2014 National Land Conference Attracts Land Industry Experts

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2014 National Land Conference Attracts Land Industry Experts
The REALTORS® Land Institute
An affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®

Institute Continues its Commitment to Building Knowledge and Promoting Business

March 19, 2014 (Chicago, IL)- The 2014 National Land Conference: If land could talk, attracted  professionals from across the nation to learn from experts, connect with industry peers, and make deals. The conference, presented by the REALTORS® Land Institute on March 12-14 in Charleston, SC, hit record attendance and incoming reports indicate it was the best conference yet for professionals in the agriculture, timber, ranch, recreation, appraisal, auction, farm management, site selection, and land investment industries.

Attendees expanded their knowledge base from world renown experts on hot topics including the economy; energy, hydraulic fracturing, and mineral rights; marketing and new technology; land conservation opportunities for land owners; 1031 exchanges that benefit land owners; and international business opportunities. Presenters included Leonard Jordan, Associate Chief of Conservation at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; William Emmons, PhD, Assistant Vice President and Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; and Samuel Boxer, Esq., Partner of the Environmental Practice Group of Sidley Austin LLP.

Accredited Land Consultants (ALCs) met during a preconference with Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC, to discuss how to utilize the ALC designation in business strategies and provide the best service to clients. TheAccredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation is an indication of the land professional who is the most accomplished, experienced, educated, and highest performing land expert. It requires successful completion of a rigorous education program and a proven track record of success. They are the most trusted land professionals as a result of their commitment to professional development and a strong code of conduct.

ALCs were honored with awards for peer networking and making deals. For 2013, the recipients of the National ALC-to-ALC Networking Award for sales volume collaborated on a $77,300,000 transaction. Other honors awarded included the Chapter of the Year award and the Excellence in Instruction awards. The Institute also recognized the 23 ALCs who were awarded the ALC Advanced for their commitment to lifelong professional learning and stewardship for success of an organization.

The 2015 National Land Conference will take place in Tucson, AZ, on March 23-25. For more information visitwww.rliland.com/2015NationalLandConference.

About the REALTORS® Land Institute
The REALTORS® Land Institute is the professional membership organization for real estate practitioners who specialize in land transactions. An affiliate organization of the National Association of REALTORS®, the Institute provides a wide range of programs and services that build knowledge, relationships, and business opportunities for the best in the land business. Through its best-in-class LandU curriculum, the REALTORS® Land Institute confers its Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation to only those real estate practitioners who achieve the highest levels of education, experience, and professionalism.

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Institute Recognizes 2013 Award Winners

Institute Recognizes 2013 Award Winners
Accredited Land Consultants (ALC) honored with Land REALTOR® of America Award
and Meeks Distinguished Service Award

November 12, 2013 (Chicago, IL) –The REALTORS® Land Institute named Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC, the 2013 Meeks Distinguished Service Award honoree, and Kirk Goble, ALC, the 2013 Land REALTOR® of America at the 2013 REALTORS® Land Institute Day on November 7 in San Francisco, CA. The awards are an honor among the prestigious Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) professional community.

The Meeks Distinguished Service Award recognizes an ALC with a long-term commitment and service to fellow Institute members, the land profession, and the community. Recipient, Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC, of Tampa, FL is leader, mentor, educator, philanthropist and strong advocate for the advancement of the land professional. As Danny Smith, ALC, stated, “The recipient’s love of ‘mentoring’ up and comers as well as seasoned professionals has reinforced the feeling that the recipient has always had–that it’s all of our responsibilities to “bring along” others and to be there to answer any question–no matter how small—and to introduce people to others they may want or need to know.”

In commitment to community, Eshenbaugh began a scholarship fund in remembrance of his parents that has allowed numerous students to attend college. Additionally, he taught as an instructor for the REALTORS® Land Institute, created the ALC Review Manual and served as a speaker and facilitator at numerous Institute events. He is continually supporting education through training programs and funding of numerous scholarships for students.

The 2013 REALTOR® of America, Kirk Goble, ALC, was chosen by past award recipients as distinguished in his efforts and work expended in the interest of Institute members, their profession, and their community. Goble, from Greeley, CO has influenced the Institute in numerous ways. Norma Nisbet, ALC, stated “He has the giving ‘spirit’ that distinguishes the Land REALTOR® of America from others—helping and assisting others with their businesses in the land organization while not asking for anything for himself, but the satisfaction of ‘helping his fellow land broker’.”

Real estate professionals to convene in Chicago to enhance land skills

Real estate professionals to convene in Chicago to enhance land skills
REALTORS® Land Institute LANDU Education Week held June 22-30 in Chicago

May 6, 2014 (Chicago, IL) –On June 22-30, real estate professionals from across the country will meet in Chicago, Ill. for the Institute’s 2014 LANDU Education Week. The Institute will offer six in-person LANDU approved courses, all counting towards the requirements of the prestigious Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation.

Many aspire to attain the ALC designation, an indication of the most accomplished, experienced, educated, and highest performing land professional across the country. According to a 2013 REALTORS® Land Institute membership survey, ALCs earn about $373,925 per year, approximately $100,000 more than members without the designation.

Students have the opportunity to complete one to six face-to-face courses throughout the extended week–Land Investment Analysis (24 contact hours), Site Selection (16 contact hours), Land 101: The Fundamentals of Land Brokerage (16 contact hours), Agricultural Land Brokerage and Marketing (16 contact hours), Tax Deferred 1031 Exchanges (16 contact hours), and Marketing Strategies (16 contact hours). Combined, these six courses total 104 contact hours, the total hours needed for completing the educational requirements of the ALC designation.

Boyd L. Harris of Farmers National Company attended LANDU Education Week in 2013 and stated, “The week was well worth the time and investment. The courses I took tied some 20 plus years of other schooling back together from the perspective of application rather than just mechanics. New in the business or experienced, there were many points to take home and have a new, invigorated look at business practice. And the new networking contacts are always beneficial.”

This June, multiple members of the Institute’s Military Transition Program (MTP) will be in attendance to hone their land skills and network with industry peers. In late 2013, the Institute announced its commitment to support veteran’s employment opportunities with the MTP, to help active duty military and veterans, who’ve served since 2000, build a career in the land real estate business. A program benefit is two complimentary LANDU courses (LAND 101: The Fundamentals of Land Brokerage and one elective course).

For more information on the REALTORS® Land Institute LANDU Education Week and to see the course schedule, visit www.rliland.com/landu-education-week

REALTORS Land Institute Announces Military Transition Program (MTP)

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REALTORS�� Land Institute Announces Military Transition Program (MTP)
The REALTORS�� Land Institute
An affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS��
New Program Provides Quality Land Education to Military Service Members

November 13, 2013 (Chicago, IL) –The REALTORS�� Land Institute announced its commitment to support veterans’ employment opportunities with a new Military Transition Program (MTP), created to help military build a career in the real estate land business. All members of United States Armed Forces that have served on active duty since 2000 are eligible.
The 2014 Institute National President George Clift, ALC, remarked, “The Institute is honored to give back to those who protect our land. Our military service members possess leadership qualities, dedication, and a commitment to success that is valuable among land professionals. By joining the Military Transition Program, they will be connected to prestigious Accredited Land Consultants (ALCs) nationwide as they begin their education and business as a land expert.”

The MTP is designed to assist military to jumpstart their careers as real estate land professionals. Through this program, the Institute will waive fees for one year of membership, a LAND 101 course, and one elective LANDU course, valued at over $1500. Course hours accumulated will contribute to the requirements of the ALC designation—an indication of the most accomplished, experienced, and high performing land sales experts.

With the one year membership in the Institute, the program offers access to a national network of land REALTORS��, legislative advocacy and a voice in Washington through the National Association of REALTORS��, the 2014 National Land Conference, educational opportunities through the LANDU curriculum, the opportunity to earn the ALC designation, and access to exclusive property listing services, resources, social networking sites and publications. Access the application online.

About the REALTORS�� Land Institute
The REALTORS�� Land Institute is the professional membership organization for real estate practitioners who specialize in land transactions. An affiliate organization of the National Association of REALTORS��, the Institute provides a wide range of programs and services that build knowledge, relationships, and business opportunities for the best in the land business. Through its best-in-class LandU curriculum, the REALTORS�� Land Institute confers its Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation to only those real estate practitioners who achieve the highest levels of education, experience, and professionalism. For more information visit www.rliland.com.

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Generous Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Funds Five New Scholarships for Military

Generous Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Funds Five New Scholarships for Military
Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC, Generously Supports Institute’s Military Transition Program (MTP)

December 3, 2013 (Chicago, IL)–The REALTORS® Land Institute announced today that Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Bill Eshenbaugh will fund five Eshenbaugh Land Company Military Course Scholarships for the Institute’s Military Transition Program (MTP). The scholarships, valued at $445 each, will be awarded to the first MTP participants who request the scholarship.

The REALTORS® Land Institute created the MTP to support veterans’ employment opportunities through assisting military interested in the land business in earning the prestigious Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation–an indication of the most accomplished, experienced, and highest performing land sales experts. The program, open to all U.S. Military who have served from 2000 forward, waives fees for one-year of membership to the Institute, offers a complimentary LAND 101: Fundamentals of Land Brokerage and Marketing course, and one elective LANDU course, valued at over $1500. The Eshenbaugh Land Company Military Course Scholarship will honor five members with an additional LANDU elective course, for a total of three free courses. Access the application online.

Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC, 2013 Institute Meeks Distinguished Service award recipient, is the owner of Eshenbaugh Land Company in Tampa, Florida. As a successful ALC land expert, Eshenbaugh has served as an instructor and course contributor for the Institute. He created the scholarship in honor of his brother John, who was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for valor.

Institute to Launch Exclusive Land Listing Site—THE LAND CONNECTIONS

Institute to Launch Exclusive Land Listing Site—THE LAND CONNECTIONS
REALTORS® Land Institute creates central listing site of land experts

December 13, 2013 (Chicago, IL)- The REALTORS® Land Institute announced that on January 3, 2014 they will unveil THE LAND CONNECTIONS-Do Business with the Best in the Business, the official central listing site for land experts nationwide. The online listing site will display properties from Institute members and prestigious Accredited Land Consultants (ALCs). ALCs are the most knowledgeable, trusted, experienced, and highest producing land experts nationwide.

When buying or selling land, ALCs have the experience, education, and network to create solutions, add value, and build wealth for clients. THE LAND CONNECTIONS will provide a seamless connection between buyers, sellers, and trusted land experts. Those interested in working with an expert land consultant will be able to navigate the listing site to view properties available by location.

On January 3, the website www.thelandconnections.com will go live and a site link will be located on the Institute homepage, www.rliland.com. The homepage of THE LAND CONNECTIONS will include 12 featured listings along with banner advertisements. These opportunities are available for purchase. Call the Institute at 800-441-5263 for pricing.
In order to be featured or listed on the site, land experts must hold membership in the REALTORS® Land Institute, ensuring that clients Do Business with the Best in the Business. Those interested in joining the Institute, please call 1-800-441-5263 or apply online.

Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) honored with 2013 National Commercial Award

Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) honored with 2013 National Commercial Award

The REALTORS® Land Institute
An affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®
Clay Taylor, ALC, recognized for his achievements

December 18, 2013 (Chicago, IL) – Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Clay Taylor was awarded the National Association of REALTORS® 2013 National Commercial Award for his excellence in the commercial real estate industry. Taylor is one of 24 national award recipients.

As an ALC, Taylor successfully completed a rigorous education program with a proven track record of performance and a commitment to the land profession. The REALTORS® Land Institute grants the designation to only the most accomplished, experienced, and highest performing land experts across the country.

Clay Taylor, ALC, received the 2013 National Commercial Award because of his local achievements, and dedication to the REALTORS® Land Institute and the land profession. His commitment and successes were acknowledged when he received the 2012 Florida Land REALTOR® of the Year award. Taylor serves as the REALTORS® Land Institute Florida Chapter Treasurer.

Taylor, of Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate in Lakeland, FL was given the Bronze Circle of Distinction award from Coldwell Banker Commercial in 2011 and 2012 for his sales accomplishments.

About the REALTORS® Land Institute
The REALTORS® Land Institute is the professional membership organization for real estate practitioners who specialize in land transactions. An affiliate organization of the National Association of REALTORS®, the Institute provides a wide range of programs and services that build knowledge, relationships, and business opportunities for the best in the land business. Through its best-in-class LANDU curriculum, the REALTORS® Land Institute confers its Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation to only those real estate practitioners who achieve the highest levels of education, experience, and professionalism. For more information visit www.rliland.com.

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Generous Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Funds John Eshenbaugh Military Scholarship of the REALTORS® Land Institute

Scholarship Provides Quality Land Education to Military Service Members

December 9, 2014 (Chicago, IL) – The REALTORS ® Land Institute announced today that Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Bill Eshenbaugh will continue to fund five  John Eshenbaugh Military Scholarships of the REALTORS® Land Institute through 2017. The scholarships, valued at $445 each, will be available to the first five Military Transition Program (MTP) Applicants who request the scholarship.

The MTP is designed to assist military members in jumpstarting their careers as real estate land professionals. Through this program, the Institute will waive fees for one year of membership, a LAND 101 course, and one elective LANDU course, valued at over $1500. Course hours accumulated will contribute to the requirements of the ALC designation—an indication of the most accomplished, experienced, and high performing land sales experts.

Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC, 2013 Institute Meeks Distinguished Service award recipient, is the owner of Eshenbaugh Land Company in Tampa, Florida. As a successful ALC land expert, Eshenbaugh has served as an instructor and course contributor for the Institute. He created the scholarship in honor of his brother John, who was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for valor.

About the REALTORS® Land Institute
The REALTORS® Land Institute is the professional membership organization for real estate practitioners who specialize in land transactions. An affiliate organization of the National Association of REALTORS®, the Institute provides a wide range of programs and services that build knowledge, relationships, and business opportunities for the best in the land business. Through its best-in-class LANDU curriculum, the REALTORS® Land Institute confers its Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation to only those real estate practitioners who achieve the highest levels of education, experience, and professionalism. For more information visit www.rliland.com.

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Six New Accredited Land Consultants Earn Prestigious Designation

August 28, 2015 (Chicago, IL)—The REALTORS® Land Institute congratulates the following real estate professionals who have recently distinguished themselves by earning the esteemed Accredited Land Consultant designation through the Institute. Earning the ALC designation is an indication of the most accomplished, experienced, educated, and highest performing land experts.

The following Institute members have earned and been conferred the esteemed ALC designation in August:

Albert Allen, ALC; Allen Realty Advisors, Houston, TX
Jeffrey Bernson, ALC, JHB Realty Advisors, Inc., Midvale, UT
Steve Bilicek, ALC, Texas Ag Realty, Richmond, TX
Carell Freeman, ALC, Independent Broker, Humble, TX
Mehdi Mostaedi, ALC, NAI Capital, Victorville, CA
Jason Robbins, ALC, RE/MAX Central Realty, Asheboro, NC

ALCs have successfully completed the rigorous LANDU education requirements, have a proven track record of success in the business and have been evaluated and approved by the Institute’s Designation Committee and Board of Directors. As a result of their commitment to professional development and a strong code of conduct, they are the most trusted land professionals in the industry.

The REALTORS® Land Institute is the professional membership organization for real estate practitioners who specialize in land transactions. Over 100 years old, the Institute provides a wide range of programs and services that build knowledge, relationships, and business opportunities for the best in the land business including the Annual National Land Conference being held on March 11-13 in Dallas, Texas. Through its best-in-class LANDU curriculum, the REALTORS® Land Institute confers its Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation to only those real estate practitioners who achieve the highest levels of education, experience, and professionalism. For more information, visit www.rliland.com or call 800.441.5263.

2015 Land Markets Survey Now Open: What’s Happening in Your Land Market?

November 4, 2015 (Chicago, Ill.) — The REALTORS® Land Institute collaborates twice a year with the research department of the National Associations of REALTORS® to create a biannual Land Markets Survey. This survey is a one-of-a-kind report that benefits the entire land industry and contains pertinent statistics about the current state of the land market. The survey also compares current findings with past findings, setting benchmarks for the industry and revealing new insights to land professionals.

Terri Jensen, ALC Advanced, 2015 Institute National President of REALTORS® Land Institute, shared “This tool provides insight into the land industry’s many market segments:  farm & ranch land, timber, development land, transitional land, and other market segments such as auction and private treaty sales, as well as investor activity. The results of this market survey can be used with your expansion buyers, investors, and 1031 exchange buyers – it’s a great marketing tool!”

To put forth the most accurate, authentic and comprehensive results possible, expert land professionals are encouraged to take the survey before it closes on November 20. All participants will receive a FREE electronic copy of the survey upon its release and will be entered into a drawing for one of two $50 AMEX Gift Cards. The 2015 Land Markets Survey is an instrumental tool for land professionals around the globe, no matter what industry of the land market they serve, and participation is greatly appreciated.

The REALTORS® Land Institute is the professional membership organization for real estate practitioners who specialize in land transactions. Over 100 years old, the Institute provides a wide range of programs and services that build knowledge, relationships, and business opportunities for the best in the land business including the Annual National Land Conference being held on March 11-13 in Dallas, Texas.  Through its best-in-class LANDU curriculum, the REALTORS® Land Institute confers its Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation to only those real estate practitioners who achieve the highest levels of education, experience, and professionalism. For more information, visit www.rliland.com or call 800.441.5263.