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Sarasota Realtor®, Property Appraiser Takes Office As Secretary of Florida's Largest Professional Association

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 31, 2011 – Sarasota County Property Appraiser William Bill Furst, a veteran Realtor with more than 35 years of real estate experience, has been installed as the 2011 secretary of Florida Realtors®, the state's largest professional association with more than 115,000 members.

"From first-time buyers to affluent international residents seeking second homes, I see many opportunities in 2011 for Florida's real estate market," says Furst, whose experience includes appraising, sales, construction and market analysis.

A leader in regional, state and national real estate associations, Furst is a former president of the Sarasota Association of Realtors and its Realtor of the Year in 2000. He has held a number of positions in the state association and the 2010 chair of the Public Policy Committee. He is also a director of the National Association of Realtors® and serves on NAR's Public Policy and Appraisal committees. He is a past national president of the Real Estate Brokerage Managers Council.

Furst has been involved in the Sarasota region since 1990, as a manager for Coldwell Banker, a commercial manager for Michael Saunders & Company, and an independent appraiser, builder and developer. He belongs to the Sarasota Rotary Club and the Sahib Shrine. He served four years on the county's planning and zoning commission prior to taking office as property appraiser in January 2009. He has worked with Habitat for Humanity in Sarasota, New Orleans and other locations.

As secretary for the state association, Furst will focus on enhancing Florida Realtors' services and support for real estate professionals. "Our members should take advantage of current market conditions to retool their professional knowledge and skills," he says.

Furst adds that Realtors must continue to be leaders in their Florida communities. "Florida Realtors will emphasize our government advocacy programs on behalf of the state's homeowners," he says.

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