Is it Time to Step Up Your Marketing?

By: Rene’ Rutan, Manager, Events & Affiliate, REC & Realtor® Relations

After a year of historic real estate activity fueled by a combination of demographics and the pandemic, the Florida real estate market appears to be taking a pause.  Add to that, a flurry of interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve, to get a handle on the highest inflation in 40 years, and you’ve got yourself a good old fashioned economic slowdown.  While you may not want to celebrate that, it does present some opportunities to focus on aspects of your practice that you may have been neglecting – like Marketing.

Realtor® News

The Polk Area Real Estate Council held its Annual Attorney/Realtor Mixer at Nineteen61 in Lakeland on October 6th.  The event, which is coordinated with Lakeland Realtors® offered over 60 area real estate agents an opportunity to network with local real estate attorneys, and to hear a presentation addressing common issues leading to closing delays and failures.

Latest REC News

On September 22nd, the Attorneys’ Real Estate Council of Palm Beach County hosted their first in-person event in over two years.  Members gathered for a fun-spirited event offering members a chance to engage with each other at Rocco’s Tacos in Palm Beach Gardens.  The Fund’s Real Estate Council Relations Manager Rene’ Rutan and Fund Business Advisors Bonnie Heffernan, Susan Hosier and Betty White presented an overview of resources available to Market Your Firm in a Changing Real Estate Market.

ALTA Forms Page on TheFund.com

By now, you are probably aware that the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) approved the 2021 ALTA Title Insurance Forms for use effective October 3, 2022.  Use of the new forms will be required after a short transition period and here are a few key resources that will help you prepare for that change.

Local Real Estate Councils Leadership Updates

By: Rene’ Rutan, Manager, Events & Affiliate, REC & Realtor® Relations

Summer brings outdoor grilling, hot days and lots of rainy afternoons, but it also brings a second wave of Annual Meetings and Elections. Here are some of the Real Estate Council leadership changes taking place around the state.

Realtor® News

By Bob Rohan, Fund Regulatory Compliance Counsel

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) trade association is organized into 54 state and territorial associations and more than 1,200 local associations. These associations run approximately 600 multiple listing services (MLSs) nationwide. MLS member real estate agencies must adhere to NAR policies such as those found in NAR’s “Handbook on Multiple Listing Policy.”

Latest REC News

The Attorneys’ Real Estate Council of Miami-Dade County hosted their August Meeting at Town Kitchen & Bar, which featured a presentation entitled, Commercial Loans: Conforming, Non-Conforming & P.A.C.E. by Isi Riguero, Southeast Florida Manager of Commercial Real Estate Lending, Bank OZK.

Florida ARECS Leadership Guide

Becoming a leader of a Real Estate Council can be filled with challenges but there is a way to make it a lot easier. 

Real Estate Councils at Fund Assembly

By: Rene’ Rutan, Manager, Events & Affiliate, REC & Realtor® Relations

The Real Estate Councils were everywhere at Assembly!

Realtor® News

In March, The Fund and Florida ARECS joined forces to present March Madness of Education to over 400 real estate agents across Florida.  March Madness was a series of three of our most in-demand Realtor-focused programs.

Latest REC News

Manny Farach, presented his very popular Annual Real Estate and Business Case Law Update to the Polk Area Real Estate Council on May 5th.

Resource Feature

Tips on Buying a Home in Florida & Tips on Selling a Home in Florida

One of our most popular publications, Tips for Buying a Home in Florida and Tips for Selling a Home in Florida have been updated! 

BLOG and Florida Realtors® Legal News Advertising Campaign

If you have not read the Florida ARECS Blog recently, you need to check it out!  We discuss a variety of topics of interest to REC Member Attorneys, Realtors and consumers.  We encourage you to read our latest post, Whose Property Is It Anyway: Heirs Property and Its Impact on Underserved Communities, written by Brenda Ezell of the Ezell Law Firm in Jacksonville.

Latest REC News

The Attorneys’ Real Estate Council of Miami-Dade and North Dade & Beaches REC held their annual joint meeting featuring Manny Farach’s Business & Real Estate Case Law Update

Realtor® News

Members of both the Attorneys’ Real Estate Council of Palm Beach County and the Broward Attorneys’ Real Estate Council continue to participate in New Realtor® Orientations for the Realtors® of Broward, Palm Beach & St. Lucie. 

More REC Leadership News

By: Rene’ Rutan, Manager, Events & Affiliate, REC & Realtor® Relations

Please congratulate the following new leaders and their organizations.  We hope you have a great 2022!