Anyone that knows me knows that I love to travel.  I never dreamed that when I got into real estate over 17 years ago that I would not only find a career that I love but would also get the opportunity to travel to major cities in the U.S. and abroad!  What many people do not know is that The All-Star Team is very determined that our agents keep up with the newest trends, statistics and advances in the real estate field.  Therefore, we have not missed a National Realtor’s Convention and Expo since I have been employed.  You may ask “What is so great about the National Association of Realtors Conference and Expo”?  Well, It is by far the largest and most important real estate conference in the United States.  It has been described as the Super Bowl, World Series, and Game of Thrones finale all in one!   For 4 days we mix and mingle with the top producing real estate professionals, industry experts and corporate executives.  There are over 100 education sessions spanning from topics of current real estate technology, law, staging, time management techniques, safety, marketing and sales strategies, fixing and flipping homes, nabbing the online leads, personal growth, investment forums, team-building …I could go on and on!  Plus they are all taught by powerhouses of the real estate industry.  And I cannot forget to mention the Realtor Expo which has 400 industry vendors and more classes on how to use all the new gadgets and gismos!  I’m telling you…we are pumped when we get back to Hattiesburg and loaded with new ideas and inspiration!   And to top it off…this year, Adam and DeLois have ordered the NAR Convention Sessions, because who could possibly attend everything?  Each Monday at staff meeting one of us presents a synopsis of a session that they have listened to the past week.  We just keep on learning!!!

 The conventions are always held in fantastic locations to draw as many attendees (20,000 +) as possible and to have a convention complex big enough to hold everyone.   Past conventions have been held in Orlando, Anaheim, San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans and Boston.   I joke with Adam and DeLois every year saying I may be retiring soon but I have to check out where the convention will be held before I make that decision!  The Boston NAR Convention 2018 was worth the wait!  And the 2019 convention will be held in San Francisco.  Even though it has been located there twice in the past, I am going to hold out on retirement at least one more year!  Linda and I always go a few days early to explore the surrounding areas.  We’ve explored Napa Valley, Sausalito, Muir Woods, Alcatraz and of course, The Fisherman’s Wharf.  But Carmel, The Hearst Castle and Yosemite National Park are on my bucket list.  Hummm… I hear they have day trips to each of these places from San Francisco.  So I bet they will be on our itinerary!

Another opportunity that working with this team has afforded me is the chance to travel abroad.  When our team makes our yearly goal, we are awarded a team trip anywhere we choose!  Past trips have included Paris, London, Hawaii, Caribbean cruises, New York City, Washington D.C., Jamestown, Williamsburg and Charlottesville, Virginia.  Going on these trips as a team is a great tactic because we truly bond with our co-workers and feel like one big family.  Ha!  I think that’s good!  No really, working here has been one of the best choices of my life and I love my co-workers!

So, in 2019 we will be using all that knowledge gained from all the classes we attended at convention and especially working hard to reach our goals.  (I’ve never been to Italy! Lol!) Just give us a call if you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling a home!  We will be sure to give you and your referrals the All-Star treatment!