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Tallahassee Realtor Bert Pope’s Golden Rule for Real Estate: Etiquette

As a Realtor, etiquette is important because it shows that the representative is willing to participate in the transaction and not be arrogant about the property. "As for the buyer and seller, having etiquette is imperative because it makes the transaction much smoother," said Broker Bert Pope, founder and owner of Bert Pope & Associates LLC, who recently closed on two of the largest homes in Tallahassee : 6089 Leigh Read and 9279 White Blossom.

To highlight why etiquette is essential in real-estate transactions, Pope, known as "that guy" that offers the most incredible homes and host of the highly acclaimed "Extraordinary Homes of Tallahassee" on NBC TV 40, lists the following three tips:

No. 1: Make the home as presentable as possible...

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Lawmakers ready for Sunday vote on budget

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida lawmakers are poised to end their annual session on Sunday by passing an $88.7 billion state budget that increases funding for school safety, mental health, environmental land-buying and college scholarships.

Both the House and Senate discussed the budget bill (HB 5001) on Friday, which was the last scheduled day of the 2018 session. But legislative leaders extended the session through Sunday, after running out of time to complete work on the budget before the 60-day session ended. Sunday’s vote on the final budget, which takes effect July 1, will largely be a formality.

Judges, law enforcement officers to get raises

Lawmakers came into the session expecting to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, an opioid epidemic ravaging the state, the Senate’s h...

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New Senior Housing REIT Pursues Initial Public Offering

A new real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in student and senior housing is undertaking an initial public offering (IPO), offering up to $1 billion in shares.

The newly organized Maryland REIT, Strategic Student & Senior Housing Trust, is sponsored by SmartStop Asset Management, a diversified real estate company that has focused primarily on on self storage properties. SmartStop, a newcomer to senior housing, has $1.5 billion of real estate assets under management, including 111 self storage facilities in the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada.

Shares would be priced between $9.40 and $10.33, according to public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The company commenced a private offering of up to $100 million in shares last year. As of Dec...

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State House, Senate agree on major school funding issue

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By Lloyd Dunkelberger News Service of Florida

TALLAHASSEE — Lawmakers continued negotiations Wednesday on a new $87 billion-plus state budget, after reaching agreement on several major issues, including a funding plan for public schools.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, said the Senate has agreed with the House on how to use local property taxes to help fund the 67 school districts. The House had objected to using an increase in the local taxes, known as the “required local effort,” that came as a result of higher property values.

Under the agreement, the Senate and House will use increases in local tax collections related to newly constructed homes and businesses...

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FL Tallahassee FL Zone Forecast

FL Tallahassee FL Zone Forecast for Sunday, February 25, 2018


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Including the cities of Bradfordville, Capitola, Chaires,

Chaires Crossroads, Killearn Estates, Killearn Lakes,

Maclay State Gardens, and Tallahassee

206 PM EST Sun Feb 25 2018

.TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and slight chance of

thunderstorms early in the evening. Slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms after midnight. Patchy fog late in the night. Lows

in the mid 60s. South winds up to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation

40 percent.

.MONDAY…Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Chance of

showers and slight chance of thunder...

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Parkland students: This is why we’re going to Florida’s capital

Busloads of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School headed for the Florida capital on Tuesday with one goal in mind: Make change.

Less than a week after a shooting took the lives of 17 classmates and teachers, students and chaperoning parents began the seven-hour trip from their homes in Parkland to Tallahassee.

Once there they plan to meet with elected officials, including Gov. Rick Scott, and push for gun control, mental health funding and other changes that they believe will end the scourge of school shootings.

CNN is on board two of the buses in the caravan and spoke to several students about why they decided to make the trip.

Alfonso Calderon, 16

"Honestly, it’s the first step. Every major movement in the United States, it always starts at the state level...

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Halfway through session, lawmakers getting little done as campaign trail beckons

Old Florida Capitol building (Richard Tribou)

TALLAHASSEE – Florida faces no shortage of complex issues – an opioid abuse epidemic, funding for schools, affordable housing and more – but more than halfway through their time at the Capitol, lawmakers have sent Gov. Rick Scott just four substantive bills.

It’s not unprecedented. Lawmakers meet for 60 days each year during regular session, and the bulk of the action typically happens in the final two weeks, as House and Senate negotiators hold back priorities of the other chamber to force through deals.

“We’re halfway done, but nowhere near half the work’s been done yet,” said Democratic consultant Steve Schale. “That’s how these things work.”

Yet in recent years, brinkmanship has bubbled over into animosity between the GOP-led chambers, r...

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822 PM EST Mon Feb 5 2018



Including the cities of Battens Crossroads, Enterprise,

Enterprise Municipal A/P, and Keyton

722 PM CST Mon Feb 5 2018

.REST OF TONIGHT…Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Southeast

winds up to 5 mph.

.TUESDAY…Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Southeast winds

up to 10 mph.

.TUESDAY NIGHT…Warmer. Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers in the

evening, then chance of showers and slight chance of

thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Southeast

winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

.WEDNESDAY…Cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the

morning, then rain showers and chance of thunderstorms in the


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Senate signs off in Florida Forever funding

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Voter-approved money for land and water conservation continues to be carved up by the Senate, while the House is on a different path.

The Senate voted 37-0 on Wednesday to approve a proposal that would set aside at least $100 million a year for the Florida Forever program (HB 370) from money stemming from a 2014 constitutional amendment. Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee supported a bill (SB 174) that calls for spending $50 million year on the maintenance and restoration of beaches and inlets.

Senate taking up Florida Forever, Bethune Statue

Also, the Senate on Thursday is slated to take up a proposal (SB 204) that would boost funding for natural springs from $50 million to $75 million a year and provide $50 million a year for the restoration of the S...

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