SVN’s Tony Veldkamp Elected President of Sarasota Area REALTOR Association’s Commercial Division
Initiatives for 2016 include reducing sales tax on commercial leases and creating a common CRE information exchange for the entire region
Sarasota, Florida (December 30, 2015)—Tony Veldkamp, CCIM, was elected president of the Commercial Investment Division of the REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (counties). Veldkamp is a Senior Advisor and the Managing Director of SVN® Commercial Advisory Group based in Sarasota, part of the SVN Florida family of commercial real estate advisors and offices located throughout the state. His term begins in January 2016.
The REALTOR real estate advocacy group strives to advance professionalism by providing education and other resources to its members. It is also committed to upholding the Realtors Code of Ethics and standing up for private-property rights.
“I’m honored to be elected by my peers to serve in a leadership position with such a well-respected organization as the REALTOR Association,” said Veldkamp, a 25-year commercial real estate industry veteran. “I’m looking forward to serving in this role and providing direction and guidance on the key issues we’ll be addressing in the coming year.”
Veldkamp explained that the association and the commercial division are active with local legislation and regulatory policy that impacts the industry. He plans to work with Florida legislators this year to reduce the sales tax imposed on commercial leases. Florida is the only state in the union that charges such taxes.
Another initiative that Veldkamp highlighted for the coming year is the creation of a common commercial real estate information exchange for the entire region to use. At present, the region’s local markets are using different systems, making for an unnecessarily cumbersome process. “We want to unite the Orlando, Tampa and Sarasota markets through one interface,” he said. “If we are united it will be easier to find one another’s properties—ultimately benefitting the clients we represent.”
Veldkamp explained that the association also is active in supporting the local community and providing professional skills development opportunities. A recent golf tournament raised $14,000 for charity. The 350-member group – one of the largest of its kind in the state – has also hosted industry conferences and provided various educational opportunities for the area’s commercial brokers.
Veldkamp began his career in real estate as an appraiser, but transitioned to sales a few years later. He came to SVN in 2011. Within three years, the branch was among the top 10 producing offices in SVN’s platform.
Veldkamp is optimistic about commercial real estate in Florida. While overbuilding may have the potential of slowing down such commercial markets as apartment complexes, the picture is generally bright, he said. “Overall, office space is being absorbed,” Veldkamp said. “Most everything is headed in a positive direction for the next few years.”
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Tony Veldkamp, CCIM, Senior Advisor and Managing Director
SVN Commercial Advisory Group
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