For the 6th year in a row now, the Sarasota Association of Realtors is holding the Real Estate Congress and Sarasota Showcase. This year it is being held on November 4, 5 and 6 with an impressive lineup of events and speakers.
Events kick off on November 4 with a boat tour of Sarasota Bay aboard the Marina Jack II from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. Buffet dinner included.
Events continue on November 5:
8:15-9:00 AM: Congress Registration and Continental Breakfast. Lido Beach Resort.
9:00-9:50: The Global Economy and Real Estate. Talk by Dr. john Tuccillo.
10:00-10:50: The Story of Sarasota. Talk by Jane Kirschner and Jon Thaxton.
11:00-11:50: Panel on Sarasota Architectural Styles. Moderated by Phil Cmielski, Guy Peterson, Steve Ellis and David Nash.
Noon-5 PM: Board buses for home tours. Lunch and refreshments provided.
November 6 is just as busy:
9:00-9:50 AM: Panel on the Market from a Broker’s Perspective
10:00-10:45: Panel on the Sarasota Lifestyle
11:00-11:50: International Panel
Noon-5 PM: Board buses for home torus of Lakewood Ranch. Lunch culminating in cocktails provided.
This is a good event for realtors from all over the country to learn about all that Sarasota has to offer. Our small town ambience enriched with a big-city abundance of visual and performing arts, education institutions, medical facilities and natural wonders makes the area a popular destination for for domestic and international tourists. Many people, after spending a few winters here, decide to settle down, further enriching area.
Sarasota Immigration Attorney P. Christopher Jaensch
Sarasota is very attractive to international home-buyers. Foreigners visit during the winter, decide they want to stay, and begin the process of finding a way to do so legally and purchase a home. Many times, Sarasota real-estate agents are the first professional point of contact for these immigrants. While very knowledgeable about the Sarasota real estate market, they are not always equipped to inform their clients on the finer points of immigration law.
We want Sarasota to continue to be an attractive location for immigration. Immigrants bring a richness of diversity and entrepreneurial spirit that keeps this area vibrant. For examples read about how Nayda Cattin is opening our skies, or how Chris Coutelle is expanding our palettes. We want our local real estate agents to be well-informed about immigration law. That way, not only can they be more likely to succeed in procuring a home for an international prospect, but the area can benefit from a continual influx of diverse investors and job-creators.
Informing Sarasota Real Estate Agents
On October 18th, 2012, Sarasota Immigration Attorney Chris Jaensch spoke at the International 301 seminar. The Sarasota Association of Realtors (SAR) organized it with around 40 realtors from across the region attending. During this seminar, which was SAR’s last educational seminar of the year, attendees split in to groups to listen to individual panelists present case studies. Chris’s case study followed a hypothetical family from Australia. The “father” is a successful businessman and the “daughter” is an excellent tennis player. The family is looking for ways to move to the Sarasota-Bradenton area but still maintain ties to Australia. As it turns out, there are quite a few options in immigration law for doing so.
Please enjoy a video recording of Chris speaking at the seminar below.
We hope that this information helps local real estate agents as they continue to entice international home-buyers to call the Sarasota-Bradenton area home.
To see more, check out another video explaining how a real-estate based investment strategy can help an immigrant qualify for an E2 investor visa.
Sarasota, Florida – October 8, 2012 – Carla Rayman of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate was named President’s Liaison to Panama by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). President’s Liaisons play a dynamic role in maintaining NAR’s partnerships with 80 national real estate associations in 59 countries. She also serves on NAR’s Global Alliances Advisory Group.
Rayman’s responsibilities as President’s Liaison will include hosting delegations from Panama’s real estate association, ACOBIR, who visit the U.S.A. She will also attend the conventions and meetings in Panama and be responsible for organizing trade missions and visits between real estate professionals from both countries. She will focus on further developing relationships between both Associations as a strong foundation for networking between the Associations and their members.
Rayman began traveling to Central America in 2006 and is very familiar with the country’s real estate projects and business practices. She serves as the second vice-chair of the United States-Panama Business Council SE (USPA SE) and works with businesses wishing to import or export from Panama. Carla has been involved with marketing, sales programs, and doing presentations in Canada, Venezuela, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, Dubai, Panama, and Spain, promoting investment in Florida real estate. She is immediate past president of the Sarasota Sister Cities Organization who facilitates relationships with Dunfermline, Scotland; Hamilton, Ontario; Merida, Mexico; Perpignan, France; Treviso, Italy; Tel Mond, Israel; and Vladimir, Russia.
Carla and her business partner, Patricia Tan, are two of less than 1500 real estate agents worldwide who hold the NAR designation Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and also are CIPS instructors. Their Your Global Agents team travels across the globe to speak and promote Florida real estate. Carla recently returned from speaking and exhibiting at a property show and leadership conference in Brazil. Patricia, who is NAR’s liaison to the United Kingdom, just completed the team’s 14th consecutive property show in the UK where she also was a speaker and exhibitor.
Carla Rayman, CIPS, GRI, e-PRO, TRC, Certified International Property Specialist/Instructor, International Real Estate Consultant/Trainer
Official logo of Sarasota, Florida (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sarasota, the Gem of Florida’s Gulf Coast, is located about fifty miles South of Tampa and is a year round cultural and outdoor destination for 100’s of thousands of visitors annually.
Many vacationers get “sand in their shoes”, which is a local term for the need to find a way to relocate or at least retire here.
Sarasota is home to a Symphony Orchestra, Ballet, Opera, many fine live theaters and lots of golf courses. The “social season” runs January through May, with many black tie charitable fund raising events occurring in that period. That is also the time period that people escape the northern winter for a more welcoming climate.
Entrance to the Ringling Mansion “Ca’d’Zan”: Sarasota, Florida (Photo credit: State Library and Archives of Florida)
Siesta Beach, which has sand the consistency of sugar, was voted the number one beach in THE WORLD in 2011. Sarasota also boasts the world renowned Ringling School of Art and Design and the Ringling Fine Art Museum.
Vacation rentals are abundant here, whether you prefer Carlton-Ritz style accommodations, or a laid back motel on the beach, Sarasota will fulfil your tropical holiday dreams.
Wallace Erickson, TRC, Global Business Council Vice Chair
The Realedyne Group – Global Realtor and mini/MAX Storage, Owner:
Carla Rayman and Patricia Tan, known as the Your Global Agents team, are Certified International Property Specialists. This designation is held by less than 2% of real estate agents worldwide and means they are well prepared to assist international home buyers find the right property. Buying real estate can be a viable strategy for obtaining an E-2 investor visa, one of the steps toward a green card.
The Sarasota real estate market is once again experiencing pre-recession numbers. 800 properties were sold in March, April and May this year. Foreign buyers might be interested to know that due to the strength of the Real and the value in today’s Florida real estate, the number of Brazilians investing in Florida continues to increase. In fact in 2011, Brazilians purchased 80% of all new condos in the Miami market.
Watch the video below for a further introduction from Carla and Patricia.
In addition to assisting foreign home buyers find property in Sarasota, Carla and Patricia also market and sell property internationally. That means that they travel often. Carla will be in Brazil in August, exhibiting and speaking at a B2B property show in Brazil. Patricia will be in the UK in September, presenting there for the 14th year in a row. The event is appropriately named “A Place in the Sun.” And Carla will be in Russia in October speaking to agents and consumers about the benefits of homeownership in the United States and particularly Florida. A full schedule to be sure!