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  • Citizens Backs Study on Fla. Property Insurance Market March 27, 2020
    The state-owned “insurer of last resort” will pay FSU to conduct a study. The goal: To determine how the steady rise in Fla.’s property insurance rates can be slowed.
  • Fannie, Freddie Unveil Easy-to-Use Mortgage Help March 27, 2020
    The mortgage giants that back over half of all U.S. mortgages will allow owners to skip two mortgage payments for any reason and add them to the end-date of their loan.
  • HUD Awards $40M for Fair Housing – $2.3M Goes to Fla. March 27, 2020
    The grants support fair housing enforcement, education and outreach activities, including funds for testing rental and sales markets, and filing fair housing complaints.
  • Note to Local Leaders: Real Estate is an Essential Service March 27, 2020
    As governments mandate closures to lower COVID-19 cases, they must identify “essential services.” Real estate is not only a “roof over your head,” it’s the economy’s best bet for staving off recession; each Fla. sale adds an estimated $78K to the state’s economy.
  • How Does Business Interruption Insurance Work? March 27, 2020
    Businesses that have been paying for business interruption policies that don’t exclude pandemics should be covered, says an insurance lawyer based in New Orleans.
  • A Good Time to Upgrade Tech? Here Are 550 Options March 27, 2020
    From marketing to organization to contracts, tech does it all, but the sheer number of products is confusing. To get started, check T3 Sixty’s list organized by function.
  • Realtors Covered in $2T Economic Relief Package March 26, 2020
    It’s not a done-deal quite yet – the House is expected to vote Friday and the president must sign it – but NAR announced a major win. The bill includes unemployment insurance (up to 39 weeks) for independent contractors and $350B toward small business loans from the SBA.
  • Fla. Court Backs Rental Platforms in Tax Dispute March 26, 2020
    Should tech platforms such as Airbnb collect tourism bed taxes? Palm Beach County’s appraiser said yes, but an appeals court calling them “conduits” ruled against her.
  • NAR Urges Passage of Remote Notarization Bill March 26, 2020
    A new bill introduced in the Senate would pave the way for remote notarizations across state borders and make it easier to complete transactions.
  • Computer Viruses Also Increase as More Work from Home March 26, 2020
    In a digital-meets-real-world problem, computers with less security in homes are being targeted, and the entrance method is often an email link related to COVID-19.