UNION CITY, Calif. — Seventeen real-estate professional associations joined efforts for the 2008 Bay Area Multicultural Real Estate Summit on Sept. 26.
Over 300 attendees participated in educational courses such as Transnational Referral Certification (led by Fanny Chu), Commercial Real Estate (led by Richard Lombardi), Natural Hazards Disclosures Legal Forum (led by Mailana Mavromatis) and Working with Multicultural Clients (with Carol Rodoni), as well as a panel on Alternative Financing for Mulicultural Markets and other break-out sessions on FHA Loans and Legal Aspects of International Real Estate.
The highlight of the summit was the Multicultural Top Producers Panel moderated by Steve Goddard, president-elect of the California Association of Realtors. Tammy Yau of Pleasanton, Orlando Bojorquez of Daly City, Nadr Essabhoy of Palo Alto and Miguel Velazco of Fremont shared secrets of their success and unanimously stressed quality service to consumers as the ultimate key.
Key note speakers Jeff Davi of the California Department of Real Estate Commissioner and Rebecca Gallardo, chairwoman of National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, addressed attendees on the current real estate market and how to meet its challenges.
Bay East Association of Realtors took the lead with Dexter Lat chairing the steering committee. Inspired by Pablo Wong of Fidelity National Financial, one of the founding organizations last year, this year’s organizing associations came from multiple counties in the Bay Area, such as the East Bay, Berkeley, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Silicon Valley.
Eight ethnic real-estate associations also participated: the Asian Real Estate Association of East Bay, Chinese American Real Estate Association (South Bay), Chinese Real Estate Association of America, Filipino American Real Estate Professional Association, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Alameda County) and South Asian Real Estate Association of America.
The summit is supported by a National Association of REALTORS Diversity Grant and the following sponsors: Platinum: Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Gold: Bank of America and Property ID; Silver: WHB Solution; Corporate: Bank of the West and Key Point Credit Union: and Business: Oakland Association of Realtors and Bankers Exchange Services.