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 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 […]

Public Transit Adds Value to Nearby Homes

Neighborhoods located within a half-mile of public transit services outperformed those farther from public transit based on a number of factors, according to a report released Monday, “The Real Estate Mantra – Locate Near Public Transportation” – a joint project from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and the American […]

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 […]