Unintended Consquences

Mortgage lending is a very complex industry and, in an effort to make the process of obtaining a mortgage loan more understandable and safer for consumers, there have been many new laws and regulations created. Committees have been formed and consumers polled to determine what was wrong with the mortgage process of the past. Policy […]

President’s Message: 2015 Presidential Gala

I am so honored to be the 2015 President of the Tallahassee Board of REALTORS®—and TBR’s first Latina president. And I’m very happy to invite you to attend my Presidential Gala on Friday, October 23, 6:30 – 11 p.m. at Cross Creek on Mahan Drive. I was born and reared in Iquitos, Peru. When I […]

GRI: Opportunity Knocking

Are you listening? The GRI 100 Series is coming to TBR! You have chance to register right here, in your own town, to begin your journey of a lifetime. You’ll learn to handle your contacts in such a way as to satisfy your customers while developing a profitable business and blocking time for yourself, friends, […]

New Laws That May Affect REALTORS®

The Florida Legislature finished early this year, only to come back repeatedly on passing a budget and dealing with Congressional districts. But before they adjourned the first time, they passed a few laws of interest to the real estate community. Tenants in a foreclosed property may have 30 days to vacate after written notice from […]

Financing Condos

A townhome and a condominium can look the same from the street. Why is one harder to get financed? Typically, a condominium home owners association (HOA) is responsible for some maintenance. Dues are paid by each owner or member of the association; when there is a need for repairs or maintenance of an element for […]

It’s Really Here!

October 3, 2015 is the effective date of the new CFPB/TRID rules, and that will not be further delayed. If you do not know what we are talking about, you are in big trouble. For years we have been discussing the big changes coming in home mortgage financing. It all originated from the Dodd-Frank laws […]

Windows 10: Should REALTORS® Take The Plunge?

Microsoft’s long awaited new operating system—Windows 10—has finally arrived. Most consumers will take advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10 that is available for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. But is it a wise choice to upgrade now? Well, that depends. For the average consumer upgrading shouldn’t cause a lot of concern. This […]

You’ve Gotta Have Heart

Being fairly new to the real estate sales business, I still spend time observing my fellow REALTORS® to hone my professional skills. It’s been interesting to compare the public’s view of REALTORS® to the reality of the REALTORS®’ world. I’ve been touched by the kindness and generosity that I’ve witnessed among my fellow REALTORS®. I’ll […]

The Changing Face(Time) of Real Estate

Gone are the days of MLS books and driving around neighborhoods to find the perfect home to buy. Through technology, home buyers are able to search for a home and have financing completed all before talking to a REALTOR®. According to NAR, 100% of homes purchased have been viewed online. For several weeks, I was […]

Legal Update: Why Can’t A Lawyer Give A Straight Answer?

For centuries, interpretation of the Bible has been a full time job for some. Once agreed to, interpretations have been turned on their head by later reinterpretations. So it is with the law in Florida and throughout the United States.  Asking a lawyer if a contract is binding or what the ramification of a proposed […]