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Florida Realtors® Commends Gov. Scott for Signing HB 7109

Maria Wells, 2017 president of Florida Realtors® and broker-owner with Lifestyle Realty Group in Stuart, issued the following statement regarding Governor Rick Scott’s signing of HB 7109 today

Lake County to host two household hazardous waste collection events in Clermont

Lake County Solid Waste is encouraging Lake County residents to dispose of toxic materials in a safe and environmentally sensitive way at two household hazardous waste collection events. The county’s mobile unit will be on site from 9 a.m. – noon on the following dates and locations

Owner of Tharpe Street Business Complex Arrested for Arson and Insurance Fraud

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater today announced that arson investigators have arrested Victor Herrera, owner of the Tharpe Street business complex, on charges of arson and insurance fraud after an extensive investigation uncovered that he intentionally set his property on fire in order to collect insurance money. The business complex, located at 1109 Tharpe Street in Tallahassee, includes Debo's Stereo Installations and Super Clean Auto Detailing & Mobile Services

Transportation Appropriations Chairman Diaz-Balart Announces Florida DOT Grant Awards

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the Department of Transportation announced Positive Train Control grant awards for FY17. Diaz-Balart is Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee.

Miami Single-Family Home Sales Increase Again in April

Miami single-family home sales, median prices, traditional transactions and dollar volume increased year-over-year in April, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.

Median Prices Continue to Rise in Fla.’s Housing Market in April 2017

Rising median prices and constrained inventory remained a prevailing trend in Florida’s housing market in April, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. The trend resulted in a loss of momentum for home sales: Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 23,829 last month, easing slightly (-1.2 percent) when compared to April 2016

Hastings Introduces the TRUMPED Act

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after introducing the Taxpayers Require Urgent Mandatory Protection from Egregious Debt Act of 2017 (the TRUMPED Act) (Please find attached a copy of the legislation):

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Statement on the White House Budget Proposal

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement in response to the White House budget: “The Trump budget is an all-out assault on the poor. Once again, the administration has prioritized the needs of the rich over the poor

Lake County government offices to close for Memorial Day; Solid Waste collection to shift...

TAVARES —All offices of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector will be...
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Fla.’s Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices Up in 1Q 2017

Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices and more pending sales during the first quarter of 2017, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 60,733 in 1Q 2017, up 5.1 percent over the 1Q 2016 figure.

Tony Lopresto named Building Services Division Manager

Tony Lopresto, Lake County’s former Building Services Supervisor, has been named the county’s new Building Services Division Manager. His role includes overseeing the technical, financial, and administrative functions of the Building Services Division under the Economic Growth Department

Three Ninja Robbers Convicted in Central Florida Home Invasion

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution today secured the conviction of three Immokalee men, also known as the ninja robbers, in connection to a home invasion robbery and an attempt at a second home invasion. After a two-week trial involving charges including home invasion robbery, kidnapping, carjacking with a firearm and armed burglary of a conveyance, an Orange County jury found Henry Contreras, 51, his son Johnathan Contreras, 30, and Andres Perez, 47, guilty of all charges.

Miami Realtors Commercial Event to Provide Key Market Update

Ten industry leaders, including an American Dream Miami consultant, will discuss the state of South Florida commercial real estate at the fifth annual MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) Realtors Commercial Alliance (RCA) Midyear Update. More than 100 MIAMI members will attend the event Friday at the Coral Gables Country Club.

Diaz-Balart Statement on Passage of FY17 Funding Bill

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the passage of H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.

Rooney Rule to Restore Everglades Gains Grassroots Support

Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17) introduced the Responsible Environmental Preservation and American Infrastructure Restoration Act (The REPAIR Act, H. Res. 313), which would make a limited change to the House rules to allow Congress to direct necessary funding to vetted water resources development projects of the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation.
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Orlando median home price continues upward climb as sales and inventory dip

Orlando home sales declined 4 percent in April compared to April of 2016, in large part the result of sustained declines in the number of homes available for purchase. Orlando’s skimpy inventory also continued to push prices upwards, with the area’s year-over-year median home price again hitting a double-digit increase.

Miami Single-Family Home Sales Surge, Post Best March in History

Miami’s single-family homes market registered its best March in history while home sales for all properties, median prices and total dollar volume increased, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.

Miami Realtors Hosting Investing in Income Properties Seminars

Miami real estate investor and acclaimed author Kenneth D. Rosen will impart his unique commercial real estate investing advice to Realtors and entrepreneurs at MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and RCA MIAMI seminars on April 11 in Dania Beach and April 20 in Coral Gables.

Fla.’s Housing Market: More Sales, Rising Prices in March 2017

Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices and increased pending sales in March, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 25,921 last month, up 9.3 percent compared to March 2016

U.S. Rep. Castor’s Statement on the Threat to Florida’s Environment and Economy Under Pres....

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14), elected officials, activists and experts stood together on the shore of Tampa Bay on the seven-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, to speak out in strong opposition to President Trump’s elimination of the Tampa Bay Estuary program, clean water, clean air and NOAA coastal resource initiatives under his proposed budget

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Colombia tops all Foreign Searches for Miami Real Estate

Colombia continues to lead all foreign countries searching for South Florida real estate, according to new data from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). The South American nation finished as the top international country using MIAMI’s search portal, www.Miamire.com, in May 2016. Colombia has now led the rankings for six consecutive months

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Florida Realtors® Commends Gov. Scott for Signing HB 7109

Maria Wells, 2017 president of Florida Realtors® and broker-owner with Lifestyle Realty Group in Stuart, issued the following statement regarding Governor Rick Scott’s signing of HB 7109 today

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Attorney General Pam Bondi Announces New Procedures Banks Must Follow to...

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