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FEMA is Seeking Multifamily Properties to Support Disaster Survivors

January 24, 2023 -  FEMA is requesting information from owners of multifamily properties that can be repaired to local, state and federal standards and be offered as temporary housing to survivors of Hurricane Ian. Multifamily properties for consideration should be in and around the coastal communities impacted by Hurricane Ian to include Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, [...]

REALTOR® Association Installs 2023 Officers and Directors

SARASOTA, Fla. (Friday, December 9) – The REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) installed the 2023 officers and directors and recognized nine award winners at their Installation and Awards Banquet on December 8, 2022. Incoming President Brian Tresidder, Strategic Growth and Sales Manager at William Raveis Real Estate, will lead the Association throughout the [...]

2022 Award Winners: Honoring RASM’s finest

The year 2022 has been a roller-coaster year of growth, challenges, and overcoming obstacles. We have been through a lot from an intense housing market to inventory and supply shortages, to a devastating hurricane. As we reflect on our many accomplishments, we are proud to recognize those who have inspired, motivated, and shown tremendous leadership [...]

What to Know Before Negotiating a Purchase Contract with a Pre-Closing or Post-Closing Lease

By: Amanda R. Kison, Esq., Bentley Goodrich Kison, P.A. Both residential and commercial contracts for purchase that involve pre-closing or post-closing leases can be fraught with potential problems. This is because there are several practical issues which make drafting around potential pitfalls challenging. Understanding some of the potential consequences of structuring a transaction with a [...]

A Year in Review: The RASM REALTORS® Charitable Foundation

The RASM REALTORS® Charitable Foundation (RRCF) is the charitable arm of RASM. It was founded in late 2020 as a way to consolidate RASM’s charitable efforts into one Foundation, providing funding for our three core areas: Housing-related non-profits in the Sarasota and Manatee region. College scholarships for members or their immediate family members in the [...]

FEMA and Fla. Open New Disaster Centers

A Disaster Recovery Center – a FEMA-state storm-response partnership – is now open in Collier County, in addition to two in Lee, and one in Charlotte and Sarasota. LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the opening of a new Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Collier County to help Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian. [...]

SBA Opens Business Recovery Center in Hillsborough County, Florida

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that it will open a Business Recovery Center on Monday, Oct. 3 in Tampa, Fla. The BRC is established to provide one-on-one assistance with submitting a disaster loan application for Florida businesses impacted by Hurricane Ian beginning Sept. 23. The Tampa center is the first [...]

Florida REALTORS® Disaster Relief Fund: There When You Need It

REALTORS® helping others in times of need is what this charity is all about. Learn how to give and receive. The Florida Realtors® Disaster Relief Fund was formed as a trust in the state of Florida in August 1992, and since then it has been assisting Realtors and their employees as well as local associations [...]

Disaster Aid Expanding in Ian’s Aftermath

Pres. Biden declared a major disaster in 13 Fla. counties so far. Floridians can apply for help from FEMA, which might also help offset insurance deductibles. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – President Joe Biden declared a major-disaster declaration covering 13 Florida counties early Thursday that could be expanded to more areas as Florida tries to recover from [...]

DBPR Extends Some License Deadlines After Hurricane

Many Fla. real estate licensees who faced a Sept. 30 deadline to renew their license now have an additional month under an emergency order signed by DBPR. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Melanie S. Griffin, Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, signed Emergency Order 2022-01 on Wednesday extending the deadline to Oct. 31 [...]

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