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Unlicensed Miami Public Adjuster Arrested Following $100,000 Fraudulent Water Claims Scam

The Department of Financial Services’ Division of Investigative and Forensic Services (DIFS), which operates under the direction of Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, today announced the arrest of Julian Garcia-Sellek of Miami on multiple felony fraud and grand theft charges. The arrest follows an investigation that discovered Garcia-Sellek, while acting as an unlicensed public adjuster, allegedly went to great lengths to inflate the costs associated with multiple insurance claims in addition to filing several fraudulent claims to cover water damage that did not exist.

Fla.’s Housing Market: Sales, Median Prices Rise in Nov. 2016

November was a busy month for Florida’s housing market, with more sales, more new listings, rising median prices and fewer all-cash transactions, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Single-family home sales totaled 19,763, up 12.8 percent from November 2015, while townhouse-condo sales totaled 7,794, up 4.1 percent compared to a year ago

New Home Source Professional Launches New Mobile Site

Finding your client’s new construction dream home is now easier than ever with the new and improved mobile site from New Home Source Professional, a BeachesMLS technology benefit from the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches.

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Passage of WRDA

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement after the passage of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act

Clawson Supports WIIN Act to Fund Water Projects Vital to South Florida

Last week, the House of Representatives passed S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, with a vote of 360-61. This bill is the compromise legislation to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), both of which authorized over $1.9 billion for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP).

Ros-Lehtinen Discusses Plans For New VA Outpatient Clinic With Leaders Of Homestead Air Reserve...

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) made the following statement following her meeting with leaders of Homestead Air Reserve Base and the Miami VA Medical Center to discuss proposed plans for a new Miami VA outpatient clinic. Present in the meeting were Colonel David P. Garfield, Chief Master Sergeant Frederick A. Becking, Colonel Alan C. Teauseau, as well as Paul Russo, Director of the Miami VA Medical Center. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor announces $1.6 million in recovered federal benefits for Tampa Bay...

With the help of U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14), hundreds of veterans, seniors, troops, families and neighbors in the Tampa Bay area recovered more than $1.6 million in unpaid federal benefits in 2016. Nearly half—$773,132—was owed to our local veterans for benefits they have earned.

Diaz-Balart Supports Legislation to Invest in Everglades Funding, Water Infrastructure

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the passage of S.612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act

MURPHY VOTES TO AUTHORIZE CEPP, CALLS ON SENATE TO ACT BEFORE ADJOURNING

U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) voted in support of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, which included language authorizing the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) to send more clean water south. The WIIN Act combines portions of the House and Senate versions of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that both chambers previously passed.

MURPHY: MY COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY, FLORIDA, AND OUR NATION WILL ALWAYS CONTINUE

Last night, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) took to the House floor to reflect on his four years serving the people of Florida's 18th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Murphy is retiring from the House at the end of the 114th Congress. To view his full remarks, click here or below.

Bilirakis Urges U.S. House to Pass Flooding Relief Provision

U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) took to the House floor today to support a flooding relief provision in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). The WIIN Act promotes public-private partnerships for dredging projects, helping the Army Corps successfully finish them at lower costs and paving the way for completing the Anclote River Dredging project in Tarpon Springs.

THUD Appropriations Chairman Diaz-Balart Statement on Nomination of Dr. Ben Carson as HUD Secretary

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after President-elect Donald Trump nominated Dr. Ben Carson to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

THUD Appropriations Chairman Diaz-Balart Reacts to Elaine Chao’s Nomination as DOT Secretary

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after President-elect Donald Trump nominated former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to serve as Transportation Secretary in his administration.

Unlicensed Miami Insurance Agent Charged with 72 Felony Counts and Stealing more than $48,000...

The Florida Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Division of Investigative and Forensic Services announced today the recent arrest of George Garcia, 69, following his alleged unlicensed insurance activity that resulted in the theft of at least $48,507 in escrow payments from 10 unsuspecting South Florida homeowners

Fla.’s Housing Market: Median Prices Continue to Rise in Oct. 2016

Florida’s housing market reported higher median prices and fewer all-cash sales in October, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Shortfalls in inventory continued to impact sales statewide: Single-family home sales totaled 20,194, down 5.3% from October 2015, while townhouse-condo sales totaled 7,955, down 12.3 percent compared to a year ago

Wasserman Schultz Statement on the Passage of the Iran Sanctions Extension Act

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement today after the passage of H.R. 6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act

New AARP report highlights significant out-of-pocket costs for family caregivers

A new AARP report issued today details the out-of-pocket costs for caregivers in the United States – on average, family caregivers are spending 20 percent of their total income on caregiving expenses. This builds on last year’s AARP family caregiving report, which revealed the number of family caregivers in the United States – about 40 million, with Florida home to nearly 2.7 million of these caregivers.

The Internal Audit Department released its Housing/HOPWA Funding Audit 16-12

The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) is a federal program managed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide housing assistance and supportive services for low-income people living with AIDS. HUD provides funding for this program in the form of grants, and grantees include cities, nongovernmental organizations, and other entities.

Some Lake County government offices and services to close for Veterans Day

All offices of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector will be closed Friday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day

Diaz-Balart Recognized by Homeless Trust with Change Maker Award

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, was today recognized with the Change Maker Award by the Homeless Trust. Diaz-Balart, who has served in this role since 2014, has worked with his colleagues to provide additional opportunities for Broward, Collier, Hendry, and Miami-Dade Counties to compete for federal grants. Diaz-Balart has prioritized housing programs that serve the most vulnerable in our community, including homeless and voucher programs.

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

Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices, increased pending sales and more new listings in January, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 16,779 last month, up 5.2 percent from January 2016