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2023 RASM Committee Applications Open on August 19

The REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee is looking for members who are committed to making a concerted effort to better our organization, the real estate industry, and the community. RASM Committees are the heart of the REALTOR® Association. The members that serve provide the talent and expertise that make us shine. You can make [...]

RASM Earns Two RPAC Awards in Mega Board Category

SARASOTA, Fla. (January 24, 2022) – The REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee was recognized with two RPAC awards at the recent Florida REALTORS® Mid-Winter Meetings in Orlando, hitting two major goals outlined by the state Association. Of all the Associations in the Mega Board category, RASM was recognized with the Fastest Board to Reach [...]

REALTORS® Travel to Tallahassee to Advocate for Important Issues

By: Tony Veldkamp, 2022 RASM President Every year, REALTORS® throughout our state visit Tallahassee to directly lobby our state lawmakers on legislative issues that directly affect REALTORS® and homeowners. In February, leaders from the REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee will travel to the state capitol to serve as advocates for our 8,300 Realtors, as [...]

REALTOR® Association Honors Veteran Members at Military Heroes Breakfast

SARASOTA, Fla. (November 8, 2021) – The REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) honored veterans at a Military Heroes Breakfast on Friday, November 5 to present a plaque that commemorates military veterans who have received commendations in services to our Country. “It’s an honor to recognize our members who have served for our country [...]

ADU’s Approved in Manatee County and City of Sarasota

In a big win for property owners, during the month of August both the Manatee County Commission as well as the Sarasota City Commission voted to allow homeowners to construct accessory dwelling units (ADU) on their property. REALTOR® Associations throughout the country have long touted the utility of accessory dwelling units as another form of [...]

Details on Sarasota’s New Vacation Rental Ordinance

Last month, the city of Sarasota finalized rules pertaining to vacation rental properties on homes in the city that reside on barrier islands (such as Lido, Bird Key, St. Armands Circle, and northern portions of Siesta Key). The city passed rules in response to a growth of what some residents allege as “Hotel Houses.” RASM [...]

City of Sarasota Revises Vacation Rentals Ordinance

SARASOTA, Fla. (Thursday, April 15) -  The City of Sarasota proposed a vacation rental ordinance in response to neighborhood complaints over party houses in the area. RASM cautioned the City from overreaching and burdening property owners with restrictions when they already had tools at their disposal to address the situation (Noise ordinances, trash ordinances, open [...]

Hard-Working Floridians Need Our Help

This is your wake-up call, Florida, and we need your help to save affordable housing. Last week, lawmakers in Tallahassee pushed forward two bills – HB 5401 and SB 2512 – that would permanently redirect two-thirds of the housing trust funds each year to sea level rise and wastewater infrastructure projects. That’s some serious money [...]

RASM Recognized by Florida REALTORS® for RPAC Fundraising in 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. (January 27, 2021) - At last night’s Florida REALTORS® PAC Awards Presentation during the virtual Mid-Winter Business Meetings, the REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee was recognized for their contributions to RPAC in 2020. In the large board category, RASM was honored as the “First Board to Reach Fundraising Goal” and “Highest Total [...]

Congratulations to these RASM Members for Supporting and Defending the Industry

Our Major Investors help give the real estate industry a strong voice. The Florida REALTORS® Political Action Committee (PAC) Major Investors are industry professionals whose goal is to promote homeownership for all and to protect Realtors from burdensome regulations. They know what it takes to get results that will help their bottom line, their industry, [...]

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