March 2020 REALTORS ® Digest
A brief video from the 2020 President, Addie Owens
Can you assist us with our
One-Question Survey on Education classes ?

If you have already completed this survey in the past, we thank you!
On Friday, March 6th, the Association will be closed from 11:00am-2:00pm for Staff training. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.
Market Statistics
January 2020
Monthly Sales Trends
from Stellar MLS:
January 2020
NAR stats for RALSC
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.
Have you heard about Florida Realtors' new member benefit?

SunStats is an interactive data tool that keeps you on top of the local market and gives you the intel you need to make the best business decisions possible - check it out now!
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 March:
March 5th:
9:00am: Basic
1:00pm: Compliance 101
2:30pm : Adding & Editing

Register here:
March 26th:
9:00am: MLS Lead Generation Tools
1:00pm: MLS Remine: Data Driven Marketing

Register here:
Governmental Affairs Corner
1.        Vacation Rental Study
Earlier this year, Florida Realtors teamed up with the University of Central Florida to conduct a study on the economic impact of vacation rentals in Florida. In total, the 2018 economic impact of Florida’s vacation rental home industry in the 25 targeted counties was roughly $27.4 billion in sales. Although Lake and Sumter counties were not included in the study, this is still a valid resource to share with state and local politicians. 

For the link to the study, please click below:
2.        Lake County Business Tax
During the Lake County Commission meeting on 2/11/2020, the board adopted a resolution to eliminate the Lake County BTR (Business Tax Receipt). This tax will be phased out in thirds until its elimination in 2022. The proposed resolution is below.

Request approval to adopt and execute an ordinance amending Article IV,
Chapter 13, Lake County Code, entitled Business Taxes, to consolidate the 37
classifications into a single category and to phase out the tax by the end of
Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 through a one-third reduction in FY 2020, a one-third
reduction in FY 2021 and elimination in FY 2022. The total fiscal impact is an
estimated reduction in annual revenue of $350,000.00.
3.        Mount Dora BnB’s
During the Mount Dora City Council meeting on 2/18/2020, ordinance No. 2020-03 regarding Bed and Breakfast Establishments was adopted. This ordinance strips away many of the regulations regarding BnB’s, and simply requires a Conditional Use Permit. This does NOT apply to AirBnB’s. 

For more information, click the link below and see page 42
4.        Tavares Avalon Park
During the Tavares City Council meeting on 2/19/2020, the preliminary plat for Avalon Park in Tavares was approved. This subdivision will be located north of Huffstetler Drive, West of David Walker Drive. The subject property is 60 acres in size and the proposed plat consists of 228 lots for single family development. The final plat of the property will be proposed for City Council consideration at a later date. 
5.        GARD Wrap-Up
On behalf of RALSC, thank you to everyone who made this our best GARD yet! Our association brought fifty members for the 50 th anniversary of Realtors on Capitol Hill! We met with Senators Kelli Stargel and Dennis Baxley, as well as Representatives Anthony Sabatini and Brett Hagel. It was a fun-filled day that expanded our knowledge on upcoming legislation and policy making, and the food was amazing!

To check out our GARD photo gallery, clink the link below!
And THANK YOU to our Affiliate Sponsors who provided
the 'Goodie Bags" for the bus to GARD:
NAR's Commitment to Excellence (C2EX)
Get endorsed and go further! Participate in the Commitment to Excellence program and join the ranks of the 40,000+ REALTORS® on their way to a C2EX Endorsement. Show peers and prospects your dedication and high level of professionalism while you boost your business and stand out among the competition.
Education & Events
Upcoming Classes in March
A brief video from Vickie Lingerleft on RALSC's upcoming education
Purpose of this Course:
To give you the tools to close more deals and make more money. With the tools necessary to avoid all of the distractions and superfluous activities that can get in the way.

Broker Summit
March 5th

By invitation only to Broker members
Note  if you are unable to attend the March 5th meeting, there will be an additional Broker Summit on October 8th at the Tavares Pavilion on the Lake.

A live simulcast course from Florida Realtors®
March 12th
We can always rely on taxes as a constant in our lives. Another constant is that those taxes and their related laws are always subject to fluctuation, and this course will teach Realtors® about tax law changes that are currently in effect.

Cole Barlow and Casey Gates from the Mortgage Financial Group will be the guest speakers and meeting sponsors. They will cover their  Mortgage App:

Line by line review of reasons for and importance of each section! Compare/Contrast Land, Commercial & Residential Documents! Learn differences in Commercial, Residential & Land Documents :

March 18, 2020
The course will give a brief overview of commercial transactions vs. residential; discuss commercial real estate agreements; and discuss legal issues unique to commercial transactions.

Code of Ethics
Core Law
Minimize the Legal Risk
Both on March 24th
RALSC Membership
Check out the growing list of new members!

Here are the new members who joined in February 2020.
Welcome new members to RALSC!
New Real Estate Offices
BuyIt Inc
Kevin Schudel
1051 W Golf Rd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60124
Chase Aaron Real Estate LLC
Chase Checho
10624 Lake Minneola Shores
Clermont, FL 34711
HomeSellers of Central Florida, LLC
Michael Joy
1305 Cleveland Ave. Suite C
Wildwood, FL 34785
McPherson Real Estate LLC
Rebecca McPherson
435 E Mills Ave
Eustis, FL 32726
Moore Realty Group, Inc.
Robert Moore
2785 Bay Street, Suite E
Eustis, FL 32726
Preferred Properties Coastal Realty Inc.
Laura McChesney
520 Southard St
Key West, FL 33040
Premier Agent Network
Jeff Cullen
14827 Durbin Cove Way
Jacksonville, FL 32259
Sellstate Superior - Summerfield
Greg Kelly
16770 S Hwy 441 Suite 601
Summerfield, FL 34461
Spouses with Houses Realty
Jeanette Bokland
112 E 5th Ave
Mount Dora, FL 32757
Wentzell Properties, LLC
Karen Wentzell
1064 W Hwy 50, Ste 204
Clermont, FL 34744
FL Department of Business and Professional Regulations App

Did you know the DBRP has a free mobile app?
Download it today!
Emergency Health Preparedness
A short video from CEO, Josh Summers
In response to the growing concerns of the Coronavirus here in the United States, we are monitoring updates and advisories. At this time, no cases have been reported in Florida. According to the CDC, the health risk to the general public from the Coronavirus remains low. 

For full information from the CDC, click the button below.
March Monthly Door Prize
Presented by
Mary Lightcap
HouseMaster Home Inspections
A cute Easter basket containing a Target gift card, assorted candles,
stuffed animal, etc!
Thank you Mary!
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.
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