Laws & Taxes

Laws & Taxes

Public Meeting on the Implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Tallahassee, FL - May 15, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Florida Housing will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 in Tallahassee. The purpose of the meeting is to receive comments and suggestions from interested persons relative to the methodology to be used regarding the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

Florida Realtors® Support Push to Advance Homebuyer Tax Credit Aid

ORLANDO, FL - April 07, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Finding a way to turn a new $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers into money that they can use right away for a downpayment would spark the recovery of Florida’s housing market and boost the state’s economy, says Cynthia Shelton, 2009 president of the Florida Association of Realtors® (FAR).

Temporary Injunction Obtained in Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Lawsuit

TALLAHASSEE, FL - March 30, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Attorney General Bill McCollum today obtained a temporary injunction against Lincoln Lending Services, LLC and owner Rita Gomez, prohibiting the company from engaging in any type of consumer-debt related service or mortgage modification service and from taking payment from consumers for such services until further order of the court. The company will also be required to preserve and allow inspection of its records and refrain from liquidating its assets.

Martinez Announces First-Time Homebuyer Forum in Miami

WASHINGTON - March 20, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) today announced a First-Time Homebuyer Forum Saturday, March 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to be held at Miami Dade College in Miami, FL. The seminar will provide information about down payment assistance programs, applying for a FHA loan, first-time homebuyer tax credits, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, buying a HUD home, and credit counseling.

Energy Tax Credit to Generate $6 Billion in Remodeling Jobs

March 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Energy Star has published comprehensive information on how the housing industry and consumers can take advantage of the federal tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements in the new economic stimulus package.

Florida Realtors Applaud New Tax Credit, Housing Aid

ORLANDO, Fla. - March 03, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — An $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers is a step in the right direction toward revitalizing Florida’s housing market and stimulating the state’s economy, says Cynthia Shelton, 2009 president of the Florida Association of Realtors® (FAR).

Tax Credit Gives Consumers 8,000 Reasons to Buy

February 25, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The new economic stimulus legislation signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17 contains several provisions that will be beneficial for members – and help stimulate demand for housing.

Florida Association of Realtors Urges Lawmakers to Consider Housing Issues and Protect Florida’s Future

TALLAHASSEE, FL - January 09, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — As the Florida Legislature meets in special session this week to balance an additional $2.3 billion budget shortfall because of declining revenues in the current recession, Florida Realtors® urge lawmakers to weigh their options carefully and consider Florida’s economic future.

Realtors Rally in Orlando

WASHINGTON, October 07, 2008 - (RealEstateRama) — WHAT: 2008 REALTORS Conference & Expo WHEN: November 7-10, 2008 WHERE: Orlando, Fla. There is still time for members of...

Florida Tax Exemptions Advance

U.S. Senate extends ability of Floridians to deduct sales and property taxes WASHINGTON - October 03, 2008 - (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL)...

FAR launches ‘Give Me 5 for Florida’s Future’ to support Amendment 5

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – July 22, 2008  – With the bipartisan support of State Reps. Frank Attkisson (R-Kissimmee) and Darryl Rouson (D-St. Petersburg), the Florida...

Amendment 5 to have its day in court

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – If Florida voters pass Amendment 5 in November, property taxes will drop by 25-40 percent, but the amendment must first face...

Lawsuit filed to keep Amendment 5 off ballot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Opponents of Amendment 5 filed a lawsuit late Thursday claiming that it’s “misleading” and “reckless.” However, FAR Vice President of Public Policy John...

Crist signs real estate bills into law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Charlie Crist signed one of FAR’s top legislative initiatives yesterday: Florida’s “highest and best use” property assessment standard will become...

New law allows landlords to charge liquidated damages

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Florida landlord can now charge liquidated damages or an early termination fee under a bill signed last week by Gov....

Sinking dollar gives foreigners ‘upper hand’

MIAMI – March 11, 2008 – From atop any gleaming, half-sold condo project, South Florida’s housing market looks bleak. Viewed from abroad, it looks brighter. Just...

Florida Realtors Remind Residents to File for Homestead Exemption, Property Tax Portability

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 27, 2008 — Do you live in a home you bought in 2007? Then you’ll want to apply for a $50,000...

Tax and budget reform panel approves McKay sales tax proposal

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jan. 18, 2008 – A committee of the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission on Thursday gave first approval to a...

It’s Not the Sun, It’s the Taxes; Florida’s Triple Tax Advantage for Snowbirds May...

BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Many snowbirds with homes both in Florida and a northern state already have a big tax advantage...

CRIST CONTINUES TO PROMOTE TAX CUTTING AMENDMENT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As absentee ballots for the upcoming January 29th election are hitting mailboxes, "Yes on 1 Save our Homes NOW" today announced...

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

Recent Government & Nonprofit Press Releases

Florida Keys: Plan Ahead Before Returning Home to Be Safe

As the reentry process for the Lower Keys begins, FEMA stresses the importance of following guidance from your local officials. Currently only residents, business owners, disaster workers, and supply vehicles with appropriate identification, or re-entry stickers, will be permitted to enter.