Please refer to the event schedule for each speaker’s topic and time at the summit.

Dr. Bruggeman (Ph.D Michigan State U. / Ecological Economics) founded Ecological Services and Markets, an Asheville-based consulting firm, in 2009 to better value natural assets to support sustainable economies. Dr. Bruggeman’s work has centered on developing market-based strategies for mitigating the effects of habitat loss and adapting to climate change. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Environmental Banking Association. Prior to completing his PhD, he worked as an Ecotoxicologist supporting Superfund and Brownfield re-development. Dr. Bruggeman is also a licensed REALTOR® with National Land Realty.

Climate Change and Real Estate Investing:
Natural disasters have become a significant factor underlying mortgage default. Further properties less vulnerable to threats such as flooding sell at comparably higher prices. The “Climate Change & Real Estate Investing” class is designed to help Realtors understand the threats that drought, wildfires, floods, hurricanes, and sea level rise pose to clients buying or selling real property. Further, we will discuss what the best available science and data indicate regarding the link between these threats and climate change. The class will help Realtors understand risk under climate change, what the existing uncertainties are, and where to find the best available scientific information. While realtors can not be expected to be scientific experts, this course will help realtors direct their clients to critical public data sources.

Smart Growth for 21st Century:
A community functions best with homes for all incomes, jobs, schools, open space, desirable destinations and services, and different ways to reach them—by foot, bicycle, public transit, or automobile. Smart growth is about recognizing and understanding the various facets of a vibrant community and how to achieve and maintain a balance among them. REALTORS® have everything to gain by joining with other community leaders to assure ample homeownership opportunities in communities with efficient transportation, good schools, and open space. After all, REALTORS® sell more than just homes, they sell neighborhoods. And, more than ever, homebuyers want the convenience and value of smart growth. Smart growth focuses on the existing assets of the community, the long-run implications of various development patterns, and their fiscal impacts. The bottom line: some ways of growing are more sustainable than others.

An attorney, real estate educator, nerd and occasional stay-at-home mom, Trista started her legal career in the Statehouse, as Assistant Legal Counsel to Kansas Governor Bill Graves. A desire to develop courtroom skills led her to the Office of the District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District of Kansas as an Assistant District Attorney. Her love of politics was my reason for joining the REALTOR® family as Government Affairs Director and Legal Counsel for a local association. It was there that I saw a need for educational opportunities that focus on the regulation of the real estate industry, presented in a manner that everyone could relate to. She now travels the country providing excellent education to real estate licensees.

Who Let the Dogs Out? Reasonable Accommodations and the Fair Housing Act
An “emotional support peacock”? Learn what are reasonable accommodations under the Fair Housing Act and what guidance HUD offers real estate agents and property managers who are addressing these issues.

Everything Old is New Again: Fair Housing, Anti-Trust & the Data Deluge 
In 2018 over 5 billion records were exposed through data breaches. If you’ve been the victim of a data breach, you know how damaging even one record being exposed can be. This course examines the real estate professional’s role in protecting their client’s data and respecting the data leveraged by social and digital media. How collected data is handled in terms of fair housing will affect everyone moving forward–from large platforms such as Facebook to the individual agent trying to reach “target” markets. Also up for examine are real estate professionals’ postings on public platforms that violate 100+ year old anti-trust laws. How these old laws resurface and apply with a digital medium directly impacts how brokers must manage their brokerages. 

Go Forth and Sin No More — Code of Ethics
Designed to meet the NAR Code of Ethics training requirements this course is Ethics as only Trista can teach it. Examining how the NAR Code of Ethics intersects with state and federal law, this course provides a new perspective on the Code and risk management in the practice of real estate. Providing adequate time for class participation and discussion this course asks “what would you do?” and applies the answers to current case studies and examples.