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Exciting Changes for Downtown Sarasota on the Horizon

By: Tony Veldkamp, 2022 RASM President On February 15, the Commercial Real Estate Alliance (CREA) of the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) hosted their 8th Annual Downtown Horizons breakfast. This annual event has always provided fantastic information on the developments in our downtowns to local commercial real estate agents, residential agents, their guests, [...]

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 [...]

Become a Florida REALTORS® Director

You could make a difference in the direction and leadership of Florida REALTORS®! RASM has a few spots open to for our members to serve on the Florida REALTORS® Board of Directors in 2022. If you are interested in being a candidate, please review the job description below and submit your Application to Serve by [...]

RASM Members Recognized in Florida REALTORS® Honor Society

SARASOTA, Fla. (September 28, 2020) – Florida REALTORS® established an Honor Society thirty years ago to recognize members of local boards and Associations who are active 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 [...]

DeSantis Extends Vacation Rental Ban Until May

Fla.’s governor extended a previous two-week order banning vacation property rentals through April 30, 2020. It doesn’t apply to long-term rentals or hotels and resorts. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 13, 2020) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has extended until April 30 an executive order that suspended rentals of vacation properties because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Late [...]

FREC Approves Live Streaming of CE Courses for Realtors

By emergency rule, FREC approved video conferencing of in-person courses so members may fulfill biennial license requirements, including ones for post- and pre-licensure. ORLANDO, Fla. (April 7, 2020) – Coming soon to a computer near you: Live streaming of continuing education (CE) courses you would normally take in the classroom. Courses may be offered via [...]

Pandemic Creates Challenges in Mortgage Loan Process

Final loan approval relies on documents and approvals from different offices, and the spread of COVID-19 has created problems – but some recent changes should help. NEW YORK (April 6, 2020) – Final loan approval relies on documents and approvals from different offices, both private and government, and the spread of COVID-19 has created problems [...]

Feds Issue Paycheck Protection Program Loan Applications

Small businesses and sole proprietors can submit applications starting Friday, and independent contractors can apply starting on April 10. Employers who maintain minimum payroll levels and employees (at least 75% of their average) are eligible for loan forgiveness. ORLANDO, Fla. – The Treasury Department released the application for the SBA 7(a) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) [...]

Governor Issues Statewide Stay-at-Home Order

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 1, 2020)— This afternoon, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order calling for all Floridians to stay home except to obtain essential services. This order is effective tomorrow at midnight. Per the order, residential and commercial real estate, including settlement services, are considered essential. Although members may continue to operate, they are [...]

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