About Us

Attorneys’ Real Estate Councils of Florida or “Florida ARECS”, for short, is an association of Florida Real Estate Attorneys. We represent a network of 21 local Real Estate Councils with more than 1,200 members from Key West to Pensacola.

Florida ARECS also provides legal education to hundreds of real estate agents each year through our Law Symposiums, New Realtor® Orientations and ad-hoc seminars.

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Florida Realtors® Legal News Feature

  • Seller Financing: Still an Option?

    By John St. Lawrence, Esq, Legal Education Attorney, The Fund

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) Loan Originator Compensation Rule went into full effect in 2014 bringing a subset of small mortgage lenders under a previously unknown level of federal regulation.  As a result some types of private mortgage financing are now too risky or cumbersome for many to contemplate.  This is unfortunate since seller and private financing are very popular and legitimate financing sources for intra-family loans, underserved communities and rural or non-conforming properties.

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  • What Real Estate Agents Should Know about Sellers’ Disclosures

    By: Marshall C. Deason, Jr., Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer, Older Lundy & Alvarez, Tampa, FL

    In 1998, the Florida Supreme Court decided the case of Johnson v. Davis, which created a new duty for sellers of residential real estate.  In this case, the Court ruled that sellers must disclose any material defects in the property which are known to the seller and which are not open and obvious.  In the line of cases which followed over the next several years, courts ruled that the duty to disclose applies to real estate brokers and agents and that making a sale “AS IS” does not eliminate or limit the duty to disclose.  In addition, a buyer cannot waive the right to receive disclosure.

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Partner with a Florida Real Estate Attorney

You’ve worked hard to attract more business by delivering the best deal possible to your buyers and sellers. Why not work with a real estate attorney to close that deal and experience the difference?

Partner with a Real Estate Attorney to:

  • Protect your clients from unnecessary risk
  • Protect YOU from unnecessary risk and liability
  • Protect your reputation by providing a professional closing experience
  • Provide your clients one-stop access to additional legal services
  • Ensure successful, legally sound transactions so you can close more deals!

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The Moment You're Under Contract to Closing Anything Can Happen.

Realtor®, Mary Day, tells her story. How a Real Estate Attorney resolved a title issue enabling the intense deal to close on time.

 

Listen In: iTunes or Google Play Music

Length: 30:46
Published: 10/25/2018

Real Estate Council Relations: Forging Stronger Bonds Between Agent & Attorney

Host, Melissa Jay Murphy, and her panel of distinguished guests, Orlando Regional Realtor© Association and Florida ARECS, discuss why and how The Fund is working to build stronger relationships between agents and attorneys.


Realtor® Education & Resources

Florida ARECS and its local Real Estate Council chapters partner with local Realtor® Associations to host dozens of education events across Florida every year.

Take your knowledge and your business to the next level by attending our seminars and partnering with our knowledgeable Real Estate Attorneys.

“Aligning ourselves with such a credible brand as the Attorneys’ Real Estate Council [of Palm Beach County] adds considerable value to our organization.” - Jessica Wittenbrink, Vice President of Programs for RAPB+GFLR
“Our focus is on making our members successful and one of the ways we accomplish that is through our partnership with Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys’ Council (CFREAC).” - Ashley Wheeler, Vice President of Professional Development Orlando Regional Realtor® Association


Seminars

Seminars

Request a Seminar for Your Board of Realtors® or Brokerage

Programs currently available include: Ongoing Short Sale & REO Solutions, Understanding & Using Residential Real Estate Contract for Sale & Purchase, and more! View all available seminars.


Tools

Tools

Closing Cost Calculator: Buyer and Seller Estimates

Estimate the amounts needed at closing The closing cost calculator will help you estimate buyer and seller closing costs based on Florida average costs and the most commonly encoutered fees.


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Resources

Red Flags Education Program

Identify potential obstacles to a timely closing by gathering information early. Don’t wait for closing day to get the facts! Download our free Seller and Buyer Interviews to help you.

Buyer Interview   Seller Interview