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Meet the Florida Real Estate Commission


April 17, 2017 – Seven people – five real estate licensees and two persons never licensed in real estate – make up the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC). Nine members make up the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board (FREAB) – four appraisers, two Appraisal Management Company (AMC) members, one appraisal services user and two Florida residents with no connection to the practice of real estate appraisal.

Florida's governor appoints members to FREC and FREAB, and the Senate confirms them. Their mission: To protect the public by regulating real estate licensees through education and compliance. Their goal is to be the trusted resource for both licensees and the public.

Chairman Chip Boring

Each year, the commissioners elect a chairperson. For 2017, FREC's chairperson is a past Florida Realtors' president, Claude "Chip" Boring, broker/owner of RE/MAX REALTY PLUS in Sebring, Florida. Chairman Boring has served on the commission since 2010. He's a third-generation Floridian with a distinguished career that many look up to; and in his spare time, he's a hands-on broker owner.

With almost six years serving on FREC and 38 years as a Florida licensee, what has Chairman Boring learned?

"There have been many changes with respect to the technology that licensees (use every day) in their business," he says. "The demand for faster information and tools … has had a major impact on our business. It has allowed Realtors to be more productive."

But not everything has changed, including "the importance of honesty, integrity and professionalism while developing relationships with not only our peers but those individual clients and customers we meet during the process of conducting business."

Throughout his career, Chairman Boring has spent hundreds of hours giving back to the industry and his community. Before serving as a real estate commissioner, Chairman Boring not only served as 1999 Florida Realtors president, he's also served for eight years on the board of the Highlands County Commissioners, and he's a United States Navy veteran.

What advice does Chairman Boring offer for real estate success? He has four recommendations:

  1. Develop your skills by taking advantage of educational opportunities.
  2. Always be honest and sincere.
  3. When in doubt with respect to legal aspects pertaining to Chapter 475 or matters of law, ask someone who is qualified to provide those answers.
  4. When conducting business, no matter the situation, always ask yourself: Is this right or wrong? Is it legal according to guidelines I should adhere to, and is it fair to everyone concerned? If the answer is "yes" to these questions, then you're on the right track.

© 2017 Florida Realtors


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