Yearly Archives: 2016

Robin Webb

Orlando REALTOR® to be installed as 2017 president of worldwide commercial real estate organization

The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association is proud to announce that ORRA member Robin Webb, NAI Realvest, has been announced as incoming president of the CCIM Institute. “Having an Orlando REALTOR® in such a position of influence within the CCIM Institute indicates that Orlando’s commercial real estate industry is vibrant and sophisticated,” says 2017 ORRA President-elect Lou Nimkoff, Brio Real Estate Services.

Unlicensed Miami Insurance Agent Charged with 72 Felony Counts and Stealing more than $48,000...

The Florida Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Division of Investigative and Forensic Services announced today the recent arrest of George Garcia, 69, following his alleged unlicensed insurance activity that resulted in the theft of at least $48,507 in escrow payments from 10 unsuspecting South Florida homeowners

Fla.’s Housing Market: Median Prices Continue to Rise in Oct. 2016

Florida’s housing market reported higher median prices and fewer all-cash sales in October, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Shortfalls in inventory continued to impact sales statewide: Single-family home sales totaled 20,194, down 5.3% from October 2015, while townhouse-condo sales totaled 7,955, down 12.3 percent compared to a year ago

Wasserman Schultz Statement on the Passage of the Iran Sanctions Extension Act

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement today after the passage of H.R. 6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act

Orlando median price continues its upward trend as sales and inventory slip

The median price of Orlando area homes rose 14 percent year-over-year in October. Meanwhile, sales decreased 8 percent as inventory took its greatest year-over-year tumble in 2016 and dropped by 12 percent

New AARP report highlights significant out-of-pocket costs for family caregivers

A new AARP report issued today details the out-of-pocket costs for caregivers in the United States – on average, family caregivers are spending 20 percent of their total income on caregiving expenses. This builds on last year’s AARP family caregiving report, which revealed the number of family caregivers in the United States – about 40 million, with Florida home to nearly 2.7 million of these caregivers.

The Internal Audit Department released its Housing/HOPWA Funding Audit 16-12

The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) is a federal program managed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide housing assistance and supportive services for low-income people living with AIDS. HUD provides funding for this program in the form of grants, and grantees include cities, nongovernmental organizations, and other entities.

Miami Mid-Market Home Sales Increase in 3Q

Mid-market Miami single-family homes posted increased sales in the third quarter as 17 Miami neighborhoods registered year-over-year home sales gains and median prices rose for the 19th consecutive quarter, according to a new report by the 44,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the local Multiple Listing Service systems.

Some Lake County government offices and services to close for Veterans Day

All offices of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector will be closed Friday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day

Diaz-Balart Recognized by Homeless Trust with Change Maker Award

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, was today recognized with the Change Maker Award by the Homeless Trust. Diaz-Balart, who has served in this role since 2014, has worked with his colleagues to provide additional opportunities for Broward, Collier, Hendry, and Miami-Dade Counties to compete for federal grants. Diaz-Balart has prioritized housing programs that serve the most vulnerable in our community, including homeless and voucher programs.

Fla.’s Housing Market: Median Prices, New Listings Up in 3Q 2016

Florida’s housing market reported rising median prices, more new listings and fewer days to a sales contract during the third quarter of 2016, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 71,857 in 3Q 2016, almost the same level (down 0.4 percent) as during 3Q 2015

Polls Show Sharp Momentum Shift on Florida Amendment 1

Polls conducted this past week indicate a sharp momentum shift on the anti-solar Amendment 1 ballot initiative in Florida. As public backlash mounts, the electric utility interests funding the deceptively worded amendment have doubled down, reportedly spending another $3.5 million to continue to deceive Floridians

CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Record-Breaking Unclaimed Property Returns

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced that the Florida Division of Unclaimed Property, which operates under the direction of the CFO and the Department of Financial Services, completed another record-breaking month of returns in October. During October, the Division processed and paid more than $33 million in claims. Nearly 58,000 claims were processed and the resulting funds were returned back to the rightful owners. The previous highest month on record with $32.1 million returned was February 2016.

Lake County to present its State of the County program on Tuesday, Nov. 8

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners will present its State of the County program at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in the County Commission Chambers of the Lake County Administration Building, located at 315 W. Main St., Tavares.

Demand Increases for Mid-Market Miami Single-Family Homes

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

Fla.’s Housing Market Shows Rising Median Prices in Sept. 2016

Florida’s housing market reported more new listings, increased median prices and fewer all-cash closed sales in September, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors

U.S. Rep. Castor’s statement on reported deceptive strategy behind FL’s solar amendment

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) released the statement below following the reported deceptive strategy behind Florida’s solar amendment. “I represent the State of Florida on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee and have a bird’s-eye view of energy policy across America.

Broward’s “A Way Home” Homeless Initiative Awarded $437,000

This month, the Florida Department of Children and Families' Office of Homelessness completed its annual State Emergency Solutions Grant ("ESG"), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ("TANF") Prevention Assistance, Challenge Grant awards for Fiscal Year 2017. Broward County's "A Way Home" Continuum of Care has been awarded $200,000 in ESG funds; $31,500 in TANF Prevention funds; and $205,500 in Challenge Grant funds for a total of $437,000 in new funding to our community


U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) called on the Army Corps and FEMA to work together to repair damage to Florida's beaches following Hurricane Matthew to protect the coastline and mitigate future damage. Strong shorelines and dunes provide vital barriers to protect lives and property from storm surges and beach restoration is found to have a high return on investment

Orlando home sales increase 3 percent as median price continues upward march and climbs...

The median price of Orlando homes rose 12 percent year-over-year in September, while sales increased by 3 percent. The supply of homes available for purchase in the Orlando area slid downward by 10 percent.

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.