Message from the President

By: Patricia A. Nugent, Esq.

Each day I walk in my office and am reminded how challenging our job as real estate attorneys is becoming.  I am fortunate to be surrounded by a fabulous team including my partner and the dedicated staff who have been with us for years.  Like you, we strive to obtain the best outcomes for our clients, all while dealing with an increasing number of challenges that don’t have much to do with practicing real estate law.  Today, technology evolves so fast that it is not enough to make one decision to buy a particular software application; it’s more like a constant evolution of change requiring daily updates like the ones that pop-up on my iPhone.  Then of course, there is the issue of cyber fraud where every email is a potential cyber-crime grenade.

New Fund Members & Real Estate Councils

Beginning this month, new Fund Members who complete New Member Training will receive an invitation from The Fund to join their local Real Estate Council.  The Fund believes that participation in a Real Estate Council provides young attorneys with an excellent opportunity to meet their peers and grow as professionals. 

Latest REC News

On September 18th the Polk Area Real Estate Council partnered with Lakeland Realtors® on an event entitled Drones and Real Estate: A Match Made in the Heavens at Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum in Lakeland.

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Buyer and Seller Interview Forms for Realtors®

Do you wish you could find out that the Seller was a foreigner before the day of closing?  Do you wish someone had told you sooner that the Buyer does not plan to attend closing and needs you to send the documents to them?

Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys’ Council (CFREAC) Partners with Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association (ORRA) for 29th Annual Real Estate Legal Summit

On September 5th, over 150 real estate attorneys and real estate agents from across Central Florida gathered at the Florida Hotel. 

2019 Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar Annual Legislative Update

You may recall that Attorneys’ Real Estate Councils of Florida (Florida ARECS) is a sponsor of the Residential Real Estate & Industry Liaison Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar (RPPTL). Here is a report from their meeting held during 2019 RPPTL Legislative Update in Palm Beach.

2019 Florida Realtors® Convention and Trade Show

REC Members from across the state gathered to network with nearly 4,000 real estate agents at the 2019 Florida Realtors® Convention and Trade Show on August 21st and 22nd at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. 

Lastest REC News

On July 23rd the Broward Attorneys’ Real Estate Council hosted a Law Symposium in partnership with the South Broward Board of Realtors® using the new Florida ARECS Standardized Law Symposium materials.  More than 50 real estate agents learned about topics ranging from Emotional Support Animals, Probate and a Comparison of the FRBAR Standard & AS-IS Contracts from REC Member attorneys Khila Khani, Nikeisha Pryor, Michael Quarequio, Nicole Villarroel and Tod Weston.

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New! FIRPTA & 1031 Exchange Seminar

The Fund and Old Republic Exchange have partnered to create a 2-hour seminar addressing the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) and 1031 Exchanges.  If your Real Estate Council would like to host a Realtor® event and would prefer an easy “ready-to-go” program, this might be your solution.

Report from 2019 Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar Annual Convention

As we reported in the last issue of Council Connections, Attorneys’ Real Estate Councils of Florida (Florida ARECS) is now a sponsor of the Residential Real Estate & Industry Liaison Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar (RPPTL).  

2019 Florida Realtors® Convention and Trade Show

For the third year in a row, Florida ARECS has secured a booth at the Florida Realtors® Convention and Trade Show scheduled for August 21st and 22nd at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.

Lastest REC News

The Bay Area Real Estate Council hosted a presentation on 1031 Exchanges by Janet Schaum of Old Republic Exchange at their quarterly meeting on June 11th at the Centre Club.

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Real Estate Council Sponsors

Many Real Estate Councils are welcoming industry service providers to sponsor their meetings which offer two key benefits.  First, they provide an excellent source of revenue to support REC objectives including CLE seminars and Realtor® outreach events.

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New! Marketing Workshop

The Fund has partnered with Title Tap, an expert in digital marketing for real estate attorneys and title companies, to offer a new hands-on workshop series dedicated to helping you create a plan to attract the business you want.  What happens if your current referral base dries up or business slows down?  We’re glad you asked! 

Lastest REC News

The Fund’s General Counsel Melissa Jay Murphy presented an Industry & Legislative Update to members of the Indian River Real Property Council and their Realtor® guests on April 16th at The Moorings Yacht Club.  The discussion included key Florida legislation on remote online notarization, vacation rentals and lis pendens.  On the federal level, Murphy shared information on the industry’s efforts to change banking and money laundering laws to eliminate the current conflict between state and federal laws related to the cannabis business.

Message from the President

Patricia A. Nugent, President

I hope you enjoyed this year’s Fund Assembly.  If you did not attend, let me take this opportunity to fill you in on some of the activities Florida ARECS engaged in during the event.