December 2017 REALTORS® Digest
Were You a TOP PRODUCER in 2017?
Join our Top Producers Club!
Its time for the annual production awards; the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Club Awards, as well as our Lease Club!

A link to the basic Million & Multi-Million Dollar Club Application is noted below. Should you need additional forms for properties sold outside of the MFRMLS area (example: Ocala/Marion, Hernando and etc.) or For Sale By Owner (FSBO) properties, the forms can be found under "Miscellaneous Forms" below.
The Lease Club Rules and Application has two production levels: Gold and Platinum. A link to the Rules & Procedures is noted below.

A few things to remember: The Association does not record or publicize the members exact production totals. If you have met either the Platinum level for the Lease Club, or $2 Million in leases and/or sales for the Multi-Million Dollar Club submit your application now . Don't wait until the last minute!

If you are still at either the Gold or Million Dollar level of either club, then you might want to hang on to your application until the end of the year because you might have a deal that would push you into the higher level. Don't forget to attach all your supporting documentation needed to verify your production.

Please remember it is not the responsibility of the Association Staff to complete your application for you. If you neglect to read the rules and submit your application incorrectly, your application will be marked invalid and your name will not appear on the list of award recipients.

Get started filling out your application today!  Applications are due by 5pm on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 . No late applications will be accepted.
On December 7, 2017 the REALTORS® Association of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc held its annual Installation Banquet at Lake Receptions in Mount Dora.

At the luncheon, the 2018 Board of Directors were installed, and the winners of the 2017 REALTOR of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Affiliate of the Year were announced.

.... and the winners were:
2017 Affiliate Member of the Year
Angela Sheppard
Chelsea Title Company
Angela Sheppard, this year’s Affiliate of the Year, grew up in Hollywood Florida and spent her summer vacations with family in Eustis. She loved this area so much that she moved here after graduation. She is married and has 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren. She can be found most weekend’s offshore fishing or bow hunting with her husband.

She is a friend to everyone she meets - driven by goodness and the need to help others. She works hard, cares and doesn't take sides that would lead to alienating others. Angela has great personality and is loved by everyone she has worked with over the years. She has taken her personal loyalties and attributes and combined them with a successful business mindset that propelled her forward professionally.
Angela is a member of the RPAC Committee and sponsors Associations programs and events. In the words of her office manager, "she is amazing"!
2017 Rookie of the Year
Kara Wisely
Coldwell Banker Tyre & Taylor
Kara Wisely, the 2017 Rookie of the Year, holds an Associate’s Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from the Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA. She also holds Associate’s Degree in Pastry Arts and Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Pastry Arts from the Walnut Hill College in Pennsylvania. She became a member of our Association in October 2016, is currently in the 2017 RALSC Leadership Academy.
She produced $268,500 in real estate transactions within her first 12 months of membership. 
Kara is a member of the North Lake Women’s Council of Realtors(R) the Tavares, Eustis and Mount Dora Chambers of Commerce, Barnwood Breakfast Group and the Home Builders Association of Lake-Sumter.
She loves to investigate all the options that a career in real estate provides including property management and commercial real estate. She is a current member of the Young Professionals Network and has agree to Chair the committee in 2018.
2017 REALTOR® of the Year
Daniel “Danny” Smith
Smith & Smith Realty, Inc.
Danny Smith, this year’s REALTOR® of the Year, is a Florida native who moved to Wildwood at the age of 12. He is a member in the Chamber where he lives and has served on the REALTORS® Association of Lake & Sumter Counties’ Board of Directors and many of their committees over the years. He has held the position of the Florida Realtors® District Vice President and also served on their Board of Directors. 
His background is in the land business as a vegetable farmer along with managing a hay and seed operation. He holds the designations of an (ALC) Accredited Land Consultant and the (CCIM) Certified Commercial Investment which is the highest level of certifications that can be achieved.
The education from the designations along with his experience has given him the ability to understand and translate the many moving parts of complicated transactions.
Danny has received the following awards over the years:
* National Associations Land Institute
   2012 “Land Realtor® of America”

* Commercial Association of Realtors®
   2013 “#1 Top Producer for Land Sales” 
   2014 “Deal of the Year”

* Florida Realtors®
   2016 “Commercial
   REALTOR® Achievement”  
2017 Presidential Award
Carolyn Maimone
ERA Grizzard Real Estate
A special 2017 Presidential Award was presented to Carolyn Maimone.

Due to her hard work leading the RPAC Committee, the Association was able to meet and exceed our RPAC goal for 2017!

Thank you Carolyn! 
Real Safe Agent is the new (FREE!) member benefit of the REALTORS® Association of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc. Real Safe Agent is not a personal safety app, it's a crime prevention system for the real estate industry that allows the entire real estate community to cooperate and collaborate to keep each other safe.

If you have not started using it, (from your phone), enter the email address you have on file with MLS and/or the Association to get your activation started.

And Real Safe Agent training webinars are held twice-a-day, every Tuesday and Thursday. So sign up for the webinar of your choice.
Grand Prize Winner

Jeanne Abernathy
ERA  Grizzard Real Estate
CONGRATULATIONS to Jeanne Abernathy. Her name was drawn at random from the current active users of the Real Safe Agent app!

Jeanne was our GRAND PRIZE WINNER and won a brand new iPad Mini, just for using the Real Safe Agent app!
The 2018 Committees are underway!
Get involved and join one today!

19 to Choose From!
As you may be aware, the functioning of the Association is a result of many volunteers who unselfishly give of their time to participate on committees. Its a new year, so join a Committee and assist us, and your fellow REALTORS®, by signing up for the committee of your choice.

There are 19 to choose from; click on the button below to see each Committee, their functions and responsibilities. Most Committees meet once a month for approximately 1-hour... and most committees now allow teleconferencing, so you do not necessarily need to attend in person at the Association office.

Every effort will be made to place you on the committee of your choice, but the Association Bylaws and policy may restrict and limit appointments of certain committees. Everyone who wishes to serve will be given an opportunity to do so. Committee structuring is a lengthy process, so please give us your preference as soon as possible.

Note : if you were on a Committee in 2017, and wish to continue on the same committee in 2018, you still need to complete the Committee Request Form
2018 Association Dues
The 2018 Dues Invoices have been emailed to all our REALTOR ® / Broker members.

To pay your invoice go to:  
Select the "Membership" tab at the top.
Then, "Pay Your Dues", on the side bar.
Click on the link displayed.

Username : your NRDS number
Password : Last name in lowercase letters (unless you have created one from the original sign in)

You can select 'forgot password' and a token will be emailed to the email address we have on file. Follow instructions to change password.

Note: the two top items on the invoice are voluntary. You are able to adjust or delete them at your discretion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Association at 352-343-3003
Attention ActiveKey Users

As a reminder, the REALTOR® Association of Lake & Sumter has discontinued the leasing and support of the Supra ActiveKEY (example shown).

Members who currently have ActiveKEY service will need to return their device to RALSC and transition to the eKEY service. This applies to ONLY the ActiveKey, not the eKey on your phone/device.

Members who have lost or misplaced their ActiveKey may be subject to Supra's lost key fee.

How to transition to the eKEY:

  • Please call or email the Association to make an appointment for your eKEY transition: 352-343-3003 or email
  • Bring your ActiveKEY, as well as the device you will use for your eKEY service, to your appointment. To expedite your appointment, please download the eKEY app to your device in advance. (Search for "eKey" in your App Store / PlayStore on your device)
  • During your appointment, we will be happy to provide instructions on how to use your eKEY.
  • You will be switched over to Monthly billing from Supra and charged $16.00 (per month) going forward.
Education & Events
Be sure to check out the Education & Events tab of the RALSC website for a listing of what is coming up in the future at RALSC.

We include things such as Association closed dates, CE classes, special events, etc. New events and classes are added frequently, so check often!
Great American REALTOR ® Days
January 10th
Once again, the Association is attending the Great American Realtor ® Day (GARD) in Tallahassee. 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 following link for additional information and the required registration form. The first 50 members who register (and ride the bus) will receive a FREE registration! Don't miss out!
Welcome New RALSC Members!
Check out the growing list of new members!

View the photos from our New Member Orientation - December 8th

New Affiliate Members
Trustco Bank
Brittany Davila Herrera
1330 Citizens Blvd. Ste 101
Leesburg, FL34748
Lake Insurance Solutions
Gary Tanner
3779 Lake Center Dr.
Mount Dora, FL  32757
REALTORS® on the Move
Here at RALSC we’re always on the move working harder to serve you better.
See which REALTORS® are on the move this month by clicking the link below!
REALTORS® Statistics
Have you taken a look at the local Market Statistics from MFRMLS, NAR and FL REALTORS ® ? 

We update our website when the latest information has been released to the public.

Click below for the latest statistics.
December Monthly Door Prize
Presented by:

Angela Sheppard
Chelsea Title
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.
New Real Estate Offices
Dreamcatcher Realty Services
Alison Wheatley
10627 Toad Rd
Clermont, FL 34715

Foxfire Realty
Gene Boone
8721 SW Hwy 200/103rd. St.
Ocala, FL 34481

Preferred Real Estate Brokers III
Jose Fleming
2430 E. HWY 50
Clermont, FL 34711

White Pelican Realty
Jerry "Willy" Sybert
718 S US HWY 441
Lady Lake, FL 32159
Upcoming RALSC Office Hours / Schedules.....

RALSC will close at 1:30pm on December 15th for the Staff holiday luncheon.

The Association's men's bathroom will be retiled starting Friday, December 15th. Workers are expected to be completed by Wednesday December 20th. Members and employees will need to use the women’s bathroom until it is complete.

RALSC will also be closed December 25th & 26th for the Christmas holiday and January 1st for New Years.
REALTORS® Association of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc.
3001 State Road 19 South, Tavares, Florida 32778
PHONE: (352) 343-3003
FAX: (352) 343-7876