Realtors® Advocate for Florida with State Lawmakers

Realtors® Advocate for Florida with State Lawmakers

During the recent Great American Realtor Days in Tallahassee, Florida Realtors® 2012 officers unveiled a driving force in the upcoming “Vote Yes on Amendment 4: It’s Worth Fighting For” campaign. Shown left to right are: Sherri Meadows, vice president; Matey Veissi, secretary; Dean Asher, president-elect; Summer Greene, president; and Andrew Barbar, treasurer.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Hundreds of Realtors from across Florida recently traveled to the state’s capital to meet with their legislators and discuss concerns affecting all Florida residents and visitors during Great American Realtor Days, held this year on Feb. 14-15.

“With the focus on redistricting and the budget, Realtors understood that this session was clearly different than previous regular sessions of the state Legislature,” said 2012 Florida Realtors® President Summer Greene, regional manager of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Florida 1st in Fort Lauderdale. “Even though budgets and time have been tight this session, Realtors continued to advocate for priorities that we believe will help the real estate market and the entire Florida economy rebound.

“Realtors made incredible strides this session towards lowering local business taxes paid by real estate licensees, reducing onerous requirements on septic tank owners, bringing property insurance relief to homeowners across the state, and relieving a great deal of frustration with condo and homeowners associations,” Greene said. “Having Realtors in Tallahassee to provide legislators with real world examples of how these issues affect our business made an amazing impact.”

During the event, it was “clear to legislators that Realtors have the best interest of their communities in mind,” said John Sebree, senior vice president of public policy for Florida Realtors. “The voice of Florida Realtors was heard loud and clear throughout the Capitol building.”

Greene added, “As the session draws to a close, Florida Realtors’ attention will turn almost exclusively to the passage of Amendment 4 on the November ballot. Realtors are eager to see fairness in Florida property tax system and, most importantly, ensure that when a homeowner’s property value declines, their property taxes cannot increase.”

For more information about Amendment 4, go to www.fltaxpayersfirst.org.

Florida Realtors®, formerly known as the Florida Association of Realtors®, serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 115,000 members in 63 boards/associations.

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