WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., August 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In a general meeting held today the members of the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB) voted to merge with the Realtors® Association of St. Lucie (RASL) to form the second largest Realtor® association in the state of Florida. The merger will take effect September 1, 2013.
The merger is the culmination of a decade-long strategic initiative to form a single, cross-county line association that leverages the strengths of both organizations to deliver expanded services and support for Realtor® members while reducing the cost of operations.
"By combining our numbers we gain tremendous purchasing power," says RAPB's Carol Van Gorp, who will remain as CEO of the newly formed Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches and St. Lucie County. "We also increase our influence and our capacity to provide more and better tools, resources and training, which benefits our members and the buying and selling public."
Staci Storms, CEO of the Realtors® Association of St. Lucie agrees. "Our associations have a shared commitment to providing innovative and high-quality resources and exceptional service to members. We expect this merger to increase negotiating power and influence with vendors. The savings will be invested in products and services that are beneficial to our members." Storms will remain part of the newly formed association staff as Assistant CEO.
"The merger responds to what we've been hearing from members of both groups for years," says Van Gorp. "Realtors® want access to cutting edge technology and a robust education portfolio—at a lower cost. That's exactly what this merger will enable us to provide."
The Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches and St. Lucie County will maintain its three Palm Beach County locations as well as the St. Lucie location.
Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches and St. Lucie, "The Voice of Local Real Estate," represents more than 10,000 members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate. The newly formed association is the second largest association in the state of Florida and ranks in the top ten nationwide.
REALTOR® is a federally registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.
Media Contact: Janice Traub, Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches, 5617272769, firstname.lastname@example.org
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