Home foreclosure isn’t a legal abstraction for Yolanda Paschal, a recent graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. Her parents are facing foreclosure on the Miami house she grew up in.
No Democratic presidential nominee has won Sarasota County, set on one of the most affluent and conservative strips of Florida’s Gulf Coast, since Franklin Roosevelt did in 1944.
People have often said that Florida is the new California, but this week the Sunshine State hopes to really drive the point home all the way into homeowners’ pockets. On Tuesday the legislature started a special session to reform Florida’s dysfunctional property tax system, aiming to save residents the tens of billions of dollars that Californians reaped a generation ago
When Florida legislators recently struggled to balance the battered state budget, they decided to plug holes with $190 million from a $300 million affordable-housing trust fund. After all, why should a cash-strapped state shell out money for new home construction when there are tons of vacant homes just waiting to be snapped up?