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    Colombia Tops All Global Searches for South Florida Real Estate in March

    Colombia leads all foreign countries in searching online 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,, in March 2016. Colombia has now led the rankings for four consecutive months.

    Northeast Florida Association of Realtors Helps Extend Members Paperless Abilities

    The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors is helping its more than 6,500 members extend their paperless capabilities, signing a long-term agreement with Florida Realtors® to provide its Ultimate Edition of Form Simplicity – one of the real estate industry’s most popular and advanced paperless transaction solutions – as a member benefit beginning in July. The announcement was made today during the National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo being held this week in Washington, D.C.

    Solid Waste announces two upcoming household hazardous waste collection events in May

    Lake County Solid Waste is encouraging county residents to dispose of toxic materials in a safe and environmentally sensitive way at two upcoming household hazardous waste collection events in Lady Lake and Groveland.

    Diaz-Balart Committed to Finding Answers on Homeless Grant Award

    This morning, at the request of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro met with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Diaz-Balart’s senior staff to discuss the homeless grant award. HUD’s homeless assistance program has become increasingly competitive as HUD directs more funding to grantees that allocate resources to projects known to deliver better outcomes like permanent housing and rapid re-housing.

    Ross Presents Flag to War Hero at Building Homes for Heroes Ceremony

    U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, released the following statement today after presenting U.S. Army Sergeant Anthony Cala with a U.S. flag and certificate to thank him for his service and congratulate him and his family on their new home gifted by Building Homes for Heroes

    Congressional Homelessness Caucus Holds Briefing on the State of Homelessness in America

    On Thursday, April 28th, the Congressional Homelessness Caucus, Co-Chaired by Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), hosted a briefing on the state of homelessness in the America. The Caucus was joined by representatives of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, which earlier this month released its annual report, the State of Homelessness in America

    Colombia Leads the World in South Florida Real Estate Online Searches – Miami is Most-Searched Market on

    Colombia registered the most global searches for South Florida real estate, according to new statistics from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). The South American nation finished as the top international country using MIAMI’s search portal,, in February 2016. Colombia has now led the rankings for three consecutive months

    Miami Realtors Honored with Innovative Practices Award

    The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) was recently recognized with its fourth International Business Leadership Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. MIAMI won the 2016 Innovative Practices Award, which recognizes the outstanding company making substantial and impactful changes in thinking, products or processes impacting international operations

    Ross’ Pro-consumer, Private Flood Insurance Bill Passes House With Unanimous Vote

    U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, spoke on the House Floor this week before voting with his colleagues today to unanimously pass his legislation, H.R. 2901, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill that encourages the development of a robust private flood insurance market that can offer homeowners more options in terms of pricing and coverage.

    Rubio Meets With State Agency Following Key Step Forward On Water Management

    Rubio: “We were fortunate yesterday to get the Committee to approve, at the Senate level, the Central Everglades Planning Project and obviously we’re hopeful of getting that passed in the full Senate, over in the House and ultimately into law… So there are a lot of moving pieces that all have to fit together and there’s not a single project that takes care of all of it. It has to all happen and one project will build upon another so it’s a complicated issue and it’s gonna take more time. We feel good about the progress, but there’s more work to do.”


    The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act introduced by U.S. Representatives Dennis Ross (FL-15) and Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) with a vote of 419-0. This bipartisan bill will allow competition in the flood insurance marketplace to meet homeowners needs and drive down costs. The bill will now be sent to the Senate for consideration

    Lake County Water Safety Team wins national

    The Lake County Water Safety Team received the National Water Safety Congress Award of Merit, given on March 8 at the International Boating & Water Safety Summit in San Diego, California. Team member William S. Griswold, of Mount Dora, presented the award during the April 14 Lake County Water Safety Advisory Committee’s quarterly meeting.

    Florida Realtors® Tech Helpline Adds 15,000 More New Users

    Tech Helpline, a service owned by the Florida Realtors® and the real estate industry’s number one tech support service for a wide range of software and hardware, hit another growth spurt this month. More than 15,000 real estate professionals in Maine and Pennsylvania now have access to Tech Helpline for the first time, which assists real estate agents and brokers with their smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops, email problems, virus issues and more

    Miami Leader Elected District Vice President of Florida Realtors

    Coral Gables Realtor Christina Pappas is one of 13 district vice presidents serving in the leadership of Florida Realtors®, the state’s largest professional association. The 31-year-old Pappas, who chaired the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals leadership council last year, was elected District Four vice president and is one of the youngest to ever hold the position

    Miami Residential Market Accounts for $1 Billion in Total Sales in March

    Miami-Dade County residential properties registered nearly $1 billion in sales in March as existing single-family homes posted robust price gains, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.

    Former Tampa Funeral Home Owners Arrested for Fraud

    The Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) today announced the recent arrest of two former funeral home owners from the Tampa area, Julio Gonzalez-Roel and Lucia Gonzalez-Roel. This year-long investigation which included the combined efforts of DFS’s Division of Agents and Agency Services and the Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services revealed the couple allegedly concocted a scheme by which they sold pre-need funeral contracts to consumers and then stole the money they collected on those contracts rather than placing the funds into a pre-need trust account as Florida law mandates

    Lake County partners promote safe swimming during Water Safety Month

    Lake County’s Water Safety Advisory Committee, government agencies and private partners are hosting Water Safety Month in May. The events will offer free swimming and CPR demonstrations, life vest education, mock drowning exercises, swimming lesson registration, open swimming, exhibits and more

    Residents encouraged to dispose of household hazardous waste at event in Eustis

    Lake County Solid Waste is encouraging Lake County residents to dispose of toxic materials in a safe and environmentally sensitive way at an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection event. The county’s Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Unit will be on site from 9 a.m. – noon on Thursday, April 28 at the Eustis Square Shopping Center parking lot located at 218 Ardice Ave., Eustis


    U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) made the following statement on yesterday’s report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finding “no significant impact” in transferring authority of the Ten Mile Creek water preserve area from the federal government to the state. Since his first days in office,Murphy has been working with state and federal officials to allow for this transfer so that the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) can turn it into a functional water storage and treatment facility. With this report, the deauthorization moves one step closer to completion, as the SFWMD must now approve the transfer agreement before June 15, 2016.


    Orlando’s homebuying season kicks off with a decline in inventory and an increase in median price. The traditional start to Orlando’s homebuying season — April 1 — finds buyers continuing to grapple with a dwindling inventory that in March pushed home prices up 10 percent and restrained sales by 4 percent.

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