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Sarasota Association of Realtors takes down its own member!

Sarasota Association of Realtors through it’s Sarasota MLS takes down it’s own member!

Sarasota Association of Realtors is going all out to take down one of it’s own members web presence.  Want to find out the scoop?  Read all about Marc Rasmussens quandry here –

It made the big time news with Inman Real Estate News today – Sarasota MLS Dispute.  It makes one wonder about the MLS politics in SAR and NAR – I would guess we just need to follow the money!

Here is the court filing where Marc Rasmussen is fighting “The Sarasota MLS” to save his reputation and his livlihood as well as his investment of thousands of hours and thousands of dollars – Marc Rasmussen vs Sarasota Association of Realtors

Read the whole story on the Sarasota MLS Fiasco.

The ICANN ruling – the Sarasota Association of Realtors steals Marc Rasmussen domain from right before his eyes and slams his character at the same time!- Complainant is Sarasota Association of Realtors, Inc. (“Complainant”), represented by Douglas A. Cherry, of Abel Band, Chartered, Florida, USA. Respondent is Private Stuff (“Respondent”), represented by Ari Goldberger, of Law Firm New Jersey, USA.

No support from the National Association of Realtors as of yet.

Visit REALTOR Marc Rasmussen to view any properties in the Sarasota MLS.

Read more about it here:

  • Man fights REALTORS over a web address! Not just any man, our man Marc Rasmussen.  And not just fighting REALTORS, fighting the Sarasota Association of REALTORS to gain back the control of the website SAR (Marc’s own association) took from him.  This is a rather well written article that includes most of the facts and should be read by anyone keeping up with the SAR situation.
  • Marc Rasmussen vs. Sarasota Association of Realtors over – Marc’s Timeline
  • Help Fight the Sarasota MLS Board
  • MLS Name Dispute Lands in Court
  • Sarasota MLS – is it a Genericized Trademark like Jello, Bandaid, SPAM, Tupperware, or Xerox?
  • SAR: The Real Cybersquat
  • Sarasota MLS – Luxury Sarasota Real Estate
  • Sarasota MLS Attacks Its Own Member
  • Sarasota REALTOR Files Federal Lawsuit To Keep MLS Domain Name
  • The SAR Pokie
  • The Sarasota MLS Bites One of the Hands That Feeds It
  • Is History
  • Sarasota MLS Board Dispute
  • SAR shuts down thesarasotamls dot com
  • Unite against the Sarasota MLS Board
  • Sarasota Association of REALTORS slaps one of its own
  • What does MLS mean?
  • Sarasota Association of REALTORS needs reputation management
  • A recap of the Sarasota Association of REALTORS action against Marc Rasmussen from a Trademark Attorney Blog
  • Sarasota MLS Attacks One of Their Paying Members
  • The future of the Multiple Listing Service ( MLS )
  • Real Estate is about service and sweat, not SEO
  • The Sarasota MLS
  • Sarasota Association of REALTORS attacks Marc the REALTOR
  • The Sarasota MLS invades Denver – aliens attack!
  • Sarasota Association of REALTORS – are they acting anti-competitive?
  • Free the MLS
  • Don’t cross the SAR
  • TheSarasotaMLS – a SAR members opinion
  • Marc the REALTOR vs Sarasota MLS
  • Sarasota Association of REALTORS vs REALTOR
  • Sarasota MLS begs for negative publicity
  • Ablazed by the Sarasota MLS – the fire continues
  • Sarasota Speaks
  • Board of REALTORS Gone Rabid, Sarasota MLS Board Out For Blood!!
  • Sarasota Association of Realtors are the Problem…. Be Part of the Solution
  • Fight the Power
  • vs. – Wow what Hypocrisy!
  • theSarasotaMLS Link Party – The Marc Rasmussen Revolution and the Web 2.0 REALTOR Revolt
  • Sarasota  Association of REALTORS from NorthwestOfNormal
  • Sarasota Association of REALTORS – who does it really hurt? – A really good post!
  • – our friend Knox pushes “thesarasotamls” terminology a step further and creates “notthesarasotamls” just to show the stupidity of the whole issue and how a non-REALTOR has free rein over the use of “MLS”, while REALTOR members are being refused useage of the term.
  • Sarasota Association of REALTORS actions are questioned
  • Pirates in Sarasota
  • Sarasota MLS Search – a new begining!
  • Sarasota Associations of Realtors (SAR) – Hijacking, Pillaging, and Hypocrisy Update
  • REALTOR blogging under the influence – of who or what we do not know.  Please note that this blog appears heavily moderated.  I have posted there twice very kindly and cordially and not been included in conversation.  Fortunately Jay Thompson was approved and goes to bat for Marc Rasmussen.
  • Sarasota Association of REALTORS railroads one of their own!
  • Not Just Talking – The Sarasota MLS
  • You Know what’s great about blogging?
  • Getting link juice for nothing.
  • So who runs the Sarasota Association of REALTORS?


  • Directors:

    Committe Leaders – Coming soon!

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    October 16, 2008 - Posted by | politics, real estate, sarasota association of realtors, Sarasota MLS | , , , , , , , , , , ,


    1. I’m not sure anyone will be able to change what has been done to Marc but I’m sure going to try to get the word out. Click my name for my take on the subject and let’s spread the word!

      Comment by Judy Orr | October 16, 2008 | Reply

    2. Thank you Cal. You are awesome. I love the attention this is getting. This MLS policy is unfair to all of us.

      For the record, you have one of the best sites that I have seen. 😉

      Comment by Marc Rasmussen | October 17, 2008 | Reply

    3. @Cal: Agreed, well done here and comments on Inman were great…you nailed it. And yes, one of the best sites out there…pure class.
      @Marc: We’re all behind you…I’m putting up something this weekend. We’re going to make a lot of “noise” that this deserves. Hang in…

      Comment by Kevin Koitz | October 17, 2008 | Reply

    4. […] REALTORS Board Sing the SAR Pokie along with your fellow REALTORS! Thank you Sarasota MLS and Sarasota Association of REALTORS […]

      Pingback by The SAR Pokie - hey that’s what its all about! Sarasota MLS | Sarasota Association of REALTORS Board « The Team Service Providers | October 19, 2008 | Reply

    5. […] the SAR Pokie along with your fellow REALTORS! Thank you Sarasota MLS and Sarasota Association of REALTORS […]

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    6. Hey, didn’t know if you saw Knox’s contribution:

      Comment by Carolyn Gjerde-Tu | October 20, 2008 | Reply

    7. Knox wins!!!!

      Comment by gulfshoreslife | October 20, 2008 | Reply

    8. […] C’mon, take the high road while you still have a chance. Why would you intentionally try to drive out of business one of your own members?  Check out Cal’s post about the Sarasota MLS grab. […]

      Pingback by Don’t cross the SAR | October 20, 2008 | Reply

    9. […] Rasmussen is undoubtedly the Greatest Real Estate Agent in the Sarasota Association of REALTORS Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Who is The Greatest Real Estate Agent In The […]

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    10. Wow. Look at that list. I love it. This issue is much bigger than me. I have received several phone calls and emails from people who use “MLS” in their domain name. Thanks to all of you there are a lot of eyes on this.

      Comment by Marc Rasmussen | October 20, 2008 | Reply

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    13. Hi Cal,

      I just posted in my blog with a timeline of events pertaining to this case –

      Nothing earth shattering here but I needed to a clarify a few things thay I read across the web.

      Most importantly, I wanted to thank everyone for all of the support. I really am proud to be associated with a great group of people.

      Comment by Marc Rasmussen | October 27, 2008 | Reply

    14. Someone explain why SAR even wants his site? Anyone that uses google for a real estate search wants to go to a site that actually allows them search for homes. The consumer will take a look and realize this and do another search. Only Sarasota realtors would have any use for SARs site.

      Marc, I appreciate the fact you are standing up for yourself but the only winners are the lawyers. You might wind up (if you already haven’t) spending way to much time and money.

      Comment by Jim hirschman | October 27, 2008 | Reply

    15. “Someone explain why SAR even wants his site?”

      Greed & envy by some lowlifes on the board that can not compete with his site.

      Comment by Dennis | October 28, 2008 | Reply

    16. Jim,
      The problem is not Marc keeping the actual domain name, but the loss of links built up behind it. This problem could all go away if SAR would allow Marc to redirect thesarasota mls site to the new one: Five years worth of work is worth fighting for. Marc’s placement in the search engines was not because of the specific domain name, but the money and hours of time he spent building up authority to the URL.

      Comment by Carolyn Gjerde-Tu | October 28, 2008 | Reply

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