Category: Public Policy/Gov.

Deadline For Filing Homestead Exemption is March 1st, 2016

Osceola County Appraiser, Katrina Scarborough is inviting people who have bought a home and made it their primary residence prior to January 1st, 2016 to file for Homestead Exemption.  Seniors who are 65 and older who meet certain income qualifications may also apply for additional exemption on their properties.  Call 407-742-5000 for more information.  For […]

What is a Guarantee Fee (G-Fee)?

As a REALTOR and Broker, I have witnessed firsthand the roadblocks to home ownership in today’s market – from student loan debt and concerns over job security to high property taxes and declining inventory. I need your help to tell Congress that adding one more obstacle and using G-fee revenue to pay for transportation projects […]

Call For Action: Business Rent Tax

Dear REALTOR® The Florida Realtors have been strong supporters of the reduction and eventual elimination of the sales tax on commercial leases. This tax affects businesses, small and large. The Florida Realtors have been working with a coalition of representatives from the business community to show our broad support for this rate cut. Our coalition […]

Florida Realtors Call To Action

On March 3rd and 4th OSCAR Leadership and Members attended the annual Great American REALTOR® Days in Tallahassee or “Rally in Tally”.  There were over 1,000 members wearing blue REALTOR® shirts and “Ask Me! I’m a REALTOR®” Buttons.  We had a chance to directly connect with our State legislators and have an actual voice.  We […]

U.S. proposes rules for commercial use of drones

WASHINGTON (AP) – Feb. 16, 2015 – The government proposed long-awaited rules Sunday to usher in an era of commercial drones zipping through U.S. skies, but packages from these unmanned aircraft won’t be landing on doorsteps any time soon. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed requirements that commercial operators must meet, such as passing a […]

Fannie, Freddie to Loosen Up on Lending

The regulator of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is reportedly working on a deal with the financing entities that will loosen up lending standards and make mortgages more affordable for those with less-than-perfect credit. The move is expected to expand home buyers’ access to financing, as tight credit the last few years has […]

Builder claims drilling rights under FL homes

When Mallory and Zach Sinclair were looking for their first home, they swooned over a new townhouse in the Brandon subdivision of Whispering Oaks. With well-manicured lawns, it looked fresh and untouched, with streets bearing pastoral names like Spring Flowers and Summer Clouds. But in January, when the young parents cracked open their closing papers, […]

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