Florida Home Insurance Rates – and Lawsuits – Keep Climbing

 It’s likely you received another rude surprise when you opened your latest home insurance bill this year. Rates for most Florida homeowners are continuing to rise despite reforms enacted last spring by the state legislature that were intended to curtail abusive lawsuits by third-party repair contractors and their attorneys. Instead […]

Florida Lawmakers Focus On Climate Change

On Monday, Florida lawmakers dug into issues involving climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, phrases mostly kept under wraps by state Republican leaders before last year’s elections. Senate Infrastructure and Security Chairman Tom Lee, a Thonotosassa Republican and former Senate president, said the shift in the GOP is in part […]

What’s Going on with Red Tide Research?

 Liz Barber has enjoyed the beautiful beaches and islands near her Sarasota home for 45 years. She’s an attorney at a real estate law firm in downtown Sarasota and often heads out to get lunch if she has time during the work day. About a year ago she stepped out […]

NAR Backs Pro-Housing Measures in Congress

Three bills emerged from the U.S. House Financial Services Committee last week with the potential to strengthen and secure the U.S. housing industry, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), which says it backs the measures. Earlier this month, NAR sent a letter to Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Ranking […]

In Mobile Home Parks, It’s Investors vs. Affordable Housing

When the time came for her to sell the mobile home park she and her son owned near Aspen, 89-year-old Harriett Noyes had two big offers and an even bigger decision: Take nearly $30 million from a developer who would likely evict her family and friends to build luxury homes, […]