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New Brokerage Start-Up
I’m in search of financial and operating information related to operating a real estate office (e.g., industry operating costs for insurance, office space, advertising, administrative help, things to know and do in operating a real estate office, etc.). Can you point me in the right direction?

Ed McCoy
Watson Commercial Realty
Jacksonville


Editor’s Note: Check out these Florida Realtor® magazine articles: “How to Start Your Own Brokerage” (June 2006 Realtor® Advantage, page 66) and “New Broker Gets New-Business Know-How”(Sept. 2005 Makeover, page 54). Visit the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) online. SBA offers services ranging from one-on-one coaching to a business start-up kit.

FAR’s Legislative Role
I’d like to know how the Florida Association of Realtors® (FAR)decides to back legislation like Amendment 3.

[Editor’s Note: this amendment would require 60 percent voter support (rather than the current 50 percent) to pass any proposed amendment to or revision of the State Constitution].

How could FAR arrive at a decision that would support anything that could defeat the votes and wishes of 59.9 percent of voters? Is that democracy?

This is another example of why blindly donating and following any party, or Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC), isn’t a good idea.

Rarely do FAR and RPAC match my views; so I elect not to donate money. Not all decisions are good ones simply because they protect our profession (to the detriment of issues that are more important than our collective pocketbooks).

Rick Hughes
Michael Saunders & Co.
Sarasota


FAR’s Board of Directors voted to support this amendment some time ago, and no RPAC funds were used in this effort. FAR is a grass-roots organization, and no single person makes its decisions.

The Association is interested in “the Realtor party” and nothing makes us happier than for our members (Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike) to be active in the process.

John Sebree, Vice President

FAR Office of Public Policy
Tallahassee


High Taxes, Insurance a Shame
I’m discouraged by Broward County’s high taxes and higher insurance premiums. It’s a great buyer’s and seller’s market that has been paralyzed by the repercussion of Hurricane Wilma!

I don’t know anyone in my circle of friends, family and co-workers, who can afford to move from a smaller home to a larger one. If we need a larger home, we have to move north because the 2 percent property tax rate and the elevated insurance premiums easily add about $1,000 to a monthly mortgage payment on a $350,000 home.

If our teachers and police continue to leave because they can’t get affordable housing, will the politicians then do something?

Vickie Wish
Coldwell Banker Residential
Coral Springs


Submit letters to “Editor” via e-mail to FLRealtor@far.org, 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®.