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Zoom: FIRPTA: The Basics for Foreign Sellers and Real Estate Agents – 2 CE

September 12, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Instructor: Steven E. Gurian

Early payment membership dues credits can be applied to this class if dues were paid prior to June 8th, 2022.

Member: $15
Non-Member: $30

This course is approved for 2 HRS of Continuing Education. Florida rules require that we monitor attendance and we can not issue credit for less than the number of approved hours. In order to receive credit for your course, please arrive on time and stay for the entire class.  Sign-in and Sign-out is required for this class to receive full credit.

Florida real estate agents for foreign sellers need to understand the Foreign Investment in Real Property Act “FIRPTA”. Any real estate transaction involving a foreign national needs to trigger FIRPTA considerations. Real estate agents operating in markets with heavy foreign investment should be well-schooled in the process of recognizing FIRPTA triggers and authorizing contracts on behalf of both buyers and sellers.

Passed in 1980, FIRPTA imposes income tax on foreign persons in the disposition appreciated real property located in the United States. Such transactions include a sale or exchange, liquidation, redemption, gift, transfer, etc. When FIRPTA took effect in 1984, it exposed foreign sellers to capital gains tax on appreciated real property. Today, in states like Florida, FIRPTA transactions are common.

When dealing with a property transaction involving a foreign national, FIRPTA is the first thing real estate professionals and investors need to consider.

How does FIRPTA affect a transaction? This presentation will cover things you must know:

Who is subject to FIRPTA?
The withholding requirement – the general rule
Exceptions to the general rule – how to avoid FIRPTA
Liability of agents and the seller

Registration via the ZOOM link is REQUIRED to reserve your place and join the training session. Computer/Laptop/Tablet with internet access and audio is REQUIRED. 

After registering for the meeting, you will receive a confirmation, click on the zoom link provided.  Follow the instructions containing the Zoom meeting instructions; CLICK “ADD TO CALENDAR” to reserve the time in your personal calendar and save the join instructions.  

Saving the reservation to your calendar will provide an automated reminder about the session as well as the instructions to Join the session with the time comes. 

When it’s time to join the meeting, simply follow the prompts in your ZOOM calendar reservation. From your Computer/Laptop/Tablet, click the URL/link to join the event. Make sure your volume is turned up so you can hear the instructors when they start the session.


September 12, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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