions is a needle in a haystack scenario. Relying on exchanges is also a dangerous game. Some only track a few months of transactions, while some shut down completely, leaving investors with no historical records of their transactions. This makes calculating profit and loss almost impossible, and could even lead to legal repercussions.”
CPA respondents also pointed to the lack of access to automated crypto accounting software and limited knowledge about the available crypto software solutions as a key challenge when helping their clients (89%).
Alon Muroch, CEO of Blox, said: “This is an entirely new industry and most investors and CPAs are still learning the ropes. One of the biggest problems is the lack of infrastructure. The more mainstream crypto transactions become, the more smart tracking and management tools become imperative. Human error can have serious implications. It comes as no surprise that most CPAs identified technology as a key component for the future of crypto accounting.”
The report shows 93% of crypto CPAs believe there will be smarter solutions and software in the not-too-distant future, while 81% specifically pointed to the need for increased automation for accurate record keeping and to establish best practices.
Education and policy were also revealed as two key areas for future growth, with 96% of respondents believing that more official rules and guidelines are around the corner, and 72% identifying the need for further education on crypto accounting, best practices, and technological solutions.
Content public chain Contentos (COS) listed on Binance, announcing an alliance with global ecological partners to promise long-term value
The content public chain project Contentos (COS) invested by Binance Labs has been launched on the Binance main station and opened COS / USDT, COS / BNB, COS / BTC trading pair recently. Cheetah Mobile, Ontology, LD Capital, Blockshine, Node Capital and LiveMe all expressed their congratulations and support of COS in its long–term value. They believe that blockchain technology will empower the content ecosystem and become a new engine for the evolution of the content industry.
The Contentos (COS) main network will be launched next month (expected 9/25) and now it has reached an eco-cooperation agreement with more than 20 top public chains and Dapp R&D teams around the world such as TomoChain, NEM, Harmony and MixMarvel.
With many years of experience in app product development and operation, Contentos Co-founder and CEO Mick Tsaiand his team reached an eco-strategic cooperation agreement with the photo social platform PhotoGrid, the world-renowned live broadcast platform LiveMe, and the short video Cheez in the early stage of the project. These three platforms have nearly 60 million monthly active users globally, serving as an important traffic foundation for Contentos to build a decentralized content ecosystem.
The photo social platform PhotoGrid will test the COS creation reward mechanism in the Brazilian market in late July. In just 10 days, the number of user-generated photo creations has increased more than 457%, and the number of creators with 500 COS eco-rewards has exceeded 50.
LiveMe cooperates with Yahoo TV and Contentos (COS) to hold a blockchain quiz show together, reaching 15 million global broadcast and attracted imitation from South Korea and Hong Kong market. LiveMe is one of the most popular live broadcast platforms in the US and the Middle East. It has been on the top of the bestsellers’ list for a long time. Its shareholders include Cheetah Mobile and ByteDance (TikTok & toutiao developers).
COS and its strategic partner “Cheetah Mobile” will also cooperate in a variety of product lines. Cheetah Mobile has nearly 600 million worldwide monthly active users. The high-profile and the ratio of light games’ market basis have the potential for development, which is consistent with the long term goal of COS content public chain development.
Mick will continue to accept AMAs in the global community to express his gratitude to users’ support recently. He said: “Launching on Binance is an important milestone for Contentos. It is an affirmation of our efforts, and it also opens a new journey for COS. Markets including Vietnam, South Korea, Brazil, and Russia will all have more exciting and anticipating plans to announce.”
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