Beware of Wire Fraud Scams

Use these three tips to protect your clients from fraudsters As the technology boom has made closing the deal a much easier process, it’s also paved the way for hackers to defraud unsuspecting buyers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years. Wire fraud is on the rise but REALTORS® can help protect…

FREC changes CE requirements

Feb. 20, 2017 – Florida’s real estate licensees will soon need to take an ethics course when renewing their license. The change, effective after Oct. 1, 2017, won’t add hours to the current CE requirement, however, and the new ethics course may also be accepted by your local association/board of Realtors as required Code of…

GTR Announces November General Election Recommendations

The Greater Tampa REALTORS® (GTR), proudly recommends the following candidates in the November 8 General Election. These candidates have been selected based on their positions on issues, particularly those affecting real estate and private property rights. Marco Rubio, US Senator Gus Bilirakis, US Representative, District 12 Kathy Castor, US Representative, District 14 Dennis Ross, US…

Johnson inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame

The REALTORS® Political Action Committee, or RPAC, – a national bipartisan grassroots-based political advocacy organization – has added another name to its “Hall of Fame.”  Connie Johnson, a current member and past president from the Greater Tampa REALTORS®, was inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame recently in recognition of her contribution and support. “RPAC…

Pitfalls for the Unwary

by Martin Kessler Board Certified Real Estate Attorney 813-254-5014   Over the years, I have seen people make many mistakes in legal matters. Here are some hints to help avoid some common errors.   1. Don’t try to be your own lawyer. The old adage is that he who represents himself has a fool for a lawyer. …