August 2018 REALTORS ® Digest
Combination Event coming to RALSC
August 6th
11:00am- 2:00pm now 1:00pm
FREE... and if you participate you even get a free lunch!

1) An Affiliate sponsored " Document Destruction " event! If you have documents to shred... bring them to RALSC! Shred those documents for FREE! Just register below!

2) In addition to the document destruction, our Community Awareness Committee is partnering with our Affiliates to help " Fill-the-Bus " for much needed (new) supplies to benefit: Families in Transition (FIT) and Forward Paths Foundation for Lake & Sumter Counties.

New items needed:
Laundry detergent
Feminine products
Shampoo & Conditioner
Body Wash
Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
Socks & Underwear
Sheets & Towels
Cleaning Supplies
$10 gift cards (Dollar Tree or Dollar General)

While you are here, enjoy lunch from 2 Food Trucks serving our area: Papa Pineapples and Stars & Stripes Catering . (Click HERE to see the menus)

All "Active" RALSC REALTOR ® or Affiliate members that participate in the Document Destruction and/or Fill-the-Bus, will receive ONE (1) lunch ticket to use at either food trucks present during this event.

You MUST be present & participate to receive the lunch ticket. If you wish to purchase additional meals, you are more than welcome to do so, on your own, during the time of the event.
Note there is only one registration for both events.
Only one registration needed per person
MFRMLS Training Classes at RALSC
MFRMLS training classes are offered at RALSC twice a month.  

Usually, the basic classes (Basic, Compliance 101, Adding & Editing ) are taught at the beginning of each month, and advanced classes ( Advanced Matrix, Transaction Desk, Marketing Tools, etc .) are taught at the end of each month. Coming up in August:

August 2nd: 9:00am: Basic
August 2nd: 1:00pm: Compliance
August 2nd: 2:30pm: Adding & Editing

August 28th: 9:00am: MLS Marketing Tooks
August 28th: 1:00pm: iMapp

To see what is offered, register, or cancel an MLS class, click the button below.

REALTOR® Party Mobile Alerts, NAR’s advocacy texting platform, offers REALTOR® Associations and REALTORS® a way to stay connected directly from their cell phone or tablet. When a national or state legislative call for action is launched, subscribers get a short text message, containing information to take action.

REALTORS® can sign up for REALTOR® Party Mobile Alerts or by texting the word REALTORS to 30644.
New Members of RALSC!
July was a busy month with 50 new members! 
If you see any of these new members in your office, or out-and-about when conducting business, be sure to welcome them! Check out the growing list of new members!
Professional Photographer Coming to RALSC
Date: Friday, August 24th
Time: Appointments from 11:00am - 3:00pm
Price: Only $69.95
Location: RALSC offices

This is a product specifically tailored to the needs of REALTORS® at a discounted price. This is NOT a mug shot. You will receive:
  • A 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 at:

"Team or Group Advertising"
We have been advised by Florida Realtors® that the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Florida Real Estate Commission has an important change being made to the rule about what “Team or Group Advertising” is legally defined as.

The change to the “Team or Group Advertising” rule was approved on 6/18/18 and the effective date when all members must be in compliance is July 1, 2019 . The button on the left contains the information for your ready reference as taken from the Florida Department of State Administrative Code and Administrative Register.

If you have any questions about this, please contact the FR Legal Hotline at (407) 438-1409.
Florida Realtors® Convention & Trade Expo
August 8-9, 2018

Governance Meetings August 10-12, 2018

Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, FL 
FREE REGISTRATION The first 300 first-time attendees will be charged at the time of registration. Once the convention is over, those first-timers will be fully refunded. 
Did you know??
FREC changed license renewal requirements
You still need 14-hours of the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) approved continuing education to renew a Fla. real estate license – but the continuing education course requirements have changed.
The rule directly impacts real estate licensees renewing their license beginning Sept. 30, 2018. However, the change does not impact post-licensing education requirements that apply to renewal of an initial sales associate or broker's license.

Under the new rule, each licensee will need to complete a 3-hour Ethics and Business Practices course approved by FREC. Florida real estate licensees who do not complete one of these courses, along with the other courses outlined below, before the Sept. 30, 2018, deadline, will not be able to renew their real estate license and will automatically become involuntarily inactive.
Under the continuing education 14-hour requirement licensees must complete the following for all license renewals beginning Sept. 30, 2018:
  • 3-hour Core Law course
  • 3-hour Ethics and Business Practices course
  • 8-hours of Specialty courses (which may include a second Core Law course)

Once the CE requirements have been satisfied, a real estate licensee can complete the other license renewal-requirements required by FREC.
Do you need Core Law or Code of Ethics?
Both are coming to RALSC on September 26th.
Education & Events
Form Simplicity
August 22nd
I n today’s get it done now society electronic forms, signatures and storage are a must have. Florida Realtors' Form Simplicity program meets all these requirements. Effective correspondence with clients is imperative. Form Simplicity will accomplish this via print, email, faxing, sharing and electronic signatures. This three hour course will take agents from blank agreements to signed contracts.

Supplement Your Income with
MLS Advantage
August 22nd
MLSAdvantage allows participating boards and members to share available MLS listings across the state of Florida. With a single search, members can find all listings that match your search parameters from participating MLS boards. Property listing information can be auto-populated from MLSAdvantage directly into contracts in Form Simplicity. This valuable search tool is available only to members of subscribing associations and MLSs.

RPR - Seven Ways to Earn More Business than Your Competition 
August 23rd
RPR Mobile for Tablets
August 23rd
The third Young Professionals Network  (YPN) "Fresh Friday" of 2018 will take place August 17th.

 Sharon Ahrens and Sheila Blue of  Babette's Furniture & Home Shoppe will be the meeting and breakfast sponsors.
They will discuss:
Benefits of staging an empty or pre-owned home
Staging options
Setting up a decor staging for an Open House
And lots more!

8:30am-9:00am : networking/breakfast
9:00am-9:30am : Affiliate presentation

If you would like to attend, please click on the RSVP button below.
Upcoming August RPR Webinars
August 7th
RPR for Residential
Investment Analyses
August 16th
New Affiliate Members
Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.
Randy DeMott
1206 Bowman St.
Clermont, FL 34711
Coast 2 Coast Lending
Bethany Butler
1630 SE 18th St. Suite 203
Ocala, FL 34471
Watch for additional information coming soon!
REALTORS® on the Move
Where did that agent go?
See which REALTORS® are on the move by clicking the link below!
Board of Directors Election
Last Chance to Apply - Due by August 3rd
Are you interested in running for the RALSC's Board of Directors? Well, it is once again time for the Association's Directions Election.

The Board of Directors Election & Nomination process is as follows:
The Board consist of fifteen elected Directors who shall be REALTOR® Members of the Association. The fifteen (15) elected Directors shall serve in a representative capacity with three (3) Directors being elected from each of the four (4) Districts within Lake & Sumter Counties and one District at large which consist of members that come from Lake, Sumter and other areas within Florida. Continued...
REALTORS® Statistics
Have you taken a look at the local Market Statistics?

Our website includes current statistics from MFRMLS, NAR and FL REALTORS®  when the latest information has been released to the public.

Click below for the latest statistics.
On July 30th, the Association presented House of Representative candidate, District 32, Shannon Elswick a campaign donation from the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC).

A special screening panel of the Association conducted interviews with candidates for the offices of the House of Representatives District 32 (as well as Lake County Commission District 2, Lake County School Board Districts 1 & 5 and Lake County Water Authority Districts 3, 4 & At Large). Following extensive questioning, Shannon Elswick was best qualified for the position. All persons seeking election were invited to be interviewed during the selection process.

If you would like yard signs to show your support of Shannon Elswick, they are available at the Association office in Tavares.
Pictured are (L-R), Tracie Ruffolo, Treasurer; Vivienne Cunningham, Director; Bill Deese, President-Elect; Shannon Elswick; Abigail Carr, President; Addie Owens, Vice-President; Jonathan Woods, Affiliate and RPAC Committee member; and CEO, Brenda Rodgers.
New Real Estate Offices
Bershire Hathaway
HomeServices Florida Realty
Donna Daniels
1138 East State Road 434
Winter Springs, FL 32708
C Fonville Realty
Carl Fonville
29755 SE 180th St.
Altoona, FL 32702
Godfrey Realty Group, Inc.
Joseph Godfrey
10650 Summit SQ Dr
Leesburg, FL 34788
Illustrated Properties LLC
Mike Pappas
2725 PGA Blvd
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Lady of the Lake Realty
Sharon Paradiso
530 Lama Paseo Drive
Lady Lake, FL 32519
Realty Executives Southern Region
Zig Ziegelman
9800 Hwy 441, Ste 104
Leesburg, FL 33478
RE/MAX Freedom
April Couturier
215 N 2nd St
Leesburg, FL 34748
Salty Paws Properties, LLC
James Colston
229 Ontario Avenue
Crystal Beach, FL 34681
Signature International RE, LLC
Ben Schachter
901-C Clint Moore Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33478
Coming up August 17th in Clermont
NAR REALTOR ® Conference & Expo
August Monthly Door Prize
Presented by
Kelly Matz
State Farm

A basket packed-full of State Farm goodies, chocolates, Russell Stover gift card, etc!
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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