Every month, the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) meets for two days at
400 West Robinson Street in Orlando, Florida (north building, top floor). The meeting starts at 8am. Parking is free. The next meeting is April 16-17 (next week).
I think every real estate licensee needs to attend at least one FREC meeting in their life. I was amazed at how much I learned the first time I attended. The first day (Tuesday) is where FREC considers applicants who have a criminal background. The criminal problems people have range from minor misdemeanors like petty theft to major felonies like murder or sexual assault. The members of the Commission consider each case individually. Most applicants are present to tell their side of the story, and some have an attorney with them. If you have to attend this as an applicant, check out my post with some tips on what to do.
The second day of the meeting (Wednesday) is where they handle current licensees who have gotten in trouble, recovery fund cases, escrow disbursement orders, and any rule changes or other issues. To me, this is the more interesting day of the two. This is also the day where you can get continuing education credit for attending.
When licensees get in trouble, I believe about half of them have good intent and just didn’t know the law or made an honest mistake. The other half are just plain scamsters. You can see what the mistake folks are doing wrong so you don’t make the same mistake. (I’m assuming if you are in the scamsters category you aren’t reading this blog.)
FREC also discusses potential rule and law changes. Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about advertising for both teams and individuals, the requirements to become a broker, and continuing education for instructors. I’ve been there almost every month to see the process unfold. I’ve even participated in the process because citizens are allowed to make comments.
If you don’t live in Orlando, or don’t want to go downtown for the day, you can watch the meeting online! The Wednesday meeting is live streamed. This is something that they’ve only been doing for about a year, and I love it. Sometimes I can’t make it to the live meeting, but I can pop in and out throughout the day to see what is going on. Check out this website to find a link to the live stream and the agendas so you can see what they are discussing.
Too often, laws or rules are passed and people complain that the powers that be are pushing their will down on the people. Actually, you can go to the meeting and participate in the process. (This is true in all areas of government, not just real estate.) America does not have rule by the majority. We have rule by the people who participate in the process. At the FREC meeting, you can participate in the process.
If you attend a meeting in person, I’ll probably be there. Please come up and introduce yourself.
Please note that neither I, nor anyone in the Climer family, have any affiliation with Climer School of Real Estate. My father, Ron Climer, sold Climer School of Real Estate in 2014. You can find me at Demetree School of Real Estate.