Tampa Bay Blog

March 7, 2017

Scam alert: Fake Realtor board targets Fla. members

The "Florida Board of Realtors"SCAM LETTER does not exist, but Florida Realtors members have been receiving a "Final Notice" bill from them in the mail, saying their real estate licenses are in jeopardy. Complaints have come into Florida Realtors from all parts of the state.

"It's a scam," says Margy Grant, general counsel for Florida Realtors. "And it's not a simple scam. High-tech criminals put a great deal of work and planning into this."

The form comes with a threat: "Failure to respond with your 2017 Agent Board Listing may lead to closure of board listing. Response required to be included in the Agency listing."

The scam came to light over the past two days when agents, brokers and association executives started calling Florida Realtors. Many submitted copies of a letter that appears legitimate. The "Make check payable to:" address appears to be a post office in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

The letter also includes a website, www.floridaboardofrealtors.org. The website not only appears legitimate, it's very professional. However, most of the links don't work. Blogs in their "archive" appear to stretch back a few years, for example, but no content comes up when you click. The same is true for many other links.

"For now, members should ignore these demand letters, and we ask brokers and agents to spread this message to everyone working in the Florida real estate industry," says Grant. "Florida Realtors is still investigating and in contact with Florida authorities. It's now also in front of the Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Economic Crimes section in Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office.

"Be vigilant. Be safe. And tell everyone you know," says Grant. "Criminals created a truly impressive fake website, sent a complex fake letter and successfully alarmed Realtors across the state."

We've posted this information on the My Florida Regional MLS Facebook page and encourage you to share this information with your Realtor® colleagues. Click here to share the post.

Jan. 31, 2017

National Salute to Veteran Patient Week Feb 13-17

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As part of National Salute to Veteran Patient Week Feb 13-17.  The James A. Haley VA (JAHVA) Office of Volunteer Services is sponsoring the event to provide Veterans outreach.

 

Name of event: National Salute Week: Cookout and Health Fair for Homeless Veterans

 

Location / address of event: VA Homeless clinic at 10770 N 46th St, Tampa, FL 33617

The event will be setup in the field on the right hand side immediately after turning into the clinic parking area.

 

Date:  Friday, February 17, 2017.
Time: Setup at 10 am, event is 11 am- 2 pm
Service Request: Tables/Tents relevant to needs of Homeless Veterans!

Feel free to share with your friends and families.    

 

How you can help support this event.

 

·        Participate at the event.   Distribute donated items to cookout participants.

 

·       Solicit donations for distribution.   Anything that will assist homeless veterans exist, then live…. then thrive.  Some suggestions.

o   Products:  Deodorant, Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap, Body Wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, combs, powder, Q-Tips, towels, hand sanitizer, wet wipes. Travel Coffee Mugs, Band Aids, lip balm, sunscreen, nail clippers, shaving creamfeminie hygene products

o   Clothing (Women and Men), Socks, long johns, shirts, pants, underwear, blankets.

o   Food – Snacks, granola bars, trail mix, beef jerky, bottled water

o   Other:  Books, games, cards, sewing kits, tissues, batteries (AAA, AA, D), flashlights, Reading glasses (cheaters), backpacks

o   You can also seek donations from outside organizations that you or family members are affiliated with or your neighborhood.

 

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Let’s assist homeless veterans to exist, then live…. then thrive!!!

 

 

Thanks for your support!  I hope that some of you are interested in donating or participating.

Jan. 19, 2017

Here's our newest webpage for all your New Construction Homes, Designs and Builders in Apollo Beach!!

Here's our newest webpage for all your New Construction Homes, Designs and Builders in Apollo Beach:)

http://www.homefindertampabay.com/apollo-beach-new-construction/

 

Jan. 12, 2017

PIRATE WATER TAXI DOWNTOWN TAMPA

Ahoy all aboard the Pirate water taxi take a ride downtown and up the Hillsborough River to Ricks on the River!!

http://www.piratewatertaxi.com/

Jan. 7, 2017

Support the Special Olympics Donate at your local Publix

While filling up your carts at Publix fill up a smile for a kid like Emilio by donating to the Special Olympics!

Jan. 5, 2017

Bayshore Blvd Newest Luxury Condos High Rise it's going to be stunning!!

Aquatica on Bayshore will be 15 floors, 32 units, floor plans from 2,600 to 3,500 square feet and floor-to-ceiling glass offering views of downtown and Tampa Bay:)  Imagine your view of the Gasparilla Parade from Bayshore's Newest Luxury Condos High Rise it's going to be stunning!!

http://aquaticaonbayshore.com/#1

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Jan. 4, 2017

Husband and Wife that proudly serve in our military thank you for your sacrifice and dedication to our country!

Congratulations to the Humphrey's Family.  They just closed on this beautiful, new construction home in the Waterset Community of Apollo Beach. :) Great job to Homes by West Bay and Hillsborough Title!! Thank you for your sacrifice and dedication to our country! To view a list of homes for sale in Waterset, click here or visit www.WatersetNewHomes.com

Jan. 1, 2017

WISHING YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM HOMEFINDER TAMPA BAY TEAM!!

Happy New Year to all our followers on our website HomeFinderTampaBay.com thank you for your support.  We wish you all a Happy New Year!!  Cheers to Good Health in 2017 :) Here's Forbes Top 10 Health-Related New Year's Resolutions

 

Dec. 7, 2016

#1 Selling Community in Tampa now offering Greenergy Homes

 

         #1 Selling Community in Tampa


      Go to www.LiveinWaterset.com to check out homes for sale in this community!!

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                Now Featuring Net Zero Energy Homes

                           Check out all the details at:

                 http://www.planetgreenergy.com/waterset/

 

Dec. 7, 2016

Apollo Beach Lighted Boat Parade

Apollo Beach Lighted Boat Parade 

December 10, 2016

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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To Register your boat click here: 
https://www.regattatech.com/registration/action/showEntryForm?clubCode=TSS&eventCode=BoatParade16


Come enjoy the Apollo Beach Lighted Boat parade from the
docks of the Tampa Sailing Squadron or Circles Waterfront Restaurant.  TSS will be selling Hamburger and Hot dogs with all the proceeds going to the TSS youth sailing program. The parade will start at TSS and finish there but the boat parade goes through the canals of Apollo Beach.  The TSS will have an after party with refreshments and a Chili cook-off YUM!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM HOMEFINDER TAMPA BAY TEAM!!