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ORRA provides sponsorship, speakers to transportation forum

Thursday, February 27, 2014  
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Leadership on hand at the ORRA-sponsored Central Florida Regional Leadership Forum – Advancing Our Regional Transportation Agenda (l-r): Steve Merchant; Zola Szerencses; John Lazenby; Dennis Burgess; Bruce Elliott; Mike McGraw; Sharon Voss; and ORRA EVP Michael Kidd

There's more to real estate than location, location, location. Now it's all about location, location, location, PLUS transportation.

This is according to the ORRA leadership who today represented REALTORS® and the real estate industry by addressing transportation professionals and supporters at a sold-out event.

"Central Florida Regional Leadership Forum – Advancing Our Regional Transportation Agenda” was sponsored by ORRA and featured a morning of presentations by the organizations charged with addressing our area's long-term transportation issues. ORRA Chairman Zola Szerencses, RE/MAX 200 Realty, was on hand to represent the REALTOR® point of view.

"All the research shows that today's homebuyers consider ease of transportation a primary when looking for a home, in addition to the traditional criteria such as good schools," Szerencses explained to the audience. "Buyers are very keen on quality-of-life issues. They want to be within 30 minutes of their workplace, whether that's achieved through access to mass transit or a smooth highway commute."

ORRA Past President Dean Asher, Don Asher & Associates, also took the stage to describe the complex relationships between a region's viable transportation, opportunities for economic development, and housing market. He participated on a panel of experts that was moderated by ORRA EVP Michael Kidd.

ORRA's sponsorship of the event reflects the REALTOR® perspective that transportation has a direct impact on real estate. "REALTORS'® interest in transportation improvements is due to the potential for transportation to enhance both property values and a community’s quality of life,” explains Szerencses. "A transportation plan that anticipates the need to relieve traffic congestion contributes to stable and vibrant neighborhoods, and most certainly contributes to an area’s economic development.”

REALTORS® support alternative forms of transportation, such as SunRail, that provide efficient, safe, and convenient ways to travel while also reducing congestion and improving air quality.

The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association, recognized as one of the most innovative local real estate associations in the country, represents more than 9,500 real estate professionals throughout Central Florida.

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