Members of The Englewood Area Board of REALTORS® recently attended the “Great American REALTOR® Days” in Tallahassee, also known as GARD. The three days are set aside during Florida’s legislative session when REALTORS® converge on the Capitol to voice their opinions on legislative issues. Members are briefed on the status of pending real estate legislation, to lobby and meet with legislators. EABOR leadership was part of more than a thousand Realtors that were in Tallahassee to meet with their state legislators on issues important to property owners. One of which was seeking to the lowering of the business rent tax so small businesses have income to expand and increase wages; solutions to short-term rental concerns that don’t negatively impact property rights; and adequate funding for affordable housing programs around the state.
Local leadership that attended GARD, included: EABOR President-Kathi Obendorfer, President-Elect -Mark Spurgeon, Past President-Kevin Hyde, Governmental Affairs Chair-David Haynes and EABOR CEO RJ Marshall.
The event gave EABOR members the opportunity to visit with hometown legislators, network with advocacy-minded peers, and to tell state lawmakers that homeownership matters. REALTORS® are the only group to advocate on behalf of millions of property owners in Florida.
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Pictured L-R: EABOR CEO RJ Marshall, Past President-Kevin Hyde, President-Kathi O, Director-David Haynes & President Elect-Mark Spurgeonmore»
EABOR member, Dennis "Jake" Miller was recently recognized with a high honor from The National Association of REALTORS®. Miller was bestowed with the status of REALTOR® Emeritus. The honor recognizes forty or more cumulative years membership in the National Association of REALTORS® and is given in recognition of his valuable and lasting contribution to the real estate profession in the community. Miller was presented with the award by EABOR Membership Director, Diane McIntosh and CEO RJ Marshall on December 14th, 2017.
The Englewood Area Board of REALTORS® held their Installation and Awards banquet at the Broadmoor Community Center in Rotonda West, Friday evening. The Board of Directors for 2018 was installed and awards were handed out to recognize excellence in the real estate industry and exceptional community involvement. Kathi Obendorfer was named REALTOR® of the year. Rookie REALTOR® of the year was awarded to Sharon Badrian. The Community Service Award was given to Brian Faro and Vic Berger/Trustco Bank, was honored with Business Affiliate of the Year.
2018 Officers include: President-Kathi Obendorfer, President Elect-Mark Spurgeon, Secretary-Phil Van Der Heyden, Treasurer -Ray Eggermont and Past President-Kevin Hyde. Directors include: Pat Ottolini, David Haynes and Mary Smedley. 2018 Board President Kathi Obendorfer spoke to the membership about the importance of the EABOR mission and how members should think big in everything they do. She assured members that she is in office to help. She encouraged members to engage with each other and our community.
The evening’s festivities included dinner at the newly opened Community Center at Broadmoor Park in Rotonda West and music was provided by Geri Van. Members brought toys that will be donated on behalf of EABOR to Toys for Tots.more»
The Englewood Area Board of REALTORS® recently held their Annual Business Meeting to announce the 2018 Officers and Directors. The EABOR membership meeting is also held to give the outgoing Board President the opportunity to recap the year in terms of accomplishments. Kevin Hyde announced next year’s officers and directors: President-Kathi Obendorfer, Secretary-Phil Van Der Heyden, Treasurer-Ray Eggermont, MFRMLS Director-Pat Ottolini, Directors: David Haynes, Mary Smedley and Mark Spurgeon.
Guest speakers included Gina Taylor from Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Supervisor of elections for Charlotte County Judge Paul Stamoulis and Erik Korzilius who spoke on recent wire transfer scams. The featured speaker was Steven David, who is a 12-time World Champion in Unlimited Hydroplanes, the fastest propeller driven boats in the world. Steve currently holds the competition world record for an Unlimited hydroplane, making him the fastest human on water for a competition lap. When it comes to survival and perseverance, David walks the talk. His racing crashes, one in which he died and was resuscitated, and his wins have given him life lessons he shares to inspire success in others. David encouraged motivation. “Make a commitment to make something positive happen every day. Whether it’s sending a referral, making a sale, taking a listing, making a cold call, or stopping by a for sale by owner…something, anything that will generate income.”more»
EABORS's Beach Bash featuring The Shindigs, a Beach Boys Tribute Band, was a success! The fundraiser for the Englewood Boys & Girls Club was a fun night of games, door prizes, a chance auction and summer surf music. A check presentation will be made soon to the club that fills the gap for many area kids between school and home. The goal was to make a significant donation to help the club find a more permanent location. Club Director Lynn Dorler and Jessica Anderson were on hand for the event. Dorler spoke to the crowd and was grateful for the support.more»
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sept. 29, 2017 – On Sunday, Florida will join 35 other states in offering online voter registration to its residents.
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Thursday that his department is ready to launch the RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov website in compliance with a 2015 law that required online registration to be available by Oct. 1.
Detzner, who originally opposed the policy, said the Department of State has been working over the last two years, in cooperation with the 67 supervisors of elections across the state, to "implement an online voter registration website that provides Floridians with a secure and more easily accessible way to register to vote."
"The right to vote is sacred in our country and I hope that with this new and convenient method, more Floridians will register to vote and engage in the electoral process," Detzner said in a statement.
Residents can register to vote at the website or update their current registrations or they can fill out and print a registration form that must be turned in to a local supervisor of elections. Voters will need a Florida driver's license or state identification card and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers to register online, according to the Department of State.
State elections officials said "multiple safeguards" are being used to verify the registrations and to protect personal information, including the use of a "state-of-the-art" firewall, data encryption, captcha boxes, which are designed to thwart bots, and session time-outs after inactivity.
Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, said her organization welcomes the advent of the online registration system but has raised several issues about its implementation.
Goodman said the new system will not follow the law if it requires would-be voters to have either a Florida driver's license or state identification card as well as the last four digits of their Social Security numbers. Under the current paper registration system, Goodman said voters only have to produce a Social Security number if they lack both a driver's license and a state ID card.
She said the online law specifically states that online registration requirements can be no different than the current procedures.
Goodman said Thursday that the issue was raised with Detzner but the League of Women Voters has not received a response from the state agency.
"Let's see what comes out on Oct. 1," she said. "We remain optimistically hopeful."
Goodman said a lawsuit would be "our last option," saying her organization would prefer to work out the issue with Detzner.
Goodman's group also wants clarity on how third-party voter registration groups, like the league, will be able to use the online system. She also said she would like to see the state and local supervisors of elections promote the availability of online registration.
In Polk County, Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards said she will take a cautious approach to using the new system.
"I'm hoping for a bit of a slow start so that we can get accustomed to the processes and procedures," Edwards said. "And if we do detect any burps or hiccups we can fix them with a smaller quantity."
She added: "Once it's polished up and perfect, I will promote it. But it's my nature to go slow."
Source: News Service of Florida, Lloyd Dunkelbergermore»