Become an Agent of the Future

9:15 a.m.

Julia Lashay Israel

Julia Lashay Israel has risen as a powerful force in the real estate sector, significantly defined by her efforts in fostering diversity and leadership growth. Julia has utilized her platform as a sought-after public speaker to educate and inspire thousands of professionals globally. Julia leverages her energetic personality and deep expertise to facilitate change and drive forward the industry conversation on inclusivity and professionalism.

As the head of inclusion and belonging at Keller Williams Realty International Julia Lashay Israel has been instrumental in steering the organization towards recognizing and actively addressing opportunities and challenges in the diversity, equity, and inclusion spectrum. Her robust strategies and insightful guidance have fostered a more inclusive and harmonious work environment, helping others to embrace diverse perspectives and foster growth.

A prolific educator and author, Julia has authored numerous courses infused with insights on diversity, leadership, and career development. Two of her groundbreaking contributions, “The Agent of Distinction” and “The Color of Real Estate” have enlightened over 22,000 real estate agents.

Julia was named among the Top 100 Most Influential People to watch in Texas in 2022 and was honored with the 2020 Exceptional Service Award and 2021 Go Getter Award. She was repeated recognized as a RISMedia Newsmaker in both 2021 and 2023 and has been featured on numerous news, radio and tv shows.

Course Description

Homeownership is the cornerstone of the American Dream. As the country evolves in advanced technology, diversity and representation, real estate agents are uniquely situated to make a substantial impact on society. This session will address the important role of real estate of agents and homeownership. We’ll discuss the current state of homeownership and how to become a real estate agent of the future!



More Interest in Rates: Exploring Affordability and Other Market Trends   

10:50 a.m.

David Arbit

David is the Director of Research at Minneapolis Area REALTORS®. He embodies a variety of roles stretching from research, policy, business development, media and industry relations as well as education, training and public speaking. He holds a Masters in Housing and Economic Development from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. He has undergraduate degrees in Urban Geography and Political Science. Past posts include the City of Minneapolis economic development agency, the Family Housing Fund, the Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.

David has nearly 20 years of market research experience. Since joining Minneapolis Area REALTORS® in 2010, David has been the Association’s go-to person for market data. David is frequently sought after by our local for his insights on local trends and publishes a variety of white papers, blogs, reports and presents a monthly webinar. He stays busy with almost 3-year old twins and enjoys skiing, cycling and camping when time permits and weather cooperates.

Course Description

Join us as we dive into insights into the dynamics of interest rates and their profound impact on the housing market. Attendees will examine the intricacies of interpreting market reports, understanding historical trends, and dissecting demographic shifts to better navigate the complexities of today’s real estate landscape. Through a comprehensive summary of market data attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how interest rates, affordability, and supply constraints shape market conditions and consumer behavior. 



ChatGPT is Coming for Your Job as a REALTOR (and that’s a good thing)

1:00 p.m.

Chris Linsell

Chris Linsell is a real estate technologist, a sought-after real estate coach, and hands-on real estate professional with more than 13 years of experience buying and selling anything from modest starter homes to massive waterside compounds.

Chris currently serves as the Director of Content for real estate technology company Luxury Presence. In this role, Chris leads an impressive team of content professionals in telling the story of Luxury Presence’s products, services, and people. Chris has worked as a trainer and development consultant for national real estate brands such as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices of Michigan and Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors, helping teams of all shapes and sizes realize their technology, lead generation, and overall business goals by finding new ways to demonstrate their expertise and authority in their local markets.

Chris formerly served as the Senior Writer and Technology Analyst for The Close, the internet’s leading source of actionable, strategic insight for and by industry professionals.

Course Description

ChatGPT and other AI tools have made incredible leaps forward in the last year. This technology is a fundamental threat to real estate professionals who simply push papers and unlock doors, but will also have a profoundly positive impact on agents willing to pivot their business to the next generation. In this session, we’ll learn exactly how this happens.



Elevating Sales Through Cross-Cultural Agility

2:15 p.m.

Tim Hur

Tim Hur (ABR®, AHWD, C2EX;, CIPS, CRS, SRS) is NAR’s 2024 REALTOR® Party Community Engagement Liaison. Tim is a national speaker and seasoned real estate professional with 15 years of experience. He is managing broker for Point Honors and Associates, REALTORS®, a boutique real estate firm in Atlanta. Tim serves the real estate community in various capacities. In 2018, he served as Chair of the NAR Diversity Committee. That same year, he served on the NAR task force charged with promoting and commemorating the 50th anniversary of fair housing. Tim was appointed by NAR’s 2013, 2014, and 2015 presidents to be their respective President Liaison to South Korea.

Tim’s leadership experience extends to his role as the immediate past national President of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), the largest Asian American and Hawaiian Pacific Islander membership trade association in the United States with over 18,000 members and 43 chapters. Tim consistently ranks in the top 5 percent of practitioners in the Atlanta market by volume and production. He is a member of the Atlanta REALTORS®, Atlanta Commercial Board, and Northeast Atlanta Metro Association of REALTORS®.

He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Course Description

Multicultural consumers make up 92% of U.S. population growth, and cross-cultural communication has become the new norm. In this session, participants will learn key strategies to improve customer relationships and sales through cross-cultural communication techniques. Furthermore, having the right mindset is crucial in this market.