Miami Master Brokers News - July 2009

  Monday, July 06, 2009


Miami Chapter

July 2009


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ArTech Hosts June Forum Reception, Panel Discussion

on Banking Challenges

* Please see note below from Miami MBF chair Emilio Palomo concerning this event.


Fortune International and Shefaor Development recently welcomed the Miami MBF to their ArTech project in Aventura on June 10, 2009. MBF members enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before moving to ArTech’s stylish community room for a discussion focused on “Surviving the New Banking Climate”. Moderated by MBF board member Jeff Morr, the panel included Ana Cruz-Taura, regional community development director with the Federal Reserve Bank, Calixto Garcia-Velez, region executive with Firstbank of Florida, and Susan Walker, Miami-Dade area sales manager with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.


Issues such as new lending standards, appraisals, foreclosures, and short sales were discussed among the panelists and guests. ArTech’s Director of Sales, Cindy Darnaby, and End Loan Specialist, George Fraguio, presented highlights of the property’s amenities, as well as details on the sales and leasing opportunities. Following the program, guests enjoyed mini-desserts served in two of the property’s model residences.

*A message from Emilio Palomo, Miami MBF chair
Thank you to all of the members who took time out of their busy schedule to RSVP and attend the June 2009 Reception at ArTech.  It was a fantastic evening, highlighted by a candid and thought-provoking panel discussion.


For those of you who RSVP’d “yes” but did not attend, I appreciate how distance and busy days can affect our ability to be present at MBF events.  In the future, when making RSVP decisions, please consider the impact your absence may have on the chapter, and our effort to deliver outstanding events for our sponsors.  We make every effort to produce MBF events that are as accessible and enjoyable as possible.  Thank you!

Miami-Dade Property Tax Appraiser Releases 2009 Preliminary Tax Roll
According to a statement by the Miami-Dade Property Tax Appraiser’s Office, the July 1, 2009 Preliminary Tax Roll has confirmed a substantial decline in the countywide taxable value of existing properties in Miami-Dade County of 13 percent, excluding new construction value.

Compared to 2008, Taxable Value of existing properties declined by $31.8 billion. When adjusted for new construction of $8.4 billion, the 2009 countywide taxable value came in at $222.1 billion, a net decline of $23.4 billion or 9.5 percent.

To view the entire statement and analysis, click HERE.

Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers Urges Repeal of Home Valuation Code of Conduct
Concerned about the declining quality and trustworthiness of appraisals?  Please click HERE to read this critical call to action, regarding home appraisal legislation.

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Add/Update Your Photo on the MBF Web Site

Is your latest headshot on the MBF web site?


If so...when was the last time you updated it?  If not...WHY NOT?


Adding your photo is easy to do and a great way to personalize your profile.  Plus, in the coming weeks, we’ll be announcing a BIG reason why it’s more important than ever to do so!


To add or update the photo on your MBF profile:

1. Upload/find the image on your computer you want to use, and remember its folder location.


2. Login to


3. Click “Edit My Profile”.


4. If you DO NOT have a photo already on your profile, scroll to the bottom of your profile in the Member Photo section, and click on the “Browse...” button. (Continue to step 5.)


If you DO have a photo and would like to update, scroll to the bottom of your profile in the Member Photo section, and click on “Remove Picture” under the photo.  When the profile re-loads, scroll back to the bottom, and click on the “Browse...” button.


5. Navigate your way to the folder and photo you want to use.


6. Select the file, and click “Open”.  When you return to the profile, click “Save Changes” near the bottom of the window.


7. When the profile re-loads, scroll down to the bottom of the window and confirm that the photo is there.  (If the photo appears too large or small, adjust the size of the image using a photo editing program, and repeat steps 2 - 6 until you are happy with its size.)


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