Imagine a growing family looking around one day and realizing the house that has suited them for 15 years is just plain cramped now. That's what has happened to the Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors, whose membership doubled over the past six years to almost 1,300 agents and affiliates.

In May, the group breaks ground on a new $3.4-million building on Turfway Road in Florence. The new digs are twice the size of the association's current Edgewood offices. Half of the Turfway building's 20,930 square feet will house high-tech meeting and education spaces, an expanded retail shop and staff offices, says Cindy Dobias, association executive vice president. The other half will be leased to tenants.

The architect is Hub + Weber of Covington, with Vector Construction of Erlanger doing the building.

"The whole purpose of this project is to improve what we do for members, to offer better educational facilities and services," explains Janie Wilson, a SibcyCline associate manager and president of the association board.

The expansion also may lead to a real estate school with pre-licensing courses, which Dobias says the association has been considering. The association, founded in 1915, serves seven Kentucky counties and offers about 160 classes a year.

Joy Amann, chief operating officer of Huff Realty, was a presenter at the 2007 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World conference this spring in Palm Desert, CA. Amann talked about best marketing practices on the Internet to 800 real estate brokers, managers and relocation experts from across the globe. Membership is open to firms with $400 billion in annual sales. Robert Sibcy, of Sibcy-Cline Realtors, is treasurer of the group.

He has more than 25 years of real estate expertise under his belt, and now Brad Knapp is president-elect of the Ohio Association of Realtors. Knapp is the executive vice president for residential sales operations at Henkle Schueler Realtors in Lebanon.

Valerie Bailey has joined CB Richard Ellis in Cincinnati as client services coordinator in the global corporate services sector. She previously worked for Colliers Turley Martin & Tucker in Cincinnati. Bailey will be responsible for managing corporate real estate services for clients such as DHL, Standard Textile and Cintas Corp.

Thomas McCormick of Colliers Turley Martin & Tucker represented Collins Ink Corp. in its $2.8 million deal to buy the IAMS Business Park in Bond Hill. The 8-acre industrial property has about 28,400 square feet of office space. Si Pitstick and Joshua Young of Cincinnati Commercial Realtors/Cushman & Wakefield represented the leaseholder (Cincy I LP) on the property, which had been owned by Tech Solve.

Wish you had more financial know-how to help clients? A nationally known guru in real estate finance and taxes, Jeff Elias, teaches a May 23 seminar in Batesville. It's sponsored by the Southeastern Indiana Board of Realtors, but is open to all Tristate professionals. More information: 812-926-4644.

Pat Mobley, the human resources director of Huff Realty, recently earned certification as a Professional in Human Resources through the Human Resource Certification Institute. Mobley, a graduate of Northern Kentucky Technical College, has been with Huff for 12 years and also oversees the company's training programs.

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