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I had the good fortune to attend the Five Star Conference in my own backyard, Miami, FL from May 27-30th.

My only expectations going in were to learn some things from both the classes and from networking with collegues from across the country.

The conference blew me away! The courses were taught by professionals in their fields including: Mary Abarca, VP of REO at PMH Financial, Loetta Arrington SVP at Field Asset Services (FAS), Maro McKay, VP and contract manager for multiple non-government REO clients (Asset Manager) at First Preston, the list goes on.

There wer only about 400 agent attendees over the four days, so I had the opportunity to meet and share ideas and information with many incredible people. A few were just getting into the REO market, with the majority being seasoned REO agents in their areas.

The energy level and exchange of ideas was electric and I could not wait to get there each morning and did not want to leave at the end of the day. I went home vibrating with excitement and teeming with new ideas.

Prior to attending the Five Star REO event I had not planned on going to Five Star's Conference in Texas this September, now I cannot wait. I am sure the conference will be wonderful, but I am most excited to get there two days prior to take two more Five Star Courses and have that intimate exchange of ideas and information that is not always easy to get during the frenzy of a conference setting.

The best thing I learned was that First Preston will soon be offering approved short sales and will need a lot more REO agents nationally (Embarrassingly I had not even applied prior!). The best thing I was able to share due to my close work with our city and country government is about the NSP funds and how we can help our community by assisting them in accessing these funds that must be used to acquire REO properties to help stabalize our neighborhoods.


Ellen Bithell, CRS (soon to be a five star designee)

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Comment by Armando Cespedes III on November 23, 2009 at 4:50pm
I've been looking for the Telos website, can some one send it to me. Or post it? Thanks.
Comment by Beth Brown on August 10, 2009 at 10:43pm
New to this site... Just checking it out, been selling REO for approx 8 years.
Comment by John Oliveri on June 19, 2009 at 1:13pm
First Preston short sale team is called Home Telos. You must get on their list then go thru training.

Already registered for 5 Star in Fort Worth. Staying at the Omni. Should be a great conference.
Comment by Steele V. Propp on June 19, 2009 at 10:08am
Is there a contact or website address for First Preston regarding the new short sale program? Any direction would be appreciated.
Comment by Ellen Mitchel on June 17, 2009 at 2:40pm
Victoria, I would try again as I have not had a problem getting on the Five Star Site. I am looking forward to Star Power in July (and hope they have some REO courses this year) and then Five Star in September.

Happy Home Selling! El
Comment by Jenny Darling-Hampton on June 15, 2009 at 1:44pm
Thank you on your comments on the Five Star Convention. I have registered for Dallas and am looking forward to the classes and the networking. I have not made room reservations yet. Anyone interested in maybe doing a little online introductions and sharing a room?
Comment by Sam Shueh on June 14, 2009 at 5:08pm
Thanks for sharing.
Comment by Linda Lang-Bankowski on June 12, 2009 at 8:04pm
Hi Ellen,
I actually attended the conference and agree with you 100%. Hope to see you in Texas as well earning my Five Star Designation
Comment by Victoria Frieberg on June 8, 2009 at 9:35pm
Hi, I have been trying to get into their site, and it is you know if it is a glitch, or where I can find out more about the conference in Texas?

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