Wim Berndsen opened Sunshine International Realty Florida in 2011 after cutting his teeth in the real estate world for several years at several different firms.

Why Wim Berndsen?

Throughout his experience he has worked with a wide-range of clients, all with unique needs and tastes.  His extensive knowledge of the Citrus County Florida real estate market is matched by his commitment to helping his clients realize their dreams, throughout the buying and selling process.


Wim Berndsen never stopped learning about the real estate; he earned several designations.


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Wim Berndsen is a member of:



Accredited Luxury Home Specialist


The Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS) Designation is testimony to the agent's commitment to knowledge of the up-scale marketplace and today's affluent clients.



Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS) agents are members of an elite group of exceptional real estate professionals dedicated to their professionalism. As a testimony to their commitment, these high caliber agents subscribe to The Luxury Home Council's strict guidelines that demonstrate the agent's expertise in this highly demanding segment of the real estate marketplace. Whether you are selling or buying, when you retain a recognized ALHS Agent, you can enjoy the confidence that your specialist has satisfied the following requirements:

     Graduated from the extensive two day ALHS Course.

     Passed the written exam.

     Closed a minimum of two transactions that qualify as a luxury sale.

     Is in good standings and is a current member of the Luxury Home Council.

     Belongs to the National Association of Realtors or the National Association of Home Builders.


To display the prestigious Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS) Designation, the real estate agent must also meet strict sales standards, be a current member of the Luxury Home Council, hold an active real estate license and be in good standing with their real estate regulatory agency.


Knowledge, experience, credentials and character best symbolize an ALHS Agent.



Graduate Realtor Institute


Value of a GRI Designation:

The Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation.

Accredited At Home With Diversity Realtor



A ground-breaking professional education initiative designed to provide America's real estate professionals with training and tools to expand their business as well as home ownership opportunities for more Americans. AHWD certification relays to the public that those certified have been professionally trained in and are sensitive to a wide range of cultural issues inviting a wider volume of business from a greater variety of cultures.


Buying property is a complex and stressful task. In fact, it's often the biggest single investment you will make in your lifetime. At the same time, real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated.


New technology, laws, procedures and the increasing sophistication of buyers and sellers requires real estate practitioners to perform at an ever-increasing level of professionalism.


GRI Designees:


  • Have pursued a course of study that represents the minimum common body of knowledge for progressive real estate professionals.

  • Have developed a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to navigate the current real estate climate—no matter what its condition.

  • Are recognized nationally.

  • Act with professionalism and are committed to serving their clients and customers with the highest ethical standards.






























The At Home With Diversity® Certification is part of a comprehensive cultural diversity outreach program that ensures real estate companies diversify their workplaces and improve the industry's ability to serve culturally diverse consumers. NAR and HUD undertook a joint effort in 1998 to certify real estate professionals who are trained regarding cultural diversity and outreach and have made a commitment to a set of diversity principles.


The training, built on the letter and spirit of the Fair Housing Act, provides Realtors the necessary tools to build diversity into their practice to best serve a dynamic and growing market.

C.F.S. - Certified Financial Specialist®


Real Estate Professionals with the C.F.S. designation have completed extra studies in the field of real estate financing, have successfully passed the specialist exam in this field of specialization, and are recognized for their expertise in the latest trends in home and property financing.

Certified International Property Specialist / CIPS®


The Certified International Property Specialist Network (CIPS Network) comprises 2,000 real estate professionals from 50 countries and is the specialty membership group for global business practitioners of the National Association of REALTORS®.

The CIPS® designation prepares REALTORS® to service the growing international market in their local community by focusing on culture, exchange rates, investment trends, and legal issues.

Resort & Second Home Property Specialist


RSPS certification is offered by NAR (National Association of Realtors®) for resort and second-home professionals around the world.


REALTORS® who facilitate the buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in a resort, recreational and/or vacation destination are involved in this market niche.

The Nar Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) Certification enables REALTORS® in resort and second-home markets around the world to distinguish themselves among both their peers and consumers. It communicates to consumers that RSPS Certification holders have the specialized skills and knowledge needed to help them make informed decisions about buying and selling resort and second-home properties. RSPS Certification is the official resort and second-home certification of the NAR family and is researchable in the National REALTORS® Database System (NRDS).

Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource

For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new "traditional" real estate transaction.


Knowing how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities are not merely good skills to have in today's market — they are critical.



And while short sales and foreclosures are not for the faint of heart, agents with the proper tools and training can use these specialty areas to build their business for the long term. REALTORS® with the SFR® certification can be a trusted resource for short sales and foreclosures. Their ability to close short sales and foreclosures depends in part on their confidence in seeing these transactions through.


Begin building your confidence today about short sales or foreclosures, make your start with an SFR® REALTOR®.

National Association of REALTORS®


A real estate agent is a REALTOR® when he or she is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, The Voice for Real Estate® -- the world's largest professional association.


The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. (click)

Founded in 1908, NAR has grown from its original nucleus of 120 to today's 720,000 members. NAR is composed of residential and commercial REALTORS®, who are brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors and others engaged in all aspects of the real estate industry. Members belong to one or more of some 1,700 local associations/boards and 54 state and territory associations of REALTORS®. They can join one of our many institutes, societies and councils. Additionally, NAR offers members the opportunity to be active in our appraisal and international real estate specialty sections.


REALTORS® are pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Working for America's property owners, the National Association provides a facility for professional development, research and exchange of information among its members and to the public and government for the purpose of preserving the free enterprise system and the right to own real property.

Florida Realtors


“The mission of Florida Realtors is to advance Florida’s real estate industry by shaping public policy on real property issues; encouraging, promoting and teaching consistent standards for ethical practice and professionalism; and building on the efforts of local Boards/Associations to provide the information and tools members need to succeed.”





Florida Realtors is the largest trade association in the state with more than 155,000 members.


The Florida Realtors members enjoy business contacts, networking opportunities, educational offerings, research and legislative representation, programs, services, and tremendous camaraderie. The Association headquarters is located in Orlando, and the legislative Office of Public Policy is located in the heart of  Tallahassee.


The Florida Realtors elected leadership and business management teams share a common goal.  Individually, each brings to the table years of expertise in the real estate industry and proven business management skills. As partners, they seek solutions to advance specific public policy issues and meet the needs of the state's Realtor community.



Realtors Association of Citrus County


The REALTORS Association of Citrus County, Inc. is located just off highway 44 in Lecanto, Florida and look forward to working with realtors as advance realtor's career. The membership and commitment to the Realtors Association of Citrus County is important to the association.


Political Advocacy

Members receive a strong legislative voice on the county, state and national levels. Realtors Association of Citrus County collective numbers give them a voice that is effective in legislation concerning the real estate industry. RPAC is very important to the REALTOR community. The local association maintains open lines of communications with local, state and national officials.

National Association of Residential Property Managers


NARPM® property managers have heightened expertise and industry knowledge to assist them in doing the best possible job. They are real estate professionals who know first-hand the unique challenges of managing rental property in today’s constantly changing economic and legislative environment. And they know how to manage those challenges to everyone’s benefit. They can maximize rents and income for you; and they will manage the property efficiently, professionally and economically.

A NARPM® member stands apart from other property managers and landlords. Unlike many of them, NARPM® members:



*     Have access to numerous educational opportunities.


*     Adhere to the highest Standards of Professionalism and Code of Ethics.


*     Know the landlord/tenant laws for your city, state and federal governments.


*     Know rent values and vacancy factors.


*     Have rental applications and consistent screening policies to meet legal


*     Perform thorough move-in and move-out property evaluations.


*     Are personally familiar with reputable painters, electricians, roofers, chimney
      cleaners, carpenters, landscapers, furnace and appliance repairmen, and other
      maintenance professionals.


*     Are able to effectively negotiate with tenants, handle difficult issues and enforce
      the terms of the rental agreement.


*     Have the ability to recover NSF checks, evict tenants and collect bad debts.

Excelling in Association Leadership (REAL)


The REALTORS® Excelling in Association Leadership (REAL) Course teaches the REALTORS® the basics of REALTOR® association volunteer leadership, and is a comprehensive tool for training potential leadership.







It covers the following areas:





* Real Estate Issues and Trends


* Enhancing Leadership Skills


* Meeting Management


* Governing Documents and Policies


* Legal and Regulatory Activities


* Visioning, Planning and Budgeting

Laying The Groundwork For Safety / REALTOR


Every year, REALTORS® (not only REALTORS®, but also home owners - especially at showings and open-houses-) around the country are victims of physical, sexual and identity crimes while fulfilling the everyday requirements of their jobs. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is committed to helping everyone one of it’s members to ensure that they make good choices and practice personal safety on the job.



This course educated REALTORS at:



*   How to spot dangerous situations while at work, with a client, and on the road.

*   Practical tips on what to do if you are in a dangerous situation

*   And, policies and procedures you or your broker can put in place to ensure a safer
    working environment.

Europe and International Real Estate


Europe is a very active source and target of international real estate investment. This is due in part to the size of this region which offers tremendous investing potential. Knowledge and awareness of basic cultural, political and economic conditions in Europe will enhance a real estate professional's ability to represent, interact with,

and command the respect of clients. The concept of unification is still new and there are many who do not want to lose any more of their national identity. These are important facts to know and understand as you work with customers and clients from affected countries. This course addresses the economies, real estate practices, and markets of the countries that are the most active and attractive European investment markets. Also included is information on skills and procedures for finding potential clients and properties.


Upon successful completion of this course, a real estate professional will be able to:


    *     Discuss the social, economic, political, and geographical characteristics of major European countries.

    *     Discuss the history, purpose, and economic impact of the European Union.

    *     Identify important characteristics of certain European real estate markets including influential laws,
          business culture attributes and real estate/ brokerage practices.

    *     Assess opportunities in certain European markets by evaluating significant investment patterns, investor
          profiles and real estate activity.

    *     Identify ways to develop a business network and start or enhance an international practice with
          European clients or properties.

    *    Identify ways to promote properties, markets, and professional services.

Global Real Estate Transaction Tools


Any international real estate transaction, whether it involves the purchase of a home, a user occupied business facility or an income-producing property is considered an investment. The purchaser or

Lessee typically commits a substantial amount of cash in their own currency to carry out a transaction in a foreign currency. If the international investor has money on deposit in the currency of the country where the investment is being made, there will eventually be some kind of exchange transaction. There is always the possibility that money will be made or lost based on the currency exchange dynamics alone. For that reason, it is important to be familiar with the mathematical and financial skills presented in this course. Domestic residential brokers and salespeople are accustomed to presenting homes as investments in terms of appreciation and tax sheltering. Many real estate professionals are not familiar with how to determine, discuss and present an investment analysis of a property. The CIPS designated Realtor examines how customary real estate practices need to be modified when working with international clients or properties. In some ways, a real estate transaction involving international clients or properties is similar to a domestic transaction.

Course Objectives: The International Real Estate for Local Markets course introduced the

The CIPS designated Realtor is familiar with the international real estate market, including conditions and practices around the world. They are educated upon that knowledge by:


     *   Basic preparation requirements for the international client.

     *   Financial concepts such as capitalization rate and cash-on-cash return.

     *   Legal and tax issues

     *   The importance of incorporating a team of professionals.

Global Real Estate: Local Markets


The CIPS Designated Realtors are educated to the basic skills and knowledge, necessary to facilitate international real estate transactions.

 This is the prerequisite course required to earn the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation. The course is designed to benefit experienced international professionals, individuals with real estate experience who are considering international specialization, and NAR general membership.

The CIPS Designated Realtors are introduced to the unique dimensions of international practice and to create an awareness of:


    *   Globalization of economies

    *   International capital flow

    *   Effects of currency exchange on transactions

    *   Basic principles and trends in international investment

    *   U.S. regulation of inbound investment

    *   Cross-cultural relationships

    *   Diversity and inclusive real estate practices

    *   Marketing and business planning strategies

    *   Roles and expectations in international transactions

The Business of U.S. Real Estate


The CIPS Designated Realtor is introduced to be a real estate practitioner with knowledge of real estate in the United States economy and society, and provides information on the requirements, regulations, and laws associated with working as a real estate professional in the United States.

The CIPS real estate professionals are educated with the knowledge necessary to facilitate a transaction in the United States. They knows about U.S. real estate transactions, and recommendations for building key contacts in real estate organizations, commerce, and government.



• Identify the social, political,

geographical, and cultural characteristics

of the U.S., especially as they relate to the

real estate market.

• Develop knowledge of the business

of U.S. real estate, including the

Multiple Listing Service (MLS), licensing

requirements, agency relationships, and

the real estate transaction.

• Adapt business and social behavior to

conform to the business standards,

customs, and cultural norms that enable

U.S. real estate transactions.

Professional Property Management Certification


Upon completion of the Landlord Property Management Academy course, participants will be able to execute best practices for running a

successful property management company. Topics are: management agreements, ethics, risk analysis, maintaining properties, financial tools, marketing, leasing. A certified professional property manager gained in-depth understanding of managing single-family homes, multi-family homes, and commercial properties. They will be able to maximize the value and financial potential of the managed properties and know what it takes to lease and manage properties and earn the respect of the residents and landlords.



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