For any REALTOR® that’s been frustrated by a transaction that takes on a life of their own, there’s a mortgage lender and escrow agent who feels the same way. At this year’s annual Industry Partners Conference, more than 300 REALTORS®, mortgage lenders and escrow agents came together to spend the day dissecting possibly the most complicated scenario and finding a way to close the transaction and all get paid. To view photos from the event click here:

The day started with a round of introductions, and a truly moving presentation honoring those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

Rick Mack, shareholder of Mack, Watson and Stratman and AAR Legal Hotline provider, presented 20 of the top requested legal hotline questions of 2013. You can view them here.

Following Mack’s presentation, FBI Special Agent Desirae Tolhurst gave a great presentation about how the FBI is tackling mortgage fraud in Arizona.

Attendee and REALTOR® Tiffany Robbins Cloud posted on the Industry Partners Conference Facebook page after the event that she learned: “That we have our own Phoenix version of ‘Sandra Bullock FBI’ agent! I actually had to ask a client to call the FBI about housing fraud this morning, so appreciated the presentation. Rick Mack was great as well!”

These presentations helped set the state for the scenario-based work that the REALTORS®, mortgage lenders and escrow agents participated in for the rest of the day. Each table was given a specific scenario of a transaction about to go off the rails. They worked together and learned so much from each other.

Immediately following the conference, the Arizona Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) sponsored a cocktail party to raise funds for the Karen Franz Scholarship Fund.  The scholarship fund is utilized statewide to support professional develop for WCR members.

To make sure you don’t miss next year’s event, be sure to like the Industry Partners Conference page.

About the Author

Michelle Lind

K. Michelle Lind, CEO of Arizona REALTORS®, is also an attorney, State Bar of Arizona board certified real estate specialist, and the author of Arizona Real Estate: A Professional’s Guide to Law and Practice. Please note that this article is of a general nature and may not be up-to-date or revised for accuracy as statutory or case law changes following the date of first publication. Further, this article reflects only the opinion of the author, is not intended as definitive legal advice and you should not act upon it without seeking independent legal counsel.