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Meet 2019 President Mark Spurgeon

Being served by people who love where they live is a wonderful thing!

REALTORS® love where they live and love what they do. We have the pleasure of representing buyers and sellers during one of the most important events of their lives. Fulfilling dreams is the most rewarding aspect of our profession.

You have discovered a real gem…the Englewood area.  Being situated between two moderate sized markets, enough out of the way to enjoy a different pace, yet just a short drive to the hustle and bustle if you choose.  The best part is the sense of community we offer.

Choosing a REALTOR® is the wise choice to connect you to the community.  They have the tools and expertise for a successful transaction.  REALTORS® may be competitors but wearing the REALTOR® marker bears no small responsibility to the public and real estate profession.  You can rest assured that the professional standards and the code of ethics REALTORS® subscribe to, will be the foundation of your relationship.

I have had the pleasure of growing up, living and working in the Englewood area since 1965.  The community is as vibrant as ever!  I am pleased to serve as the Englewood Area Board of REALTORS® 2019 President.  Because I love where I live and love what I do!  It is an honor to work with fellow REALTORS® in fulfilling our mission statement:

“The Mission of the Englewood Area Board of REALTORS® is to support the success and professionalism of our members while improving our community and protecting private property rights.”

It is my pleasure to welcome and introduce you to the Englewood area!

 

Best regards,

Mark Spurgeon

Englewood Area Board of REALTORS®

2019 President

 

 

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FEMA: Flood insurance overhaul starts next year

Flood premiums will change Oct. 1, 2020, once FEMA calculates costs based on new tools, but homeowners must wait until April 1, 2020, to see how they're impacted.

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Fed doesn't hike interest rates - and may not this year

ARMs won't go up and FRMs, which are indirectly impacted, probably won't either. But the reason for no hikes isn't ideal: The Fed thinks the economy is slowing.

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Agents who can create regular specialized content for social media may get more new viewers for their listings - they might also become a force in their market.

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Sign up by May 1 for Florida Realtors' 2020 committees

The state's Realtors succeed when members sign up and serve. Download and review committee descriptions, and submit your service request before May 1, 2019. https://www.floridarealtors.org//FARBusiness/FARCommittees/index.cfm

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Great American Realtor Days: Realtors take over Capitol

Florida Realtors members in Tallahassee this week for GARD enjoyed a surprise visit from Gov. DeSantis, who talked about the strength of the Realtor voice in Fla.

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Almost everything from emails to tweets to social media can be automated, but there's a catch: Generic messaging shouldn't sound like spam and frustrate clients.

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New institute envisioned to "become a focal point for research into how design, construction and planning can make our communities and cities safer."

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It's hard to think of a reason not to go to the convention

Business planning takes time and doesn't generate income, so many Realtors commit to 2 days per year doing it at the Aug. 21-22 Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo. https://convention.floridarealtors.org

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New mapping tool finds land for affordable housing

Developers often cite a "lack of land" for affordable housing, but a new GPS mapping tool can now uncover missed opportunities. In Miami-Dade, for example, it found 500 million square feet of potential space for affordable homes.

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Top spring homebuyer concern? Their budget

Almost 50% of likely buyers hope to secure a home for $200K or less, a realtor.com survey found. But most are also more optimistic about today's real estate market - the uptick in inventory in many markets and a recent decline in mortgage rates.

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FREC approves change to team advertising rules

At the Florida Real Estate Commission's March meeting, a new sentence clarifying the existing team ad rule was approved. The regulation must now wind its way through Fla.'s rule-making process.

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Mortgages easier to get for the self-employed

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae recently made changes to an automated system that could help more self-employed individuals, such as Realtors, qualify for a mortgage. But not all banks offer it yet, so self-employed applicants may have to find ones that do.

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Mortgage rates fall - 30-year down to 4.28%

The average 30-year FRM dropped from 4.45% one year ago and also last week's 4.31%, giving renters a new reason to become homeowners during the spring season.

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Congress considering bill to help military tenants

If a bipartisan bill passes, military renters may be allowed to withhold rent until housing problems are corrected if commanders authorize them to do so.

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A health impact from where you live and how much it costs?

Health study: How fit you are and how much you exercise may not affect your health as much as your location and the cost of rent or paying a mortgage.

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What if an association won't accommodate a disability?

Real estate QandA: A doctor's diagnosis is the first step in getting help. In some cases, associations simply don't understand their legal obligations.

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Survey: Builders still optimistic about their market

The monthly survey of homebuilders' attitudes was unchanged this month at 62. Any score above 50 is on the positive side of the index.

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What do iBuyer sellers like about instant cash offers?

Many sellers who accept an instant cash offer love the convenience and consider the ding to their profit as a fair price to pay for a lower-stress transaction.

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How can tech firms predict owners who are likely to sell?

Predictive analytics can give agents a leg up by allowing them to market services before a homeowner has made contact - but it means your data is being used too.

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Facebook settles ad discrimination suits

Facebook will pay about $5M to settle 5 lawsuits and take aggressive steps to block discriminatory advertising. A HUD investigation continues.

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Lost or missing documents can turn tax season into a giant headache. Here are some common docs and what a tax pro says you can do if they give you the slip.

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Commercial brokerage merger to form multifamily giant

Jones Lang LaSalle will acquire commercial services firm HFF Inc. in a $2B deal that will create one of the country's largest multifamily real estate companies.

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Tax fraud crackdown may snare you, too

If anything in your tax return suggests that you might not who you say you are, the IRS won't refund money until you jump through hoops to prove your identity.

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Court tosses VHT vs. Zillow $4M photo copyright award

While Zillow may not have had the right to use VHT's photos, the court said Zillow may not have "been aware" and VHT might not have provided enough warnings.

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Fla. license renewal deadline: 11 days (March 31)

About 1 in 4 members must renew their license by March 31. Need CE credit or first-cycle associate/broker credits? Florida Realtors offers them online. Find out more.

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Help a Florida Realtor be one of NAR's '30 under 30'

If Jonathan Spears of Scenic Sotheby's International Realty in Destin gets the most votes, he's guaranteed a spot as NAR's Web Choice Award winner. Vote now.

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FORMS UPDATE: 1 form added, 3 forms amended

What is changing? The Wire Fraud Prevention Notice (WFPN-2), Lead-based Paint Warning Statement for Rental Housing (LBPR-2), Extension to Exclusive Property Management Agreement (EEPM-1) and Release and Cancellation of Contract (RC-4).

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Does dark paint really make a room look smaller?

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