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Helping Clients and Agents in a Low Inventory Market

by Lee Nelson Prepare buyers for steep competition and what they may need to include in their offer. 3 Takeaways: Waiving some contingencies such as an inspection can put buyers at financial risk. Clients need to be emotionally prepared for the possibility of finding a home they didn’t envision. Sometimes putting in an escalation clause [...]

Sarasota County Looking for New COVID-19 Testing Site

Sarasota County Emergency Management on behalf of the Florida Division of Emergency Management is looking for a new site that can be used for COVD-19 testing in Sarasota County. They are looking to us, the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee for assistance in identifying a new site. This is time-sensitive, so if you think [...]

RASM Recognizes ‘Humanitarians’ in Quarter 2

RASM has established a Humanitarian Award to be bestowed quarterly, designed to recognize the Realtors® who are doing great things in our community. We want to show our members and the two-county area that Realtors® make up a large part of our community’s success. In the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic, with businesses closed and [...]

What Brokers Need to Know About Reopening During Coronavirus

Florida Realtors has prepared this guide so real estate brokers ready to open their offices to employees and customers can do so safely. As executive and emergency orders regarding the coronavirus pandemic are expiring and relaxing for many areas of Florida, brokers are wondering whether they can open the doors to their office. The real question is whether [...]

Task Force Makes Recommendations for Vacation Rentals

Gov. DeSantis does not have to follow his task force’s recommendations for reopening the state – but if he does, vacation rentals could return in Phase 2 with restrictions, such as renting only to Fla. residents, a 72-hour hiatus between rentals and mandatory sanitation procedures. ORLANDO, Fla. (May 1, 2020) – Gov. Ron DeSantis created [...]

Feds Issue Paycheck Protection Program Loan Applications

Small businesses and sole proprietors can submit applications starting Friday, and independent contractors can apply starting on April 10. Employers who maintain minimum payroll levels and employees (at least 75% of their average) are eligible for loan forgiveness. ORLANDO, Fla. – The Treasury Department released the application for the SBA 7(a) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) [...]

Governor Issues Statewide Stay-at-Home Order

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 1, 2020)— This afternoon, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order calling for all Floridians to stay home except to obtain essential services. This order is effective tomorrow at midnight. Per the order, residential and commercial real estate, including settlement services, are considered essential. Although members may continue to operate, they are [...]

Gov. Ron DeSantis Suspends Vacation Rentals

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 27, 2020) - In an effort to discourage visitors to the state who may be carrying the coronavirus, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday a two-week suspension of new vacation rentals (30 days or 1 calendar month, whichever is less). The order does not apply to current occupants of vacation rentals. The Executive [...]

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