Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys’ Council (CFREAC) Partners with Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association (ORRA) for 29th Annual Real Estate Legal Summit

On September 5th, over 150 real estate attorneys and real estate agents from across Central Florida gathered at the Florida Hotel. 

2019 Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar Annual Legislative Update

You may recall that Attorneys’ Real Estate Councils of Florida (Florida ARECS) is a sponsor of the Residential Real Estate & Industry Liaison Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar (RPPTL). Here is a report from their meeting held during 2019 RPPTL Legislative Update in Palm Beach.

2019 Florida Realtors® Convention and Trade Show

REC Members from across the state gathered to network with nearly 4,000 real estate agents at the 2019 Florida Realtors® Convention and Trade Show on August 21st and 22nd at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. 

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On July 23rd the Broward Attorneys’ Real Estate Council hosted a Law Symposium in partnership with the South Broward Board of Realtors® using the new Florida ARECS Standardized Law Symposium materials.  More than 50 real estate agents learned about topics ranging from Emotional Support Animals, Probate and a Comparison of the FRBAR Standard & AS-IS Contracts from REC Member attorneys Khila Khani, Nikeisha Pryor, Michael Quarequio, Nicole Villarroel and Tod Weston.

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New! FIRPTA & 1031 Exchange Seminar

The Fund and Old Republic Exchange have partnered to create a 2-hour seminar addressing the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) and 1031 Exchanges.  If your Real Estate Council would like to host a Realtor® event and would prefer an easy “ready-to-go” program, this might be your solution.

Handling Escrow Disputes: Don’t Be a Cliché

By: Shannon L. Widman, Esq. of Porath & Associates, P.A.

No one wants to see a good deal go bad. As a Realtor® your business plan survives on closed deals, not cancelled deals. Nonetheless, the more deals you do, the more likely you will, at some point, encounter the dreaded escrow dispute.

Report from 2019 Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar Annual Convention

As we reported in the last issue of Council Connections, Attorneys’ Real Estate Councils of Florida (Florida ARECS) is now a sponsor of the Residential Real Estate & Industry Liaison Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar (RPPTL).  

2019 Florida Realtors® Convention and Trade Show

For the third year in a row, Florida ARECS has secured a booth at the Florida Realtors® Convention and Trade Show scheduled for August 21st and 22nd at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.

Lastest REC News

The Bay Area Real Estate Council hosted a presentation on 1031 Exchanges by Janet Schaum of Old Republic Exchange at their quarterly meeting on June 11th at the Centre Club.

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Real Estate Council Sponsors

Many Real Estate Councils are welcoming industry service providers to sponsor their meetings which offer two key benefits.  First, they provide an excellent source of revenue to support REC objectives including CLE seminars and Realtor® outreach events.

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New! Marketing Workshop

The Fund has partnered with Title Tap, an expert in digital marketing for real estate attorneys and title companies, to offer a new hands-on workshop series dedicated to helping you create a plan to attract the business you want.  What happens if your current referral base dries up or business slows down?  We’re glad you asked! 

Lastest REC News

The Fund’s General Counsel Melissa Jay Murphy presented an Industry & Legislative Update to members of the Indian River Real Property Council and their Realtor® guests on April 16th at The Moorings Yacht Club.  The discussion included key Florida legislation on remote online notarization, vacation rentals and lis pendens.  On the federal level, Murphy shared information on the industry’s efforts to change banking and money laundering laws to eliminate the current conflict between state and federal laws related to the cannabis business.

Message from the President

Patricia A. Nugent, President

I hope you enjoyed this year’s Fund Assembly.  If you did not attend, let me take this opportunity to fill you in on some of the activities Florida ARECS engaged in during the event.

Florida Realtors® Legal News Advertising Campaign

Late last year The Fund took another step in its support of Florida ARECS by launching an advertising campaign in the Florida Realtors’ Legal News, a bi-weekly email newsletter that reaches over 105,000 Florida Realtor® members. 

Congratulations to these new REC Presidents for 2019!

Bay Area Real Estate Council  - Scott Fitzpatrick, Owens Law Group, P.A., Ruskin

Broward Attorneys’ Real Estate Council  - John Primeau, Law Firm of John C. Primeau, P.A., Weston

Polk Area Real Estate Council - William T. Link, Jr., Reed Mawhinney & Link, PLLC, Lakeland

Volusia Real Property Council - Joshua C. Wells, Wright & Casey, P.A., New Smyrna Beach

Latest REC News - March

The Attorneys’ Real Estate Council of Miami-Dade County and the North Dade & Beaches Real Estate Council got the year off to a strong start with their annual joint meeting on January 23rd.  The annual event gives attorneys from across one of our largest counties the opportunity to network.  Manuel Farach, Esq., with McGlinchey Stafford in Fort Lauderdale presented his Real Property Case Law Update and Impact on Your Practice.