New Fla. laws go into effect July 1 (6/30/2015)
A number of real estate-related bills passed by the 2015 Florida Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott become effective tomorrow, July 1.
Environmentalists sue Florida lawmakers over budget (6/23/2015)
The lawsuit claims the Legislature didn’t comply with Amendment 1’s goal and “misappropriated over $300 million” of money that will come from doc stamp taxes.
New Aug. 1 disclosure rules postponed until Oct. 1 (6/18/2015)
CFPB announced the change yesterday, noting that the postponement doesn’t cancel the previously announced enforcement buffer period for “good faith” compliance.
Housing trust funds get boost in state budget (6/18/2015)
Fla. lawmakers are poised to vote on a $78.7 billion state budget tomorrow. It includes $175M for affordable housing – the highest amount in eight years.
Fla. Legislature’s budget stalemate finally ends (6/17/2015)
The House and Senate agreed on a final budget at midnight Monday. It now enters a 72-hour “cooling off period” with a final vote expected Friday.
New Fla. law protects tenants after a foreclosure (6/3/2015)
Gov. Scott signed HB 779 into law. Effective immediately, it gives tenants at least 30 days to vacate a foreclosed home. Scott also vetoed a Citizens ins. bill.
Gov. Scott signs real estate-related bills into law (5/22/2015)
Three bills highlighted in Florida Realtors end-of-session report became law yesterday after the governor signed them. They impact insurance and FREC rules.
Fla. property insurance documents enter computer age (4/7/2015)
A bill passed by the Florida Legislature – Gov. Scott has not yet signed it into law –allows property insurers to send docs via email rather than regular mail.
Fla.’s forced-sale condo rule could change (3/25/2015)
A law intended to speed repairs after a hurricane has been used to force condo owners to sell at a big loss, but the Florida Legislature might offer some relief.
Fla. Senate moves to protect affordable housing (3/19/2015)
A notable win yesterday in Florida Realtors’ efforts to protect the state’s affordable housing trust funds: A Senate committee voted to maintain full funding.
Realtors rock the capital (3/5/2015)
Nearly 1,000 Realtors wearing blue T-shirts with the Realtor logo gathered in Tallahassee’s Capitol Courtyard yesterday to rally for real estate issues.
Horrors highlight need to protect Fla. housing funds (3/3/2015)
An Orlando Sentinel editorial supports full funding for the Florida’s housing trust funds, and cites real-world examples of residents who need housing help.
Sadowski Coalition: Use housing funds for housing (2/27/2015)
A coalition comprised of 30 state groups, including Florida Realtors, released a report yesterday and urged lawmakers to fully fund affordable housing programs.
Amendment 1 plan draws affordable housing concerns (2/19/2015)
If 33% of Fla. doc stamps now fund environmental projects, what happens to affordable housing? It’s under debate, but Realtors believe both deserve full funding.