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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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Top Fed official: Bond portfolio could shrink soon

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 03:59
The Fed will "likely announce next month" the sale of some bonds acquired during the recession – a move that would probably push mortgage rates a tad higher.

Gov't shutdown could delay real estate closings

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 03:57
Congress has work to do in Sept. to keep RE on track. In addition to flood insurance expiring, the U.S. will run out of money on Sept. 29. If the gov't did shut down, it would bog down RE tasks that require fed intervention, such as some FHA functions.

Florida Realtors kicks off 'Amendment 2 is for Everybody' campaign

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 03:56
If approved by Fla. voters in 2018, Amendment 2 would make the state's current 10% cap on annual non-homestead property tax increases permanent.

Sustainability's return on investment? It's complicated

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 03:55
Most commercial owners, investors and developers recognize the importance of better energy efficiency, but "going green" does more than improve the bottom line.

Digital marketing now key part of real estate business

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 03:54
NAR survey: Social media sites are a vital part of real estate today, with 74% of Realtors in a recent survey saying "awareness" is their primary goal.

Merger could create huge single-family-home landlord

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 03:36
Two institutional investors – businesses that buy multiple single-family homes to rent out – could merge in a $4.3B deal that controls 82,000 U.S. homes.

What to mention first in a listing? Quartz countertops

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 03:35
Demand for easy-care but expensive quartz continues to skyrocket, and consumers seem to be less enamored with granite and marble. Nickel faucets are also becoming more popular, but tubs with jets appear to be on their way out.

Facebook unveils ad product for real estate

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 03:33
Shopped for something online only to see ads for it everywhere? Facebook's tool does the same thing, re-targeting users who visited an agent or broker's website.

Builders: The 55+ housing market is going strong

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 03:32
With 10,000 boomers retiring each day, builders remain confident. NAHB's 2Q 55+ index not only rose 11 points, it's been in positive territory for over four years.

Email closing scam dupes D.C. buyers out of $1.3M

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 03:31
The wire fraud scam – criminals hack an email address and, at the last minute, tell buyers to wire closing money to a fake account – is still going strong.

3 ways to make counteroffers easier

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 03:22
Counteroffers attempt to secure better deals for clients, but "I demand this" is harsh. Propose a package that makes it easier for the other side to say yes.

Surprising drop in owners optimistic about selling

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 03:51
Are owners less inclined to sell? The percent who thought it's a good time hit a record high in Fannie's June survey – but it dropped a surprising 11% in July.

Fannie, Freddie postpone new credit scoring models

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 03:49
Buyers who hoped to qualify for a mortgage soon after credit score calculations changed will be disappointed: Fannie, Freddie suddenly postponed the modifications until at least 2019. The changes would have helped some "unscorable" applicants.

'Agrihoods' a possible use for dying Fla. golf courses?

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 03:48
Some buyers love the idea of farm living providing it's in the heart of the suburbs. Like golf communities, agrihoods focus on nature but also sell organic food.

Consumer Reports: 3 big property insurance mistakes

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 03:47
According to the magazine, some people pay too much and others pay too little. In many cases, homebuyers get a policy and then ignore it for years unless needed.

5 hidden costs can make tiny homes expensive

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 03:46
"Tiny house regret" is actually a thing. Homeowners who downsize to simplify their lives are discovering that it's not as cheap or as easy as they thought.

Wellness programs may boost productivity, retention

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 03:43
A wellness program not only helps keep agents healthier, it also shows concern for workers and can strengthen their loyalty and commitment to the brokerage.

Mortgage rates move a bit lower

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 03:43
The average FRM hit 3.90% this week, down from last week's 3.93%. The 15-year loan held steady at 3.18%, and the ARM changed little at 3.14%.

Why the tight inventory? Blame the boomers

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 03:42
Buyers need more for-sale homes, so conducted a study to find out why inventory remains stubbornly low. The reason? Baby boomers don't want to move yet and new-home construction remains inadequate.

Who pays for damage caused by condo building leak?

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 03:41
Real estate QandA: A few condos were damaged by a water leak that "just happened" and wasn't a specific owner's fault. Who pays? Individual owners or condo board?