Florida State Government and Public Real Estate News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 4, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Homelessness Caucus, introduced the Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act. This bill would establish a grant program to provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals and families whose needs are not addressed by traditional affordable housing. (Please find the attached copy of the bill): more »

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – March 4, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — During the 2015 Legislative Session, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is focused on supporting Florida’s workforce, streamlining government and fighting fraud. His legislative priorities include creating a college-to-career pathway for Florida’s insurance professionals and expanding the state’s unclaimed property program. more »

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – February 27, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Florida Department of Financial Services today announced the recent arrest of Sandy Bernard Elmore, 35, on felony arson charges related to a Jacksonville apartment fire that occurred earlier this week. An investigation conducted in partnership by the Department’s Division of State Fire Marshal, the Jacksonville Fire Department and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office determined that Elmore set his estranged girlfriend’s apartment on fire following a domestic dispute. more »

-Ongoing outreach for #BrowardNEXT includes public meetings and speaker’s bureau –

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – February 26, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) – As Broward celebrates its Centennial the County looks forward to the future, ensuring it will thrive in the next 100 years! With 1.85 million residents and 12 million annual visitors, there is a lot to plan for. Working with residents, businesses and Broward’s 31 municipalities, the goal is to review the County’s Land Use and Comprehensive Plans to make sure they reflect current and anticipated growth and priorities. These priorities include areas such as transit, affordable housing, climate change and economic development. more »

Miami single-family home sales increased in January and all residential median sale prices continued their more than three years of consistent growth

Note:  The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® and the Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service are the sources for statistics reported by the National Association of Realtors and Florida Realtors. 

Miami – February 24, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Miami single-family home sales increased in January and all residential median sale prices continued their more than three years of consistent growth, according to the 36,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system. more »

BRADENTON – February 24, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of State Fire Marshal today announced the arrest of 20-year-old Michael Lynn Haynes for setting fire to a duplex-style apartment home on February 21 in Palmetto, Florida. The intended targets of the fire were two women, a man and a two-year-old child. Following his arrest, Haynes admitted his intention to “burn them (the victims) out like roaches.” more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 13, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — As evidenced by record sales activity in 2014, the Miami real estate market continued to perform robustly in the fourth quarter due to renewed consumer confidence and increasing demand from both domestic and international buyers, according to the 36,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS (MIAMI) and the local Multiple Listing Service systems. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 9, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — On Dec. 3, 2014, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, by a strong bipartisan vote of 378-46. The Senate has not yet acted on the tax extenders, but is expected to do so the week of Dec. 8. Please visit the Mortgage Debt Cancellation Relief page on realtor.org for any developments in the coming week. more »

Tampa, FL – December 8, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — CBRE arranged the sale of Wells Fargo Center, a Class A, 389,608-square-foot landmark office building located at 100 South Ashley Drive in Tampa, Florida, for an undisclosed price. The CBRE Capital Markets, Institutional Properties team representing the seller included Christian Lee, Dale Peterson, Charles Foschini and Marcos Minaya. more »

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 3, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The ComReal Companies are proud to announce that Edward Redlich is now serving as President for 2014-2015 of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR) Florida Chapter which is comprised of nearly 200 members. Redlich has had a leadership role with the Chapter for the past several years and was elected as President at their Fall meeting. more »

Orlando, FL – December 3, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — CBRE arranged the sale of a 124,500-square-foot single-tenant office property leased to Kaplan University at at 12650 Ingenuity Drive, Orlando, FL. US-based City Office REIT, Inc. (NYSE: CIO),acquired the two-story building at Central Florida Research Park from RT Ingenuity, LLC for $26.5 million. CBRE represented the seller. more »

TALLAHASSEE – November 7, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Florida CFO Jeff Atwater today announced the arrest of Miami bail bondsman David Rodriguez, 47, on grand theft charges. The arrest follows a joint investigation by the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud and its Division of Agent & Agency Services into a 2013 incident in which the defendant stole $16,000 that was supposed to pay a client’s bond. more »

Miami, FL – November 7, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) will host a town hall meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Liberty Square Community Center to talk with residents about the Miami-Dade County and City of Miami Police Departments’ efforts to combat rising violent crime in and around the Liberty Square Housing Project. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Miami-Dade County Police Director J.D. Patterson, other community leaders and activists will join Congresswoman Wilson to address residents’ concerns and find solutions. more »

TAVARES – October 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Cheryl Howell, Lake County Housing Services Manager, was recently given the Michael D. Smith Timex Award at the Florida Community Development Association’s Annual Conference for her dedication to improving access to housing, economic opportunities and public services. more »

Fort Lauderdale, FL – October 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — CBRE arranged leases for four premier retail tenants at The Manor@Flagler Village, developer Related Group’s new mixed-use development at 525 North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, FL, which will feature 382 apartment units and 22,476 square feet of street-level retail. more »

Attorney General Pam Bondi Announces New Procedures Banks Must Follow to Help Distressed Homeowners Seeking Relief Under National Mortgage Settlement

~The Banks Are Implementing New Procedures to Reduce Loan Modification Delays, Improve Communication with Borrowers, and Avoid Multiple Requests for Documents~

TALLAHASSEE, FL – October 2, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Attorney General Pam Bondi, along with her colleagues on the National Mortgage Settlement Monitoring Committee, today announced that Bank of America and Wells Fargo have agreed to implement new procedures designed to address possible violations of the national mortgage servicing settlement. These improvements come in response to concerns expressed by Attorney General Pam Bondi earlier this year, which were based upon complaints from distressed borrowers, housing counselors, legal aid groups, and foreclosure defense lawyers that the banks were falling short of meeting the servicing standard requirements set forth in the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement. ALLRMC.COM more »

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