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Florida Realtors to make property insurance, affordable housing priorities in 2013 legislature

February 07, 2013 10:00AM

Dean Asher

Florida lawmakers are not the only ones returning to the legislature in the next few weeks. The real estate trade organization Florida Realtors will also be there, lobbying for “sustainable and affordable” property insurance, the group said.

“There will be a major focus this session to stem the tide of policies entering Citizens Property Insurance Corp., which is currently around 8,000 per week,” John Sebree, Florida Realtors’ senior vice president of public policy, said.

The 118,000-member organization is also backing legislation that supports affordable housing, reform of the judicial foreclosure process and elimination of the tax on commercial rents.

“Putting money back into the state’s affordable housing trust funds is sorely needed to help people realize their homeownership dreams,” Florida Realtors President Dean Asher said. “Florida Realtors will support legislation that promotes economic development and helps strengthen our state’s economic recovery.” —Christopher Cameron