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Fair housing best practices and alerts

Watch the video above as Florida Realtors General Counsel Margy Grant explains what steering is, how to avoid it and how much it could cost you in a lawsuit. The bottom line is federal law prohibits steering customers toward or away from certain properties based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

Download these print-ready card templates that can be printed out and given customers and colleagues. 

August 23, 2017: Rider B. Homeowner’s Association/Community Disclosure redline available 
Rider B, part of the Comprehensive Riders to the Florida Realtors/Florida Bar Residential Contract for Sale and Purchase, will be revised on Sept. 26, 2017. Please review the second page of the redline version as it is completely new.

Also note: All form numbers for the entire compendium of Comprehensive Riders will be changed from the current CR-4s, to CR-5s on Sept. 26. In addition, the redlined HOA disclosure shows "editing bubbles" that should be ignored.

Legal Updates: 2017 Florida Realtors Convention & Trade Expo

Download this PowerPoint presentation for an overview of the Legal Update session during the 2017 Florida Realtors Convention & Trade Expo. The session featured risk management topics that Realtors need to watch out for in the field, followed by an update on Professional Standards.

March 22, 2017: Redline/Blackline versions of FloridaRealtors/FloridaBar Residential Contract and As Is companion  

The 2017 revisions to the FloridaRealtors/FloridaBar Residential Contract and its As Is companion are limited. The most significant change is to the financing paragraph, (terms were changed, as were the parties' right to terminate after loan approval date expires, if the loan was not obtained). Paragraph 9(c) now provides municipal lien search parameters. Several tweaks were added to seller's obligations where there are permit or building code issues as well as other housekeeping modifications.

Live versions of these updated contracts will be available through Form Simplicity and other forms vendors on April 4, 2017. 


May 20, 2016: ADA Compliant Websites and What You Need to Know

April 7, 2016: HUD's no-convict rule: Do's and don'ts

Screening by housing providers may need to change. Read NAR's legal brief here. 


Department of Financial Services Ruling

Updated contracts due to legislative changes 

Update Feb. 4, 2016: Due to legislative changes to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (“FIRPTA”), Standard V (FIRPTA ) of the Florida Realtors/Florida Bar Residential Contract For Sale And Purchase form and its AS IS companion have been revised. The revision dates and form numbers also reflect these updates.  The Florida Realtors Contract for Residential Sale and Purchase (CRSP-14a) FIRPTA Addendum has also been revised.  The revised forms will be released on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.  

View the redline or highlighted contract versions:

Updated Contracts as a result of CFPB Regulations     

Update Oct. 3, 2015: The Florida Realtors/Florida Bar Residential Contract, its AS IS companion, three of its Riders, the Florida Realtors Residential Contract, and one of its addenda have been revised and are now live on Form Simplicity and through other forms vendors. Changes are minimal and are a result of new CFPB regulations impacting the lending industry.

Redlined versions of the forms – with changes indicated – are available for download below for review.

The previous versions of these forms have been removed from Form Simplicity.  Please note, with regard to the FloridaReators/FloridaBar forms, format is not yet final, including placement of asterisks. 

Redline or highlighted versions:

Summary of revisions:


Oct. 20, 2014: Updated redline/highlighted residential contracts

Please note:
The Florida Realtors/Florida Bar Residential Contract, its AS IS companion and several of the Comprehensive Riders are now live and available in Form Simplicity and through other forms vendors. Changes are minimal and are a result of marketplace issues or law changes.

We are providing redline/highlighted versions of the forms – with changes indicated – and a summary of the changes. The "Talking Contract" will soon be available again, and will include the revisions.

Redline or highlighted versions

Summary of Revisions


File Complaint/Arbitration Request
NAR links for Professional Standards information:

National Association of Realtors links: – For consumers

RPR: Realtors Property Resource

Property Management 

The Fair Credit Reporting Act has been amended.  Effective July 21, 2011, if you take action that requires you to provide a Notice of Adverse Action and the adverse action is based in whole or in part on a numerical credit score,  you must now also provide the consumer a written or electronic disclosure that includes the following additional information:

  • A  numerical credit score
  • The range of possible credit scores under the model used
  • All of the key factors that adversely affected the credit score of the consumer in the model used, the total number of which shall not exceed 4
  • The date on which the credit score was created
  • The name of the person or entity that provided the credit score or credit file upon which the credit score was created
Document Downloads

Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Assistance Animals

Steps Under FS 475.25(1)(d)1 for Escrow Disputes

Attorney General letter interpreting 475.42 (1)(d), Florida Statutes

This document outlines circumstances when a sales associate may be paid directly. 

FREC final order payment of commissions
This FREC final order states that a sales associate may be paid commission directly at closing upon the broker’s written authorization identifying the transaction, the sales associate to be paid and the amount of commission to be paid.

Can-do's for unlicensed assistants
Do you have a personal assistant? FREC has provided these new guidelines for activities an unlicensed assistant may legally undertake.