President’s Message: 2016

The Tallahassee Board of REALTORS® is a wonderful organization which has been serving it members since 1935. Our association is rich in accomplishments. But the thing that has kept TBR strong throughout the years, is adhering to guiding principles. These principles are in the Strategic Plan that was updated earlier this year, and these principals […]

Volunteer

The members of Tallahassee Board of REALTORS® have made such as big impact in our community through charitable giving and volunteerism. As we embark upon 2016, I’d like to make you aware of added member benefits. In support of the Board’s goal to accurately track community involvement, volunteer Charity Promotion Request Form is available on […]

President’s Message: 2015 Wrap-Up

It’s almost time for me to end my year as the 2015 Tallahassee Board of REALTORS® president, and it really went by so quickly. I am so honored and pleased to say that I worked with a wonderful board and association staff; we couldn’t have accomplished what we did for TBR this year without all […]

4 Tax Deductions for Real Estate Professionals

Real estate professionals benefit from numerous tax-saving strategies—from deducting rental losses and avoiding the 3.8% Medicare Net Investment Income Tax on rental income, to miscellaneous business expense deductions that can offset your income. Following is information on four tax deductions you shouldn’t miss out on! Meal Deductions The IRS allows you to deduct 50% of […]

How Do You Stop Trespassers?

Real property is one of the great assets that you must be vigilant to keep others from using. Someone who uses your land to cross over can actually acquire permanent rights in your land. Prescriptive easements are created when someone has gone across your land the requisite period of time, typically 20 years. There are […]

Professionalism

“In this corner, weighing 175 lbs. [don’t judge], from Coldwell Banker Hartung and Noblin…Jimmmmmm Butlerrrrrr!”  This is how I feel sometimes during a transaction. It may be difficult at times dealing with the agent on the other side of the transaction, but I know I must. While we’re all here to make a living, and […]

Who Pays the Costs?

North Florida REALTORS® are frequently perplexed why out of town buyers insist that the seller pay certain closing costs, as though it was some kind of law. A recent survey has given some light to this subject. The Fund Concept, a recognized authoritative real estate publication in Florida by Old Republic Title, contains an informal […]

2015 RPAC Golf Report

We raised over $10,000 for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) this year! Thank you for making this annual event another success. We raised a bunch of money for RPAC, but that’s not all. Over the last two years I have had the privilege of being the golf committee chair and it has been a […]

Homestead & Inheritance

The old Holiday Inn ad said “the best surprise is no surprise.” In Florida, that is not always the case in dealing with homesteads or with inheritances. Let’s do homestead first.  You just finished the divorce and you got the marital home in your name alone. Mortgaged or not, it means a lot to you […]

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 […]