12 Fla. Counties Qualify for Fed. Disaster Relief Post-Dorian

 President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Florida in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. A White House statement says the declaration means that federal funding is now available to eligible state and local governments, as well as certain nonprofits. The statement says funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for […]

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 […]

State Regulators Dissolve Property Insurer Effective Nov. 1

Thousands of South Florida homeowners are scrambling to find new insurance coverage after state insurance regulators dissolved Florida Specialty Insurance Co. for allowing its surplus to fall below the state’s minimum threshold, among other issues. Florida Specialty was one of small number of companies operating in Florida that catered to […]

It’s Here: Mortgage Rule Opens Door to Thousands of Condos

First-time homebuyers often opt for a condo, but rules for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans banned many units and complexes in Florida from participating. However, that changes on Tuesday, Oct. 15, when updated FHA rules go into effect. The new FHA condominium approval regulation – and a new Condominium Project […]