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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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Save the date: Florida Realtors 2019 Convention and Trade Expo

This year's convention, Realtor Nation, runs from Aug. 21-22 (governance meetings Aug. 23-25) and features Ryan Serhant, star of Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing." http://convention.floridarealtors.org

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Lawmakers wrestle with AOB insurance claims' attorney fees

A Fla. Senate committee last week stifled a proposal that would limit attorney fees in "assignment of benefits" (AOB) property insurance cases.

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Easy way to soothe sellers' jangled nerves? Call them

Few sellers understand everything about their home's sale. They long for reassurances and updates - and an actual phone call is often the most effective way.

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Help minimize spats between married home shoppers

Buying stresses couples, and major decisions often end up in major disagreements. But a few tactics can nip potential problems in the bud.

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Due March 4: Scholarship applications

The deadline looms for any Fla. student, including ones now enrolled, to apply for an academic scholarship from Florida Realtors Education Foundation. Learn more.

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Mortgage rates fall to 12-month low - 30-year at 4.37%

Indications that inflation and economic growth around the world slowed have been pushing mortgage rates lower, experts say.

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Wallpaper: Should sellers tear it down or keep it up?

While wallpaper has once again become a hot decorating trend, beauty is in the eye of the (buyer) beholder. Generally, neutral is okay - vibrant not so much.

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Save the date: Women in Real Estate (#WIRE) 2019

The second WIRE real estate conference presented by Florida Realtors will take place June 5 at the Signature Grand in Davie, Fla. More info coming soon. https://floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/Women-in-Real-Estate-Conference.cfm

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Alone on Valentine's Day? Buy a house and find true love

Survey: Nearly 60% of millennial singles say homeownership makes a potential mate more attractive, and 46% of single respondents of any age agree.

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Are tiny homes here to stay or a tiny fad on its way out?

The trend doesn't seem to be catching on, possibly because areas with the greatest demand, such as big cities, are also the least likely to have available land.

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Make a difference at Great American Realtor Days

Lawmakers don't understand Fla.'s real estate market until a Realtor explains it. Attend Great American Realtor Days, March 18-20 in Tallahassee. Registration is now open.

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Regulators ease flood-insurance rules for mortgage holders

A new regulation effective July 1 allows more homeowners with a mortgage to use private flood insurance coverage rather than only the national flood program.

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More buyers may qualify for zero-down rural loans

More small-town residents will qualify for no-money-down rural housing loans because the full population of nearby military bases and prisons won't be counted.

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Experts: Can't have a bubble with under-supply of homes

Bubble fears are based on memories of the housing meltdown more than reality, some experts say. As long as buyer demand remains high and new-home production low, there's no bubble to burst. Prices are a result of demand, not risky lending.

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Fla.'s housing market: Sales, new listings, median price up at end of 2018

Fla. Realtors data: Statewide single-family sales up 2.2% year-over-year, median price up 7.2%; condo sales up 4.9%, median price up 7.2% over 2017. Single-family active inventory rose 13.3% over 2017, condo active inventory up 8%.

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What might a long-term flood-insurance extension look like?

It's not just about money. FEMA wants a redesign of the program's rating structure and model into something that relies less on flood zone maps and more on variables such as nearby sources of water and a building's characteristics.

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Legal QandA: Can I turn my condo into a timeshare?

The owner of an ocean-view condo wants to sell and figures she'll get the highest amount of money if she makes it a timeshare - but can she legally do that?

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Fla. Supreme Court takes up assignment-of-benefits case

An property insurer requires a policyholder's mortgage company to co-sign AOB claims, but a restoration firm denied money calls that an improper restriction.

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Freddie nixes affordable housing projects' interest-rate risk

Most residential projects can't lock in a mortgage rate until close to completion, but Freddie Mac will allow affordable projects to secure an earlier rate lock.

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Home affordability unchanged - but at a 10-year low

NAHB: A modest increase in interest rates offset a slight decline in home prices to keep housing affordability essentially level in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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Tight housing trend: Married with roommates

More married couples can't swing the full cost of a new home, so they're taking on roommates to help cover expenses for the first few years.

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Florida Supreme Court warns of scams

Fla. courts never send legal notices by email, but crooks use fake court letterhead to scam recipients over an array of issues, including professional licensing.

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Sick of robocalls? You may have options

Most people can ignore unknown phone numbers and wait for a message. But for Realtors, a call from an unknown number could be a lead they can't ignore.

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Should impact fees be waived for affordable housing projects?

While passage is far from certain, a bill introduced in the Fla. Legislature would allow affordable housing builders to save money by avoiding local impact fees.

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Fla. House, Senate differ on 'fracking' bans

Lawmakers appear willing to ban the controversial oil-drilling technique in Fla., but the House and Senate have separate bills with different levels of support.

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NAR's Good Neighbor Awards celebrate 20 years

In two decades, the awards have granted $1.3M to Realtor-led nonprofits, helped 200-plus organizations, and had an impact in 40 states and 15 countries.

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NAR: U.S. home prices up 4% in 2018's 4Q

Inventory increased, prices rose less and sales fell 1.8%. NAR economist calls 2018's 4Q promising, with prices "rising at a slower and healthier pace."

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Hurricane Michael drops home sales by a third

Year-over-year sales of single-family homes declined by more than a third in the Panama City metro area during the last quarter of last year.

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