Yearly Archives: 2016

A Discussion with Assistant Secretary, Gustavo Velasquez

Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Gustavo F. Velasquez will lead a discussion on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) with local leaders and community partners to discuss the AFFH Final Rule and the Assessment of Fair Housing. This will be an opportunity to learn about the new requirements, the Assessment Tool and have questions answered.

South Florida Real Estate School of the Miami Association of Realtors to Host Career...

The South Florida Real Estate School of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) will present Miami’s Premier Real Estate Career Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, September 23 at Jungle Island. South Florida’s top brokerage, mortgage, title and inspection companies will be exhibiting at the event to provide guidance to those looking to launch a real estate career. Admittance is free for real estate professionals and the general public. No registration is required.

Rubio Announces Senate Hearing on Global Ministries Foundation, HUD Inspections Process

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following video statement today after the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs announced its Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development will hold a hearing on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) inspections process. The hearing is scheduled for next Thursday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. EDT in Room 538 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Millions of Florida Homeowners Now Eligible for Low-Cost Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Hurricane...

Clean energy home improvement financing program now available to both residential and commercial property owners in the cities of Orlando, Satellite Beach and Doral, and cities and counties in Broward, Pasco, Pinellas, Alachua, Escambia (commercial only), Indian River, Martin and Palm Beach.

Orlando home sales jump 7 percent; median price rises 14 percent as inventory continues...

Sales of homes in Orlando experienced a year-over-year increase of 7.32 percent for the month of August, reports the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association. The jump occurred amid yet another double-digit decrease in inventory, which continues to contribute to the area’s sustained rise in median price.

TIA receives $5.3M DOT grant for airfield upgrades

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced today that Tampa International Airport received a $5.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for important airfield upgrades. The new infrastructure dollars follow two other significant transportation announcements: New Tampa International Airport flights to Cuba and new, modern buses for HART. All are welcome news for hard-working families and businesses of Tampa Bay.

Colombia Remains the Most Active Country Searching 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,, in July 2016. Colombia has now led the MIAMI rankings for eight consecutive months


The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Miami-Dade is hosting the 2017 Commercial Real Estate Outlook Thursday, September 29, 2016 at noon. The forum which will focus on Florida’s future DNA of commercial real estate will be held at East Miami, 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, FL 33131

Diaz-Balart Receives 2016 Housing Champion Award from Florida Housing Coalition

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after he received the 2016 Housing Champion Award from the Florida Housing Coalition at their 29th annual Affordable Housing Conference.

Broward Housing Council Welcomes New Chair

James Carras, Principal of Carras Community Investment, Inc., was elected Chair of the Broward Housing Council during the Council's meeting on August 26, 2016. Carras will lead the 19-member Council, whose vision statement is that "All residents of Broward County should have opportunities to access safe, decent and affordable housing countywide, which is the cornerstone for healthy, successful and sustainable communities."

Residents encouraged to dispose of household hazardous waste and unwanted medications at event in...

Lake County Solid Waste, in partnership with the Lake County Sheriff's Office, is encouraging Lake County residents to dispose of unwanted household hazardous materials and medications in a safe and environmentally conscious way at an upcoming collection event

Miami Realtors Partners with Realopedia to Promote South Florida in the Middle East

The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and Realopedia as Global Marketing Partners will promote South Florida and the new global real estate portal at the Middle East’s largest and most influential property showcase. MIAMI CEO Teresa King Kinney and MIAMI Chairman Mark Sadek will make a Miami market presentation at the 2016 Cityscape Global event, which will be held Sept. 6-8 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The MIAMI and Realopedia stand (S3A15) will be located at Sheikh Saeed Hall 3.

Miami Realtors Partner with China’s No. 1 International Property Search Portal

The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) has partnered with Juwai, China’s No. 1 international property search portal, to promote MIAMI residential and commercial listings. Asia is one of the fastest-growing segments of South Florida foreign buyers.


Following the landfall of Hurricane Hermine, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater has extended the operating hours of the Department of Financial Services’ Insurance Consumer Helpline. As Floridians assess damages to their property and belongings, they should document damages by taking photographs or shooting video footage and notify their insurance companies as soon as possible.


In the wake of Hurricane Hermine, Floridians affected by the storm must now begin the process of surveying damages to their property and belongings. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier have the following tips to help consumers as they begin the process of filing insurance claims on damaged property and belongings

Lane closures on Channelside Drive, Morgan Street for Infrastructure Improvements to Support Area Development

Lane closures on Morgan Street between Brorein Street and Old Water Street begin on Monday, August 29, 2016 for infrastructure and roadway improvements to support Tampa's growing downtown and redevelopment. Morgan Street will fully reopen in November 2016, weather permitting

Former Nursing Home Employee Arrested for Exploitation of Elderly and Disabled

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Miami-Dade County Police Department today arrested a former nursing home employee for exploitation of the elderly and disabled. Haymee Hernandez, 49, is a former employee at Claridge House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a nursing home located in North Miami.

Miami Homes Experience Nearly Five Years of Price Appreciation

Miami residential properties have experienced almost five years of price appreciation as existing single-family homes and condominiums continue selling close to list price, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.

Robert Muszynski named vice president of finance for the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association

Robert is responsible for administering the financial and cash management affairs of the 12,500-member association. His duties include overseeing the accounting department, preparing for annual budget and audit activities, and serving as the staff liaison to ORRA’s budget/finance and investment committees.

Attorney General Bondi Takes Action to Stop Foreclosure Fraud

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today filed a court action to stop a group of non-lawyers operating an illegitimate foreclosure defense and loan modification...

Popular Government & Nonprofit Press Releases

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,, in May 2016. Colombia has now led the rankings for six consecutive months

Recent Government & Nonprofit Press Releases

Buchanan Slams “Nightmarish” Conditions at VA Nursing Homes

Congressman Vern Buchanan today demanded answers from the Department of Veteran Affairs after reports of deplorable conditions and neglect at VA nursing homes across the nation.