Realtor organizations for Sarasota and Manatee counties will consider a merger in an effort to create a stronger voice in the region statewide, nationally and on the Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service.
The board of directors for the Sarasota Association of Realtors and the Manatee Association of Realtors voted this week to merge the organizations. Members of both organizations are slated to vote on the concept at 1 p.m. Sept. 16.
"The reality today is that the perceived barrier between Sarasota and Manatee counties has eroded and we are now one regional marketplace," said Sherry Grooms, MAR president. "Merging the two organizations allows us to eliminate duplication and operate more efficiently and cost effectively."
SAR president Peter Crowley agreed.
"We are stronger together," he said.
The boards' vote followed two months of due diligence. Leaders say the merger will create a new synergy among members, improved organization, more opportunities for affiliated business partners, and financial strength by combining memberships and assets, among others.
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