Leadership News

The Attorneys’ Real Estate Councils of Florida, the statewide umbrella organization serving local real estate councils, has grown and evolved in the years since its inception in 2013, and that evolution continues today with the introduction of a new Advisory Board.  The new Advisory Board provides an opportunity for us to expand our leadership team to include a broader perspective and wider range of voices.


On January 18th, the Southwest Florida Real Estate Council held it’s first event in Naples since the merger with the Naples Marco Area REC.  It was the first REC event in Naples in 9 years, and it was standing room only.  The event featured a presentation of Can You TRUST Your Homestead by Fund Senior Underwriting Counsel Ben Jepson.  The program addressed issues involved with holding title to homestead property in a trust.

Florida ARECS Resource Center

We often focus on all the great events and networking opportunities offered by the RECS, but there are other benefits, and one of the most significant is the Florida ARECS Resource Center.  The Resource Center is located at https://www.flarecs.com/resources/resource-center  and is full of valuable tools including:

Saying Goodbye to Ira B. Price

By: Rene’ Rutan, Manager, Events & Affiliate, REC & Realtor® Relations

As some of you know, Ira Price passed away this past October and his absence is widely felt in the real estate attorney community.  He served the industry in countless ways over his career, including serving as a Trustee of Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc. and on the Joint Attorney/Realtor® Committee which promulgates the Florida Bar/Florida Realtors® residential contracts.  But it is his passionate support of the Real Estate Councils that I want to highlight.

Upcoming Special Events

We are pleased to announce some upcoming special events.  So, if you are in one of these areas, be sure to take advantage of these great opportunities. 

Latest REC News

The Real Estate Council Holiday Season was in full swing!

Update Your REC Member Profile

Have you reviewed your REC Member Profile recently?  Does it have the correct firm name, address, and email?  What about areas of practice or Florida Bar Board Certification, are those features included?  Make the most of your REC Member Profile by ensuring it is up to date and complete.  Be sure to add a link to your firm’s website so other REC Member Attorneys, Real Estate Agents and consumers can learn more about you.

Is it Time to Step Up Your Marketing?

By: Rene’ Rutan, Manager, Events & Affiliate, REC & Realtor® Relations

After a year of historic real estate activity fueled by a combination of demographics and the pandemic, the Florida real estate market appears to be taking a pause.  Add to that, a flurry of interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve, to get a handle on the highest inflation in 40 years, and you’ve got yourself a good old fashioned economic slowdown.  While you may not want to celebrate that, it does present some opportunities to focus on aspects of your practice that you may have been neglecting – like Marketing.

Realtor® News

The Polk Area Real Estate Council held its Annual Attorney/Realtor Mixer at Nineteen61 in Lakeland on October 6th.  The event, which is coordinated with Lakeland Realtors® offered over 60 area real estate agents an opportunity to network with local real estate attorneys, and to hear a presentation addressing common issues leading to closing delays and failures.

Latest REC News

On September 22nd, the Attorneys’ Real Estate Council of Palm Beach County hosted their first in-person event in over two years.  Members gathered for a fun-spirited event offering members a chance to engage with each other at Rocco’s Tacos in Palm Beach Gardens.  The Fund’s Real Estate Council Relations Manager Rene’ Rutan and Fund Business Advisors Bonnie Heffernan, Susan Hosier and Betty White presented an overview of resources available to Market Your Firm in a Changing Real Estate Market.

ALTA Forms Page on TheFund.com

By now, you are probably aware that the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) approved the 2021 ALTA Title Insurance Forms for use effective October 3, 2022.  Use of the new forms will be required after a short transition period and here are a few key resources that will help you prepare for that change.

Local Real Estate Councils Leadership Updates

By: Rene’ Rutan, Manager, Events & Affiliate, REC & Realtor® Relations

Summer brings outdoor grilling, hot days and lots of rainy afternoons, but it also brings a second wave of Annual Meetings and Elections. Here are some of the Real Estate Council leadership changes taking place around the state.

Realtor® News

By Bob Rohan, Fund Regulatory Compliance Counsel

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) trade association is organized into 54 state and territorial associations and more than 1,200 local associations. These associations run approximately 600 multiple listing services (MLSs) nationwide. MLS member real estate agencies must adhere to NAR policies such as those found in NAR’s “Handbook on Multiple Listing Policy.”

Latest REC News

The Attorneys’ Real Estate Council of Miami-Dade County hosted their August Meeting at Town Kitchen & Bar, which featured a presentation entitled, Commercial Loans: Conforming, Non-Conforming & P.A.C.E. by Isi Riguero, Southeast Florida Manager of Commercial Real Estate Lending, Bank OZK.

Florida ARECS Leadership Guide

Becoming a leader of a Real Estate Council can be filled with challenges but there is a way to make it a lot easier. 

Real Estate Councils at Fund Assembly

By: Rene’ Rutan, Manager, Events & Affiliate, REC & Realtor® Relations

The Real Estate Councils were everywhere at Assembly!