Yearly Archives: 2016

Home in Sarasota, Fla., Recognized in National Design Competition

Lotus on Orange in Sarasota, Fla., has been selected as the South Atlantic regional winner of the 2015 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

Nelson asks feds to look into state’s management of Hardest Hit fund

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) today asked the federal government to look into Florida’s handling of the $1 billion Hardest Hit mortgage assistance program, and provide guidance as needed. Nelson made the request in a letter sent today to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. His request comes on the heels of a recent report by the Tampa Bay Times finding that tens of thousands of Florida homeowners seeking assistance through the program are still waiting for help.

Rubio Demands Action From HUD For Eureka Garden Residents

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today issued the following statement regarding allegations of lead poisoning at the Eureka Garden HUD housing complex in Jacksonville, FL

Hunt Mortgage Group Refinances a Multifamily Property Located in Tampa, Florida

Hunt Mortgage Group, a leader in financing commercial real estate throughout the United States, announced today that it has provided a $39.4 million Freddie Mac loan to refinance a multifamily property located in Tampa, Florida

Household hazardous waste and unwanted medications to be collected in Minneola

The Lake County Solid Waste Division, 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.

Florida Realtors® 2016 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 2016 is a key question for policymakers, residents and Realtors

Coalition Declares ‘Cold Night’ to Better Serve Homeless Men, Women and Children

Due to forecasted low temperatures, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida has declared Tuesday, January 19, 2016 a “Cold Night.” This means that the Coalition will not refuse any person seeking shelter from the cold, regardless of space.

Orlando housing market ends 2015 with a 15 percent increase in annual sales; 9...

Orlando’s 2015 median price ($178,788) finished a healthy 9.02 percent higher than the 2014 annual median price ($164,000), thanks to a full 12 months of year-over-year price increases. Sales for 2015 finished 15.46 percent above the cumulative total sales for 2014. “We saw several significant trends in 2015,” says Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association President John Lazenby, Colony Realty Group, Inc., “most notably a very active and extended spring-summer homebuying season that saw year-over-year increases leap as high as 40 percent in July.

Ross Makes Headway With Legislation to Lower Cost of Flood Insurance Policies

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, released the following statement after showcasing his legislation, H.R. 2901, that helps provide homeowners additional flood insurance options and lowers the cost of flood insurance policies during multiple House Financial Services Committee hearings this week

County Manager David Heath names Jeff Cole as new Public Resources Director

“We are thrilled to welcome Jeff to the team,” said County Manager David Heath. “With Jeff’s breadth of knowledge and experience in working in the public sector on quality of life issues, we are confident he is the perfect fit for the position of Public Resources Director.”

FinCEN Takes Aim at Real Estate Secrecy in Manhattan and Miami

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today issued Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) that will temporarily require certain U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind companies used to pay “all cash” for high-end residential real estate in the Borough of Manhattan in New York City, New York, and Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Do-It-Yourself Home Improvement Scholarships Available

Home improvement scholarships are now available to qualified City of Tampa Water Department customers through a partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools. The next eight-week (16 sessions) Home Improvement course starts Tuesday, January 26, from 6-9 p.m. Classes are being taught at the D.G. Erwin Technical Center (HiTEC) located at 2010 East Hillsborough Avenue. Seating is limited

John Lazenby Installed as 2016 President of the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association

The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association officially inducted member John Lazenby, Colony Realty Group, Inc., as 2016 president at its Annual Awards and Inaugural gala

Record Participation as MIAMI Realtors Meet with Legislators in Tallahassee

The nation’s largest local Realtor organization will bring nearly 100 members, an association record, to Tallahassee to discuss significant legislative issues impacting the South Florida real estate market. The representatives of the 41,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) will meet with state legislators Jan. 12-13 during the 46th annual Great American Realtor Days

MIAMI International Real Estate Congress Attracts Foreign Delegates, Industry Speakers

The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® (SDAR) co-presented the 21st annual International Real Estate Congress on Nov. 8-11 in Miami and San Diego. About 50 foreign delegates from 15 different countries networked and collaborated with more than 400 U.S. and foreign real estate professionals in both cities

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.