From Florida Realtors: A condo doesn’t allow pets – what about service animals?

Florida Realtors recently answered a question that may be on your mind if you own rental properties.

Question: Our condo is designated pet-free in our community documents. I am about to rent and want to keep the apartment in good shape. If I include a no-pets clause in the lease, am I still forced to accept emotional support or service animals? – Jane

Answer: Yes. Service and emotional support animals are not pets, so restrictions that apply to pets do not apply to them.

Emotional support animals are companion animals that provide therapeutic benefits for people with psychiatric or mental disabilities. These animals do not have to be trained, unlike service animals that are trained individually to perform specific tasks to help a person who is disabled. You do have the right to confirm that the animal is genuine and your prospective tenant is not trying to outsmart you. However, it is essential to remember that you should not discriminate against someone with one of these animals any more than someone with, for example, a wheelchair.

It is understandable that you want to keep your apartment in good repair, but sometimes you have to adjust your expectations to allow everybody to be treated fairly.


Amy Snook Earns Commitment to Excellence Endorsement from NAR

Amy Snook, a partner in the All About Florida Homes Team of Keller Williams Realty, has earned the Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) endorsement from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The endorsement goes to Realtors who have demonstrated knowledge and competency in 10 core areas of real estate practice: Client Service, Professional Reputation, Real Estate Law, Realtor Code of Ethics, Equal Service to All, Advocacy of Real Property Ownership, Trust and Integrity, Use of Technology, Data Privacy and Areas of Practice.

The C2EX endorsement is available only to Realtors. It is earned through a self-directed program that enables users to assess and build on their competency in each of the core areas. Launched in November 2018, this innovative program sets the standard for what it means to be a professional in the real estate brokerage business.

“Earning the Commitment to Excellence endorsement is a true accomplishment and an affirmation to consumers that you stand for ethics and professionalism in your work,” says 2019 NAR President John Smaby.  “Advances in technology and online user experience are making our business more and more seamless, and that’s fantastic, but with new technology can come vulnerabilities. A C2EX endorsement offers consumers the ease of mind that they have a skilled adviser, committed to conducting business at the highest standards, helping them through what might be the largest purchase or sale in their life.”

The National Association of Realtors is America’s largest trade association, representing over 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.


Coastal Star Covers Noreen Payne’s Chamber Award!

We are so proud of Noreen’s contributions to the City of Delray and the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce!

In April, she was named Director of the Year by the Chamber, and the Coastal Star included the honor in its Business Spotlight Section!

They wrote:

“Noreen Payne
, a partner of the All About Florida Homes team of Keller Williams Realty, was named 2018 Director of the Year by the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. Noted for her leadership and commitment to the chamber and the city, she has worked with the chamber’s board members and staff to develop and implement strategic goals focused on service. Payne is the chamber’s vice chair of programming.”


Check out the mention here!