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Fla.’s Housing Market: Median Prices Rise in Dec. 2016

Florida’s housing market reported higher median prices and fewer all-cash sales in December, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 22,332 last month, up 0.8 percent from December 2015

Realtors® Commercial Alliance Installs 2017 Officers and Directors

At its 2017 Annual Installation, the Realtors® Commercial Alliance Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast (RCA), a division of the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB), announced Scott Field of Realty Associates as President. Other officers installed for a 1-year term include: Ken Duke of Illustrated Properties Commercial as President-Elect, Robert Goldstein of Hospitality Consultants as Secretary, Christina Morrison of Carmel Real Estate and Management as Treasurer, and Douglas Rooks of Century 21 All Professional as Treasure Coast Chairman.

Florida Realtors® 2017 Real Estate Trends: What’s Ahead for Fla. Real Estate?

The real estate market plays a vital role in Florida’s growth, and figuring out what lies ahead in 2017 is a key question for policymakers, residents and Realtors®. Several highly respected and nationally known economists will share their insights at Florida Realtors® 2017 Florida Real Estate Trends on Jan. 26, 2017, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

PLF’s Mark Miller To Receive Florida Bar Award

Pacific Legal Foundation today announced that Mark Miller, managing attorney with PLF’s Atlantic Center office in Palm Beach Gardens, will receive the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award at a ceremony on January 19.  Miller will be one of 21 lawyers from across the state recognized for their work on behalf of pro bono clients.  The ceremony will take place at the Supreme Court of Florida, in Tallahassee, and the presentation will be made by Florida Bar President William J. Schifino, Jr

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson Appointed to Serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committe

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson released the following statement on her appointment to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee:

Ros-Lehtinen Disappointed That New F-35A Fighter Jets Will Not Be Stationed At Homestead Air...

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) made the following statement regarding the announcement that the first Reserve-led F-35A program will not be stationed at Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB). In 2016, Ros-Lehtinen led two bipartisan letters to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James advocating for the placement of this program at HARB

Diaz-Balart Will Continue to Serve as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation,...

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the House Republican Steering Committee approved his re-appointment as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations for the 115th Congress

Hastings Introduces 15 Measures on the First Day of the 115th Congress

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) introduced 15 pieces of legislation on the floor of the House of Representatives. The measures address a  variety of issues including homelessness, gun violence, social security reform, animal welfare, foreign affairs, and national security. Refinance Mortgage

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

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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