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Call for 2016 Self Nominations for VP

The deadline to submit Self Nominations for the office of Vice President is May 31. This starts a four-year leadership commitment to building knowledge, building relationships, and building business for Institute members - the extraordinary real estate professionals - who broker, lease, sell, develop, and manage our most precious resource: the land.


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Danny Smith, ALC Advanced

Wins 2014 Deal of the Year Award



Congratulations to Danny Smith, ALC Advanced, Smith & Smith Realty, on receiving the 2014 Deal of the Year Award from the Central Florida Commercial Association of REALTORS® (CFCAR). In 2008, Danny was awarded the Florida Land REALTOR® of the Year. In 2013 he was awarded Land REALTOR® of America by the Institute. Smith has served as President for the REALTOR® Association of Lake and Sumter Counties, has been on the Board of Directors for The Florida REALTORS®, and is an active member of the Board of Directors. Smith is the Chair of the ALC Accreditation Committee of the REALTORS® Land Institute and is the Institute Representative to the NAR Commercial Committee. 

ALCs Recognized & Awarded


Congratulations to Dean Saunders, ALC, and Clay Taylor, ALC. Saunders, owner of Coldwell Banker Saunders Real Estate, was named the highest producer for Coldwell Commercial and is the First Place Winner of the Top Five Sales Professional Awards.

Clay Taylor, ALC, earned the honor of placement in the Circle of Distinction with a Bronze sales award from Coldwell Banker Commercial. Taylor is a licensed real estate professional and REALTOR® for CBC Saunders Real Estate.

Mark Cumbest, ALC, 1995 Institute Past National President, Awarded Top Seller


Congratulations to Mark Cumbest, Accredited Land Consultant (ALC), 1995 Institute Past National President. Cumbest was recently recognized by the Gulf Coast Association of REALTORS® as the Top Seller of Commercial Properties in 2014 winning the Commercial Platinum and the Commercial Emerald awards.  Cumbest has served as the fourth congressional district representative on the Mississippi Real Estate Commission, this is his 10th year on the Commission,  and is the recipient of the Hall of Fame from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Association of REALTORS®. He was also named the Land REALTOR® of America in 1991 by the Institute. 

Ray Brownfield, ALC Advanced
Interviewed as Expert




Ray Brownfield, ALC Advanced, shares his knowledge and expertise as an Accredited Land Consultant Advanced on the industry's popular broadcast program This Week in Agribusiness. Featured in two episodes, Brownfield was showcased discussing the impacts of an increase in non-farming land investors as well as lower interest rates and commodity prices for the land sales market.


Part One  |  Part Two

 We Have A Voice
1031 Tax Exchange Reform


The Institute is in sync with the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange Coalition—informing officials of the detrimental effects of the bill to the economy and the real estate industry. The stronger the voice, the more that understanding and attention will take place. Have a voice here.  

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