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Florida Realtors®, formerly known as the Florida Association of Realtors®, serves as The Voice for Real Estate® in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 115,000 members in 67 boards/associations.
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Long-term mortgage rates climb again - to 4.40%

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 03:01
The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit its highest point since April 2014 and moved marginally higher from last week's average 4.38%.

IRS: Some home equity loans are still tax deductible

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:59
In a response to "many questions," the IRS ruled that secondary home loans - equity loans, home equity lines of credit and second mortgages - are still deductible after tax reform if borrowers use the funds for home improvements.

Buyers using escalation clauses to win bidding wars

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:57
An escalation clause can help buyers pay the minimum amount needed to outbid other offers, but paying a higher price could affect their mortgage options.

QandA: Can a board president thwart sale of your co-op?

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:56
A board president owns most units in a co-op and offers an owner less-than market value with a threat to disapprove any other potential buyers. Can he do that?

Fed: Stronger economy boosts chance for March rate hike

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:55
Notes released from a Jan. meeting suggest that the Fed will increase interest rates - which directly impact ARMs and indirectly FRMs - more often in 2018.

3 ways to save money in your real estate business

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:49
In a real estate firm, cutting costs is another way to grow a business. Think creatively and start with a close look at travel expenses and overhead costs.

Florida Realtors Disaster Relief Fund updates application options

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:47
Florida DRF updated assistance options and now provides one application for a personal residence and another for a broker to use in the event of office damage.

CoreLogic: Housing costs to rise 15% this year

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:31
Higher home prices, mortgage rates and inflation will collectively make the typical inflation-adjusted mortgage payment go up 15%, economists predict.

Fla.'s median prices, new listings up in Jan.

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:30
Tight housing supply, rising median prices put pressure on potential buyers, Florida Realtors data shows. Single-family home sales slipped 1.3% from year ago, median price up 9.1% while condo sales rose 5.9%, median price up 11.7%.

Estates, wills and trusts: The pitfalls of joint tenancy

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:27
Older adults many times add their children's names to their home's deed to avoid probate and pass assets easily after death, but it's usually not the best option.

NAR: Existing-home sales slump 3.2% in Jan.

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:26
NAR: Total sales down 4.8% for biggest year-over-year decline in 3 years, partly due to tight supply. Median price for all housing types up 5.8%.

Supreme Court deals blow to Fannie, Freddie investors

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:24
Speculative investors lost status and money during the housing crisis after the government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac operations.

Automate marketing without turning into a robot

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:23
Marketing automation helps attract new business, but it could push people away if it sounds fake or makes it harder for a client to talk to a real person.

Need legal advice? You have a lawyer on your side

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:22
Florida Realtors Legal Hotline is a free member benefit. From 9-5 weekdays, attorneys answer questions about contracts, Fla. law and other topics: (407) 438-1409 or via email. http://www.floridarealtors.org/LegalCenter/LegalHotline/index.cfm

Agreement on VOW listing displays expires in Nov.

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 03:38
Ten years ago when the internet was young, NAR limited virtual-office website displays, but DOJ said that was wrong because it unfairly restrained competition.

Are ultra-low mortgage rates gone forever?

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 03:37
"I would say this has been a long time coming," says Dan Starelli, head of Guild Mortgage in Sacramento, Calif. "We've had interest rates dropping for decades. I think we hit bottom. I don't think we'll see rates in the 3s again."

Some small investors starting to partner up

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 03:35
Higher property prices make it hard for small investors to buy properties to flip or rent out, so more are combining resources to share the risks and rewards.

Wells Fargo honors Fla. 'Guardian Angel'

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 03:34
Fort Myers Realtor Cynthia Shafer, a 2002 NAR Good Neighbor Award winner, was honored for her charity's commitment to abused and neglected children.

Canadian buyers having a bigger impact in Fla.

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 03:33
According to NAR, Canadians purchased $19 billion of residential property in the United States last year – more than double the $8.9 million spent in 2016.

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Tue, 02/20/2018 - 03:31
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