Upcoming Event: Real Estate Congress and Sarasota Showcase

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.

Sarasota Bayfront

Sarasota Bayfront

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.


New Investment Opportunity at Iconic Miami Beach Hotel Astor

A South Florida hotel project is seeking funds from foreign investors who want to live in the United States.  A group renovating the 42-room Hotel Astor in Miami Beach aims to raise $5 million from 10 foreign investors — or $500,000 each — through the U.S. employment based visa program called EB-5.

Those investors will get equity in the Art Deco gem and can sign up Aug. 17 through Sept. 30.

A different group of developers had looked to EB-5 investors to raise $75 million for construction of the 17-story, 349- room Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort.  But their efforts failed, leaving the future of that project uncertain.

It is believed that a $5 million goal for the Astor’s renovation is achievable, because the amount needed is smaller, the Art Deco hotel well established and South Beach better known for investment than Hollywood beach.

EB-5 investors in the Astor project will most likely come largely from Colombia, Venezuela and other South American nations, whose affluent residents are familiar with Miami Beach.

Renovation of the Astor, located at 956 Washington Ave., is expected to create 110 direct jobs.  To qualify for U.S. residency visas, EB-5 investors must create 10 jobs each in the United States.

Contact David J. Hart for more information: 305 577 9977 or dhart@immigrateusa.com.

21 SE First Avenue
10th Floor
Miami FL 33131

Carla Rayman Named 2012 National Association of REALTORS® President’s Liaison to Panama

Sarasota International Realtor Carla Rayman

Sarasota International Realtor Carla Rayman

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


Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

400 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, Florida, USA

Tel: +1 (941) 724-0519 Fax: +1 (888) 574-9160

Jorge Chacon Releases Quarterly Foreign Business Report

Local foreigners might be interested in the latest Foreign Business Report from Jorolco International.  This quarter’s business report includes a variety of news including an itinerary for the upcoming trade mission to Colombia presented by the International Business Alliance.  The mission takes place between April 12 and 20, 2012 and stops in Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena.

The report also provides focused information on several nations in Latin America.

The report continues with a list of November trade shows and business events in Latin America.

Those who are interested can read the October Jorolco Foreign Business Report in full.

It’s Friday! October 5, Immigration News

Processing times… nonimmigrant waiver process explanation… new TN applications can now be filed with USCIS

October 4, 2012

  1. New Processing Time Reports Are Here!

New processing time reports for the National Benefits Center (NBC), the California Service Center (CSC), the Nebraska Service Center (NSC), the Texas Service Center (TSC) and the Vermont Service Center (VSC) are now available on InfoNet.

  1. Practice Pointer: Filing Procedures for Nonimmigrant Waivers

This AILA CBP liaison practice pointer explains how and why an applicant would apply for a nonimmigrant waiver at a consulate or embassy abroad rather than at a U.S. port of entry. It also discusses why the procedure for Canadian E & K visa applicants is different.

  1. O, Canada! New Filing Option for Canadian TN Nonimmigrants

As of October 1, 2012, USCIS will begin accepting the Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, filed on behalf of Canadian citizens who are outside the U.S. and seeking classification as a TN nonimmigrant.

International Residents Enjoy the Annual Chalk Festival

Art lovers often enjoy the novel and creative images that appear on our streets during the Sarasota Chalk Festival.   This fundraiser is going on tonight.

Immigrants Impressed by the Abundance of Sarasota Golf Courses


I was showing property in 2001 to an executive in the chemical business from India.  He and his son were real golf nuts, and I was able to get them free passes to a national tournament at The Players Club in Sarasota.  He was most appreciative and said, “you know Wally, there are more golf courses in the Sarasota area than in all of India.”

Golf Courses of Sarasota

Golf Courses of Sarasota

This sounded unlikely at the time, but I did not question him.  I was thinking about this the other day, and googled:  golf courses in India and found there to be 70 some there.  It surprised me to see that there were that few for a county that size.  This area has 43 golf courses, which also surprised me.  Maybe back in 2001, there were actually more courses in our area than all of India!

The 43 golf courses here include 10 private, 23 semi private, 7 public and 3 executive courses.  Prices range from very affordable public courses to very pricey private courses, with annual fees as high as several thousand dollars, and everything in between.

Whatever your golfing interest it can be found in abundance here!

Golfing in Sarasota

Golfing in Sarasota

Call or Email me for a free copy of the Sarasota Golfer’s Guide.

Wallace Erickson, Realtor, TRC, GBC    Vice Chair of the Global Business Council 2012, Chairman 2013   The Realedyne Group.  Mobil 001-941-374-0920   Email: realedyne@aol.com    Website: we.mfr.mlxchange.com