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EABOR Welcomes New Members

Published Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Englewood Area Board of REALTORS® recently held new member orientation.  Sixteen new agents took the oath of REALTOR® and were sworn in by EABOR President, Kathi Obendorfer.  By becoming a member, REALTORS® are more than just agents, they are professional members of The National Association of REALTORS®.  That means, they subscribe to a strict code of ethics.  REALTORS® are required to complete ethics training of not less than 2 hours and 30 minutes of instructional time within two-year cycles. The training must meet NAR's specific learning objectives and criteria.  By becoming a member of NAR, they are part of America's largest trade association, representing 1.3 million members, including NAR's institutes, societies, and councils, involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.  EABOR’s mission statement is clear: To support the success and professionalism of our members while improving our community and protecting private property rights.” EABOR has been the local voice for real estate since 1962.

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Local School Board Vice Chairman Speaks to Membership

Published Friday, June 29, 2018

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Deputy Kathy Duff spoke to the Englewood Area Board of REALTORS® about the Crime Mapping tool that offers current crime information.  Crimemapping.com posts information obtained from law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.  It’s a tool that allows residents to be aware of happenings in their neighborhood. Residents can create alerts, which notify them of crimes that occur within two miles of a selected location. The site also offers data on sex offenders and the frequency of crimes by day and time. 

 

Charlotte County School Board Vice Chairman District 3, Bob Segur was also a guest speaker.  He informed members that to improve Charlotte County Public Schools, support is needed in requesting an additional 1 Mill in property taxes for their operating budget, via a referendum in November 2018.  1 Mill is one dollar for every $1000 assessed value of the property. The median assessed value for homesteaded property in Charlotte County is $113,495.  After the homestead exemption is removed, the value is $88,495, the referendum charge would be $89 per year, $7.42 per month. Segur said studies have shown a connection between quality school programs and reduced crime rates.  Increased labor market skills through education effects wages and increased wages decreases crime.  All these together increase the value of property.  Segur’s message was clear, “Vote Yes for Success”. 

EABOR President Kathi Obendorfer conducted the member meeting that was held at Broadmoor in Rotonda West.  The next association meeting is scheduled for August 23rd.

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MFRMLS Installation Held in Orlando

Published Friday, June 15, 2018

Board President Kathi O along with MLS Director Pat Ottolini  attended the shareholder's meeting in Orlando, June 15th.   Part of the activities included the installation of the 2019 MFRMLS Officers and Directors.  Ottolini is the MLS Director on our Board of Directors.   My Florida Regional MLS is Florida's largest multiple listing service with over 40,000 subscribers. Owned by 14 Shareholder REALTOR® Boards and Associations in Central and Southwest Florida, MFRMLS offers a comprehensive suite of productivity and marketing tools to professionals in the real estate industry.

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EABOR Represents in Washington DC

Published Saturday, May 19, 2018

Board President Kathi obendorfer along with Governmental Affairs/RPAC Director David Haynes and Past President Kevin Hyde attended the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in our nations's capital.  It is where NAR members take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy and the association. REALTORS® come to Washington, DC, for special issues forums, committee meetings, legislative activities and the industry trade show.  Members of EABOR were able to sit down with some of our country's leaders to discuss many issues especially those that affect private property rights

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EABOR Welcomes 18 New Members

Published Monday, May 14, 2018

The Englewood Area Board of REALTORS® recently held new member orientation.  Eighteen new agents took the oath of REALTOR® and were sworn in by EABOR President, Kathi Obendorfer. 

The orientation was sponsored by new Business Affiliate Angel Staging Designs. 

 

Pictured seated L-R

Martina Pfoertner-Keller Williams Realty Gold, Katie Bjerkness-Exit King Realty, Brittany Scales-Keller Williams Gold, Kimberly Torres-Tall Pines Realty, Rachael Smith-Lasbury-Tracy Realty, Inc., Betsy Dunn-Betsy Dunn Realty LLC, Janet Shawen--Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty

Back Row L-R

Bernard Perrine-Edgerton Realty & Development, Jodi Richards-Michael Saunders & Company, John George III-Keller Williams Realty Gold, Yurly Brych-M R Realty & Investment LLC, Harry Gildea-Crossroads Real Estate Company, Robert Penny-Sunnybrook Realty LLC, Rick Billings-Exit King Realty, Amos Allen-Extreme Realty Team Gulf Coast, Craig Croson-Tropical Breeze Realty, Stephen Hinchman-Program Realty & Development, Eric Smith-Lasbury-Tracy Realty Inc.

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State Representative Speaks to Major Investors

Published Saturday, May 12, 2018

A Major Investors Dinner was hosted at Coral Creek Club on Friday, May 11th.  State Representative Michael Grant was the guest speaker.  He told the group of 21 that he is proud of what he has accomplished in Tallahassee.  He talked about the state's budget and the recent bill that was passed after the Parkland School Shooting to better protect our kids.  He also spoke about beach nourishment and the importance of Amendment 2 for homeowners.  He took questions from those in attendance.  The dinner was held in appreciation of EABOR's Major Investors...which is a title achieved by those that invest $1000 or more in RPAC...The REALTORS Political Action Committee.  It's one way REALTORS protect private property rights by backing political candidates who have the same vision.  The National Association of REALTORS is the largest trade organization with 1.3 million members.  When REALTORS speak...politicians listen. 

Michael Grant is pictured with Board President Kathi O and President-Elect Mark Spurgeon

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YPN TAKES TO THE AIRWAVES

Published Thursday, April 26, 2018

YPN Co-Chair Traci Hamill joined KB on The Morning Magazine on WENG Radio to invite his listeners to attend the upcoming YPN Tech Check. The free technology workshop is open to the public and will be held at the Board Office Thursday, May 3rd beginning at 4:30pm.  It's a great opportunity to get help with your electronic devices.  Englewood Technology Group will oversee the event with a presentation on Cyber Security and scams to avoid.  A short Q&A will be held then attendees can get one on one help with their electronic devices from the YPN members.  Traci also talked about YPN's 2 year commitment to keeping Ann Dever Park clean.  YPN is a valuable resource for those who want to build relationships with peers, advance their careers and make a difference in their industry, community and EABOR. 

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FL REALTORS CEO HONORS THREE LOCAL AGENTS

Published Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Bill Martin, CEO of Florida REALTORS® was the keynote speaker at a recent membership meeting of The Englewood Area Board of REALTORS®.  Martin spoke about the importance of Amendment 2 that will be on the ballot in November. Amendment 2 would give voters the choice to make permanent a 10 percent cap on annual valuation increases for non-homestead properties. The 10 percent cap has been in place for a decade but expires in 2019. Without an extension, Martin warned, property owners “could see their property tax bill skyrocket.” Carrie O’Rourke, Vice President of Public Policy for Florida REALTORS® also spoke at the mixer that was held at Boca Royale Country & Golf Club.  O’Rourke said, “Amendment 2 really is good for everybody because if the non-homestead tax cap expires in 2019, every Floridian will be negatively impacted in some way."Three local REALTORS® were honored at the event for their contribution to the state association and their participation at the local and national level.  Martin saluted Board President-Kathi Obendorfer, Past President-Kevin Hyde and Board Director-David Haynes and welcomed them to the Florida REALTORS® Honor Society.  The statewide designation is an honor to the real estate profession that was established thirty years ago.

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