January 2019 REALTORS ® Digest
On December 6, 2018 the REALTORS ® Association of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc held its annual Installation Banquet at Lake Receptions in Mount Dora.

At the luncheon, the 2019 Board of Directors were installed, and the winners of the 2018 REALTOR ® of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Affiliate of the Year were announced.
.... and the winners are:
Kim Levensohn
Morris Realty and Investments
REALTOR ® of the Year
Al Spry
Beacon Real Estate & Associates
Rookie of the Year
Jon Woods
JW Mortgage Group
Affiliate of the Year
Also at the banquet, the 2018 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.
Were You a TOP PRODUCER in 2018?
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 as well.
Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, January 4, 2019 .
No late applications will be accepted.
The Top Producers of 2018 will be honored at the Annual Awards Gala. Coming up March 8th, with a "Roaring 20's" theme at Bella Collina!

Watch for more details in the near future.
MFRMLS Training Classes at RALSC
MFRMLS training classes are usually offered at RALSC twice a month.  

Typically, 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, CMA Tools etc .) are taught at the end of each month.

January 3rd: 9:00am: Basic
January 3rd: 1:00pm: Compliance
January 3rd: 2:30pm: Adding & Editing

January 24th: 9:00am: Marketing Tools
January 24th: 1:00pm: iMapp

To see what is offered, register, or cancel an MLS class, click the button below.
Did you know NAR offers text messaging to contact elected representatives for easy effective and fast response to NAR Call-To-Action? This is one way of letting elected representatives know how we feel about important issues they are discussing.
Florida Realtors® established an Honor Society to recognize active members in their state association.

The Honor Society also salutes members for participation at the local and national levels of the REALTOR® organization; for activity in the National Association of Realtors' Institutes, Societies and Councils; for designations earned, educational activities, and political involvement.
New Members of RALSC!
December was a busy month with over 30 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!
NAR Warns of Scam
WARNING:  If you receive an email appearing to be under the REALTOR® Party banner, it is not from NAR. The email is a solicitation to help "Support Diana" with a financial donation through GoFundMe. This solicitation is not from the REALTOR® Party or the National Association of REALTORS®. NAR will never solicit donations for personal or individual charities. All donations go through the REALTORS® Relief Foundation
Education & Events
MLS Advantage
January 31st
2019 Committees are Forming Now
The total functioning of the Association is a result of the many volunteers who unselfishly give of their time to participate on committees.

Join in the running of your Association by signing up for the committee of your choice. RALSC will offer 14 different committees in 2019. The committee structuring is a lengthy process, so please give us your preference as soon as possible.

Note If you were on a Committee in 2018 and wish to continue on the same committee in 2019, you still need to fill out the request form as we do not roll-over the requests from one year to the next.
2018 NAR National Commercial Award
Congratulations to Danny Smith , of Smith & Smith Realty, Inc. in Wildwood. He was awarded the RLI National Broker of the Year - Residential Land Sales.

Danny was one of only 79 individuals recognized for outstanding professional achievements in Commercial Real Estate.

Congratulations Danny!
Have one of your agents or co-workers been honored or received an award? If you would like to have them mentioned in our newsletter, please send the information to scott@ralsc.org.
REALTORS® on the Move
Where did that agent go?

See which REALTORS® are on the move by clicking the link below!
New App Coming Soon
In the next few weeks Supra will launch a new eKey app with brand new features, etc. The roll-out will start in December for Android users and will continue for several weeks. IOS (iPhone) users will start to see the roll-out in January.

How and when will the app be delivered?
For eKey app users that have automatic app updates turned on, the Play Store will automatically deliver the app to a percentage of Android users over the next few weeks. The minimum requirement for the new eKEY app in Android is OS 5 or greater.

Do the apps need a new authorization code?
The eKey app does not require a new authorization as long as it is installed on a device that already has an authorized eKey app.
How will Supra let Keyholders know about the new eKey app release?
When the new eKey app is available for all users, Supra will send a message within the existing eKey app letting users know that a new version of the app is available along with a link to resources for more information.

The button below has links to all of the agent resources available; including the new eKey user manual, FAQ, and comparison of eKey Basic to eKey Pro.

More info on the new Supra app will be coming soon!
2020 NAR Leadership Academy
REALTOR® University is excited to present NAR's 2020 Leadership Academy. The 2020 schedule includes eight sessions containing both interactive online and in-person experiences.

Sessions will be self-paced and extend over a three-week period. Estimated time per session is three hours or approximately one hour per week (excluding in-person meetings). In addition, special guests will host live online "office hours" to enhance session topics and answer questions. Attendance and participation for the "office hours'" is optional, but recommended. Participants will have also have exclusive access to a library of 600+ micro-videos featuring over 40 national recognized leaders in the industry.

The application deadline is March 1, 2019.
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.
New Real Estate Offices
D F Gray Inc.
Frank Gray
44 SE 1st Ave., Ste 101
Ocala, FL 34471
Edwin A Romero, LLC
Edwin A Romero
1684 Turnstone Way
Clermont, FL 34711
Fillingame & Associates
Jeanne Fillingame
873 Chappells Dr.
The Villages, FL 32162
Homecoming Realty Group, LLC
Pamela Taylor
5258 CR 125A
Wildwood, FL 34785
January Monthly Door Prize
Presented by
Jon Woods
JW Mortgage Group, LLC

A great basket consisting of a Chefman coffee maker, other coffee goodies... and even a copy of Jon Wood's book, Knowledge is Power .
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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