Leon County Notice on Flood Insurance

Real estate professionals, including Leon County REALTORS®, have received a July 1 letter from Leon County concerning flood insurance information. Leon County’s Department of Development Support and Environmental Management (“DSEM”) will provide flood insurance rate map information for properties in unincorporated Leon County. This is information that your buyers and sellers will likely want. Even […]

Graduate, REALTOR® Institute

If you haven’t taken advantage of the classes for the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation, I strongly encourage you to consider doing so. Recently, I completed the GRI 200 Series at the Tallahassee Board of REALTORS®. The sessions included: Sales and Marketing, Taxes and Real Estate, Personal Promotion, Investments, Taxes and the Real Estate Professional, […]

Two Steps for REALTOR® Safety

Did you know according to a recent NAR survey, 1 in 3 REALTORS® report being attacked or threatened on the job? But whether the statistics are one in three or one in three million, it won’t matter if you’re the “one.” But you can refuse to be a statistic if you’ll follow the two most […]

Good Reasons to Migrate to the FR-BAR Contract

The legal reasons are just a sample of the need to go to the FR-BAR (formerly FAR-BAR) contract form. But first, let’s look at other institutions of TBR that have changed; few REALTORS® have looked back with regret: The bus. On Tuesdays following the marketing meeting, a bus would load up to take REALTORS® to […]

Open House Safety Guidelines

Hosting an open house can be a great tool to market your client’s home. Stay safe by utilizing these guidelines: If possible, have another person work the open house with you. When you first enter the home, turn on all lights and open curtains and blinds. Check all rooms in advance to determine the best […]

Real Estate Auctions

Real estate auctions offer great options for buyers and sellers. Where a seller’s market is becoming stronger it is important to keep more than just a quick sale in mind. You should also be considering your method of marketing to capitalize on the opportunity of possible quick, multiple offers. What is a real estate auction? […]

Practicing Across State Lines

The question has recently arisen about Florida REALTORS® taking a listing in Georgia in order to put it in the Tallahassee MLS. The answer is not easy, and is two-fold.  Legally, it may be permissible under certain circumstances. If what you do is limited to marketing, in Florida, Georgia or other state real estate, that in […]

Coming Soon

The proliferation of signs in the last few years has helped and hurt the profession of real estate. While neither illegal nor unethical, the signs tend to skew the marketplace, depending on what information is available and because it is not yet in the MLS. Picture this; many of you have lived it: you have a […]

Toward a More Perfect Nation, State, County, and City

April is “Fair Housing Month.” Each year focus is turned to the Fair Housing Act, which was enacted as a part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The purpose of the Act is to have a comprehensive solution to discrimination against and segregation of “protected classes” as defined by law—originally: race, color, sex, national […]

Illegal Referrals on the Radar

In case you missed the Florida REALTORS® news release in January quoting Florida REALTORS® general counsel Margy Grant, the “Unlawful Inducement Rule“ is now officially on the books at the Department of Financial Services. It has a list, a non-exclusive list, of what title agents cannot do to get business referred to them. It also […]