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Governor's budget includes full funding for Florida housing programs

Governor's budget includes full funding for Florida housing programs

Governor Ron DeSantis’ proposed state budget would fully fund Florida’s two affordable housing programs. He is recommending that all $387 million be used for housing needs. The Florida Legislature created the affordable housing programs in 1992 by raising the documentary stamp tax on real estate transactions. The money is supposed to be split between two programs, but it often gets sent elsewhere. [Source: WLRN]

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This week, real estate backers will talk where to invest in South Florida

The first week of December in South Florida isn’t just for art enthusiasts. It also features a number of noteworthy real estate events. The Miami Association of Realtors will host a class titled Financing Programs to Close More Contracts This Year on Tuesday. Carmo Companies, a New York based real estate capital consultancy firm, will host the Latin America US Real Estate meeting on Wednesday. The Southeast Florida and Caribbean chapter of the Urban Land Institute will host a free workshop on Thursday. [Source: Miami Herald]

Average sale prices of South Florida industrial spaces have dropped. But experts aren’t worried

Warehouses in South Florida sold for less this year than in 2018, according to a recent study. But the price per square foot in Miami-Dade was up, indicating a healthy market, say experts. The average sale price for industrial spaces in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach dipped from $1.9 million in 2018 to $1.6 million in 2019, according to Reonomy. [Source: Miami Herald]

Florida Supreme Court urged to decide conservation dispute

Five years after Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment aimed at land and water conservation, environmentalists urged the state Supreme Court to wade into a battle about how money can be spent. The amendment required setting aside a portion of real-estate documentary stamp tax revenues in what is known as the Land Acquisition Trust Fund for conservation efforts. [Source: WJCT]

The Northeast Florida real estate market: Why is it desirable and where is it headed?

If you have been fortunate enough to have lived on the First Coast during the last decade there is no denying the amount of growth you have witnessed. Commercial and residential properties seem to be hot commodities in many areas of the region. So, why is Northeast Florida so popular and will it maintain this level of expansion throughout the next 10 years? According to industry professionals, all signs point to a resounding “yes!” [Source: ]

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A record number of Palm Beach owners -- 59 -- have been billed at least $500,000 in property taxes for 2019. [Source: Palm Beach Post]

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› Miami real estate company expands Into Vero market
ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, South Florida’s leading luxury and global real estate brokerage, has acquired Treasure Coast Sotheby’s International Realty in Vero Beach. With the acquisition, ONE Sotheby’s will expand to key luxury markets along Florida’s Treasure and Space coasts, from Vero Beach and to Merritt Island.