Immigration Bill Could Boost Brevard Economy
By Bobby Freeman, Florida Realtors® // June 27, 2013
Canadian snowbirds could stay longer
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard’s economy could get a boost as a result of a massive immigration bill being considered by the U.S. Senate.
Canadian snowbirds could be staying, and spending, longer in Brevard, and across the United States, thanks to this proposed immigration bill. Currently, Canadians are allowed to stay in the U.S. for up to six months. However this bill, if passed, would add two months to their stay.
The legislation includes a provision that would allow those aged 55 and older to obtain a Canadian Retiree Visa permitting them to stay as long as eight months in the United States. To qualify for the visa, they must own a second home, have a rental agreement or hotel reservation.
This would be great news especially for our second-home real estate markets and local economies. Over 500,000 Canadians own property in Florida. If this bill is passed I believe we will be welcoming many more from up north.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bobby Freeman, a life-time resident of Brevard County, has been a top Realtor in the area for two decades. In his first year as an agent, Freeman received a Rising Star award from his Brokers. Since then he has achieved numerous sales awards and has recently been presented with the prestigious RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award.
Freeman, Jennifer McCoy and Nikki McCoy Freeman are family partners for RE/MAX Elite’s McCoy-Freeman Group. Together they have more than 30 years of extensive experience in all aspects of the real estate industry and have sold over $180 million. Among McCoy-Freeman Group’s achievement are RE/MAX Hall of Fame, RE/MAX 100% Club, Certified Distressed Property Experts (CDPE), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and voted Best Realtor in Brevard County. The group has been featured in many news publications including CNN Money Magazine, CNNMoney.com, WFTV 9 ABC News, Coastal Condo Living, & Hot Retirement Towns Magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com.
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