The St. Louis Association of Realtors is planning a very unconventional convention.

From Sept. 12 to Dec. 12 the association plans to hold an online convention with a virtual expo and speaker presentations. This Internet-based convention will be the first of its kind for a Realtor association. The St. Louis Association of Realtors has about 9,000 members.

There is no charge to register and attend this convention. Members of the St Louis Association of Realtors can obtain a complimentary pass to the convention at www.recyber.com/preconventionstl, and other information about the convention is also available at that site.

The convention will be presented in conjunction with the Real Estate CyberSpace Society, an international real estate organization with members in 28 countries. John M. Peckham III, executive director for the society, said in an announcement, “The St Louis Association is leading the way nationally by bringing this opportunity to its members. The online convention will provide members all of the excitement and features of a ‘hard floor’ convention. Attendees will learn from top-notch nationally recognized speakers, see the latest products and services at the On-Line Expo, network at the convention’s Virtual Networking Center be able to enjoy some fun and relaxation in the Convention On-line Social Center.”

He added, “The only thing missing will be lost shoe leather, aching muscles, registration fees and time away from home.” Conference attendees can fulfill educational requirements for the Real Estate CyberSpace Specialist designation awarded by the society, Peckham said.

The convention will feature a presentation, “Assistants – Virtually Yours!” by Michael Russer, a real estate educator who is also known as “Mr. Internet.” Jim Young, founder and CEO of Realcomm, will deliver a virtual presentation titled, “The Latest Gadgets – Time Savers and Money Makers!” Four presentations by other speakers will also be available for online viewing.

Charles W. Davis, president of the St. Louis Association of Realtors, said in an announcement that the convention’s On-Line Expo will allow attendees to view and purchase products and services over the Internet, and to qualify for door prizes, drawings and raffles. Attendees can navigate through the expo and click on the booth of their choice.

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