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Jazz November 2012

RASL is 1439 Members Strong!

RASL’s 2012 REALTOR® & Affiliate Award Nominations And Membership Breakfast Do you have your calendar marked for Friday, November 2nd? Have you RSVP for this event? Don’t hesitate, contact Lynne today at See page 2 for more information. Sponsored By:

2012 Annual Sponsors

RASL Membership Breakfast—Awards for REALTORS® & Affiliates: ********************************************************************************************

RASL’s Membership Breakfast And 2012 Awards for REALTORS® & Affiliates!

Date: Friday, November 2

Sponsored By:

Time: Check-In begins at 8:00AM Breakfast to follow at 8:30AM Sponsored By: Seacoast National Bank Location: Santa Lucia River Club, Ballantrae

RSVP to Lynne at You will receive an email confirmation with a gate pass to enter Santa Lucia River Club, Ballantrae

Affiliate Winner from the September 21 RASL Annual Membership Breakfast Free Banner Ad


2013 RASL, FR & NAR Dues: ***********************************************************

2013 RASL, FR & NAR Dues Billing Dear RASL Member, Dues Billing will be going out the middle of September. Attention RASL REALTOR® , your 2013 dues invoice will not be mailed out this year. However you will be able to view and print it from RASL’s website (


$295.00 $126.00 $155.00 $ 99.00

TOTAL DUES FOR 2013…...$675.00 TOTAL Without RPAC……...$576.00 YOU have OPTIONS on how to pay your 2013 Dues: Simply go to RASL’s website,, click on “$Pay Dues & Invoices” icon. You will need your license number and the last four digits of your social security number to sign in. 1. Credit card payments must be for the full amount of your dues and can be made online anytime. 2. If you’d like to take advantage of the payment plan, you may do so with “cash or checks ONLY”. Mail or drop off your payment (check made payable to RASL) as follows. 3. Payment in full by December 31, 2012 with cash or check. CASH OR CHECK ONLY

October 15th November 15th December 15th One Time Payment

Without RPAC $192.00 $192.00 $192.00 $576.00

*With RPAC $225.00 $225.00 $225.00 $675.00

You still have time to join the payment plan for your 2013 Dues!

Payment Deadline: December 31, 2012 A $100 late fee will be assessed on dues paid or postmarked after January 15, 2013.

Membership will be suspended if dues are not received by January 31, 2013. RASL Affiliates, you will be receiving your invoice in the mail for your 2013 RASL Dues.

Attention Members! One FREE Ticket Entry For 2014 RASL Dues

SPECIAL RAFFLE FOR RASL MEMBERS ONLY! Pay Dues by CASH or CHECK and your name will be written on ONE RAFFLE TICKET to be placed in the drawing for a chance to win your 2014 RASL Dues FOR FREE! NOTE: This raffle is only available to RASL Members who pay their 2013 Dues in FULL by December 31, 2012 with CASH or CHECK (payable to RASL).

2013 RASL Installation - Invitation: ********************************************************************************************

Up-Coming Education & Roundtable:

Register at

******************************************************************************************** ** Mold Mitigation, Remediation and Guidelines: ********************************************************************************************

DATE: Monday, November 5 TIME: 1:00PM to 4:00PM COST: FREE! + 3 CE’s! LOCATION: Education Center at RASL REGISTER: SPONSORED BY: SERVPRO

Sponsored By:

See flyer in RASL Jazz.

Property Appraiser’s Institute: ********************************************************************************************

DATE: Friday, November 9 TIME: 9:00AM to 2:00PM COST: $15.00 (cash or check) includes morning refreshments and lunch LOCATION: Education Center at RASL REGISTER: Audrey Jackson, 772-462-1043 Or email: JACKSONAU@PASLC.ORG Callie Walker, 772-462-1026 Or email: WALKERC@PASLC.ORG See flyer in RASL Jazz.

Brokers Roundtable: ********************************************************************************************


All Designated Brokers And/Or Managers!


Up Coming Class: **********************************************************************************************

REALTORS Property Resource Training (RPR) iCE CLASS - 4 CE Credits Class: REAL-TIME DATA, MARKET KNOWLEDGE, INFORMED CONSUMERS DATE: Friday, November 16 COST: $25.00 SEE FLYER IN JAZZ TIME: 9:00AM to 1:00PM Available at Your RASL Store: **********************************************************************************************

2013 Holiday Magnet Calendars:

2013 Peel ‘n Stick Magnet Calendars $42.00 plus tax Box of 100 (includes envelopes) See flyer in Jazz and place your order TODAY!!

Limited Time To Place Your Order Deadline November 16

2013 Real Estate Professional Organizer:       

Large 8.5 x 11 Week at a Peek Seller Prospects Active Listings Sale Progress Closed Sales Phone #s Address/ Email

2013 THE BOSS Real Estate Professional Organizer ONLY $27.95 Colors Available: Red - Black - Green Burgundy - Blue

Affiliate Winner from the May 4 RASL Membership Breakfast Free Banner Ad

New Member Orientation & Code of Ethics (COE): ******************************************************************************************** Orientation DATE: Friday, November 30 Sponsored By:



Code of Ethics Sponsored By:

NAR Quadrennial Code of Ethics: ********************************************************************************************

ATTENTION RASL REALTORS!!! Your Time Is Running Out If You Are Needing To Complete COE for NAR Renewal!! Did you last take your Code of Ethics between 2005—2008? NAR requires you complete a Quadrennial Code of Ethics by December 2012. Date available for the Code of Ethics at RASL!

The following is an afternoon classes from 1:00PM to 4:00PM: Wednesday—November 7 SPONSORED BY: Childs Financial Services Friday — November 30 SPONSORED BY: HOUSEMASTER HOME INSPECTIONS All classes are held in the Education Center at the Association. REGISTER ONLINE:

Code of Ethics - iCE Class: ******************************************************************************************

CODE OF ETHICS - iCE CLASS DATE: Friday, December 7 TIME: 9:00AM to Noon LOCATION: Ken & Aileen Pruitt Education Center at RASL REGISTER:

Last COE Offered At RASL for 2012

Welcome New Members: **********************************************************************************************

New Realtors速: Belliard, William Camacho, Daniela DiRosa, Loretta Maniscalco, Anthony Vincent Schmid, Albert

York Realty FL Preferred Realty Executives Coldwell Banker/Res. Real Est Bradley & Associates Real Est Keller Williams Realty of PSL

Transfers: James Cecil from DR Horton to Keller Williams Realty Denise Kelly from Coldwell Banker/Res. Real Estate to Advanced Realty Services Alice Rosado from Atlantic Winds Realty to Coastal Breeze Realty Helen Walker from Lang Realty to Coldwell Banker/Ed Schlitt

New Affiliate/Affiliate Company: Vallejos, Annie

Servpro of Martin & St Lucie

23rd Annual RASL Affiliate Trade Show Best Theme Table Winner Voted by RASL REALTORS速

Marketing Madness:


November Dates & Tour Areas

November 1 7010, 7020, 7015 Sponsor: TLC EXPERTS

November 8 7800, 7600 Sponsor: Stanley Steemer

November 15 7100, 7110, 7150, 7190 Sponsor: All City Plumbing Two, LLC

November 22


November 29 7060, 7070, 7080, 7090, 7300, 7400 Sponsor: Childs Financial Services, Inc.

Marketing Madness is a FREE Program brought to you by RASL to aid and benefit in your real estate career. Breakfast is provided by our awesome affiliates sponsors. Come join us every Thursday from 8:30am-10am to network with the Affiliates as well as other Realtor速 members. If you use this program as a means to grow your business, you will be amazed by your success!

2013 Holiday Magnet Calendars—Time Is Running Out—ORDER TODAY!: ********************************************************************************************

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2013 Committee/Task Force Preference Sheet: ******************************************************************************************** Go To to “Information/Important Links” to download 2013 Committee/Task Force Preference Sheet

Deadline November 30th

Regional MLS: ********************************************************************************************

New Tool SUPRA Training New Tool for RMLS Subscribers! RMLS subscribers now have access to New Home Source Pro, a search tool for information on new home communities. The service is free, and support is provided by the vendor. To access New Home Source Pro, click on the RMLS links provided under Resource Links on the MLXchange home page. There is a ‘getting started’ video on the NHS Pro home page that gives a good overview of the product. Subscribers can email or call NHS Pro with questions. The support information is: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-6p.m. CST Phone: 866-651-8818 Email:

SUPRA Supra has certified that the eKEY application is compatible with the iPhone 5 and the Apple’s Lightning Adapter. Please note that the Lightning Adapter is required to connect the iPhone 5 to Supra’s eKEY Adapter. RMLS Training class for November at RASL November 13th RMLS Fundamentals 9:30am-11:30am or 1:30pm-3:30pm November 28th RMLS Fundamentals 9:30am-11:30am or 1:30pm-3:30pm For a list of training classes go to and then click on the Training TAB. Scroll down to “Click here to register for a Class”, login with your ID and password to see the schedule and register.

Registration or Cancellation Instructions for Classes NOTE: A $10 charge will be applied to your account if you do not REGISTER or CANCEL your attendance within 24 hours prior to any class. This includes showing up at a class without registering. Registration or Cancellation is important because: 1. If there are not enough participants registered for a class, the class will be cancelled. 2. If a class is cancelled, we will notify you via email to save you the trip. If you are not registered, you will not receive notice. 3. If you “just show up” without registering, there may not be enough space in the room to accommodate your presence, nor ample handouts to follow along. Our instructors prepare based on the number of attendees.

Karen Galarza Realtors® Association of St. Lucie, Inc. Member Services Coordinator/RMLS Specialist 6666 South US Hwy 1 Suite 1 Port St Lucie, FL 34952 Direct Phone# 772-294-7082 Fax# 772-464-5774 Email: Visit our Website: and

Florida REALTORS®: ********************************************************************************************

What is Amendment 4? Amendment 4 is a constitutional amendment on Florida’s ballot this year. This proposal will lower property taxes for new homebuyers and spur muchneeded economic growth in the housing market by offering a healthy new exemption for first-time homebuyers. Amendment 4 will also protect working families, small businesses and homeowners from unfair and unexpected tax increases by helping to stop “recapture,” a tax gimmick that increases property taxes even when property values decline. Finally, Amendment 4 will lower assessment increases on non-homestead properties from a burdensome 10 percent to a more reasonable 5 percent.

Bottom Line  Amendment 4 creates an additional homestead exemption for first-time homebuyers for 5 years.  Amendment 4 protects Floridians from increased property taxes when their property values have declined.  Amendment 4 lowers the maximum yearly assessment increase on non-homestead properties from 10 percent to 5 percent.

Potential Questions Q: Does this new homestead exemption replace the exemption in current law? A: No. The new homestead exemption in Amendment 4 is applied in addition to your current homestead exemption. Q: Won’t creating an additional homestead exemption affect the funding of police officers and firefighters? A: Amendment 4 is not retroactive and does nothing to affect the current budgets of local governments. Q: Does Amendment 4 change or reduce “Save Our Homes”, which caps assessment increases at 3% per year for homestead property, at all? A: No. Q: If local governments are not able to raise the assessed value of a property that has gone down in market value, won’t they just raise millage rates? A: It is the local government’s decision whether to raise taxes on Florida homeowners or not. Amendment 4 simply gives the Legislature the authority to protect homeowners from burdensome, unfair tax increases if the value of their home goes down. Q: Exactly how much is this new homestead exemption? A: The additional homestead exemption that Amendment 4 creates is equal to half of the home’s value, up to half the median home value in the county. Learn more:

REALTORS® who complete the Code of Ethics Training Requirement between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2012 will have a chance to win an Apple iPad 3. To enter the Know Your Ethics Sweepstakes, simply complete either of the two NAR Code of Ethics online training programs—for new members of the association or for existing members—successfully by Nov. 30, and you’ll automatically be entered to win. The winner will be notified by phone, mail, or e-mail.

GO TO: WWW.REALTOR.ORG To ensure you meet the NAR requirement for ethics training please, do one of the following four options by December 31, 2012: 1. NAR’s ONLINE ETHICS COURSE: All you have to do is: a. Log onto b. Click on Education and select “Code of Ethics Training”. c. If you pass, you will receive a certificate of completion within 24 hours from NAR via email. Once you receive your certificate provide RASL with a copy on or before December 31, 2012.

REALTORS® who complete the Code of Ethics Training Requirement (online) between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2012 will have a chance to win an Apple iPad 3. 2. REGISTER FOR ONE OF RASL’s CODE OF ETHICS TRAINING CLASSES: Attend one of the 2012 ethics training sessions offered by RASL and receive 3 hours of Continuing Education credit towards the renewal of your real estate license! Classes are scheduled for November 7th, November 30th and December 7th (iCE webminar, no instructor). Please register on 3. GRI I–STANDARDS OF PRACTICE: If you have completed the GRI I-Standards of Practice course provide RASL with a copy of your certificate of completion as it fulfills NAR’s Code of Ethics Training mandate. 4. IF YOU HAVE SATISFIED THIS REQUIREMENT: Please provide RASL with a copy of your Code of Ethics Training certificate on or before December 31, 2012.

Jessica Young RASL Director of Membership & Professional Standards

Mold Mitigation, Remediation and Guidelines: ********************************************************************************************

The Invisible Killers Mold Mitigation, Remediation and Guidelines

Some MOLD is Good, some is BAD Why should you learn more about it? What are some health effects of exposure to the BAD mold? If mold is found, then what? Who can fix it? How much does it cost? How long does it take? What processes must be completed to remediate mold? What are the guidelines? As an agent, ARE YOU LIABLE? Come find out this information and much more – FREE 3 hour seminar with 3 CE’s for you!

When: November 5, 2012 Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: RASL Education Center Cost: FREE + 3 CE’s Register:

RECOMMENDATIONS ON SUPPORT OF AMENDMENTS: ******************************************************************************************** The Florida Realtors Executive Committee and members of the Public Policy Committee have reviewed the Amendments on the ballot for November 2012 and have recommended support for the following Amendments: Florida Realtors support Amendment 2 regarding property tax exemptions for disabled veterans on the November 2012 ballot. Rationale: Amendment 2 would expand the exemption for disabled veterans to include those not residing in Florida when their injury occurred. This has a relatively small fiscal impact (less than 2.5 million for 2013-2014; will encourage veterans to move to Florida and expands a worthy exemption already supported by Florida Realtors. Florida Realtors support Amendment 3 regarding the state revenue limitation on the November 2012 ballot. Rationale: Amendment 3 would replace the current state revenue cap, which has been in place since 1994 and has never been used, with a new cap that would limit state revenue growth based on growth in population and inflation. If in place since 1980, the new cap would have been used once, in 2006. It requires excess revenues to be deposited into the state’s Budget Stabilization Fund, used to support public schools by reducing property taxes used to fund education, or returned to the taxpayers. Florida Realtors support Amendment 4 regarding property tax limitations on first time homebuyers, on Homesteaded property whose value has decline, as well as a reduction for nonhomestead assessment increases. This amendment will appear on the November 2012 ballot. Rationale: Amendment 4 would lower property taxes for new homebuyers by creating an additional homestead exemption for first-time homebuyers for 5 years. It would protect Florida homeowners and small businesses from unfair and unexpected tax increases by helping to stop “recapture”, which increases property taxes on homesteaded properties even when property values decline. Additionally, this amendment will lower assessment increases on non-homesteaded properties from a burdensome 10 percent to 5 percent. Florida Realtors support Amendment 9, regarding a new property tax exemption for surviving spouses of military veterans or first responders killed during active duty. The amendment will appear on the November 2012 ballot. Rationale: This amendment has a relatively low fiscal impact ($660,000 for the first year) and is a worthy exemption for the families of fallen heroes. Florida Realtors support Amendment 10, regarding expansion of the tangible personal property tax exemption, on the November 2012 ballot. Rationale: This amendment expands the tangible personal tax exemption from $25,000 to $50,000 and allows local governments to further expand the exemption by local ordinance; Florida Realtors supported the increase in the exemption four years ago from $5,000 to $25,000; this amendment will exempt more individual entrepreneurs from paying the tangible personal property tax. Florida Realtors support Amendment 11, which allows local governments to establish a new lowincome, long time resident, senior exemption. This amendment will appear on the November 2012 ballot. Rationale: This amendment would allow local governments to enact an exemption for lowincome seniors who have lived in their homes for at least 25 years. It has no impact to schools, and a relatively low fiscal impact to local governments.


Property Appraiser’s Institute: ********************************************************************************************

NAR Conference & Expo: ********************************************************************************************

REALTORS® Property Resource (RPR): ********************************************************************************************

Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®) is pleased to announce that beginning on November 1, 2012, the RPR member benefit will be available to ALL REALTORS® across the country. If you haven’t heard of RPR, it’s a national property database from NAR designed to provide REALTORS® with advanced technology tools and features that can be utilized to provide your clients and customers with dynamic reports and analytics which can assist them in making better-informed decisions when buying or selling properties. RPR is: • Exclusive technology-only for REALTORS® • One site, hundreds of datasets on 147 million properties in the U.S. • NAR member dues funded, carrying no additional fees to members, brokers, MLS/CIEs or Association The RPR database includes: • Tax assessment / public records on 147 million parcels of property in the U.S. • Mortgage and lien information • MLS/CIE sourced data (where licensed from partnering MLS/CIEs) • Realtor Valuation Model® (RVM®) • Largest national database, by county, of foreclosure, preforeclosure, REO and default data • Nationwide school data, test scores and parent reviews • Dynamic mapping: school zones, neighborhoods, zip codes, cities, FEMA flood maps, plat maps and more • Geo-spatial data, aerial photography, street level images and bird’s eye view • Census, demographic and lifestyle data • Neighborhood information Feel free to visit RPR’s Blog at for FAQs, overviews, instructional videos and for more information, or sign up for an RPR training class near you .

Amendment 4: ********************************************************************************************

RPR Designation Class: ********************************************************************************************

Important Contact Information: ********************************************************************************************

RASL CONTACT INFORMATION 6666 South US Highway 1, Suite 1 Port Saint Lucie, Florida 34952 Phone: 772-465-6080 Fax: 772-464-5774

FR Tech Hot line: FR Legal Hot line:

407-587-1450 407- 438-1409

RMLS Tech Support: 888-363-4696 DBPR Support:


CEO: Staci Storms, Email:

Receptionist: Lynne Norvell, Email:

Finance Director: Barbara Kingry, Email:

Membership Director/Professional Standards: Jessica Young, Email:

Communications/Education Director: Mary Gibbins, Email:

Member Services Coordinator/RMLS Specialist: Karen Galarza, Email:

RASL Holiday Closures: ********************************************************************************************

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Association Administration Office will be closed all day on Thursday, November 22 AND Friday, November 23 For Thanksgiving. The Office will reopen on Monday, November 26th at 8:30AM.

RASL Hours: ********************************************************************************************

2012 RASL Hours Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm

2012 Board of Directors

Patricia Renna President Prudential Florida Realty

Donn Wonderling President-Elect Boca Executive Realty

Sarah Taylor Secretary RE/MAX Masterpiece

Anthony Gambardella Immediate Past-President Thomas J. White Commercial

Joyce Bello Director Prudential Florida Realty

Geof Hoge Director St. Lucie River Realty

Douglas Rooks Director Century 21 All Professional

John Slivon Vice-President R.E. Co. of the Treasure Coast

Staci Storms CEO Realtors速 Assoc. of St. Lucie

Julio Sanchez Director Keller Williams Realty

Brian Lemen Director Hoyt C. Murphy

William LoBrutto Treasurer RE/MAX Realty Services

John Sherrard Association Attorney John E. Sherrard

Harry Jim Mitchem Director Keller Williams Realty

Sheri Wetzel Director Midway Real Estate Inc.

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