June 2020 REALTORS ® Digest
Volume #6; week #1
Hello everyone. We are transitioning from a larger monthly format to a smaller weekly format. Please bear with us during this transition. If a standard section is not in this edition, it will probably be the next one. Scott / RALSC
The 2019 Awards Pick-Up Event (Parade!)
On May 27th, RALSC held its 2019 Awards Pick-Up Parade to (finally!) distribute the 2019 Million and Multi-Million Dollar awards to those well-deserved members!

A big THANK YOU to the 2019 Awards Committee, Board Members, Affiliates, and Association Staff who assisted with this no-contact, drive-through Awards Pick-up Event ! A big success! We did it...woohoo... in the sun and rain!

And congratulations once again to ALL OUR 2019 TOP PRODUCERS!!
THANK YOU AGAIN EVERYONE!
Just One More Month.....
Since the office board store has been closed due to COVID-19, we have partnered with Calendars & More to bring you your favorite REALTOR essentials for a great price! On Calendars & More you can shop for your favorite real estate signs, open house registries, REALTOR branded items and much, much more!

Use code RALSC10 to get 10% off your order TODAY!

The discount code expires June 30th, so act fast!
Collecting for 2nd Quarter 2020 now!

Can you assist us with our One-Question Survey on
Volunteering in the Community
Each month the Community Awareness Committee recognizes an Association member who regularly volunteers their time in our community.

I f you volunteer in the community and have not already completed this survey , please tell us about it! We'd love to hear what you do for our community!
Even though COVID-19 disrupted our monthly in-person New Member Orientation program at the Association, we have now shifted to an on-line program through VanEd , where our new members participate in a virtual orientation at their leisure.
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.
Home Prices Still Rising, Albeit at Slower Pace
The COVID-19 pandemic may be hitting the economy hard, bringing the highest national unemployment rate since the Great Depression, but median home prices defied the odds and jumped 3.1% year over year last week, according to realtor.com® housing data for the week ending May 23. That’s double the 1.5% annual increase for the previous week.
Mortgage Rates Hit Record Low – Third Time this Year
WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week as the key 30-year home loan marked an all-time low for the third time in the last few months since the coronavirus outbreak took hold.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan tumbled to 3.15% from 3.24% last week. It was the lowest level since Freddie started tracking rates in 1971. A year ago, the rate stood at 3.99%.
SunStats
Have you heard of Sunstats , Florida Realtors’ latest member benefit? This platform allows you to view a plethora of statistical information by county or metropolitan area. Florida Realtors members can view and use data on closed sales, average and median sale prices, new pending sales, inventory and numerous other categories!
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:
Cutting Edge Gifts
Tyler Kaplan
1712 Foxwood Drive
Garner, NC 27529
772-285-9274
Data Graphics Inc
Mike Welter
3800 Progress Blvd
Mount Dora, FL 32757
352-589-1312
DR Media and Investments
Tim Smolarick
200 E Venice Ave Suite 333
Venice, FL 34285
863-386-5624
Faithworks Total Ground Maintenance
Felecia Freeman
4201 W. Old US 441 Bldg D1
Mount Dora, FL 32757
Reliable Mortgages Inc
William Fields
1385 West State Rd 434 Ste 102
Longwood, FL 32750
352-973-3022
The Basic and Advanced classes offered are FREE; included in your MLS subscription. Take for the first time or as a refresher!

All in-person classes are canceled at this time...all classes are now online.

Click the links below to see the classes of your choice and to register for them.
Providing equal service to all your clients is not just a right but a responsibility for real estate agents. The CE Shop's Diversity: Your Kaleidoscope of Clients course covers this important topic, teaching you everything you need to know about Fair Housing law protection, the socioeconomic impact of discriminatory practices, and your own inherent biases through an online test.

Take 30% off this course today by visiting ralsc.theceshop.com and enter promo code DIVERSITY at check out.
Governmental Affairs Corner
Vacation rentals are now allowed to resume in both Lake and Sumter counties! To view the plans and guidelines, please review the attachments below.
NAR's Commitment to Excellence (C2EX)

Do you have a Commitment to Excellence?

Be an advocate for the future of your industry.

Be committed to excellence
Education & Events
Even though all in-person classes at the Association have been canceled, we are still continuing with educational opportunities for our members.

All classes are now webinars.. many with CE credits.... and many Certifications and Destinations!
Part #2 of ALLYSON LEWIS webinar series
"BUSY IS KILLING ME! WHAT ABOUT YOU?"

Webinar: Part 2
How to Stop Procrastinating!
3 Steps to Get More Done

June 16 th
2:15pm – 3:15pm
No CE Credit
FREE
Webinar: 
Affordable Housing Solutions: 
What Every Real Estate Professional Should Know
Instructed by Mark T. Pease, Single Family Business Development Manager

June 18, 2020
12:00pm-3:00pm
3 CE Credits
FREE for RALSC members 
Webinar registration is through Florida Housing, not RALSC.
You MUST register in advance as they will be tracking and reporting your CE credits.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Florida Housing
containing information about joining the webinar.
All the real estate metrics, charts, and data you need to master your market — branded to YOUR business and accessible on desktop, laptop, and mobile.

As a Realtor, knowing your local market and being able to share the latest local data trends is key to your business. And, Florida Realtors has launched a new interactive data tool –  SunStats  – to help members do just that through this robust, user-friendly resource.
June 22, 2020
Webinar: 1:00pm-2:30pm
No CE Credits
FREE

FIRM registration deadline: Friday, June 18th at 5pm. No exceptions
Extra Time To Pay
As you were previously notified, Stellar MLS has partnered with RALSC to extend your annual billing schedule for the 2020-2021 subscription year from the standard 45 days to 90 days effective on April 1, 2020.

Your invoice for the 2020-2021 Stellar MLS subscription year is available for you to review and pay online. You can pay your invoice any time before June 30, 2020.
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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