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Hurricane Preparedness

I read your article regarding state money to install hurricane shutters [see “Hurricane Preparation: Hope for the Best but Plan for the Worst,” July/August issue, page 52]. What are the criteria for receiving help, and where I can get more information?

Carla Bjorklund
ERA Neubauer Real Estate
Panama City

Editor’s Note: The Hurricane Damage Mitigation Program, created by the 2006 Florida Legislature, offers free home inspections by qualified hurricane-mitigation inspectors to eligible homeowners. The Florida Department of Financial Services is accepting applications through Nov. 15, 2006, for the free home inspection that must be done before matching funds can be distributed. To apply online, go to If you have questions about the program, call (800) 342-2762.

Realtors® Are Good for Politics
I thoroughly enjoyed the article “Public Policy: Realtors® in Office” [April issue, page 20]. As a former schoolteacher and commercial Realtor, I believe that Realtors bring an important business background to the field of politics, and it was interesting to see that covered.

Jon Kleiber
Richardson Kleiber Walter

Sellers: Keep It Real
I’ve been selling real estate in the Miami Beach area for the past 15 years, and I believe that the biggest obstacle we’re going to face is getting sellers to stop the madness. It’s easy to demand the highest price available with no regard for the buyer’s astronomical new mortgage, newfound taxes with a whopping $25,000 homestead exemption and high insurance costs.

If we all stay real and have a regard for the next in line we’ll be fine. We still live in Paradise.

Maria Perez-Boan
Coldwell Banker
Bay Harbor Island

Thank You to Our Readers!
Thanks to input and expertise from the Realtors® featured in our pages, Florida Realtor magazine won seven top awards in the Florida Magazine Association’s (FMA) 2006 Charlie Awards competition, held Aug. 26 at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

1st-Place Charlie Awards
Best Written Magazine
Best Overall Magazine
Best Special Theme or Show Issue:
The 2006 Real Estate Solutions Guide
Best Column: “Technology & You”
Best Illustration: December 2005 Cover, “Is Your Income on a Wild Ride?”

2nd-Place Silver Award
Best Illustration: July/August 2005 Feature, “Residential Lifestyle Centers”

3rd-Place Bronze Award
Best Column: “Makeover”

The FMA is the professional organization for the state’s publishing industry and represents 236 magazines in Florida.

Be sure to check out The Real Estate Solutions Guide 2007, as a supplement to this issue of Florida Realtor.

Submit letters to “Editor” via e-mail to, mail to P.O. Box 725025, Orlando FL 32872-5025, or fax to (407) 438-1411.

Letters are edited for space and clarity. Publication of a letter does not constitute an endorsement of the writer’s views by the Florida Association of Realtors®.