January 2020 REALTORS Digest
A brief video from the 2020 President, Addie Owens
On December 5, 2019, the REALTORS® Association of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc held its annual Installation Gala at the Tavares Pavilion on the Lake. 

At this event, the 2020 Board of Directors were installed, and the winners of the 2019 REALTOR® of the Year, 2019 Rookie of the Year , 2019 Affiliate of the Year were announced, and 11 Honor Society members were honored.

The winners were....
REALTOR® of the Year
Jim Mariucci
Oxford Land Company 
Rookie of the Year
Cole Myers
ERA Grizzard Real Estate 
Affiliate of the Year
Todd Abell
Goldstar Mortgage Financial Group 
Also at the event, the 2019 Honor Society Members were announced. These individuals achieved a minimum of 50 points of the 100 points in RALSC activities to qualify or maintain membership in the society. The remaining 50 points could be achieved by participation in the Florida or National Association of Realtors ® activities as well as civic, political, and cultural organizations which benefit the community. Our 11 members are:
Stacy Potter
Vivienne Cunningham
Marilyn Hottle
Brandy Lake
Carolyn Maimone
Loretta Maimone
Jim Mariucci
Addie Owens
Billie Faye Smith
Danny Smith
Kara Wisely
Announcing the 2019 Million-Dollar, Multi-Million Dollar & Lease Club Members

Click on each club noted below to see the recipients of each award!

The Top Producers will be honored at the Annual Awards Gala at Lake Receptions on March 20th. Tickets will be on sale in February.
New Payment Feature on the App
Did you know there is a new eKEY Payment Management option available to manage your account information and make payments directly in the app?
Watch the informational video:
Join RALSC for the Annual Legislative Day in Tallahassee
Great American Realtor Days (GARD)
The Association is attending the Great American REALTOR ®  Days ("GARD") in Tallahassee on February 4th. Once again, we have chartered a bus for individuals who wish to attend.

Bus seating is limited... so if you would like to attend, please click on the button below for additional information and the required registration form. The first 50 RALSC members (REALTORS® or Affiliates) who register (and ride the bus) will receive a FREE registration!
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 January:
January 23rd:
9:00am: Working with Buyers in the MLS
1:00pm: Mobilize Your Business: HomeSnap & Go MLS Apps
The next Stellar MLS Basic classes will be held February 6th
Upcoming CCIM Courses in Florida | 2020
Advance notice .... RLI's " Vacant Land Documents " course will be held at RALSC on March 18th from 9am-12pm.
Be watching for additional information.
Governmental Affairs Corner
1.        During the Tavares City Council meeting on 12/4/2019, two new preliminary plats were approved. These are labeled as “ Lane Park Commons ” and “ Habitat for Humanity ”. The Lane Park Commons subdivision is 13.19 acres in size and consists of 46 lots for single family dwellings (RSF-2 zoning). The Habitat for Humanity subdivision is 3.42 acres in size and consists of 14 lots for single family dwellings and 9 lots for townhomes as permitted by Ordinance 2018-21 (Planned Development zoning).

2.        During the Clermont City Council meeting on 12/10/2019, a multitude of different properties were rezoned and annexed. To see the full list of properties, click the link below!
3 .        Pinecrest Academy (chain of charter schools in Lake County) will have two new expansions in 2020. These charter schools will be middle/high school hybrids and will likely open to students next fall.

4.        During the Lady Lake Town Commission meeting on 12/16/2019, the Water Oak Country Club Estates Hilltop Expansion Phase 1 was approved. The expansion includes approximately 29 Home Sites including construction of private roadways, utility infrastructure, stormwater infrastructure, open space, and amenities on an 11.30-Acre Parcel located within the Water Oak Country Club Estates ; owned by Sun Communities Finance LP.

5. During the Mount Dora City Council meeting on 12/17/2019, the Cottages on 11 th received their final approval. It is located on 10.8 acres, once an orange grove, just south of 11th Ave. and west of Helen Street. The Cottages will consist of 27 homes on 50-foot lots, each. 
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:
Broward Factory Service
Dan Kapellen
261 Specialy Point
Sanford, FL 32771
Celebration Title Group
Christy Keen
1331 N Mills Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803
InSpecPro Inspection & Consulting Group Inc.
Joe Bernier
13540 West Colonial Dr., Ste 120
Winter Garden, FL 34787
MidFlorida Credit Union
Anna Beglaryan
2285 Parr Drive
The Villages, FL 32162
North American Title
Mandy Deal
1635 E. Hwy 50, Ste 100
Clermont, FL 34711
Rock Solid Home Inspections
Rob Alexander
7781 Starkey Road
Seminole, FL 33777
Trustco Bank
Emma Noyce
10105 US 441
Leesburg, FL 34788
WIN Home Inspection
Jim Schweitzer
2250 Elverson Ave
Clermont, FL 34711
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 & Core Law will be instructed at RALSC on February 14th. Register below!
Education & Events
Upcoming Classes in January
Instructed by Sue "Pinky" Benson

This popular platform is taking social media by the storm. But how do you use it? What is the point of Instagram stories? What the heck is a hashtag? Pinky will walk you through the different 'neighborhoods' of Instagram and explain how you can grow your business using this amazing fun platform.

January 21st

Deep Dive Video
Instructed by Sue "Pinky" Benson

Sue "Pinky" Benson will be here to help you learn how the power of video can increase your business!

January 21st

Real Estate Professional Tax and Business Planning
Instructed by Jo Ann Koontz

Working hard and wanting to maximize profits while you minimize your tax liability? This course will address tax strategies and YOUR business structure from a legal and tax perspective. Keep more of the money you earn and reduce your liability. Especially important for teams and agent’s whose gross commission is at least $30,000 per year! 

January 28th
3 CE Credits

RALSC Membership
Check out the growing list of new members!

Here are the new members who joined in December 2019.
Welcome new members to RALSC!
New Real Estate Offices
KD Premier Realty LLC
Christopher Day
32507 Hawks Lake Lane
Sorrento, FL 32776
no website
Jennifer Draper
1400 S International Parkway
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Loch Realty Group
Greg Nacke
141 N Highland St
Mount Dora, FL 32757
no website
Madison Allied LLC
Thomas Scott
333 SE 2nd Ave., Ste 2000
Miami, FL 33131
Pileggi Real Estate Group
Teresa Pieggi
1635 E Hwy 50, Ste 200 D
Clermont, FL 34711
January Monthly Door Prize
Presented by
Janis Rackliffe and Ted Scallan
PRO Florida Inspections LLC
A very creative homemade birdcage 'basket' containing a bottle of wine, classes, chocolates, bottle stopper, etc!
Thank you Janis and Ted!
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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