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The REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI) is where land professionals belong.
The REALTORS® Land Institute is dedicated to building knowledge, building relationships, and building business for its members — the extraordinary real estate professionals who broker, lease, sell, develop, and manage our most precious resource: the land.
A membership organization created for and by land sales experts, the REALTORS® Land Institute offers programs and services designed to:
-provide superior land education and professional development programs
-encourage open knowledge sharing and interaction among members
-develop networking and referral opportunities
-serve as a voice in Washington on land-related issues through its
affiliation with the National of Association of REALTORS®.
Members of the REALTORS® Land Institute may earn the prestigious Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Designation, which is conferred to only those land specialists who complete a rigorous education program and who achieve a volume of successful land transactions.
Members of the organization specialize in land brokerage related to:
(1) farms, ranches, recreational, and other specialty land properties;
(2) undeveloped tracts of land;
(3) transitional and development land;
(4) subdivision and lot wholesaling;
(5) site selection and assemblage of land parcels.
Originally named the Farm & Land Institute, the organization was founded in 1944 and is an affiliate organization of the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, call 312/329-8446 or 800-441-LAND or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Land Transactions Require Specialized Knowledge
It’s a small word for a complex asset.
Timber land. Farm land. Recreational land. Mining land. Vineyards. Retreats.
Building sites. Ranches.
Vacant land. Valleys. Waterfront.
Transitional land. Commercial Land.
They’re all land assets. And every type of land comes with its own list of challenges and opportunities.
Land buyers and investors need more than a licensed real estate professional, they need a land sales expert — one who understands the intricacies of the asset, one who has extensive transaction-based experience, and one who can provide the right kind of guidance to achieve investment objectives.
An Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) is the best resource for a seamless and satisfying land purchase. Search the membership database for ALCs and ALC candidates by geography and specialties here.
History of the Florida REALTORS® Land Institute
The Florida Chapter of RLI (REALTORS® Land Institute) was formed around 1941 and was designated as Chapter #26. It was an early leader in recognizing women on leadership with Alice Lockmiller as President in 1942. At its heyday, the Chapter had over 1,200 members in Florida in the 1970s.
The previous name was the Farm and Land Institute of Florida and the designations were AFLM and AFLB for Farm and Land Member and Farm and Land Broker. Barbara “Bobbi” Douglas was the Florida Land REALTOR® in 1988 and Florida Chapter President in 1989. Bobbi went on to become the RLI National President in 1997 and served in 1995 and 1996 as President of the RLI National Foundation.
Bobbi Douglas, ALC and Bruce Erhardt, ALC kept the Chapter together during very tough land brokerage years in the early 1990s as Bruce served as the Chapter President for 3 or more years followed by Bruce Register, ALC .
Danny Smith, ALC, CCIM was honored with the National Land Realtor of the Year award for 2012.
Bill Eshenbaugh was honored with the Florida REALTORS® Commercial REALTOR® Achievement Award for 2010. Bill Eshenbaugh also received the National Land REALTOR® of America in 2003 by RLI.
Chuck Bundschu, ALC, CCIM was awarded the Florida Land Broker of the Year in 1991 and was the Florida RLI Chapter President in 1992. Chuck Bundschu was one of the early leaders who held both the ALC and the CCIM designations and was the predecessor American Farm and Land member #237.
Today, we believe the Florida Chapter has the most number of designees in the nation holding both the ALC (Accredited Land Consultant) and CCIM designations.
Florida Land REALTOR® of the Year
Rick Gonzalez, ALC, CCIM 2017
David Hitchcock, ALC, CCIM 2016
William "Billy" Rollins, ALC, CCIM 2015
Henry Rodgers, ALC 2014
Dean Saunders, ALC 2013
Clay Taylor, ALC 2012
Sage Andress, ALC, CCIM 2011
Ben Crosby, ALC, CCIM 2010
Ryan Sampson, ALC, CCIM 2009
Danny Smith, ALC,CCIM 2008
Dennis Bush, ALC 2007
Don Lombardi, ALC 2006
Reggie Caruthers, ALC,CCIM 2005
Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC,CCIM 1996, 1998, 2002
Bruce Register, ALC 1997
Bruce Erhardt, ALC 1992
Bobbi Douglas, ALC 1988
Caleb McDow, ALC, 2017-2018
David Hitchcock, ALC, CCIM 2015-2016
Sage N. Andress, ALC, CCIM 2013-2014
Ryan Sampson, ALC, CCIM 2011-2012
Dennis P. Bush, ALC 2009 -2010
Danny Smith, ALC,CCIM 2007 -2008
Don Lombardi, ALC 2005 - 2006
Dean Saunders, ALC 2003 - 2004
Reggie Caruthers, ALC,CCIM 2001 - 2002
Bob Dikman, ALC, CCIM, SIOR 1999 - 2000
Becky Bunn, ALC 1997 - 1998
Bill Eshenbaugh, ALC,CCIM 1996 - 1997
Bruce Register, ALC 1995
Bruce Erhardt, ALC 1989 - 1994
Bobbi Douglas, ALC 1989
George Anderson, Jr.
Chuck Bundschu, ALC,CCIM
Hoyt C. Murphy 1973