SARASOTA, FLORIDA – Realtors Pat Baker and Anne Marie Dean of the RE/MAX Alliance Group University Park office are among only 25 real estate professionals nationwide who will take part in the National Association of Realtors trip to Cuba in September.
The trip is part of the new People-to-People program authorized by the U.S. government, which provides Americans an opportunity to interact with Cubans through educational exchanges concerning art, music and culture.
“For the National Association of Realtors to invite me because of my Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation is quite an honor,” said Baker, who chairs the Manatee Association of Realtors Global Committee. “What a great way to go someplace that is not on the beaten path, and has been closed to U.S. travel for such a long time. I like to think outside the box, and this trip fits that!”
“I am privileged to be invited and be part of the Baker Global Team,” said Dean. “This program will benefit Pat Baker and me, not only as Realtors, but it also will be an excellent opportunity for us to learn about the Cuban people. What a marvelous and unique way to experience their art and creativity as it relates to the social change and the sustainability in their country. I am very excited and looking forward to building a relationship with Cuban developers and buyers as it relates to the Florida marketplace.”
Highlights of the six-day trip include visits to Havana, Callejon de Hamel, Las Terrazas, Ernest Hemingway’s Finca Vigia, and Cojimar, the fishing village that was the setting for his book, The Old Man and the Sea. Also included are dinner in a “paladar” (home-based restaurant), a visit to “Fusterlandia,” the home and neighborhood of “The Picasso of the Caribbean,” Jose Fuster, and a real estate conference with local attorneys and developers about housing and real estate law in Cuba. The trip is being organized by the Friendly Planet tour company.
Pat Baker, the 2012 Manatee County Realtor of the Year, is a consistent winner of the Five Star Real Estate Agent Award for Best in Client Satisfaction. In addition to her CIPS designation, she holds the Transnational Referral Certification (TRC), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), e-Pro and Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) designations. She can be reached at (941) 527-8669 or email@example.com.
Anne Marie Dean is an Associate Broker with RE/MAX Alliance Group. She has been a top performer in residential and commercial real estate sales and property management in the Florida, North Carolina and New York markets for the past 25 years. She can be reached at (941) 544-0455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The RE/MAX Alliance Group University Park office is located at 8027 Cooper Creek Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida 34201.
RE/MAX Alliance Group is a full-service real estate company that has been serving the residential and commercial real estate needs of southwest Florida for more than 20 years. With more than 300 agents and staff, RE/MAX Alliance Group is the Number One RE/MAX in Florida based on transactions and volume, and the Number 10 RE/MAX in the nation based on transactions. RE/MAX Alliance Group offers real estate solutions in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties in Florida, with offices in Sarasota, Bradenton, Anna Maria, University Park, Venice, Siesta Key and Englewood. Website: www.alliancegroupfl.com.
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For more information about RE/MAX Alliance Group, please contact Sheila Brannan Longo of Thomas & Brannan Communications at (941) 355-3006 or Sheila@thomasbrannan.com.