Richard Dempsey Awarded Commercial Realtor of the Year

Lakeland Realtors Group Honors Work to Protect Property Rights

LAKELAND, FL, January 8, 2017 — The William Loftin Commercial Realtor of the Year award for 2017 was presented to Richard Dempsey, ALC, by Lakeland Realtors last week. Dempsey, an agent with SVN | Saunders Real Estate (SVNSRE), was recognized for his service to the organization and his advocacy of private property rights at the local, state and national government level.

During the past year, Dempsey worked with other Realtors to seek changes to the National Flood Insurance Program to encourage private market inclusion, lowering costs to consumers. He also participated in a successful campaign to ask Congress to maintain tax codes which benefit overall property and homeowners. In Lakeland, Dempsey and others persuaded city officials to abandon plans for a landlord registry that would have penalized law-abiding property owners with additional fees.

“Real estate is the central driving force in the health of our national, state, and local economies and Realtors work hard to protect that treasure,” said Dempsey. “Lakeland Realtors is a very giving community of professionals and just being a part of that community is a privilege. To receive this award is a great honor for which I am very grateful.”

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About SVN | Saunders Real Estate

SVN | Saunders Real Estate is regarded as an authority on all types of Florida land and conservation easements, transacting over $2 billion in sales since 1996. Offering land, forestry, and conservation easement real estate services through SVN Saunders Real Estate and the SVN Saunders Real Estate Forestry Group, the Saunders team of land professionals offers advisory and transactional services through their home office in Lakeland, FL, the north Florida office in High Springs, FL, and its network of SVN affiliate offices nationwide and worldwide. We provide services to land and commercial clients through both SVNSRE and our commercial real estate brokerage, SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty.

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