In this section of our web site, SAR will provide important updates on a variety of topics of interest to our members, from upcoming Association events, to NAR and FAR bulletins, from Calls to Action, to important local governmental news.
NAR is seeking candidates for the post of NAR Director for 2014-2016. Click the headline for details.
SAR's Commercial Investment Division achieves "Commercial Services Accreditation" from the National Association of REALTORS®!
The new Team Build is the third partnership project for SAR and Habitat for Humanity.
By Wednesday, most of the Realtor initiatives had either passed or were well on their way toward passage.
Read the May 2013 issue of Sarasota Realtor Magazine today!
May 02, 2013 at 11:30 AM
SAR and Habitat for Humanity are once again teaming up to help a local family find a new home.
Property sales in the Sarasota real estate market remained hot in March 2013 and for the first quarter of 2013.
NAR has created a short (2-page) issue brief on appraisal independence.
The success of an international real estate business hinges on relationships you create and foster with non-U.S. clients.
The April 2013 issue of Sarasota Realtor Magazine is now available online - get ahead of the curve!
The Sarasota real estate market saw sales leap by 24 percent in February 2013, compared to February 2012.
The Sarasota real estate market saw sales leap by 22 percent in January 2013, compared to January 2012.
Access NAR news, tools and tips from your mobile phone or tablet.
Property sales for the year 2012 were the fourth highest in the 90-year history of SAR.
The CFPB has announced new rules to protect consumers from irresponsible mortgage lending.
Florida’s residential real estate market will continue its upward trend into 2013.
The 2012 SAR Annual Report has been released, and is now available online.
Foreign ownership in Sarasota and Manatee counties jumped 10 percent in 2011 and is up by more than one third since 2007.
If you are current on your dues payments, but still require Code of Ethics training to restore SAR membership, click headline
The March 2013 issue of Sarasota Realtor Magazine is now available for viewing online.
SAR held a groundbreaking for construction of a new, state-of-the-art headquarters facility.
44 forecasters surveyed by The Wall Street Journal say worst is over.
LegalShield is the latest SAR Member Benefit. Check out all the benefits.
The February 2013 Issue of Sarasota Realtor Magazine is Now Available Online! Read it today!
In an era of foreclosures, buyers focus on financial reasons for purchasing, but ownership has emotional rewards too.
The Sarasota Association of Realtors® is on pace to see the fourth highest number of annual sales in SAR’s 90-year history.
October 2012 sales jump 24 percent over last year. Median prices are near the annual highs.
Your SAR Member Benefits Committee has made special arrangements to provide SAR Members with two new, excellent benefits.
Sarasota came out on top of a list of best places to retire that was produced by a national website.
With 864 closed transactions in June 2012, the Sarasota market achieved the highest level of quarterly sales since 2005.
Members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® sold 648 properties in September 2012.
Members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® sold 819 properties in August 2012, up 36 percent from last August.
The January 2013 issue of Sarasota Realtor Magazine is now posted and ready to review.
Read all the valuable information early! Two online editions are now available - in PDF, and digital flip!
Read your Sarasota Realtor Magazine Aug. 2012 edition in July!
The May 2012 numbers are in, and property sales in the Sarasota market once again topped 800 for the third consecutive month.
September 18, 2012
The Sarasota Association of Realtors (SAR) will be changing lockboxes September 18-20.
The July 2012 issue of Sarasota Realtor Magazine has now been posted. Read it early!
Are you looking for meeting ideas? NAR offers pre-packaged sales meetings online.
The Sarasota real estate market remained active and strong in July 2012, with 699 closed sales reported.
Top 10 Turnaround Town Report includes six Florida markets.
Pending sales in the Sarasota real estate market hit an 11-month high in February 2012, demonstrating market strength.
The committee selected the following slate for the election to be held at the SAR Annual Meeting on Friday, Sept. 14th.
The MFRMLS training team has put together a step-by-step document to assist you with registering for classes.
For the full year 2011, property sales of members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® jumped by 8.2 percent to 8,224.
The Sarasota real estate market saw sales climb to a seven-year high in March 2012.
Sales in the Sarasota real estate market hit a new seven-year high in April 2012.
The May 2012 issue of Sarasota Realtor Magazine highlights the incredible Spring Season in our local real estate market.
President Obama released more details recent about a proposed housing plan first announced during State of the Union address.
Sarasota tops list of current places to buy, according to MSNBC. But we already knew that!
The new year started with a 38 percent jump in pending sales from the previous month, a strong indicator for a good year.
The SAR School of Real Estate has launched with its first courses.
Read the June 2012 issue of Sarasota Realtor Magazine early, either PDF or digital flip version.
The SAR 2011 Annual Report is now available for viewing online.
The SAR Global Business Council has been named a 2011 Gold Council by the NAR, one of only 12 worldwide.
Get a head start on the next month - read the digital version of the February 2012 issue of Sarasota Realtor Magazine today!
November 2011 property transactions in the Sarasota real estate market totaled 602, up 12.7 percent over last November.
Property sales for October 2011 in the Sarasota real estate market outpaced last October.
Preview the first TV and radio spots for NAR's Public Advocacy Campaign.
September 2011 property sales in the Sarasota real estate market were ahead of last September.
Now is the time to consider joining the SAR leadership team by taking part in an Association committee or task force in 2012.
My Florida Regional MLS has negotiated a special member pricing of $29/Year for Unlimited Authentisign service.
The January 2012 edition of Sarasota Realtor Magazine is now available in digital format.
Our International Congress Keynote Speaker, Allan Dalton, had some kind words for SAR after his visit.
The December 2011 issue of Sarasota Realtor Magazine is now available online.
The inventory of available properties for sale has been dropping for the past nine months, and hit another decade-low.
The November 2011 issue of Sarasota Realtor Magazine is available now online, complete with four additional pages of charts.
Point 2 invites you to a special webinar to learn about unmatched listing control and premium exposure for your listings.
Consumers will be asked to participate in a Consumer Call for Action regarding the Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) issue
Don't forget - you can also get involved for only $25 per year!
The October 2011 Sarasota Realtor Magazine has hit the digital newstand.
Forget stocks. Don't bet on gold. After four years of plunging home prices, the most attractive asset in America is housing.
With the REALTOR® Build-Your-Business Sweepstakes, you can enter to win an iPad™ or Visa® gift card when you log in.
RPAC is your business insurance. Become a major donor to RPAC today, and reap the future benefits!
Members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® reported 599 property sales in July.
Members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® continued to sell properties at a brisk pace in June 2011.
June 14, 2011
The Sarasota real estate market continued its strong spring showing in May 2011.
Check out these informative sites, and educate your prospects on the rent-versus-buy arguments.
A top news site has named the Sarasota-Bradenton market as the most desirable community for retirement.
May 17, 2011
A total of 759 property sales were closed in the Sarasota real estate market in April 2011.
April 14, 2011
Total property sales in the Sarasota real estate market hit 800 for the month of March 2011 – the highest level since 2005.
The number of available properties in the Sarasota real estate market dropped to a six-year low in February 2011.
February 03, 2011
If you have missed Transaction Desk, you will be glad to know that as of Feb. 3, you once again have access to the program.
Do you have questions about the new Form Simplicity system offered by Florida Realtors?
Loss of the mortgage tax deduction would also devalue homes and could even impact Florida home sales.
Pending sales in the Sarasota real estate market experienced a major climb in January 2011.
Join Florida Realtors® in supporting the “Paws for Patriots” program.
The Sarasota real estate market saw a big surge in December sales, from 534 in November to 681 last month.
There are many international tools available to SAR members through our partnership with Immobel.
Sarasota County Down Payment Assistance is available for qualified first-time homebuyers.
November 2010 saw resurgence in the Sarasota real estate market, with more sales and higher median sale prices.
SAR encourages our members, now more than ever, to consider contributing to RPAC, your business insurance!
The 1.1 million members of the National Association of REALTORS® strongly oppose proposals to reduce the MID.
You don't have to wait until February to get the new Sarasota Realtor Magazine. Read it today and get ahead of the curve!
Turn your Android phone into a lockbox key in two easy steps.
Pending sales spiked by 10 percent in October 2010 in the Sarasota real estate market, signaling more closings in the future.
December 08, 2010 at 11:30 AM
Realtor of the Year is Judy Schomaker! Other winners - Christina Pitchford, David Clapp, Bob Milhoan, Tina Darling.
Discover why thousands of Realtors trust and use Form Simplicity every day.
For seven years, Realtors across the state campaigned against Amendment 4. Now, the proposal has been defeated by Floridians.
Research consistently shows importance of housing sector on the economy and the long-term social, financial benefits.
The residential contract, comprehensive rider and “as is” contract have a new name and new features.
New data from the National Association of Realtors® shows positive signs for the future.
MFRMLS has implemented a new security system called Scout.
International Property Journal, an independent, authoritative source of news and information for agents, investors, says so.
eKEY for the iPhone is now available! Turn your iPhone into a lockbox key in two easy steps.
August 23, 2010
Funds are available to pay claims to real estate professionals for loss of income or loss of sales due to the Gulf oil spill.
A Letter From NAR President to Time Magazine
September 2010 looked a lot like August 2010 in the Sarasota real estate market, with sales and prices virtually identical.
Volunteer now for 2011 SAR Committees/Task Forces now being formed for next year.
Sarasota property sales were up 8 percent in August 2010, and the median sales prices remained stable.
SAR is pleased to report that Congress has unanimously approved a one year extension, until September 30, 2011 for the NFIP.
Sarasota real estate market returns to pre-tax credit numbers
Looking for some credible, neutral, third-party documentation that you can provide to reluctant customers?
Thousands of first-time and move-up buyers who hoped to make a foreclosed property their new home now face uncertainty.
NAR recently provided guidance for acceptable use of the term REALTOR® in usernames and websites.
The Real Estate Guide to Safety Provides practical advice to help you be better prepared to protect yourself and others.
Assessment of properties affected by imported or domestic drywall - what you should know.
International home buyers are increasingly attracted to property in the U.S., according to NAR.
Property sales hit 776 for June for the Sarasota market - the best of the year!
Florida Realtors® has announced the findings of its unique Face of Foreclosure research project.
Reaching out and helping people in dire need. That's what Florida Realtors' Silent Angels program is all about.
The real estate market constantly evolves, and Realtors must continually have a clear picture of today’s homebuyers, sellers.
The Treasury Department Announces Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program.
Since the new HVCC rules took effect, they've set off a firestorm of protest around the country.
Download and print the beautiful, four-color 2009 four-page "Discover Sarasota" brochure.
The 2009 NAR Member Profile for Florida provides industry leaders, brokers and other real estate pros key information.
The Mid-Florida Regional MLS has implemented the new VOW policies effective Feb. 15.
New rules regarding escrow deposits are now in effect.
Each year, the French invest over $2 billion in real estate in Florida. What does this mean to you?
NAR products for real estate professionals are available by visiting the REALTOR.org Store.
EcoMaids of Sarasota is pleased to make available to all real estate agents who are members of SAR $50 Gift Certificates.
The U.S. Senate passed two bills last evening previously passed by the House. Both bills still need President Obama's OK.
Are your International clients making the most out of Foreign Exchange?
May 2010 sales were the highest of the year, and the highest total since December 2005.
April sales topped March, and were 50 percent higher than April 2009 as the resurgence in the local real estate market grows.
Overall property sales reached 753 in the Sarasota market in March 2010, the highest total since December 2005.
March 12, 2010 at 11:00 AM
Overall property sales reached 528 in the Sarasota market in February 2010.
February 17, 2010 at 11:30 AM
Property sales in the Sarasota market were 58 percent higher in January 2010 than in January 2009, and pending sales were up.
December 14, 2009 at 11:00 AM
The Sarasota real estate market remains hot as temperatures cool.
Strong property sales in the Sarasota market in October 2009 continued to provide ample evidence of a market in recovery.
Home and condo sales jumped by 35 percent in September 2009, compared to the same month last year.