Bill Furst was first elected Sarasota County Property Appraiser in August 2008 and begins his second term on January 7, 2013. He ran his campaigns on the principles of fairness and transparency for all citizens of Sarasota County.

With over 40 years of experience in the real estate industry, Bill began his career as a Real Estate Appraiser in Coral Gables, FL. Bill is a licensed Real Estate Broker and Building Contractor. Bill is past president of the Sarasota Association of Realtors. Bill has served as a director on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Realtors continuously since 2001. Bill resigned from serving as Vice Chairman of the Sarasota County Planning Commission when he began his campaign for Sarasota County Property Appraiser.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Bill graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He and his wife, Darla, have been married since 1976. In 1990 they sold their real estate company on the east coast of Florida and moved to Sarasota. Bill and Darla have two daughters, both graduates of Riverview High School. Their oldest daughter, Jessica, earned her law degree at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law and is General Counsel for the National Republican Congressional Committee in Washington D.C. Emily, their youngest, earned a Master’s Degree at the University of Tennessee and is employed locally by Neal Communities.

Bill holds a Coast Guard captain’s license and is a pilot. He enjoys hiking in Tennessee near their family home and is an avid runner having completed three Boston Marathons.

Bill is committed to serving the citizens of Sarasota County with integrity during his terms as property appraiser.