The Basics

What are your hours of operation and where are you located?

The Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee has two locations to better serve members. Our south office is located at 2320 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL 34232. The north office is at 10910 Technology Terrace, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211. Both locations are open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Closures will be noted on our calendar.

When must I complete the New Member Orientation?

The new member orientation program is a requirement for membership in the Realtor® Association and must be completed within 90 days of submitting the membership application. The program is held on the second Monday of each month (South Office: Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, and Nov; North Office: Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct and Dec). The morning segment, from 9 a.m. to Noon, is an overview of the benefits and responsibilities of membership of the three associations—Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM), the Florida Realtors® (FR) and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) – that comprise Realtor® membership. The afternoon segment, from 1 to 4 p.m., provides the required NAR Code of Ethics training.

How can I become a member of a committee?

Each fall, the Realtor® Association distributes a volunteer form seeking members to serve on the various committees for the coming year. The form includes a brief description of the work of the committee. Some committees have prerequisites or restrictions, which will be indicated. Most positions are for one year. The President, in conjunction with the chairperson of the committee, selects the members who will serve. If you missed the opportunity and have an interest in a particular committee, consult the staff directory to determine which staff member serves as liaison to the committee, and contact them to see if it would be possible to be added to the committee for the current year.

How are Directors and Officers elected?

Each year, members are notified to submit an application if they wish to serve on the Board of Directors as either a Director or Officer. A Nominating Committee reviews the applications and selects a candidate for each position. The report of the Nominating Committee is provided to each member eligible to vote. Additional candidates may be placed in nomination by a petition signed by at least fifty Realtor members eligible to vote, filed with the Realtor® Association at least thirty days before the election. The election will be by electronic ballot if the slate is expanded by petition, or by voice vote at the Annual Meeting if there is only one candidate per position.

What qualifications are required to serve on the Board of Directors?

The qualifications are established in the Bylaws. Directors are required to have been a member of the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee for at least two years immediately prior to election and must have served on at least one committee prior to election. No more than three members from any one firm may serve.

How long does a Director or Officer serve on the Board of Directors?

A Director’s term is three years unless the Director is being elected to fill the unexpired term of a Director who resigned or otherwise became ineligible during their term. Officers serve for one year.

What is the mission of the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee?

The mission of the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee is to advance members’ professionalism through delivery of education and resources while upholding the Realtors® Code of Ethics. We are committed to be the leading advocate of real estate in the communities we serve by protecting private property rights and expanding relationships with individuals and organizations both locally and worldwide.

Dues and Accounts

When are dues billed?

Annual dues invoices are posted to members’ accounts the last week of October, and are due December 15th. Members are notified by an email stating that the invoices are available to view, print, and pay.

What is the due date for payment?

Annual dues are due December 15th and past due January 15th at 5:00 p.m.

What fees are included in each dues billing?

The annual billing includes local, state, and national dues, plus a voluntary RPAC contribution. If a member has also joined the Commercial Investment Division or Global Business Council, those amounts are also included. The annual billing does not include MLS fees, which are billed by My Florida Regional MLS in the spring, or Supra ActiveKeys, which are billed by GE (UTC Fire & Security) each summer.

Why must I pay my dues online?

An electronic payment system was instituted several years ago to provide the most efficient, cost-effective processing method. This method allows members the opportunity to pay their dues 24/7. Payment may be made by credit card or deducted from a checking account using a debit card (with MasterCard or VISA logo). Payments are processed through the National Association of Realtors®’ Ecommerce Network, a trusted and secure site that meets or exceeds all government safety and security standards.

Supra Key Information

For information on Supra ActiveKey, click HERE.

Governmental Affairs

What is RPAC?

RPAC stands for Realtors® Political Action Committee. RPAC was created in 1969 to promote or defend issues that affect your livelihood and candidates who support industry issues.

When I invest in RPAC, where does the money go?

Of every dollar contributed to RPAC up to 70 cents stays in Florida to support state and local candidates and issues. The remaining 30 cents goes to the national RPAC for grassroots activities and supporting candidates running for office on the national level. In other words your dollars are helping elect candidates that are supportive and understand your business!

Does RPAC contribute to political parties?

Yes, but more importantly you are not giving money to the Republican Party or the Democratic Party you’re giving to the Realtor® Party. Your RPAC dollars support candidates who have Realtors® best interest in mind no matter what party affiliation.

MLS Information

What is the MLS system called?

The Association is a Shareholder in My Florida Regional MLS (MFRMLS), along with many other associations throughout the Suncoast area and central Florida. The Association serves as a Local Service Center for MFRMLS, to provide a convenient location for local members to join and receive training. Being part of a regional MLS provides you access to listing information in a broader market.

What if I don’t list or sell residential real estate?

MFRMLS also provides a listing exchange for commercial practitioners, called MFCRE. For information about joining, contact the Membership Department at the Association by calling 941-952-3400.

How much does it cost?

Fees for both the MLS and MFCRE are established by My Florida Regional MLS annually. MFRMLS bills members directly in the spring, and payment is made directly to MFRMLS.

What is the Local Service Center Fee?

Each Shareholder Association serves as a service center for local members to join and receive training, as well as other support and services. The fee included in the MFRMLS invoice offsets the administrative costs the Association incurs in fulfilling its role, including the cost of our training facility, and costs incurred in the weekly MLS Express meetings.