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April is Fair Housing Month, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has issued the Fair Housing Challenge: Stand Up for Racial Equity. This challenge includes completing the Fairhaven Housing Simulation and the online Implicit Bias Training program by April 9th. We encourage all REALTORS® to use these programs and to consider earning the At Home with Diversity certification so they can better work throughout the year to promote diverse and inclusive communities where everyone feels welcome. Fairhaven Housing Simulation An online simulation that allows ...
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Cocoa Now Offers Online Building Permits In an effort to continue to provide a high level of service to the Cocoa community, the City of Cocoa is now offering online permitting for things such as window replacements, plumbing and electrical work, fences, HVAC replacement, sheds and more. Through a new online portal, residents and business owners are able to apply for a permit, pay fees, view policies, view submittal requirements and schedule inspections. The new system which went live on March 1, 2021 allows our residents to submit permit requests from the comfort of their own home and track the permit through the approval process. Permits will still be ...
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Buyer love letters, it is time to dump them! The housing market is hot, and we do not anticipate it slowing down anytime soon. Buyers are using every angle possible to get their offer accepted; highest and best offers, no contingencies, cash offers, and the latest buyer love letters. What is a buyer love letter? A buyer love letter is a letter that the potential buyer writes to the seller in hopes to entice the seller to accept their offer. Maybe the letter plays on emotion. Maybe the letter includes personal characteristics. The letter, on the surface, has the best intentions at heart. However, you are opening yourself up to liability, potential fair housing ...
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Clear Cooperation: New N.A.R. Mandatory MLS Policy Effective: April 3, 2020 Clear Cooperation Policy 8.0 has been mandated by the National Association of REALTORS®. Learn the Rule: Section 1.01 – Clear Cooperation Within one (1) business day of marketing a property to the public, the listing broker must submit the listing to the MLS for cooperation with other MLS participants. Public marketing includes, but is not limited to, flyers displayed in windows, yard signs, digital marketing on public facing websites, brokerage website displays (including IDX and VOW), digital communications marketing (email blasts), multi-brokerage listing sharing ...
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City Seeking Volunteers to Serve on Advisory Boards Post Date: 01/26/2021 11:02 AM Volunteer board members provide vital input to the Melbourne City Council on important local issues and have the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to their community.  The City of Melbourne is currently recruiting interested citizens to serve on the following advisory boards. For more information and to apply, contact the City Clerk’s office at city.clerk@mlbfl.org or 321-608-7220. The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee reviews established policies and procedures, ordinances, land development regulations and the Comprehensive Plan of the City and ...
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Space Coast Association of REALTORS® Installation Gala & 2020 Annual Award Winners Our Installation Gala was hosted on Friday, January 15, 2021. The night was both beautiful and memorable as we installed our 2021 Board of Directors and 2021 President, Patricia Weeks. 2021 President, Patricia Weeks 2021 Board of Directors Patricia Weeks, President Jim Britton, President - Elect Kerry Ramage, Secretary Nancy Bartlett, Treasurer Melissa Goldman, Immediate Past President Omar Capellan Tammy Crisafulli Louise McLean Rusty Melle Mitch Ribak ...
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Supra will no longer process ACH payments for monthly debits  effective January 28, 2021. Keyholders who pay their Supra key fee using the ACH payment option will be affected by this change. Supra implemented this change to the Keyholder payment options in order to streamline their processes and provide better service to their customers.     Any Keyholder currently set up to pay via ACH will need to change their payment option to a debit or credit card no later than January 28, 2021.  Pre-paid cards can also be used as a payment option (Visa/MC/Amex). Supra has notified keyholders that used the ACH payment option and provided instructions ...
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News Alert – Zillow Publishes New Terms Of Use – Read the Fine Print In the early days of listing syndication, WAV Group investigated the terms of use on third party advertising websites like Zillow.com®, Trulia.com® and others. Zillow® and Trulia®, who received data through listing syndication feeds rather than though data licensing terms with MLSs like Realtor.com® and Homes.com® had some shocking language. For example, brokers who provided listing data under the site terms of use were providing those websites with a perpetual license to the data with no restrictions on the use. Moreover, if you provide your data to Zillow or Trulia and their use of your ...
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Misuse of MLS Statistical Information and Statistics      Our phones are ringing off the hook…a non-member has recently been contacting REALTORS® sharing the MLS 2020 production rankings of members.  How does that happen???  How did a non-member get access to our MLS statistical reports, you guessed it… it was pulled by a member and given to the non-member. The MLS information is available for members to use, not non-members! As a member any print or non-print forms of advertising or other forms of public representations based in whole “or in part” on MLS data MUST clearly demonstrate the period of time over which such claims are based and ...
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A message from Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle of the St. Johns River Water Management District Water supply plans help ensure water for our future January 7, 2021 Balancing the needs of people and Florida’s natural environment for water is a critical part of the core mission work of the St. Johns River Water Management District. The District works daily toward its core mission of ensuring the sustainable use of Florida’s water through its water supply planning process. In simple terms, a water supply plan quantifies the needs for water, identifies where that water can come from and provides a list of project ...
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Rental Assistance Part of New Relief Measure     Congressional leaders struck a deal Sunday on a nearly $900 billion coronavirus relief bill that will bring a new round of support to millions of Americans before year’s end.   The agreement contains many priorities championed by NAR, including rental assistance, a fresh round of funding and simplified forgiveness for SBA loans, and more direct payments to Americans.   “Through this bill, our members will continue to have access to unemployment and small business assistance.  But perhaps one of the biggest wins is rental assistance, which we have fought hard ...
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An advertising scam has been brought to our attention. The scam involves a company attempting to appear as the Association, or as the Association has provided this company with the name of you, the REALTOR®, as their point of contact, in an effort to sell a mailing list of our membership. The company then asks the point of contact if they would like to receive "counts & cost" of the list. PLEASE NOTE: We do not refer, provide, or sell any information to third party vendors. The information you provide us is used internally only. Keeping this in mind, please do not take action on anything claiming to be from the Association without asking us first. ...
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Be the Point Person for Your Legislator in Tallahassee Build a relationship with your legislator and act as the voice of Realtors when important issues arise. MUST ACT IMMEDIATELY Florida Realtors is choosing the key contacts for the 2021-2022 period.  We have a slot remaining for Representative Randy Fine.  Though it would be ideal for you to know Representative Fine well and live in his district, it is not necessary.   If you are interested, please fill out the application and Contact Tammie Watts ASAP. Download Key Contact Application For any questions regarding this program, please contact Tammie Watts at ...
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How Customer Flyers Help Showcase Your Listings Quick. Easy. Eye-Catching.   Did you know that in just a few clicks, you can create a beautiful flyer that will showcase your listings digitally or in print to help you sell listings faster than ever? Our Customer Flyers are professional, one-page flyers that are quick and easy to set up. You can highlight beautiful listing photos, show the availability of rental listings, and more. We have all your needs covered with our predefined template designs. Plus, your listings are sure to shine on any device thanks to their responsive design. So if you aren’t yet utilizing our Customer Flyers, check them out ...
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2020 Annual Awards

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If you know a REALTOR® member (or a Business Partner Member for Business Partner of the Year) from our Association that you would like to nominate for these prestigious awa rds, send an email with yo ur nominee's name. Click Here to Nominate a Member A short questionnaire will be sent to your nominee that asks about their activities at the Board. 2020 REALTOR ® of the Year 2020 Business Partner of the Year 2020 Good Neighbor (Humanitarian) 2020 Rising Star 2020 REALTOR ® Spirit Award The deadline for entries is January 4, 2021. The winners will be announced at the 2021 Installation Gala on ...
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NAR Clarifies New Code of Ethics Rule During Webinar By Kerry Smith In the first of six training webinars, NAR speakers answered questions about a new Code of Ethics Rule, effective Nov. 13, that bans “harassing speech, hate speech, epithets or slurs” against protected classes. Must a Realtor, for example, no longer oppose same-sex marriages? ORLANDO, Fla. – The board of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) approved a new Code of Ethics (COE) policy on Nov. 13 that immediately went into effect. The policy sparked a spirited discussion among NAR committees and the board itself, and that discussion continues among members. A ...
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It is not too late to apply for the Small Business Assistance Program through Brevard County for business support in the continued wake of COVID-19. These grants (up to $10,000) are here to support you as a direct result of loss of revenue from the pandemic. Participation in E-Verify is required to apply for this grant, however, as recently announced and important to note, all businesses in the State of Florida will now be required to utilize E-Verify . Please see attachment for more information!   The Brevard County Business COVID-19 Response Team has been monitoring closely business assistance for our community. We strongly encourage each and every one ...
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Tomorrow evening at 5pm at the Government Center at 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, FL 32940, the County Commission will discuss proposed amendments by Commissioner Tobia to the County vacation rental ordinance.    Below is the Florida Today article discussing tomorrow night’s 5pm County Commission meeting.  Florida Today: 'Soul of Brevard County' up for debate as Commission looks at expanding vacation rentals The Florida Realtor and UCF 2020 short term rental presentation showing the value of vacation rentals and the economic impact in Brevard County and throughout the state. The direct impact throughout the state is $27.4 Billion/year. In Brevard, ...
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#GivingTuesday A Global Generosity Movement It's time to get ready for the largest global giving day of the year #GivingTuesday!  We’re excited to be a part of this worldwide event, providing a chance to support the homeless children and families here in Brevard county through the Space Coast Association of Realtors® Foundation. REALTORS never forget they are neighbors first. By making a donation on #GivingTuesday , you are making a difference in our local communities by providing shelter and food to the homeless children and families in Brevard County. You are also proving the opportunity for children to go to school and learn ...
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Closed for Thanksgiving

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Our offices will close at noon on Wednesday, November 25th and will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 30th. We can't express how thankful we are to each and every one of our members. Have a very blessed holiday!
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