December 2019 REALTORS Digest
A brief video from Interim CEO, Josh Summers:
Were You a TOP PRODUCER in 2019?
Join our Top Producers Club!
Its time for the annual production awards; the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Club Awards, as well as our Lease Club!

A link to the basic Million & Multi-Million Dollar Club Application is noted below. Should you need additional forms for properties sold outside of the MLS area (example: Ocala/Marion, Hernando and etc.) or For Sale By Owner (FSBO) properties, the forms can be found under "Miscellaneous Forms" below.
The Lease Club Rules and Application has two production levels: Gold and Platinum. A link to the Rules & Procedures is noted below as well.

Get started filling out your application today!   Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, January 3, 2020  . No late applications will be accepted.

The Top Producers will be honored at the Annual Awards Gala at Lake Receptions on March 20th.

Save the date!
SUPRA "Basic" Users
Try all the features of "Pro"!

 Supra "Basic" Users : try eKEY Professional for a limited time at no additional cost. To activate, simply go to the Supra app and click on the "eKEY Pro Promotion" icon for instructions. The trial offer is valid until December 10th!

No obligation! But try it... you'll like it!
Lots of great features!
Note the upcoming changes to the RALSC office schedule:

December 13th : RALSC closes at 12:00pm for the holiday staff luncheon
December 24th & 25th : Closed for Christmas
January 1st : Closed for New Year's Day
The Basic and Advanced classes offered are FREE; included in your MLS subscription. Take for the first time or as a refresher! Coming up in December :
December 5th:
9:00am: Basic
1:00pm: Compliance 101
2:30pm: Adding & Editing

They will also be taught at RALSC January 9th
Due to the holidays, there are no MLS Advance Classes in December.

The next advanced classes will be Janaury 23rd.
Association Dues Billing
Invoices for the 2020 Association dues have been emailed to all REALTOR ® / Broker / Affiliate members on November 18th.

They are due by December 31st and may be paid online at any time.

Avoid the late fee!
Upcoming CCIM Courses in Florida | 2020
Governmental Affairs Corner
1.         The city of Clermont is attempting to pass an ordinance that will change the requirements of vacation rentals. Their final hearing will be on January 28 th , 2020 at 6:30 P.M. The link to the ordinance can be found below. 
2.        The Villages have added 1,200 acres in Leesburg for future development. The final plans will be ruled on by the Leesburg City Commission in January. A detailed list of the ordinances can be found below, as well as a recent news article covering the first reading of these ordinances (see page 3 of the Leesburg City Commission agenda from their meeting on Nov. 12 th ).
  • Allow for the annexation of 226.7 acres located east of County Road 48 and south of Austin Merritt Road. The property would be zoned for mixed-use development.
  • Grant a large-scale comprehensive plan amendment to the overall property, which has been designated as a portion of the Villages of West Lake. That change would allow for 6,185 dwelling units, 1 million square feet of commercial/retail space and 100,000 square feet of government/office use. It also would allow for mining on the Villages of West Lake parcels.
  • Rezone the land to age-restricted development from planned unit development, commercial/industrial planned and agriculture.
Tavares Mayor and Vice-Mayor
The official Press Release :

Tavares, FL - The City of Tavares officially swore in one new and one returning council member at their Council meeting on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

Troy Singer was re-elected and Lou Buigas was elected and took their seats for two-year terms. Council members thanked Tavares residents for their support and their vote of confidence. At the same meeting the Council members elected Amanda Boggus as Mayor for one year, and Lori Pfister was elected as Vice-Mayor for one year.
Amanda Boggus
Lori Pfister
New Affiliate Members
If you need a pest control company, title company, bank, mortgage company, photography services, home inspector, etc, etc... be sure to check out our Affiliate Members first! Our newest members:
The Hagar Group
Renee Tucker
151 E. Highland Blvd., Ste 171
Inverness, FL 34452
Pro Florida Inspections LLC
Janis Rackliffe
5442 Aurora Dr.
Leesburg, FL 34748
New Affiliate Area Coming Soon!
Improvements underway at the Association
Improvements are underway at the Association with a new Affiliate Area outside the conference room. Event sponsors will be able to utilize a new counter top for any printed materials, and a large flat screen tv will acknowledge class sponsorships. The area will also contain Affiliate Member business cards.
Check out the area next time you are in the Association.
Lake County - Water Testing Kits
Did you know the Association has free Water Testing Kits available from the Lake County Water Resource Management Lab?

Just stop by the Association and pick one up!
District 7:
11th Annual Commercial Marketing Meeting
December 4, 2019
The 11th Annual Commercial Marketing Meeting will take place December 4th at the  Oxford Community Center, in Oxford . This meeting will be attended by commercial REALTORS® of Hernando, Citrus, Lake/Sumter, and Marion Counties! So if you are in commercial real estate you do not want to miss out. 

Please sign-up today if you plan to attend!
NAR: Code of Ethics Training Required
Only Every 3 Years
Realtors must take NAR’s Code of Ethics training by the end of 2021 to remain members, but the time frame then changes from once every two years to once every three.

Code of Ethics (and Core Law ) will be instructed at RALSC on March 24th. More info coming soon.
MLS Clear Cooperation Policy
The National Association of REALTORS®’ Board of Directors approved MLS Statement 8.0, also known as the  Clear Cooperation policy . The policy requires listing brokers who are participants in a multiple listing service to submit their listing to the MLS within one business day of marketing the property to the public.

NAR’s MLS Technology and Emerging Issues Advisory Board  proposed the policy as a way to address the growing use of off-MLS listings . The advisory board concluded that leaving listings outside of the broader marketplace excludes consumers, undermining REALTORS®’ commitment to provide equal opportunity to all. The policy doesn’t prohibit brokers from taking office-exclusive listings, nor does it impede brokers’ ability to meet their clients’ privacy needs.
2019 Honor Society Application
Each year, the Florida Realtors® Honor Society honors members for their overall participation in Realtor organizations at the local, state and national level.
Florida Realtors ® established an Honor Society to recognize active members in their state association. The Honor Society also salutes members for participation at the local and national levels of the Realtor organization; for activity in the National Association of Realtors’ Institutes, Societies and Councils; for designations earned, educational activities, and political involvement.

The 2019 Honor Society application covers participation from January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019.

After completing the application, please return it to the Association for review and approval.  Do not  forward to Florida Realtors ® The deadline for the completed application is February 5th by 5:00pm .
Education & Events
October ended the year of 2019 Education classes at RALSC. However, our 2020 Education Committee is already gearing up for a new year with great classes for you! So stay tuned!

As always, our website calendar has the most current listing of RALSC (and Stellar MLS classes) events held at the Association. Check the website often!
Installation Gala
At this event, we will be installing the 2020 Board of Directors and honoring the winners of the 2019 REALTOR® of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Affiliate of the Year and Honor Society members.
December 5th
Cocktail Reception: 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Dinner & Program: 7:00pm - 10:45pm
Location: Tavares Pavilion on the Lake

( Great American Realtors Days )
February 3-5
Bus trip to Tallahassee
Join RALSC for the Annual Legislative Day in Tallahassee.

Complete information and Registration Form coming soon! But save the date.... limited availability.

RALSC Membership
Check out the growing list of new members!

Here are the new members who joined in November 2019.
This list was created on November 21st. If you became a member after the 21st, your name will appear in the January Digest.
Welcome new members to RALSC!
Market Statistics
Market statistics from NAR, Stellar MLS and FL REALTORS® are added to the RALSC website each month, once they are released to the public.

Be sure to check the website each month for the latest statistical data.
New Real Estate Offices
Dyson Realty
Donna Dyson
475 Pitt Street
Clermont, FL 34711
website n/a
EXP Realty, LLC
Andrew Shock
2801 S Bay Street
Eustis, FL 32726
Fierce Realty
Sean DeCoster
14650 Gatorland Drive Unit 3
Orlando, Florida 32837
Ocean Insiders
Don Pingaro
10837 Garden Ridge Ct.
Davie, FL 33328
Sally Love Real Estate, Inc.
David Spada
602 N Old Wire Rd.
Wildwood, FL 34785
Stellar Real Estate Agency, LLC
Nikki Serrano
5531 SW 30th Ave.
Ocala, FL 34471
website n/a
December Monthly Door Prize
Presented by
Janet Noack
United Southern Bank
A cute house-shaped basket full of goodies... two bottles of Southern Girls Gourmet Sauces and a bottle of Southern Girls Barbecue Rub , candies, as well as several USB items: flashlight, notepad, etc. Thank you Janet!
Drop your business card each time you visit RALSC for a chance to win the monthly door prize. The drawing takes place at 5:00 p.m. on the last day of each month.
Do you volunteer in the community?
Our  Community Awareness Committee  is conducting a one-question survey about volunteering in the community.  Do you volunteer at a food bank, Habitat for Humanity, church, Red Cross, etc, etc..... if so, we'd love to hear about it.

This survey was previously placed on Facebook and in past Monthly Digests. If you have not previously answered the survey, would you please assist us and let us know. If you have already participated, we thank you!

This will assist us with a project in the near future to honor those members who give back to our community. Thanks!
If you have already participated, we thank you!
Lost and Found
The photo below is a collection of items left behind at the Association. Are any of these items yours, or a co-workers? We have found 3 sweaters, a lunchbox, seat cushion, umbrella, various wires, glasses, etc. Let us know if something is yours!
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