Get ready for the biggest real estate event of the year! CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2012 takes place next month at the Anaheim Convention Center, Oct 2 – 4, and offers a unique opportunity for you to enhance your professional skills, meet other successful colleagues, and pick up sales tips to help your business thrive. Here are 10 top reasons to attend this year:

1. Boot Camp Training – Go from newbie to seasoned pro while learning about property management, social media, or distressed properties at PRE EXPO, a Tuesday event before EXPO.

2. Sessions That Matter to You – Choose from 60+ sessions on short sales, social media, technology and gadgets, useful apps, sales tips, REOs, and more!

3. Face Time with Social Media and Finance Pros –Get social media mentorship or personal/business financial advice from a pro during one-on-one sessions. Session space is limited, so sign up today.

4. Real Estate Mentor, Brian Buffini – As a long-time real estate coach, Brian Buffini knows a thing or two about how to succeed in a tough market. Hear him deliver tips and tricks from his new sales system in “How to Be a Peak Producer.”  Get tickets today before they sell out!

5. J.R. Martinez Hosts Special Veteran Celebration Luncheon – Before J.R. Martinez won Dancing with the Stars in 2011, he was a motivational speaker for injured veterans. Martinez will lead the Thursday luncheon, “Plugging Into Your Potential,” and host a special celebration of our C.A.R. military veterans. Tickets are still available.

6. 2013 Housing Market Forecast – Wednesday’s special luncheon presentation with C.A.R.’s Leslie Appleton-Young will provide insight based on research and data about the housing market in 2013.

7. Social Media Account Set Up – Haven’t yet signed up for Facebook or Twitter? Stop by C.A.R.’s Social Media Set Up Booth #332 and let a C.A.R. staff member walk you through the process.

8. Top Tools and Tech Trends – Gear up and geek out with super-charged tech sessions like “Put Your iPad to Work” and “Top 20 Tools to Help You Work Anywhere.”

9. Free Prizes – Win iPads, laptops, iPod Nanos, cash gift cards, and more at the prize drawings on Wednesday and Thursday in the Anaheim Convention Center Exhibit Hall.

10. FREE for REALTORS® to Attend – CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO is a once-a-year opportunity to sharpen your skills and impact your bottom line – for FREE! You can’t miss this event!