Yearly Archives: 2016

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.
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Orlando home sales, median price increase along with mortgage rate in November

The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association is one of the largest local trade associations in the state of Florida, with more than 12,000 members in Orange, Seminole, and the surrounding counties.

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

Florida Realtors®: Deck the Halls Safely This Holiday Season

As you’re decking the halls this holiday 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.

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.

Orlando’s First Earth Fare to Anchor Luxury Mixed-Use Project

Crescent Communities, a leading developer in Orlando for more than 20 years, announced today the purchase of a 4.6-acre site slated for a walkable mixed-use development in Downtown Orlando. The site was formerly owned by Orlando Health.

Colombia Leads Miami Real Estate Searches for 10th Consecutive Month

Colombia remains the top foreign country 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 September 2016. Colombia has now led the MIAMI rankings for 10 consecutive months.

Colombia Again Registers Most Foreign Searches for Miami Real Estate

Colombia remains the top foreign country 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 August 2016. Colombia has now led the MIAMI rankings for nine consecutive months.

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

MIAMI Becomes First Realtor Association Awarded NAR Diamond Council Status

The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) is the first and only association in America to be awarded the Diamond Global Business Council Award from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The Diamond award is the highest level of achievement presented by NAR and was awarded to MIAMI on Nov. 5 in Orlando for its unprecedented commitment to excellence in global achievement on behalf of its nearly 45,000 members. MIAMI provides education and services to help its members connect and market their properties worldwide

Mid-Market Miami Single-Family Home Sales Rise in October

Mid-market Miami single-family home sales increased as prices for all properties continued their upward trend in October, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.

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.

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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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MIAMI International Real Estate Congress to Feature Delegates from 12 Countries

Delegates from 12 foreign countries will participate in the 24th annual MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) International Real Estate Congress on Oct. 28-30 at the Biltmore Hotel. More than 300 real estate professionals will attend the prestigious event, which will feature 20 industry speakers, numerous panels and marketing sessions.