Message from the Board. It has been a very busy time at Florida ARECS!

First, we welcomed a brand new REC to our coalition.

The Historic Coast Real Estate Council will serve real estate attorneys located in St. Johns and Flagler counties.

FIRPTA Withholding Rate to Increase to 15%

Recent federal tax legislation increases the FIRPTA general withholding rate from 10% to 15% effective for closings on or after February 16, 2016. Closing agents should adjust their procedures and forms to reflect this change. (If you want a reference, it is H. R. 2029, now known as Public Law 114-113. See Section 324 for text of changes).

CFREAC Donates 2700 Toys to Toys for Tots

On December 3, the Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys’ Council (CFREAC) presented the U.S. Marine Corps with 2700 toys.

Florida ARECS and Florida Realtors® – Working Together

On November 3rd Margy Grant, Vice President/General Counsel of Law and Policy for Florida Realtors® sent an email to all their local associations containing the following about Florida ARECS.

Don't Miss BAREC's Upcoming Seminar in Your Area

Dec 2nd - TRID is Here. Now What? presented by Margaret Atkins Thumberg, Esq., Fund Senior Underwriting Counsel & Legal and Branch Education Manager. What can real estate licensees do to assist their clients in making their next home sale or purchase run smoothly in this new regulatory environment?

25th Annual Law Symposium a Huge Success!

By: Rene’ Rutan, REC Relations Manager, Attorneys Title Fund Services, LLC.

For the 25th year in a row the Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys Council (CFREAC) and Orlando Regional Realtor® Association teamed up to present their annual Law Symposium.

CFPB Rules and FR/BAR Changes

By: Rene’ Rutan, REC Relations Manager, Attorneys Title Fund Services, LLC.

The real estate settlement industry has been in overdrive preparing for the October 3rd implementation of the CFPB’s new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule (TRID) but have you considered how the process changes contemplated will affect your use of the Florida Realtors® – Florida Bar Residential Sales Contract (FR/BAR)?

Attorneys Elevate Discussion on Drones

On August 26th, the Florida Aviation Network empaneled a group of experts to discuss Unmanned Aircraft Systems...

Real Estate Attorneys to Speak at Florida Realtors® Convention

Florida ARECS is pleased to have two of its members addressing attendees at the 2015 Florida Realtors® Convention on CFPB regulatory changes.

Don’t miss the 25th Annual Real Estate Law Symposium

This premier REC event attracts over 200 Realtors® for a full day of quality education provided by members of the Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys’ Council and others.

Florida ARECS – Welcome to OUR HOME!

By: Frederick W. Jones, Esquire President, Attorneys’ Real Estate Councils of Florida, Inc.

Please let me be the first to welcome you to the brand new home of Florida ARECS and our website, www.flarecs.com.

Introduction of Florida ARECS Reception

Florida ARECS hosted a special reception in Orlando on March 18th, which coincided with The Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section (RPPTL) meeting.