2015 Keynote Speakers and Guest Speakers


Sept 14 HeadshotRossi – Everyone talks about change but no one changes the talk.
ROSSI DOES –  and has from his blistering start of 10 listings in his
first two weeks and 86 closings in his  first 12 months in real estate,
to his Future Paced presentations from every US State to  Belize,
Singapore to Prague and Amsterdam. Never satisfied with the
status quo, he  constantly updates his presentations at the speed
of information to masterfully reframe  the real estate industry of
the evolving consumer’s needs, trending market demands, and  fresh technology
resources.   Now he’s spinning real estate education into the future with
‘Class in the Round’! Because  ‘the Edutainer’ knows that people don’t buy
what you do, they buy WHY you do it. And YOU  are his WHY.
Others say, “He’s an imaginative humorist, investigative optimist, and peripheral visionary.”
He says, “We are all genius unrecognized by self.”Check out this YouTube video of Rossi’s “Authentic Self” presentation.Rossi will be teaching Wednesday, September 30th from 9:30 am – 12:30pm and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Rossi is sponsored by Fidelity Title Agency of Alaska, LLC and Mat-Su Title Agency, LLC.

Maura Neill - photo (2)Maura Neill – Maura Neill, ABR, CRS, CDPE, e-PRO, MRP, MA, REALTOR® is a second-generation REALTOR® who combines her love for the industry with her passion for education. Before getting into the real estate business in 2001, Maura previously taught at The Florida State University, University of Phoenix, and Gwinnett County Public Schools (in the Metro Atlanta area). She is an active agent with RE/MAX Around Atlanta, leading her team and representing buyers and sellers on a day-to-day basis, and considers education – both clients and other real estate agents – an important part of her role as a REALTOR®.Maura is a social media and technology devotee and an active real estate speaker and instructor on subjects such as real estate technology, building your business via social media, customer service and client retention. She has spoken for various conferences, such as RETSO, Inman Agent Reboot, Inman Connect, Council of Residential Specialists’ Sell-A-Bration, Women’s Council of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®, for state and local associations in Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin, as well as the Guam Association of REALTORS®, RE/MAX, ERA, and Crye-Leike. Maura is active with the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. An active voice for the real estate industry, Maura was chosen to be a facilitator for NAR’s “REthink the Future” project in 2012-13. In addition, she’s a NAR-approved e-PRO® instructor and is the lead instructor and subject matter expert for NAR’s newest certification, the Military Relocation Professional (MRP).

Maura is also the Founder and Host of Atlanta: 365 Days, 365 Things To Do, a hyper-local online travel resource and magazine for newcomers and natives, for which she had a spot on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, and the founder of Trick or Treat for the Troops, which is now in its eighth year and sends dozens of care packages to U.S. Servicemen and -women who are deployed and away from their families during the holiday season. A lover of all things Atlanta, Maura lives in Johns Creek, Georgia, with her husband Ben, their Beagles Charlie, Jarvis, and Maddy, and one cat who wishes to remain anonymous.

Maura will be teaching Friday, October 2nd from 9:00am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  Her presentation is sponsored by Stewart Title of the Kenai Peninsula and Kachemak Bay Title Agency.

maude morseMaude Morse – Maude will be teaching a brand new course designed specifically for the 2015 AAR Convention.  Maude’s class is entitled “Mortgage Loans and Beyond: The New Frontier.”  This class is designated for 2 ECE credits.

Maude will be teaching on Thursday, October 1st, from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.  Her presentation is sponsored by First National Bank Alaska.

ABatesAnita Bates – Anita will be teaching “Landlord Tenant Act: Basics for all Licensees” on Saturday morning, October 3rd, from 8 am – 10 am.  This class is designated for 2 DCE credit hours.
PeggyAnn2PeggyAnn McConnochie – PeggyAnn is teaching “Current Alaska Real Estate Legal & Ethical Issues” on Saturday, October 3rd, from 10 am – 12:00 pm.  This class is designated for 2 DCE credit hours.
cheryl costa FATCOCheryl Costa – Cheryl is with First American Title and they have a special class approved for this convention entitled “Consumer Protection: TRID.”  Cheryl’s class is on Saturday, October 3rd, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  This class is designated form 2 DCE credit hours.
suellen appellofSuellen Appellof – Suellen’s class is entitled “Contracts & Real Estate License Law” and will be held on Saturday, October 3rd, from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  This class is designed for 2 DCE credit hours.


Realtors® Applaud House Passage of “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act”

WASHINGTON (February 2, 2016) — The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to advance legislation that will expand opportunities for homeownership. H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act,” includes a number of initiatives that have strong support from the National Association of Realtors®, who hailed the vote as important progress for home buyers and sellers.

“This legislation will put homeownership in reach for more families, and we applaud Congress’s work to take us there,” said NAR President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. “We look forward to seeing it advance through the legislative process and to the President’s desk, so it can be signed into law.”

NAR testified last year in support of H.R. 3700 before the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance. In particular, NAR championed the inclusion of reforms to current Federal Housing Administration restrictions on condominium financing.

Condominiums are among the most affordable homeownership options for first-time homebuyers, as well as lower income borrowers, but barriers to safe, affordable mortgage credit for condos still exist. H.R. 3700 takes a number of steps to address those concerns.

These include efforts to make FHA’s recertification process “substantially less burdensome,” improving a process that is often costly and which condo developments must repeat every 24 months. H.R. 3700 also lowers FHA’s current owner-occupancy requirement from 50 percent to 35 percent and requires FHA to replace existing policy on transfer fees with the less-restrictive model already in place at the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Additionally, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act” streamlines the process for exemptions to FHA’s rule requiring that condominium projects have no more than 25 percent of the space dedicated to commercial use. This effort is in line with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s initiative to promote neighborhoods with a mix of residential housing, businesses and access to public transportation.

Finally, H.R. 3700 includes further support for rural housing loans and multifamily housing initiatives.

“There is tremendous demand for affordable housing, and H.R. 3700 offers fresh opportunities for creditworthy borrowers to become homeowners when they choose to,” said Salomone. “NAR thanks Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo, for introducing the bill, as well as leaders in the House for making it a priority. We look forward to working with our partners at all levels to advance this legislation in support of homeownership.”

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Contact Information

Alaska Association of REALTORS®
4205 Minnesota Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

Phone (907) 563-7133
FAX (907) 561-1779
Toll-Free (800) 478-3763