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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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Will Supreme Court's sales-tax decision impact real estate?

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 03:44
In a major shift, the court ruled that states can collect sales taxes on all online goods, which will affect commercial retailers and many small businesses.

Need CE credits? New online option turns it into a game

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 03:24
Through a partnership with Interact CE, Florida Realtors now offers an enjoyable online CE certification program that includes role play "games," the ability to work anywhere on any device, and instant certification upon completion.

White House wants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac privatized

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 03:22
Fannie and Freddie have been under U.S. control since the recession, and, for the first time, the Trump administration appears ready to push for changes.

Tips for prospective first-time landlords

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 03:20
Owning rental property can be a good source of cash flow, but first-time landlords should start by talking to investors who have been in the game for a while.

Dual agency banned in British Columbia

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 03:04
A Canadian province has decided that real estate agents can no longer represent both the buyer and seller in the same transaction, known as "dual agency."

Brokers: Surrounded by the best to be the best

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 03:04
A broker contributes his long-term success to hiring agents "who know people all over town ... marketing areas where they have a sphere of influence."

Driverless cars could have big real estate impact

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:32
It's not just higher demand for far-out homes. New family auto-sharing options and Uber-like services could turn many garages into additional rooms.

Long-term mortgage rates fall – 30-year at 4.57%

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:22
The drop brings some relief to homebuyers. The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit a 2018 on May 24 of 4.66%, but it averaged 3.90% one year ago.

FREC: Fla. officially has a new team advertising rule

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:21
The team ad regulation, 61J2-10.026 Team or Group Advertising, is posted on Florida Realtors' website. The rule impacts office procedures and team advertising. In some cases, changes could take time to complete; however,

NAR: 75% think it's a good time to sell a home

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:19
Most consumers believe home prices will continue to increase and that homeownership strengthens communities, but a low inventory is taking its toll on homebuyers.

Investor pleads guilty to rigging foreclosure bids in Fla.

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:17
The U.S. DOJ says that real estate investor Stuart Hankin pleaded guilty for his role in a conspiracy to rig bids in Fla. auctions, a violation of antitrust law.

Gov. Scott tells DEP to take steps to curb potential algae blooms

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:16
Homeowners along two Fla. rivers, the Caloosahatchee and the St. Lucie, face smelly, algae-infested water because the Army Corp diverts water from the Everglades.

15 ways to grow your real estate business

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:15
How can new Realtors hit the ground running? On Thur., Aug. 9, Cynthia DeLuca will tell them – it's a free session for Florida Realtors Convention and Trade Expo attendees. http://convention.floridarealtors.org/

Association-backed health insurance coverage OK'd

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 03:53
Realtors one day may be able to buy NAR-sponsored health insurance policies following U.S. Labor Dept. approval, though a few hurdles still remain

Fla. housing market: Sales, median prices up in May

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 03:52
Existing single-family home sales up 0.8% from year ago, median price up 6.7%; condo sales up 4.1%, median price up 6%. Also: More new listings from owners ready to sell, though for-sale inventory remains constrained.

Fla. housing market: Sales, median prices up in May

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 03:52
Existing single-family home sales up 0.8% from year ago, median price up 6.7%; condo sales up 4.1%, median price up 6%. Also: More new listings from owners ready to sell, though for-sale inventory remains constrained.

Craigslist rental scams have almost taken over

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 03:51
Bogus ads steal for-sale listings and turn them into bargain rentals, giving false hope to desperate renters. Craigslist will remove them, but it takes time.

U.S. home sales fell 0.4% in May amid inventory crunch

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 03:49
It's the second monthly decline. The number of listings dropped 6.1% year-to-year, and homes sat on the market only 26 days, forcing buyers to act quickly.

Citizens board may delay a 7.9% rate hike

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 03:48
The Fla.-owned insurer delayed a 6.6% increase until May so residents could clean up after Irma, and the board thinks it might be too soon for another price hike.

Advice from the 'richest self-made woman in real estate'

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 03:47
Dottie Herman, CEO of Douglas Elliman, says strong relationships helped foster her career. Never let obstacles stop you, and be real, authentic and passionate.