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Legislative update from Great American Realtor Days



Dave Ferro and Candis Pressley of Ferro Real Estate Partners  traveled with 40 plus other Realtors from Gainesville to Great American Realtor Days in Tallahassee this past Tuesday. Every year we travel there to meet with our legislative delegation, including Representative Clovis Watson, Representative Elizabeth Porter, Representative Keith Perry and Senator Rob Bradley. We are blessed with legislators who understand the importance of private property rights and a strong economy. We at Ferro Real Estate Partners have built a strong reputation for service above self, and we are proud to spend our time working to improve the quality of life for all in Alachua County and the State of Florida. Please read the press release below to learn more about the event and legislative initiatives supported by Florida Realtors.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – March 5, 2015 – It was a sea of Realtor blue in Tallahassee yesterday, as nearly 1,000 Florida Realtors members wearing blue t-shirts bearing the Realtor logo gathered in the Capitol Courtyard to rally for real estate issues.

“Whether you’ve already visited your legislators or still have more meetings this afternoon, we know you’re representing us well,” said 2015 Florida Realtors President Andrew Barbar, a broker from Boca Raton. “Your time here has a profound impact on the future of your businesses, your profession and the people of Florida.”

Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, a Realtor from Miami, and Rep. Matt Hudson (R-Naples), who is also a Realtor, joined Barbar on the steps of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum.

“[Realtors] grow communities. We make for a strong state. We do the things necessary to make sure Florida and our communities are vibrant,” Hudson said. “That comes from your engagement, your activities in this process and your willingness to come up here to talk about your issues.”
Nearly 1,000 Realtors attended Great American Realtor Days this week to advocate for Florida Realtors’ legislative priorities. Four of Florida Realtors’ 2015 legislative priorities advanced in the Florida House and Senate yesterday:

  • SB 140, a proposal to cut the commercial lease sales tax by 1 percent, passed its first committee; HB 557, legislation that would reform the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association to attract private market capital to the state, passed the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee.
  • HB 611, a bill to cap fees charged by community associations for estoppel certificates, cleared the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.
  • HB 7003, the House version of a statewide water policy, was read a second time before the full chamber and is expected to pass the House today.

You can follow the progress of Florida Realtors’ legislative initiatives in the Legislative Center of

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