Bill Furst was first elected Sarasota County Property Appraiser in August 2008. He ran his campaign on the principles of fairness and transparency for all citizens of Sarasota County.

With over 34 years of experience in the real estate industry, Bill began his career as a Real Estate Appraiser in Coral Gables, Florida.  Bill is a licensed Real Estate Broker and Building Contractor. Bill is past President of the Sarasota Association of Realtors. He is a member of the Public Policy & Appraisal committees of the National Association of Realtors and serves on their Board of Directors. 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 for 36 years. In 1990 they sold their real estate company and moved from the east coast of Florida 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 her Master's Degree at the University of Tennessee in Child & Family Studies and is a court case manager in Sarasota County.

Bill holds a Coast Guard captains 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 term as property appraiser.