Barry Grooms, Vice-President

Bradenton Realtor® Is Vice President of Florida’s Largest Professional Association

Barry Grooms, Treasurer

ORLANDO, Fla., February 2018 – Barry Grooms, Realtor and co-owner of Sarabay Real Estate in Bradenton, is the 2018 vice president of Florida Realtors®, the state’s largest professional association with 180,000 members. “Florida’s housing market continues to be driven by a strong statewide economy, as well as global demand for retirement and vacation homes,” says Grooms, who specializes in residential brokerage, commercial brokerage and property management. “All signs point to another excellent year to buy or sell a Florida home.”

A leader in regional, state and national real estate associations, Grooms has been active with the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee, serving as president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and director. He is a former district vice president of the state association, and has been a leader for its public policy and advocacy committees and forums. Grooms is an ethics instructor for the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), and has been a member of NAR’s Commercial Presidential Advisory Group. He also serves as a key contact for Florida Realtors with state legislators, helping to provide information and research on issues important to all Floridians.

"It’s magical to see how Realtors are leaders in their communities."

— Barry Grooms, Vice-President

In the community, Grooms is a member of the Children’s Miracle Network, FELT (Feeding Empty Little Tummies) and the Anna Maria Island Privateers. He has also been active with the Midtown and Downtown Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRA), Realize Bradenton and other business and civic organizations. “It’s magical to see how Realtors are leaders in their communities,” says Groom. “During Hurricane Irma, I saw them open their homes to evacuated families and even stocked the refrigerators free of charge. Our members inspire us all to serve others to the best of our abilities.”

As vice president for the state association, Grooms will focus on enhancing Florida Realtors’ services, support, and advocacy programs for real estate professionals. “I want to provide the highest level of support to our statewide team of real estate professionals,” he says. “Our members can take pride in serving as trusted advisors to their customers.”

Florida Realtors® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 180,000 members in 54 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.