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 […]

It’s Tax Season Again

In Brief: The big news in 2015 on selling property was the increase in the withholding on foreigners selling property. The rate jumped from 10 percent to 15 percent under FIRPTA, the Foreign Investors in Real Property Tax Act. If you have been dealing with foreign investors, you are already aware of the importance of […]

Cutting the Cord with AOL and Other Free-Email Providers

Free email accounts, like AOL, advertise the email provider and not you or your business. Getting your own domain name and email allows you to leverage your brand. Why let Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, and other free-email providers profit off of your brand? With your own name-branded email account, e.g.,, you have the ability and […]

I Want My Deposit Back

In a recent case from Miami, the question was whether a buyer can get his deposit back if the seller resells the property quickly to a second buyer, and makes more money. The answer is no. The 3rd District Court of Appeal was faced with that issue and decided that the contract language of the […]

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 […]