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Seasons Greetings from your MIAMI Leaders and theMIAMI Professionals. We wish you and your family the most wonderful Holiday Season and want to take this opportunity to say; We are so grateful that you are our members!
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Florida Realtors®: Deck the Halls Safely This Holiday Season

Getting ready to deck the halls for the holidays? As you’re decorating for the season, be sure you’re doing it safely. Here are some tips from Florida Realtors® to help you prepare your home for a happy holiday

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: Prevent a Holiday Fire with These Top...

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is reminding Floridians to take steps to prevent a fire during the holidays. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an annual average of 200 home structure fires start with a Christmas tree resulting in an average of six deaths, 16 injuries and nearly $15 million in damages. In addition, 58 percent of Christmas tree fires occur in January and February when a tree is often neglected and becomes dry.

Caregiver Arrested for Defrauding Medicaid Out of More Than $85,000

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Martin County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a home and community based caregiver for defrauding the Medicaid program out of more than $85,000. According to the MFCU investigation, Luther Jerome Robinson, 50, fraudulently submitted billing records and progress notes for services never provided to several Medicaid recipients.

Congresswoman Wilson Continues Fight to Strengthen Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness

In another initiative to prevent the kind of negligence that led to the deaths of 14 residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson has added important language to the Disaster Recovery Reform Act. The bipartisan legislation, which has been considered and approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, “focuses on improving pre-disaster planning and mitigation to reduce the future loss of life and the rising costs of disasters.”

CFO Jimmy Patronis’ Statement on Florida Community Selected to Host Remotely Piloted Aircraft Headquarters

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis released the following statement on the selection of Tyndall Air Force Base as the preferred location for the MQ-9 Reaper Wing, housing 24 remotely piloted aircrafts headquarters, a mission control element, and a launch and recovery element

Diaz-Balart Holds THUD Appropriations Hearing CDBG-DR Emergency Relief Funds

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, held a subcommittee hearing on the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) supplemental request, with Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development Neal Rackleff serving as a witness.

Miami Homeowner Arrested Following Attempt to Steal $178,200 in Damage Claims

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis and the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced today the recent arrest of Renee De La Maza for insurance fraud and grand theft following her attempt to file a damage claim against a new insurance policy after already receiving a $60,000 insurance payout from her former insurance provider for the same damages.

Diaz-Balart Secures $616 Million in CDBG Recovery Funds for Florida

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released $615,922,000 to the state of Florida as part of the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR).

Diaz-Balart Hosts Member Roundtable on Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, today hosted a roundtable on the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief program

Florida Keys Insurance Agent Charged with Fraud and Grand Theft

CFO Jimmy Patronis and the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced the recent arrest of Richard Joseph Girard, a licensed insurance agent and owner of A-Rated Insurance Group. Girard allegedly submitted a policy application for property insurance for a Key Largo client but provided fictitious supporting documentation that falsified the age of the roof of the property. As a result, Citizens Insurance accepted the application, initiated a policy and Girard received commission on the successful insurance sale

Veterans’ Home in Daytona Beach Has Residential Openings

The Emory L. Bennett State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Volusia County has openings for qualified veterans. The 120-bed skilled nursing facility, located at 1920 Mason Avenue in Daytona Beach, has a number of available rooms for both male and female veterans.

Florida Woman Recruiting Homeless to Pose as Patients Sentenced to Years in Prison

Attorney General Pam Bondi's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today secured a prison sentence for an Orlando woman who exploited homeless men and women to commit Medicaid fraud. Christina Benson, owner of Tranquility Health Care Solutions, bilked Medicaid out of more than $200,000 by billing Medicaid for services not provided and not warranted. Last year, Benson pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid provider fraud, a first-degree felony.

ORRA HOUSING MARKET REPORT – SEPTEMBER 2017

Hurricane Irma helped drive Orlando’s home sales down by nearly 20 percent in September compared to September of last year, reports the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association. In addition, sales decreased by almost 30 percent when compared to last month.

CFO Patronis Deploys Insurance Experts to the Florida Keys

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis today announced that the Department of Financial Services is sending insurance specialists to the Florida Keys to assist with the handling of Hurricane Irma claims.

Attorney General Bondi Takes Action Against Companies Targeting Financially Distressed Floridians

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office filed a complaint against HOA Problem Solutions, Inc., as well as several related companies, for using deceptive and unfair practices to acquire properties from financially distressed homeowners. These Floridians’ homes faced impending homeowners’ association foreclosure auction because of outstanding HOA dues.

Colombians Continue to Register Most South Florida Real Estate Searches

Colombia continues to be the top foreign country searching for South Florida real estate on the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) website, according to new statistics from the nation’s largest local Realtor group. Colombia registered 10.2 percent of all international searches on MIAMI’s portal, www.MiamiRealtors.com, in July 2017.

Realtors Commercial Alliance of MIAMI Hosts 2017 RCA Conference

The Realtors Commercial Alliance of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (RCA MIAMI) will present its 17th annual RCA Conference on Friday, Oct. 13 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Five panels and more than 10 speakers will address how real estate professionals can enhance their business by learning the latest trends in all commercial real estate sectors.

Colombia Tops Miami Real Estate Searches for Fourth Consecutive Month

Colombia continues to be the top foreign country searching for South Florida real estate on the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) website, according to new statistics from the nation’s largest local Realtor group. Colombia registered the most South Florida property searches among all countries on MIAMI’s portal, www.MiamiRealtors.com, in June 2017

Florida Keys: Plan Ahead Before Returning Home to Be Safe

As the reentry process for the Lower Keys begins, FEMA stresses the importance of following guidance from your local officials. Currently only residents, business owners, disaster workers, and supply vehicles with appropriate identification, or re-entry stickers, will be permitted to enter.

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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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Seasons Greetings: MIAMI Holiday Hours

Seasons Greetings from your MIAMI Leaders and theMIAMI Professionals. We wish you and your family the most wonderful Holiday Season and want to take this opportunity to say; We are so grateful that you are our members!

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

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.