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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

  • Home Prices Jump 6.2 Percent in Second Quarter; Eclipse 2016 High
    WASHINGTON (August 16, 2017) — The headstrong supply and demand imbalances in much of the country slightly tempered the pace of sales and caused home prices to maintain their robust growth in the second quarter, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®. The national median existing single-family home price in […]
  • Realtors® Report Finds 11 Percent Increase in Commercial Member Income, 19 Percent Increase in Sales Transaction Volume
    WASHINGTON (August 2, 2017) – Commercial real estate markets continue to improve, with Realtors® specializing in commercial real estate reporting both an increase in member’s gross income and sales volume, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2017 Commercial Member Profile. The annual study's results represent Realtors®, members of NAR, who conduct all or part […]
  • Pending Home Sales Recover in June, Grow 1.5 Percent
    WASHINGTON (July 31, 2017) — After declining for three straight months, pending home sales reversed course in June as all major regions, except for the Midwest, saw an increase in contract activity, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index*,, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, climbed 1.5 percent to […]
  • Existing-Home Sales Retreat 1.8 Percent in June
    WASHINGTON (July 24, 2017) — Existing-home sales slipped in June as low supply kept homes selling at a near record pace but ultimately ended up muting overall activity, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Only the Midwest saw an increase in sales last month. Total existing-home sales1,, which are completed transactions that include […]
  • Realtors®, House Financial Services Committee Reach Agreement to Move Key Flood Insurance Legislation Forward
    WASHINGTON (July 20, 2017) – The National Association of Realtors® today said that significant improvements to the “21st Century Flood Reform Act,” key legislation aimed at strengthening and reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program, have cleared the way for endorsement of the bill. Among the changes, Realtors® support the House Financial Services Committee’s commitment to retaining […]
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