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Every April, REALTORS® commemorate the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and reflect on housing discrimination and segregation, past and present. As community leaders, real estate professionals have an opportunity to be a part of equitable and inclusive change. Fair Housing Month signifies a recommitment to advancing equitable opportunities and expanding homeownership.

Reflect. Repair. Renew. Because That’s Who We R®.

To get started, NAR provides resources and recommendations for members and associations to embrace Fair Housing Month:

Fair Housing Month Toolkit

Check out the Fair Housing Month Toolkit to download the poster, social media graphics, and review other additional resources that were made available to state and local associations to help them commemorate Fair Housing Month.

DON’T MISS OUR LIVE IN-PERSON CLASS (BE THE CHANGE-FAIR HOUSING AND YOU) AT THE WEST PASCO BOARD ON THURSDAY. APRIL 25, 2024 FROM 10 AM – 12 PM.
DEB DIESING WILL BE TEACHING THIS CLASS. IT IS FREE TO WPBOR MEMBERS. PLEASE REGISTER AT: https://mdweb.mmsi2.com/wpasco/calendar/scripts/calendar.php?type=PUBLIC
THE COST FOR A NON-MEMBER IS $10.00. NON-MEMBERS PLEASE CALL THE BOARD AT 727-848-8507 TO REGISTER.

A huge thank you to Janice Allen of Crosscountry Mortgage for for teaching an excellent class on Unlocking Homeownership!

Her insights and knowledge were incredibly valuable, and everyone walked away feeling more prepared to navigate the home buying process. We especially appreciate her for taking the time to answer all our questions.
And let’s not forget the delicious spread of refreshments! Janice truly went above and beyond to make the class a fun and informative experience.

 

 

Our West Pasco Board of Realtors members just had a fantastic learning experience thanks to Southeast Title! Definitely top-notch!

Their class on “24 Strategies to Take More Listings in 2024” was packed with actionable tips and insights that are sure to be a game-changer for our members.

Huge shoutout to Ryan McHugh and Melissa Flanagan for sharing their expertise! What a fantastic resource for those looking to enhance their listing skills in the current market.

Special thanks to Melissa Flanagan of Southeast Title for her generosity. She also provided a delicious spread of refreshments to keep everyone fueled! ☕️

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PROPERTY FRAUD ALERTS

Pasco Property Fraud Alert

It’s a disturbing trend that authorities are reporting statewide.  Con artists are using forged signatures and fake documents to obtain other people’s property.  It wasn’t long ago, that the only way you could protect yourself from this type of fraud, was to check on your documents and deeds regularly to ensure that they hadn’t changed hands.  We have made it much easier for you with the Property Fraud Alert System. 

The Property Fraud Alert system helps protect a person’s property from fraud by monitoring documents such as liens, deeds, and mortgages recorded in Pasco County.  If you are selling your property, you will receive an alert.  No harm, no foul.  If you’re not selling your property, and someone else is trying to, you will receive an alert. Just like signing up to receive alerts on credit cards or identity protection, the Property Fraud Alert system provides peace of mind in knowing property is being monitored against the filing of fraudulent documents in the owner’s name. 

Customers determine the personal and business name(s) they want monitored and may choose to receive alerts through email or over the phone. Upon notification of a document recorded with the registered name(s), property owners may verify whether the activity was initiated by them or someone attempting to commit property fraud.  For additional information, please read more: https://www.pascoclerk.com/195/Property-Fraud-Alerts.

 

Register

Registering for the Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller’s fraud alert protection is FREE and easy by calling (800) 747-4600 or sign up online at the Property Fraud Alert website.

 

 

 

 

Be Alert: Health Insurance Scam Targeting NAR Members

The National Association of REALTORS® is currently investigating reports of an unauthorized third-party posing as NAR and attempting to fraudulently sell our members health insurance.

  • If you receive a text message or phone call offering health insurance from NAR, please do not respond or provide any personal or financial information.
  • Please remember, the National Association of REALTORS® will never contact you by phone or text to solicit personal or financial information, or to sell any product or service.

 

Please call the Board Office at 727-848-8507 to inquire about the Shirts.

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NAR National Association of Realtors

Visit Fairhaven to Assess Your Fair Housing Skills

Fairhaven is a town every REALTOR® should visit. In this fair housing simulation, you’ll work against the clock to sell homes while confronting scenarios of discrimination in the homebuying process. Explore the fictional town today at fairhaven.realtor to assess how well you’re adhering to fair housing principles.

Rise Up To The Challenge-Implicit Bias Training

REALTORS® take a stand against housing discrimination.

To honor Fair Housing month in April, The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has issued The Fair Housing Challenge: Stand Up for Racial Equity. This challenge included having all association Leaders, both appointed and elected, complete the Fairhaven Housing Stimulation and the online Implicit Bias Training program by April 9th.

Fair Housing Challenge: Stand Up for Racial Equity

 

Dedicated to Diversity

Our members and leaders must know and understand the commitment to diversity and inclusion!

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Click on the link below to find out why Home Ownership Matters!

NAR

 

Are You Getting The Most Out Of The Tax Laws?

Tax Laws

Members may not be aware that the solicitation of potential customers is regulated under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Telephone Consumer Protection Act

TCPA prohibits text messages to wireless numbers using automated telephone dialing equipment without adequate consent. We have noticed an uptick on issues regarding the TCPA. For more information, below are links to NAR’s website:
https://www.nar.realtor/legal/complying-with-federal-regulations/do-not-call-registry/the-telephone-consumer-protection-act
https://www.nar.realtor/search-results?qu=Realtor%20Videos%20TCPA

 

 

 

 

The Board Office will be closed on Monday, January 1, 2024. We will be back in the office on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. We wish you and your families a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

 

 

2024 Realtor® Dues and 2024 Business Partner Dues are available to pay!

 

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Congratulations to Connie Lucco for an outstanding year as 2023 Board President!

Congratulations to our incoming 2024 Officers and Directors:

William A. Labbancz – 2024 President

Cookie Miller – President-Elect

Jessica Schmidt – Treasurer

Mike Dumas – Secretary

Connie Lucco – Past President

Ashley Barrett – Director

Dan Holback – Director

Tricia Shade – Director

Jim Wallace – Director

Tom Wibirt – Director

Bill Yingling – Director

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Congratulations to our 2023 Award Winners:

Jessica Schmidt – Realtor of the Year

Jody Pastorino of Paramount Bank – Business Partner of the Year

Shining Star Award:

Pat DiGiacomo

Mary Thomson

Outstanding Government Service – Cynthia Armstrong

Humanitarian Ring of Honor Gold Award – Tanya Rivera

Humanitarian Ring of Honor Silver Award – Gina Taylor

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Hall of Fame Awards:

David Longspaugh – Broker

Valerie Wilson – Agent

Sean Webb – Property Managers

 

Thank you to our Installation and Awards Cocktail Party Platinum Sponsor, Stellar MLS, and our Gold Sponsor.

 

 

October General Membership Meeting A Big Success!

We would like to thank everyone who attended our October 11, 2023 General Membership Meeting.

A very special thank you to Jody Pastorino of Paramount Bank for providing such an amazing lunch for the attendees. Everyone loved the Chicken, Wild Rice, Vegetables, Cocktail Shrimp, Salad, Fruits, Cheeses, Cookies and Brownies. It was quite the spread! Jody always goes above and beyond, and this was no exception!

We also want to thank Mike Wells, Pasco County Property Appraiser, for taking time out of his busy schedule to be our guest speaker. Mike, along with Chief Deputy Brendan Fitterer and Morgan LaValle, Public Affairs Coordinator did a great job talking about property values, growth, and market trends in Pasco County. Everyone loved their presentation!

Please click here to click to open the .PDF File of the PowerPoint Presentation.

Please click here to access Pasco County’s Project Pipeline.

 

 

October New Member Orientation and Code of Ethics Training!

Congratulations and Welcome to all of our new members who attended the Board Orientation and Ethics!!!

Special thanks to Mike Gallo for teaching the Board Orientation and to Bob Memoli for teaching the Ethics and Business Practices training.

Thank you to our Board President, Connie Lucco, for inducting our new members in!

A great big thank you to Gigi Evans of Dynamic Title and BettyAnn McCloud of Atlantic Bay Mortgage for providing such an incredibly delicious lunch and refreshments for the attendees. We also loved the way they decorated the room for Halloween! Great job, ladies!

           

 

 

 

Be Alert: Health Insurance Scam Targeting NAR Members

The National Association of REALTORS® is currently investigating reports of an unauthorized third-party posing as NAR and attempting to fraudulently sell our members health insurance.

  • If you receive a text message or phone call offering health insurance from NAR, please do not respond or provide any personal or financial information.
  • Please remember, the National Association of REALTORS® will never contact you by phone or text to solicit personal or financial information, or to sell any product or service.

 

Please call the Board Office at 727-848-8507 to inquire about the Shirts.

 

 

 

 

NAR National Association of Realtors

Visit Fairhaven to Assess Your Fair Housing Skills

Fairhaven is a town every REALTOR® should visit. In this fair housing simulation, you’ll work against the clock to sell homes while confronting scenarios of discrimination in the homebuying process. Explore the fictional town today at fairhaven.realtor to assess how well you’re adhering to fair housing principles.

Rise Up To The Challenge-Implicit Bias Training

REALTORS® take a stand against housing discrimination.

To honor Fair Housing month in April, The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has issued The Fair Housing Challenge: Stand Up for Racial Equity. This challenge included having all association Leaders, both appointed and elected, complete the Fairhaven Housing Stimulation and the online Implicit Bias Training program by April 9th.

Fair Housing Challenge: Stand Up for Racial Equity

 

Dedicated to Diversity

Our members and leaders must know and understand the commitment to diversity and inclusion!

couple in coffee shop looking at laptop

 

Click on the link below to find out why Home Ownership Matters!

NAR

 

Are You Getting The Most Out Of The Tax Laws?

Tax Laws

Members may not be aware that the solicitation of potential customers is regulated under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Telephone Consumer Protection Act

TCPA prohibits text messages to wireless numbers using automated telephone dialing equipment without adequate consent. We have noticed an uptick on issues regarding the TCPA. For more information, below are links to NAR’s website:
https://www.nar.realtor/legal/complying-with-federal-regulations/do-not-call-registry/the-telephone-consumer-protection-act
https://www.nar.realtor/search-results?qu=Realtor%20Videos%20TCPA

Event Calendar

When you click on any of the links on our website, they will take you to several different internet sites hosted by other companies. Some of the internet sites we link to are hosted by companies we do business with. For example, Stellar MLS, National Association of Realtors, Florida Realtors, links to County Websites, etc.

These companies provide a service to our members. Other internet sites are hosted by companies we don’t do business with.

We provide these links only as a courtesy to help you find information and services.

We aren’t responsible for the safety, performance or content of these sites or use of the information or services they provide.

These companies may not be subject to privacy laws. They could share your information with other parties.

Read the privacy statements and terms of use on the sites you visit to understand their individual privacy practices.

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Come & Discover West Pasco County

West Pasco County is situated along the Nature Coast of Florida over-looking the beautiful blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Blanketed in Florida sunshine and flowing with neighborhood unity, each community in West Pasco holds a unique history and captivating charm.