GACAR announces new leadership, releases annual statistics

Press release from Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors

New Board of Directors installed

At the first in-person membership meeting in two years on Wednesday, January 12, the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors® was pleased to honor and install its 2022 Board of Directors. Outgoing President Patti Moser welcomed the new board, describing the members as “seasoned real-estate professionals ready to tackle any challenges and steer the association forward”.

2022 GACAR Board of Directors
President – Thomas McIntosh
President Elect – Ericka Gilchrist
Vice President – Adam Gurske
Secretary/Treasurer – Mitchell Martin
Immediate Past President – Patti Moser
MLS President Elect – J. Parrish
Directors: Cindy Harrington, Greta Rice, Jeremy Thomas, Dee Edwards, Pamela Gretter, Carl Shenning, Lisa Baltozer, Tanya Chappell, and Brent Riley

Gia Arvin installed as 2022 Vice President for Florida Realtors®

Gia Arvin, GACAR member and broker of Matchmaker Realty, was installed last evening as the 2022 Vice President for Florida Realtors®. Florida Realtors®, of which GACAR is a proud member, is the largest professional trade association in Florida, with more than 250,000 members, and is also the largest Realtor® organization in the country. GACAR is proud to support Gia at the state level and looks forward to all that the 2022 Florida Realtors® team will accomplish this year.

Annual statistics from Florida Realtors®

Annual statistics were released from Florida Realtors®, revealing a double-digit percentage increase in closed sales, average sale price, dollar volume, and new pending sales for all property types (single-family homes, townhouses and condos, and manufactured homes) in Alachua County. While new listings did increase by an overall 5.3% in 2021, active inventory was down 34% compared to 2020, fueling the current buyer-competitive environment.

Besides low housing inventory, consumers should keep an eye on how inflation may affect interest rates plus the rise of building costs due to both high demand and supply shipping delays. Brad O’Connor, Florida Realtors® Chief Economist, shared these concerns yesterday during a market trends update. While the downward trend in housing inventory is concerning, 2022 GACAR President Thomas McIntosh encourages members and consumers to stay the course and be patient with the current market conditions. “Our members have spent the last two years going above and beyond for their clients, regardless of a global pandemic and historic inventory lows, and will continue to successfully navigate these temporary issues to deliver quality service that our community can rely on. GACAR will also continue to work with the City and County to champion affordable housing initiatives that will in turn help alleviate some of the housing inventory concerns. These are complex issues with no easy answer, but our association and its members are a key part of the solution and poised to take action.”