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An apparent scam that has been making the rounds on Craigslist recently could catch people
who are looking for a cheap place to rent, but officials and industry professionals say there are plenty of red flags that should warn them. Read more: Craiglist Scam Article.

Watch Margy Grant in this short video on Legal Do’s and Dont’s on Craigslist, Here.


REALTOR® Magazine and the Good Neighbor Society have announced the five recipients of the ninth annual Volunteering Works grants and mentoring program, which matches Realtors® who work on small-scale charitable efforts with mentors and awards them grant money.  One of the five was our own local Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors®, Karen Cunningham, Fontana Realty, Ocala Florida!


As one of the five Volunteering Works recipients, Karen will receive a $1,000 seed grant and a year of one-on-one mentoring from a member of the Good Neighbor Society, which is comprised of past recipients of the National Association of Realtors®’ annual REALTOR® Magazine Good Neighbor Award for volunteer service.
Read full press release, HERE.

CEP Reveals New Equine Web

The CEP has created an equine web portal,! The web portal is designed to serve as a comprehensive listing of equine businesses, farms, venues, and tours and provides a user-friendly approach to learning all about the Ocala/Marion County equine community. Check out this colorful, easy-to-use portal that provides up-to-the-minute information about Marion County’s equine community such as Industry facts, Breeds, Disciplines, FAQ’s, and History. Visitors can also learn about local farm tours, trail rides, and upcoming equine events.

Anyone involved in the equine community is encouraged to submit the contact information for their business for inclusion in the business directory on the portal. Please send the category under which your business fits, the name of your business, address, phone number, and web address to Sadie Fitzpatrick, Director of Communication, at

To visit the website, go to


UPDATE: Transportation Impact Fees Delayed Until January 1, 2017

By unanimous vote on September 1, 2015 at the 2:00PM public hearing held by the Marion County Board of County Commissioners on the question of a reinstatement of the County’s Transportation Impact Fee Ordinance, the BCC decided to delay the reinstatement of transportation impact fees until January 1, 2017.  This decision was handed down following the Board’s ongoing discussion on the subject and reflects the BCC’s desire to seek an alternative sustainable funding system that would be broad based, not stifle economic growth, is diverse, and would not negatively impact only one industry area. A key decision by the BCC concluded that transportation impact fees imposed on new construction alone is not a sustainable solution to funding the County’s long-term transportation infrastructure needs. This decision was based on the facts that the local economy is still recovering and that construction financing is still a challenge with a significant number of projects (both commercial and residential) struggling to appraise without the burden of exorbitant impact fees.

CFPB has launched a new online tool-kit

In our continuing efforts to keep you abreast of the latest news on the implementation of the Truth in Lending RESPA Integrated Document (TRID) rule by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) here is the new CFPB online toolkit.

CFPB Website  

RSS NAR News Releases

  • Pending Home Sales Tumble in May for Third Straight Month
    WASHINGTON (June 28, 2017) — The ongoing supply shortages that are propping up home prices in many metro areas caused pending home sales in May to slump for the third consecutive month, according to the National Association of Realtors®. None of the major regions saw an increase in contract activity last month. The Pending Home […]
  • 71 Percent of Homeowners Believe It’s a Good Time to Sell; Economic and Financial Confidence Dips: Realtors® HOME Survey
    WASHINGTON (June 26, 2017) — Existing housing inventory has declined year over year each month for two straight years, but new consumer findings from the National Association of Realtors® offer hope that the growing number of homeowners who think now is a good time to sell will eventually lead to more listings. That's according to […]
  • Bob Goldberg Named CEO of National Association of Realtors®
    WASHINGTON (June 23, 2017) – Bob Goldberg has been named CEO of the National Association of Realtors®. Goldberg currently serves as NAR senior vice president of Sales & Marketing, Business Development & Strategic Investments, Professional Development and Conventions for NAR. Goldberg was the choice of NAR’s leadership team after an extensive national search. He succeeds […]
  • Realtors® Highlight Flood Insurance Concerns as House Committee Finalizes Key Markup
    WASHINGTON (June 21, 2017) – The House Financial Services Committee today concluded a markup on multiple pieces of legislation to reauthorize and reform the National Flood Insurance Program. Following is a statement from National Association of Realtors ® President William E. Brown: “Congress has less than four months to reform and reauthorize the critical National […]
  • Existing-Home Sales Rise 1.1 Percent in May; Median Sales Price Ascends to New High
    WASHINGTON (June 21, 2017) — Existing-home sales rebounded in May following a notable decline in April, and low inventory levels helped propel the median sales price to a new high while pushing down the median days a home is on the market to a new low, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major […]
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