February 2020 REALTORS ® Digest
A brief video from the CEO, Josh Summers
Tickets will be available soon! Watch your email for details.
2020 Leadership Development Program
The RALSC Leadership Development Program offers an opportunity to learn how the Association operates. Many of these same principles that guide the volunteer leadership and staff of our organization applies to how you run your business.

Graduates of the Leadership Program will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to excel as a Leader of the REALTORS® Association of Lake & Sumter Counties.
We would like to announce the 2020 Leadership Development participants:

Left to right: Jim Mariucci, Program Chair ; Geoffrey Chernault, Michael Huculak, Keith Caulk, Thomas Clark, Mary Yochheim, and Candice Czaplak
The Association will be closed Monday February 17th for Staff Training.
We will reopen Tuesday February 18th at 8:00am.
We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.
Association Upgrades
The Association office has received several recent upgrades.

Most recently the exterior of the building received a new fresh coat of paint with a new color scheme.
The Association street sign was upgraded with new
energy-efficient LED bulbs....
The front and back parking lots have been resealed and re-marked........
Inside the building a new counter top and large flat screen tv will enhance our new Affiliate Members area.
Be sure to check out all the new changes the next time you are in the area. More changes coming in 2020!
Can you assist us with our One-Question Survey on Education classes ?
Location: RALSC offices
Date: Friday, February 28th
Time: Appointments from 11:00am - 3:00pm
Price: Only $69.95
This is a product specifically tailored to the needs of REALTORS® at a discounted price. This is NOT a mug shot. You will receive:
  • professional portrait session
  • A minimum of 10 digital images
  • One digitally re-touched image
  • Re-touched image is cropped and sized for your business cards, website and printed marketing materials
  • Re-touched image comes to you via e-mail within 48 hours of your selection
  • Full rights to use of images belong to YOU
Appointments are limited. To schedule yours, please call the photographer (Anthony Barbacane) directly at  941.224.1246 . Or email him using the button below.
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.
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 February:
February 6th:
9:00am: Basic
1:00pm: Compliance 101
2:30pm : Adding & Editing

Register here:
February 27th:
9:00am: CMA Tools
1:00pm: iMapp: Intro to Public Records

Register here:
Advance notice .... RLI's " Vacant Land Documents " and " Commercial Core Law " will be held at RALSC on March 18th. Information is below.
Upcoming CCIM Courses in Florida | 2020
Governmental Affairs Corner
1.         During the annual Mid-Winter meetings, RALSC raised nearly $4,000 for RPAC! Florida Realtors continued to break their own record, raising over $166,000! Thank you to all those who contributed and be on the lookout for many more great auction items during the Florida Realtors Convention & Trade Expo in August!
2.        RALSC and our members had an extremely productive session at the annual Mid-Winter meetings, as well! Some crucial legislative topics that were discussed include…
HB623/SB1154, which would designate cooperatives as real property.
SB 0776/HB1399 would reduce the size of the FREAB (Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board) from nine members to seven.
HB 469/SB1224 would remove the subscribing witness requirements on leases longer than a year.
Additionally, vacation rentals, affordable housing, environmental protection, professionalism and reducing the business rent tax were all vital topics discussed during the public policy meetings.

3.         During the Clermont City Council meeting on 1/29/2020, ordinance NO. 2019-28 was passed, which enforces and creates many new regulations on vacation rentals. If you wish to own/turn your home into a vacation rental, you will now need to pass an inspection and hold a license to do so. For the complete ordinance, please see the link below.

NOTE: All of the provisions and items passed BESIDES the inspection/licensing fee. This will be adopted through a future resolution.
FL Realtors ® : Just The Facts
Did you know:
  • 58% of FL Realtors' membership is female?
  • its the 2nd largest state Realtor® organization in the US
  • over 195,000+ members
  • ....... Etc!

See more facts and figures by clicking the link:
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:
Adams Homes of NW Florida
Sue Dovales
4401 Vineland Rd., Ste A-11
Orlando, FL 32811
DAB Home Inspections, LLC
Duane Bowman
5454 SE 122nd Place #2
Belleview, FL 34420
Frontier Title Group, LLC
Troy Akins
194 Jumper Dr. N
Bushnell, FL 33513
Education & Events
Upcoming Classes in February
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. If you need more info, click below.
RALSC Membership
Check out the growing list of new members!

Here are the new members who joined in January 2020.
Welcome new members to RALSC!
In a few weeks, our Community Awareness Committee will announce the first-ever " Community Advocate Spotlight " recipient!

Each month the committee selects a different member based on their volunteering efforts within the community and will be recognized is chosen from the volunteer surveys previously sent out to all members via email and on Facebook.

Watch your email for the announcement.
New Real Estate Offices
Bernard Mathis Real Estate Services
Bernard Mathis
34721 Radio Road
Leesburg, FL 34788
no website
Property Finders Nguyen Realty
Deborah Milazzo
1710 Thomasville Road
Tallahasee, FL 32303
R Harms Realty Inc.
Rolf Harms
3846 N Lake Orlando Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32808
no website
RK Appraisal Services, LLC
Robert King
30519 PGA Dr.
Sorrento, Fl 32776
no website
Redman Property Group LLC
Gillian Redman
1184 S Grand Hwy
Clermont, FL 34711
When considering adoption of a new business tool, new and seasoned REALTORS ® want to know “what will it do for me and how will it help my business?”
Join this webinar to gain a basic understanding of how to use RPR’s dynamic data and best-in-class tools to help attract, retain and lead clients to the closing table.
February Monthly Door Prize
Presented by
Kent Rayborn
Professional Title Agency
A cute Valentine's Day basket containing Starbucks gift cards, chocolates, mugs, stuffed animal, etc!!

Thank you Kent!
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.
REALTORS® Association of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc.
3001 State Road 19 South, Tavares, Florida 32778
PHONE: (352) 343-3003
FAX: (352) 343-7876
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